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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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Karen G wrote a review Sep 2022
9 contributions14 helpful votes
It is difficult to capture the transformative feeling of well-being we enjoyed from being on this trip. Captains Jon and Jette created a safe and nourishing environment for us to unplug and enjoy every minute. Every morning Jette greeted us with a warmed coffee cup for freshly brewed coffee. She created delicious, personalized meals from scratch daily. We caught several crab which were wonderful additions to some meals. Besides being nourished, we were taken care of safely and professionally. Jon adjusted the itinerary daily based on the weather and extensive knowledge of the islands. He also showed us some great hikes onshore, and anchored us in beautiful coves. Jette's dropping-anchor dances, guitar playing, and singing were unexpected bonuses, as was their sweet dog TailR. The Northwind is immaculately maintained, and following a few simple rules onboard helps to keep it that way. Jon and Jette worked extremely hard the whole time, yet they made it look easy. It felt like traveling with (extremely competent) friends. We are two couples who chartered the boat. For us, that was just the right amount of people; as long term friends we were comfy in close quarters together, yet had all the space we needed. Jon let us steer at times if we wanted to, and gave us a little sailing education. Every day was wonderful, and I slept like a baby. I highly recommend this trip!
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Date of experience: September 2022
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Response from Sail the San Ju... C, Owner at Sail The San Juans
Responded 5 days ago
We love that your trip was a "transformative" experience. I think your group managed to absorb the true spirit of these bucolic islands aboard Northwind. Please come back and sail with us again!
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606zelmal wrote a review Sep 2022
Healdsburg, California22 contributions6 helpful votes
STSJ in Northwind, helmed by owners Jon and Jette, an extremely competent sailor and his fabulous chef wife; they worked to make this 12 day trip a memorable vacation, relaxing, exciting, delicious. They are super professionals and lovely individuals, warm and welcoming. My favorite part: being on the water, amazing island sights, warm sun and fresh air, nature... otters, seals, porpoise...ever see a mother deer with two fawns swim past your boat on their way from one shore to another? Extraordinary...just like this whole trip.
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Date of experience: September 2022
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Response from Sail the San Ju... C, Owner at Sail The San Juans
Responded 5 days ago
We loved having you on board with us for 12 days, and having your first kayak experience over pools of hundreds of sea stars, and watching you relax on the foredeck under a star filled night. Thank you for sharing your lives with us and enriching our world with your stories.
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Linda wrote a review Aug 2022
Lakeway, United States11 contributions1 helpful vote
On the advice of Jette’s cousin, my husband and I (both inexperienced sailors) decided to Sail the San Juans with Jon & Jette on what we hoped would be a memorable experience. We were warmly welcomed on board early Sunday afternoon by Jon and Jette and our fellow passengers, shown to our stateroom and given a tour of the beautifully appointed, Northwind. We were excited to discover what was in store for us for the remainder of our time exploring the San Juans.. Memories to last a long time included the four star meals, Jette’s anchor dances, Jon’s sailing skills and knowledge of the islands’ history, island hikes, exploring Roche and Friday Harbor, enjoying Jette’s guitar concert (including a song she had written that day), taking the helm for a short while, enjoying the beauty of the islands, coves and harbors and not least enjoying TailR’s quiet companionship. Thank you both for going above and beyond our expectations to make our first sailing adventure an unforgettable one.
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Response from NorthwindCaptain, Owner at Sail The San Juans
Responded Aug 21, 2022
So rewarding for us to introduce new "sailors" to our beautiful islands and life on Northwind. Thanks so much for sharing your reflections of your "Join A cruise" trip and for being such pleasant company.
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Trish Nahn wrote a review Aug 2022
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Threepeat! What a terrific week on the Northwind! The sailing was awesome, I hogged the wheel a bit, but nobody seemed. to mind...well it would be hard to get upset about anything given the terrific food, the scenery, the off boat excursions and overall Jon and Jette and their attention to EVERY DETAIL. I can be hard to please and harder still to keep occupied but this was wonderful on all counts. Sunlight or moonlight on the water, the wind and the wildlife- its not to be missed. Jon and Jette and TailEr are so good at what they do, knitting our group together with laughter and song. Its amazing and relaxing/rejuvenating. You should reserve the boat (or a berth)as soon as you can- they book up very quickly!!
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Date of experience: August 2022
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Response from NorthwindCaptain, Owner at Sail The San Juans
Responded Aug 21, 2022
We love having you on board! Threepeat I like the sound of that. Do I hear a "fourpeat" in the wind?
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Dennis D wrote a review Jun 2022
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Jette, a gourmet cook, is also a fine mariner/Captain. Her cooking & guitar skills are impressive. Both Jette &Jon Baker have 33 years experience in both the San Juan’s & Canadian Inside Passage. My wife & I have now sailed with them five times and would recommend them to all. Safety is their foremost concern and we’ve been comfortable on Northwind under their care. I am a retired Naval Officer and am impressed by both their nautical skills and gracious hospitality. Their kayaks and knowledge of good hiking trails bring good fun. Jon’s crab pots and local knowledge offer tasty tidbits when time permits. Northwind is an exceptional boat, quick to wind under sail and meticulously maintained. Many thanks. Dennis & Donna
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Date of experience: June 2022
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Response from NorthwindCaptain, Owner at Sail The San Juans
Responded Jun 25, 2022
Dennis & Donna, Thank you for being with us on five wonderful trips. We have enjoyed having you aboard and share your joy as you drive Northwind to windward on a close reach. We so look forward to the next adventure!
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