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About Sail The San Juans
Set sail for adventure on a beautiful 55-foot custom Jeanneau sailing yacht in the idyllic San Juan Islands. A naturalist-guided six-day cruise explores 200 forested islands in the realm of orca, eagles, and porpoise! Help trim the sails or just relax while you enjoy gourmet cuisine, great hiking and kayaking through protected bays and inlets. Small groups of no more than 6 guests keep the atmosphere intimate and relaxed for these unique trips. Sail the San Juans has been offering low impact, world-class sailing charters in the San Juan Islands and Inside Passage since 1986. Join us for an unforgettable San Juan Islands experience!
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Trish Nahn wrote a review Sep 2020
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5 stars is NOT ENOUGH!!! The boat is immaculate and you can sail or just lay around. The food is out of this world, a combo of Jette who can really cook and fresh, as in just caught, ingredients , tailored to your taste. So many things to do on and off the boat. Truly this trip is the perfect mix of slow and exciting. It’s John and Jette that make this exceptional, taking care of absolutely whatever you need. You can tell they are experienced in not only the sailing, navigation, wildlife spotting but also helping folks get along. We had a Happy Boat which is critical to vacation and you don’t always get that. Music was made, jokes were told, it was marvelous
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from NorthwindCaptain, Owner at Sail The San Juans
Responded Sep 3, 2020
Just as in cooking, where your dish is only as good as your ingredients, so often is our charter experience where the climate is highly influenced by the people on board. You were a most flavorful ingredient in that mix and we so enjoyed having you sail with us. Thank you for your praise and we truly look forward to having you back next year!
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Cindy N wrote a review Aug 2020
Ashland, Oregon4 contributions
Dining was sublime . The fresh air and sailing with the wind was wonderful. Our hosts were friendly, funny and relaxed, making our small space seem to grow, with comfort and conversation. I worried about sea sickness but sailing the inland islands was perfect, felt great and enjoyed the lull of the boat rocking us to sleep. Would recommend this trip if you love good food, relaxation, sailing and the beauty of the islands. The luxury of sailing without responsibility, eating without cooking and doing the dishes, hiking when you feel like it and kayaking along the shores, what’s not to like?
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from NorthwindCaptain, Owner at Sail The San Juans
Responded Aug 22, 2020
It was fun for us to have a group of sailors aboard for a change! Nice winds and calm seas are what makes the San Juan islands so perfect for everyone. So glad you all came and enjoyed the trip.
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BCROAM wrote a review Jul 2020
Sydney, Australia14 contributions2 helpful votes
This trip went above and beyond our expectations. Fabulous hosts who perfectly balanced the running of the boat, attending to our needs and still being great company. The boat was beautiful, the food on board amazing, the locations spectacular and we were blessed with warm and sunny weather most days. We swam, hiked, crabbed, ate freshly shucked oysters, read, sang and relaxed. We made new friends with the other couple on board and will almost certainly do this again while we’re in the Pacific Northwest.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from NorthwindCaptain, Owner at Sail The San Juans
Responded Jul 31, 2020
When you travel from Australia to experience the USA and then COVID happens, it is nice to know there is a place you can go where you feel safe, secure. and can relax in the spendor of the San Juan Islands. Thanks for letting us us be your hosts for the week and sharing our own little piece of our beautiful country.
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Scott M wrote a review Jul 2020
5 contributions2 helpful votes
Our experience with Sail the San Juans was fantastic from beginning to end! The pre-trip information we received by mail was thorough and answered any questions we had. The departure location was easy to find in the harbor and we were greeted by our hosts Jon and Jette, who were nice, friendly folks. The Northwind is a beautiful boat and is perfect for a multi-day adventure sailing the islands. It was clear Jon and Jette take a great deal of pride in the boat and in making sure their guests are well taken care of. The five night trip was enjoyable, relaxing, and the food, prepared by Chef Jette, was excellent at every meal. Sailing, kayaking, hiking, and watching the wildlife add to the experience. We would highly recommend Sailing the San Juans on the Northwind with Jon, Jette, and TailR. Scott & Lori
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Response from NorthwindCaptain, Owner at Sail The San Juans
Responded Jul 31, 2020
We try to be comprehensive in the information we send out and display on our website "so what you see is really what you get". So glad we hit the mark with you and we truly enjoyed having you both aboard Northwind.
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Nancy wrote a review Jul 2020
Livermore, California3 contributions
My fiance had been telling me about his prior trips (5) and how it was his favorite place on earth. This summer he took me on The Northwind and it was everything and more that he described! The boat is so beautiful and well maintained and super clean! I had never done a sailing trip and spent the night on a boat so I wasn't sure if i would like it, but I LOVED it. It was serene and peaceful with Eagles flying around and otters playing in the water. I was completely mezmerized being out on the water amidst all the wildlife and beauty around us. John and Jett are fantastic hosts and prepared amazing food to perfection, not to mention just being really neat people to hang out with. They have a sweet, mellow dog TailR onboard, which I loved. He would go hiking with us and that's when he would perk up and he was fun to have along (I'm crazy about dogs). Sleeping was really cozy and comfortable. I really enjoyed getting out on the kayak for a while and going ashore in the small 15' sport boat to go exploring. We did a couple of great hikes with amazing views of the islands. I highly recommend this trip and I hope to do it again next summer!
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Response from NorthwindCaptain, Owner at Sail The San Juans
Responded Jul 31, 2020
We feel we offer something really unique to those few who are willing to take a step outside mainstream travel. The first time you experience the San Juans is always special. Having you aboard Northwind with your future husband was especially rewarding for us. Thanks for your lovely comments and most of all thanks for being a part of what we hope will be a continued tradition of sailing with us together.
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