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Orcas Island Sailing

1945 Obstruction Pass Rd., Eastsound, Orcas Island, WA 98245
360 310 0100
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Ranked #2 of 13 attractions in Eastsound
Type: Boat Tours
Owner description: We offer personalized sailing lessons for those of you looking for a true sailing experience. No prior experience is required. No crowds, just you and... more » Owner description: We offer personalized sailing lessons for those of you looking for a true sailing experience. No prior experience is required. No crowds, just you and yours. Families are encouraged! For qualified sailors we also offer bareboat charters. Please give us a call today! « less
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Aledo, Texas
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

My husband and our two teenage daughters sailed with Ben for the first time this summer. We've visited Orcas Island several times, but wanted to try something new. From all the great reviews here I felt confident we would have a good time, but it was so much more than that. Ben is wonderful!! He immediately put me at ease... More

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Portland, Oregon
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

My wife Shelda and I have been coming back to sail with Ben just about every year for 10 years. Ben's an excellent teacher, very patient and very positive and enjoyable to be around. We highly recommend Orcas Sailing

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013 via mobile

Yesterday we enjoyed yet another outstanding sailing experience... Our 3rd this summer with Ben and his boats. That's 3 for 3 great sailing experiences for my 6 year old son this summer and he's already planning for the next one. Full disclosure: I'm a professional sailing coach and I get to travel all over the world to go race sailboats.... More

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Dallas, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

While vacationing on Orcas Island, I surprised my husband with sailing lessons with Ben for his 50th birthday. We met Ben on the docks and after meeting my husband, started singing happy birthday to him! What a treat! We knew we were going to have a fabulous time! Ben is calm, patient, concise in his explanations and has a detail... More

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Eastsound, Washington
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33 reviews 33 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

I've sailed with Ben five times or more, and he's the best. He's a great instructor, and works beautifully both with younger children and teenagers. Not only do they learn to sail, but they learn the 'whys' of sailing as well. Ben is a kind and thoughtful teacher, and I recommend him without reservation.

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orcassailor, Owner at Orcas Island Sailing, responded to this review

I don't normally respond to customer reviews because I want this page to be for them and about their experiences. However, when a customer that has sailed with me as many times as Gwen has feels the need to share their experience I am compelled to add my thoughts. I started this business to give couples and families a true... More

Scottsdale, Arizona
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

Ben is an outstanding instructor. He is funny, engaging, and above all safe. We had one sailor with years gone by rusty skills and one novice and we had a blast. Ben makes everything seem easy and stress less. Thanks for a fantastic day and a big boost of confidence.

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Houston
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

Ben gave my 17-year old daughter a sailing lesson on Zany. She had never been sailing and has wanted to try it for a long time. I discovered him on TripAdvisor while we were vacationing on Orcas Island and all the reviews were accurate. Ben was patient and detailed with her, and I went along for the ride. The sail... More

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Jackson W
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

Neither my husband nor I spend much time on the water, but we decided to sign-up our sons, Ben & Aaron for a sailing lesson and join in on the fun. Our instructor Ben was terrific, knowledgeable and a real natural with kids, not to mention a natural in a sail boat. If your contemplating taking a lesson don't hesitate... More

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Granbury
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

My husband and I traveled from the heat of Texas ...104 to the heat of Orcas Island ...85. What a difference a day makes. Ben taught us how to sail in one incredible afternoon. Ben was just super patient, incredibly knowledgeable about sailing and just a really nice guy. The weather and scenery was unbelievable, we were one of a... More

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Long Beach
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

We spent four days on Orcas Island, and the highlight of our trip was the afternoon we spent sailing with Ben! My husband has sailing experience but I was a newbie. Ben couldn't have been nicer or more helpful, instructing me in the basics of sailing. We got to do a lot of the work, which made it extra fun.... More

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