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Northwest Classic Daysailing

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Address: Deer Harbor Marina, Deer Harbor, Orcas Island, WA
Phone Number: 360-376-5581
9:00 am - 7:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 7:30 pm

Offering 3-hour day-sails aboard Classic Wooden Sloop "Aura" from...

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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A great evening sail

Iris is a well-maintained classic wooden sailboat. Captain Chris is a genial and knowledgeable host who made us feel right at home. Since my wife and I were the only two guests he... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Bedford, New Hampshire
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Bedford, New Hampshire
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Iris is a well-maintained classic wooden sailboat. Captain Chris is a genial and knowledgeable host who made us feel right at home. Since my wife and I were the only two guests he let us do most of the sailing( we have sailboat on the east coast). It was a delightful evening and great to see Friday Harbor in such... More 

Thank hdewster
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I were the only ones on the boat with the captain on a beautiful afternoon sail . Weather was perfect for sailing - sunny , good wind and perfect temperature , just make sure you bring some sunscreen if you don't have any hair :-) The captain was great , the boat was nice and the trip... More 

Thank Deborah B
Orange County, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely sunset cruise. We would do it again in a heartbeat. If you like, bring appetizers. The Captain made the whole beautiful trip even better with his local knowledge.

Thank kekirkeby
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a treat this was to take a boat out for an evening sail. Another couple also booked which was fine, we enjoyed their company. My husband and I booked a sail departing at 4:30 and enjoyed great weather and great sailing. The captain, Ward, was very easy going and made sure we all got a chance to sail. We... More 

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Cottage Grove, Minnesota
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is for ALL ages. I had my elderly parents (70+) and a young adult and teenager in our party. Ward was amazing at gearing the trip towards everyone. He let our 14-year old son steer and taught him some sailings basic. He was kind, funny, informative. Highly recommend this trip.

Thank thepetzolds
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband has always wanted to learn to sail. We bought a Groupon for a private 3 hour trip for just the two of us. My husband got to spend almost the entire time steering...he was thrilled.

Thank Barb T
San Antonio
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4 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

Totally agree with the other reviewers who rated with just 2 or 3 stars: distant demeanor by captain, dirty cabin in disarray, don't know where 6 people would sit as we (me, my friend, Captain Ward, and co-captain Mike) virtually filled the bench seats. Don't bother bringing food, wine or drinks (as we did) as there is nowhere to put... More 

Thank Nicosmom
Central Point, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

Beautiful day on the water.......bit cool, but clear and no rain! All of the sailors for the day got to "drive" the boat.

Thank Cypress58
El Cerrito, California
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

We sailed for a few hours in the late afternoon. The light on the water was magical. There was not a lot of wind which may at times be frustrating, but it provided me with exactly the relaxing and serene experience I wanted. Ward couldn't have been nicer. Those who wanted to were able to steer his beautiful boat. He... More 

Thank Liz D
San Jose, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 via mobile

We never sailed. My teenager son researched and wanted to go. We even went the day before to check out the marina to endure we would not be late the next morning. We were all very excited about the trip. The boat is fine and it was a gorgeous day. The captain did teach us a few things about sailing.... More 

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