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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 14 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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Pacific Northwest
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

For family vacations, we each get a unilateral vote and mine was sailing. We chose Ben based on tripadvisor and our lodge proprietor's recommendation. It is hard to overstate what a great teacher and sailor Ben is. He brought me back to basic mechanics (lift, Bernoulli's) and made this so much fun. My 10 year old was inordinately spooked by... More

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

My boyfriend and I have been sailing collectively for about 3 years now and were vacationing in Orcas over the weekend when we heard of Orcas Island Sailing. It had been a dream of ours to sail in the San Juans and this experience surpassed what we had hoped. Our first interaction with Ben was incredibly welcoming and easy. After... More

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Cairo, Egypt
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We read the all excellent Trip Advisor reviews on Orcas Island Sailing that described Captain Ron's superb customer service and warm approach. We were not in any way disappointed! Ron provided friendly, informative, and safety conscious instruction on his Rhodes 19 sailboat. We had never sailed and knew nothing, yet from beginning to end Ron took great care to help... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

All boats in perfect repair, very high quality outfitting and maintenance. But even more superlative is the instruction, the best you can imagine: Ben adapts his style flawlessly to the needs of each client on board. And you can hardly beat Orcas for beauty and access to great sailing! Jim P, repeat client x 3

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Bothell, Washington
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

We both had an awesome time on the water with Ben! My hubby Dave is an old pro having grown up with a Blanchard Jr Knockabout. Ben is a great adult teacher; he was great with me and my learning curve, being that I'm way past the 12-year girl that can just get it! Dave was so excited to get... More

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Aledo, Texas
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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35 reviews 35 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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

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