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Northwest Classic Daysailing

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3 Hour Private Sail

My boyfriend and I went for a trip to Orcas this past weekend and booked a 3 hour sail with Ward on... read more

Reviewed July 24, 2013
Kristy F
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Bellevue, Washington, United States
Highly recommend, Highlight of our Visit to Orcas Island

Many people have written that NW Classic Day Sailing was a highlight of their trip to Orcas. We... read more

Reviewed July 24, 2013
IonaCeltic
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Spokane, Washington
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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...more
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Deer Harbor Marina, Deer Harbor, Orcas Island, WA
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed August 20, 2013

I found out about Northwest Classic Daysailing through a Groupon and purchased it on a whim. A few months later, I rolled up to Captain Ward's vessel with five close friends and we took off on a three hour cruise. Ward was knowledgeable, laidback, and...More

5  Thank Megan C
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed August 11, 2012

Skipper Ward Fay was exceedingly grouchy, unfriendly and just radiated a sense that he did not want to be there. Many of the simplest questions were met with derision and sarcasm. We thought for sure that he must be horrendously hungover, or maybe he is...More

4  Thank Davin8r
Ward F, Owner at Northwest Classic Daysailing, responded to this reviewResponded August 28, 2012

Please accept my heartfelt apology. I am so sorry. I have no excuse for that behavior. It won't happen again. I thought i was a nice guy, obviously not. Now after twelve years of happy customers I may have to get out of this business...More

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Reviewed July 24, 2013

My boyfriend and I went for a trip to Orcas this past weekend and booked a 3 hour sail with Ward on the Aura. We went for the 4:30 sail and he was right on time. We had a fabulous trip and would definitely recommend...More

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Ward F, Owner at Northwest Classic Daysailing, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2013

Thank you so much for the nice review, it was fun sailing with you! Ward

Reviewed July 24, 2013

Many people have written that NW Classic Day Sailing was a highlight of their trip to Orcas. We must concur. Captain Ward Fay called me the night I emailed him to arrange our trip. My husband and I were the only guests so we had...More

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Ward F, Owner at Northwest Classic Daysailing, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2013

Hi Iona Celtic; Thank you so much for the nice review, It really means a lot to me. It was fun sailing with you! Ward

Reviewed July 5, 2013

My husband and I just recently returned from our trip to Orcas Island and one of our highlights was the 3 hour sailing trip on board Aura with captain Ward. We left the marina at 4:30 pm and returned by 7:30 pm. The captain gave...More

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Ward F, Owner at Northwest Classic Daysailing, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2013

Thanks for the good review. It really means a lot. Happy Sailing! Ward

Reviewed July 4, 2013

My wife and I had a terrific time with Ward. We "manned"(?) the tiller the whole time. Ward is very knowledgeable, told us lots about the islands and some of the history. His boat is beautiful and we had a great time. I'm really curious...More

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Ward F, Owner at Northwest Classic Daysailing, responded to this reviewResponded July 6, 2013

Hi Brad, Thank you so much for the nice review. I means a lot to me. It was great sailing with you and your wife of twelve days, congratulations again on your wedding! Ward

Reviewed September 19, 2012

Six of us spent a great afternoon sailing on the Aura, a beautiful wooden boat built in the 1940's on Lake Union in Seattle. Ward, the captain, gave us all an opportunity to work the sails and the tiller, a treat for a few of...More

Thank Brian C
Reviewed August 11, 2012

Skipper Ward Fay was exceedingly grouchy, unfriendly and just radiated a sense that he did not want to be there. Many of the simplest questions were met with derision and sarcasm. We thought for sure that he must be horrendously hungover, or maybe he is...More

4  Thank Davin8r
Ward F, Owner at Northwest Classic Daysailing, responded to this reviewResponded August 28, 2012

Please accept my heartfelt apology. I am so sorry. I have no excuse for that behavior. It won't happen again. I thought i was a nice guy, obviously not. Now after twelve years of happy customers I may have to get out of this business...More

Reviewed August 10, 2012

What a great experience we had sailing with Ward. From the time we boarded the sailboat until the time we reached the dock at the end of the trip we had the best time. The weather was amazing, the water was a tad calm but...More

1  Thank collinsgrimm
Reviewed August 7, 2012

Maybe he was having a bad day, but Ward wasn't very friendly on our voyage. He was, however, very good about letting us man the tiller and I think may have actually preferred it. We got him to smile a couple of times but to...More

2  Thank Kilsley
Ward F, Owner at Northwest Classic Daysailing, responded to this reviewResponded August 28, 2012

Thanks for the bad review, it was just what I needed. That kind of behavior is not acceptable, no matter how overwhelmed I am with business. It will not happen again. Contact me for your money back.

Reviewed August 6, 2012

Our 3 hour trip was good from the point of view that we made it good. We arrived as scheduled to find no one at the boat, so we sat on the dock and ate our sandwiches. We called the number, but could hear the...More

2  Thank ProspectJo
Ward F, Owner at Northwest Classic Daysailing, responded to this reviewResponded August 28, 2012

I am so sorry your trip wasn't good, please accept my apology. I need to do much better than that, and I will, If anyone ever calls me again. Please contact me for your money back. Ward

Reviewed June 17, 2012

Fantastic Trip! We give it the highest rating. Ward had the boat ready and was waiting for us when we arrived at the agreed time. He gave us an orientation to the boat and to general safety considerations when out on the water. We then...More

3  Thank Phil B
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kellyochico
July 12, 2018|
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Response from Ward F | Property representative |
Please see the website, classicdaysails. It will tell you what times are available and what they cost. You can then book yourself online.Rates are $76 per adult for three hours. Thanks for contacting me, and I hope to hear... More
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Chris M
September 30, 2017|
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Response from Ward F | Property representative |
Yes, I will be available until October 16. Please contact me directly or see my website, classicdaysails, for available times, and book yourself online. I hope to hear from you! Captain Ward, 360-376-5581
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taina1950
March 1, 2015|
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Response from Ward F | Property representative |
Sorry, I have a winter job in another county, and the boat has a full cover on it. I will be available in May, possibly late April. See my website, classicdaysails. com, for available times. You can also book a trip on my... More
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