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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Deer Harbor Wooden Boat Rendezvous
September 5-7, 2016.
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                                Fifteenth Annual Wooden Boat Rendezvous
                                                    Deer Harbor, Orcas Island
September 5 to September 7, 2016.

Please join us! All wooden boats are welcome: oar, power, sail and steam. Wooden boats of all sizes attend the Rendezvous — kayaks, rowboats, motor launches, day-sailers, cruising sailboats and historic tall ships. Most boats moor at the Deer Harbor Marina, and are available for public viewing at no charge. The Rendezvous is a low-key celebration of wooden boats, held in one of the most scenic harbors in the Pacific Northwest. Activities include a potluck on the dock, a paddle/row race, sailboat race (instructions below), and a Salmon BBQ with live music. Most boats will arrive on Monday the 5th. Most activities will occur on Tuesday Sept. 6, with the sailboat race about noon and the rowing race about 4PM.

The famous Rendezvous Salmon Dinner has a new venue! It will be held on Tuesday the 6th from 4-8 PM, as usual, but now across the street from the marina on the outside deck of the new restaurant. It's a wonderful gathering of many old and new friends, and well worth attending.

Contact the Deer Harbor Marina at (360) 376-3037 to reserve a slip for the Rendezvous.

Questions? Email us at

The 15th Annual Deer Harbor Wooden Boat Race
Tuesday, September 6, 2016.

The race is a highlight of the Deer Harbor Rendezvous. All wooden sailboats are welcome (boats built of other materials are also welcome but are not eligible for prizes). The starting line will be ˝ mile 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. GPS devices with charts installed are strongly encouraged.

The race entry fee of $15 per boat (and signed liability waiver) will be collected at the skipper’s meeting, held on Tuesday at 9 am at the Deer Harbor Marina.

The race will start at noon and will have a three-hour time limit. Those without a current PHRF rating will have a temporary estimated rating assigned to them by race organizers. Non-racers are welcome to relax and socialize at the marina. The finish line will be established on a line extending to the west of the marina, for spectator enjoyment. We will attempt to have two laps of the

Colorful burgees for first, second, and third place finishers will be awarded at the salmon dinner across the road from the Marina on 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 encourage wooden boat activities in the islands.


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

The Wooden Boat Society of the San Juan Islands would like to thank the following businesses for their most generous support of this year’s Rendezvous: 

Deer Harbor Marina

Fisheries Supply

Island Hoppin Brewery

The Wooden Boat Society of the San Juan Islands is a 501-c-3 nonprofit, and welcomes donations to help with our activities.


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.