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Northwest Classic Daysailing

Deer Harbor Marina, Deer Harbor, Orcas Island, WA
360-376-5581
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Type: Ships, Adventure
Owner description: Offering 3-hour day-sails aboard Classic Wooden Sloop "Aura" from May to October, departing from...
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Type: Ships, Adventure
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 7:30 pm
Owner description: Offering 3-hour day-sails aboard Classic Wooden Sloop "Aura" from May to October, departing from the Deer Harbor Marina. Learn to sail, steer and handle llines as much or as little as you desire. Bring food for a floating picnic. We will navigate through the scenic heart of the San Juans. Maximum 6 people. It's beautiful out there!

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Aurora, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We had a wonderful time sailing the bays around Orcas Island with Ward, who gave us a little instruction and allowed us to steer and assist with the sails. A beautiful older boat that got up to over 5 knots on occasion, outstanding views, lots of interesting information and history shared by the captain, great closeups of some seals and... More 

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Graham, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

We bought the Groupon for this sailing trip as it seemed like a really great deal. We had family arriving from out of state and wanted to show them a good time. Well, this adventure was amazing! It was a gloriously sunny day and the islands were a spectacular sight to see! The captain was very knowledgeable and personable. He... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Ward showed us around the bay of Deer Harbor and San Juan Island. He let me steer and gave each of us a job to do. The boat ride was informative and inclusive. He was casual and friendly and we all felt at ease. The view was amazing in the day was gorgeous. This trip was definitely worth the time... More 

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Woodland Hills, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We were lucky enough to sail with this experienced Captain on his vintage sail boat. Ward was accomodating and informative on everything from aboard ship to the Islands, nests, seals... a great way to see the Sound and outer islands. Definately recomend Ward and his beautiful ship, we are grateful to have had that day at sea with this kind... More 

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Salem, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We had a fabulous time on this trip with Northwest Classic Daysailing. Ward was generous in his time and attention and made the trip totally relaxed and enjoyable. He knows his sailing and is willing to share his knowledge so that you can have a little experience at sailing. I would highly recommend this trip to all, adults and kids... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 via mobile

Capt. Ward made my first sailboat ride one to remember!!! He was very knowledgeable and easy going!!! My girlfriend and I want to take up sailing and Capt. Ward helped us realize that dream may be just too easy to come true!!!

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Thousand Oaks, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

My family and I spent a great afternoon of sailing with Ward Fay on his sailboat out of Deer Harbor. Ward was waiting for us on the dock and ready to go when we arrived. It was a beautiful afternoon and Ward was very informative about the areas that we sailed. He pointed out eagles, seals and even a osprey... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We went on a morning cruise around the islands and had a wonderful time. Ward was very friendly, knowledgable and laid back. He let us steer and assist with the jib most of the time, providing supportive guidance along the way and stepping in when necessary. I'd definitely recommend a sail with him as part of your island visit. You... More 

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Nantucket, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Ward Fay is a knowledgeable captain and interesting individual who shares local color and history along with his knowledge of the flora and fauna of the area as you enjoy your sail through the waters around Orcas Island. We had a delightful four hour sail and would recommend the experience to anyone who is lucky enough to be in the... More 

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Plymouth, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Our family of four truly enjoyed sailing with Ward this week. His sailboat is beautiful! I was mostly impressed by Ward's patience to teach my two sons (ages 8, 10) how to sail the boat. He let them run the sailboat for the entire ride. They LOVED it. Thank you Ward for sharing your boat with us and giving our... More 

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