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“Aura” is a beautiful 1948 wooden sloop, with a cockpit that will seat six comfortably. A typical San Juan Islands day sailing trip, on AURA with a nice windy day, starts in Deer Harbor on Orcas Island and continues through the Wasp Islands, across San Juan Channel to San Juan Island, back across the Channel and around Jones Island, then through Wasp Passage between Crane and Shaw Islands, into West Sound, then through narrow Pole Pass and back to Deer Harbor. The waters we sail in here are very calm and protected from large waves. Seals are often seen, sometimes porpoises, ospreys and eagles, whales rarely. You can bring whatever you want to eat and drink. Non-certified sailing instruction is included if you desire. Steering the boat and handling the ropes is a big part of the experience, but if you just want to relax and enjoy the view, you can. We highly recommend you stay overnight at one of the many fine lodgings available on Orcas Island, to give you more time to explore its wonders. The top of Mt. Constitution, an hour’s drive away, is a must-see for the tremendous view.

Bring your own food and beverages, whatever you like. Finger food is best. No glass wine glasses, please.
The boat has a manual head behind a door.
Life jackets are provided. Those under 13 years are required by law to wear them. Skipper may require adults to wear them. You can bring your own.
Dress for the weather. Some rain gear is provided. We can put an awning over the boom to keep the rain off us, but we can only use the headsail then.
“Aura” is not wheelchair accessible. No dogs, please.

Sorry, no overnights on the boat. Day-sails only.

Coronavirus update: This year, I will need to see you wearing your masks before you board. After we leave the marina, masks will be more optional. Skipper will be wearing one the entire time. Stay healthy!

Captain Ward Fay has been skippering professionally since 2001. He is looking forward to sharing his love of sailing with you.
To contact Ward for more information, call 360-376-5581, or email

Prices include 8.1% Washington State sales tax
No charge for non-certified sailing instruction.

PRIVATE Day Sailing Tours

(only private trips will be booked in 2020)

With a PRIVATE tour, your party will be the only passengers. There is a limit of six passengers of any age.

$300 per tour

If you purchase a private tour, a more customized trip may be available;
such as to Friday Harbor for dinner and back with the sunset, pick-ups and drop-offs at the Orcas Island Ferry Landing, or to Jones Island State Park for hiking or camping.
Customized trips take more time. Tidal currents and wind conditions can slow travel times. Trips longer than three hours may be available, for another $50/hour for the boat and skipper. No more than eight hours total.





Yellow Island Wooden Boat Regatta, May 

Race on “Aura” in the company of other beautiful classic wooden boats on a course through the scenic Wasp Islands near Deer Harbor. The race may take as long as five hours to complete. Great for photos! Bring your own refreshments.

Classic Mariner’s Regatta, early June,  Port Townsend

The largest wooden boat racing event of the year in the Northwest. Two races back to back on Saturday, and one race on Sunday. Spectacular photos ops abound in Port Townsend Bay! Racer’s Dinner on Saturday night is extra. Aura will be doing the six hour crossing of Juan De Fuca Strait on Friday, and back on Monday, weather permitting.

Race around Shaw Island, August 

The Big annual Race around Shaw Island held by the San Juan Island Yacht Club is a real spectacle, with maybe 80 boats starting and finishing in Friday Harbor. It will be a long day, leaving Deer Harbor around 7:30 am and returning near dark. There is a nice awards banquet at the yacht club after the race.

Deer Harbor Wooden Boat Race, Tuesday after Labor Day

As Part of the Annual Deer Harbor Wooden Boat Rendezvous. A four hour race aboard Aura through the Wasp Islands, in the company of perhaps a dozen beautiful wooden boats. Sailing experience preferred.

Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival Schooner Race Spectating, Saturday early September 

Watch the schooners charge around the  race course. We may be racing too.

Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival Sail-by, Sunday early September

After the Festival all boats go out and mingle. Could be 100 beautiful boats out there. We try to stay out of everybody’s way.