The Wooden Boat Society
of the San Juan Islands

 is a nonprofit dedicated to doing cool stuff on, in and around wooden boats
in the San Juan Islands of Washington State.


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Yellow Island Wooden Boat Race
Saturday May 16

7 -9 September

Yellow Island Wooden Boat Race   (Saturday May 16)
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Join  the Wooden Boat Society of the San Juan Islands for the fourth annual Yellow Island Wooden Boat Race, to be held Saturday, May 16, 2015, with a start in Deer Harbor on Orcas Island. 

All wooden sailboats are welcome (boats built of other materials are also welcome but will receive no prizes). The starting line will be south of the Deer Harbor Marina. The marks of the course will consist of various islands and rocks in the area, as well as a race buoy located near the marina.

The race entry fee of $15 per boat (and signed liability waiver) will be collected at the skipper’s meeting (location to be announced). The entry fee includes one continental breakfast; additional breakfasts are available for crew and spectators.  The race will start in the late morning, and will have a four-hour time limit. Those without a current PHRF rating will have a temporary rating assigned to them by race organizers. Non-racers are welcome to relax and socialize at the marina. We will try to stage one end of the finish line at the outside float of the marina.

Colorful burgees for first, second, and third place finishers will be awarded at a potluck/awards ceremony at the marina the evening after the race. Participant burgees will be available for sale, with proceeds to benefit the San Juan Islands Wooden Boat Society, which seeks to coordinate wooden boat activities in the islands.       

Discounted moorage for Friday and Saturday nights is available. Call the Deer Harbor Marina, 360-376-3037  to reserve a slip (good anchorage is also available).

Deer Harbor Wooden Boat Rendezvous (7 -9 September)
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The Wooden Boat Society of the San Juan Islands is holding the Thirteenth Annual Wooden Boat Rendezvous 7-9 September 2015 at Deer Harbor, Orcas Island, Washington. The Deer Harbor Wooden Boat Rendezvous takes place between the Victoria Classic Boat Festival and the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival.


All wooden boats are welcome: oar, power and sail. Wooden boats of all sizes attend the Rendezvous, from rowboats to motor launches, and daysailers to historic tall ships. Most of the boats moor at the Deer Harbor Marina, and are available for public viewing throughout the gathering. The Rendezvous is a low-key celebration of wooden boats, held in one of the most scenic harbors in the Pacific Northwest.


Monday 7 September 

Boats arrive on Monday 7 September (Labor Day).
No-host potluck on the dock Monday evening at 6 pm.  


Tuesday 8 September

Sailing regatta: breakfast will be held at 8:00 am, location to be determined, with a skipper’s meeting for race participants at 9:00 at the breakfast location. The regatta will begin in the late morning, wind permitting, and will take boats through the scenic islands and challenging currents of Wasp Passage.


Paddling and rowing race: There will be a paddling and rowing race at 4 pm on Tuesday afternoon, following the sailboat regatta.


Evening BBQ: 4-8 PM

Everyone is welcome. The barbeque menu includes locally caught salmon, local organic produce, and the highest-quality microbrew beer on the west coast. As always there will be great live music and good humor.


Wednesday 9 September

Sailing dinghy race: A sailing dinghy race will be held Wednesday morning at 10 am. Most boats heading on to Port Townsend depart during the day on Wednesday.
BBQ at 6 pm: There will be a no-host potluck at Deer Harbor Marina on Wednesday evening at 6:00 pm.


If you have questions, or would like to volunteer (we always need help during the Rendezvous for various tasks) contact us. 

We encourage participants to make moorage reservations with the Deer Harbor Marina (360-376-3037). Note: Tell them you are coming to the Rendezvous to get the reduced moorage rate.



The Wooden Boat Society of the San Juan Islands promotes the restoration, use and enjoyment of wooden boats. The Wooden Boat Society of the San Juan Islands was formed in 2002 to perpetuate the craftsmanship, artistry and knowledge of the maritime traditions through education, public display, restoration and construction, and entertainment. The society has a strong commitment to the care and feeding of wooden boats, their owners and those who appreciate them.