Dozens of Vanguard Sailboats Racing on West Sound -- Orcas, Washington

San Juan County, Washington

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West Sound

West Sound, is the smaller sister of the two "Sounds" on Orcas Island. The other being naturally, East Sound. West Sound is the home of the Orcas Island Yacht Club which provides dock space and shelter facilities for the Junior Sailing Program and the Orcas High School Racing Team. The Sound also has the West Sound Marina which is the location of our Cal 20 sail boats.


West Sound, with its protected waters, gentle breezes and ample size — 1 mile by 3 miles — is the ideal venue for club racing, sailing instruction, and afternoon day sailing. Members who borrow the Cal 20s for the day are asked not to leave West Sound hence the dotted line at the south end. South of that line there is more frequent power boat traffic, including WS Ferries on their way to and from Friday Harbor.


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Sail Orcas
P.O. Box 1226
Eastsound, WA 98245