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 21)

Questions? Contact Ward Fay (wardfay @, or 360-376-5581)

Join the Wooden Boat Society of the San Juan Islands for the Fifth Annual Yellow Island Wooden Boat Race, to be held Saturday, May 21, 2016, 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 off 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, held at 9 am at the Deer Harbor Marina.  The entry fee includes one continental breakfast; additional breakfasts are available for crew and spectators at $8, provided by the Wooden Boat Society.  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 well in advance, as other boat groups are planning to be there. Plenty of good anchorage is also available in the harbor.

Please contact Ward Fay at 360- 376-5581 for more information about the race.

Deer Harbor Wooden Boat Rendezvous
(5-7 September in Deer Harbor
Further details to be announced)



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.