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Daysailing and Skippered overnight charters

Guiding Star Adventures

At Guiding Star Adventures we are committed to following our “true north”.  We will guide our actions toward being the best stewards for our beloved seas and all the life within.

Captain Alan and crew has a passion for sharing experience and knowledge, they will deliver you into a world full of dynamic dramas and mysteries, full of interesting sights and plant and animal species within our magical Salish Sea.  Sailing this emerald sea you’ll have the opportunity to delve deep into learning about our special ecosystem, and also  relax and just soak it in.  We will tailor your trip to your interests.  

Our lovely ship S/V Makani is a solid proven sailing platform, perfect for everything from day sailing to week long adventures.    Her varied sail inventory, strong engine, large cockpit, warm heater, complete galley for hot drinks and snacks or even a gourmet meal at sea, makes her a super comfortable way to spend a few hours or a few days on the water.  

Captain Alan has explored the Salish Sea by sail and by SCUBA diving since the early '90's.  He has also sailed most of the west coast from Juneau Alaska to Costa Rica. Alan's first career was as a professional photographer.  Combining his love for the islands with an artistic side and adding a large amount of curiosity has made Alan into the knowledgable naturalist he is today.

Captain Alan on sunset sail

Captain and Naturalist

Captain, Photographer, Marine Naturalist

Captain Alan holds a USCG 50 ton Master License and has been guiding tours in the San Juan islands since 2014. Hundreds of 5 star trip advisor reviews speak to his warm personable style as well as ability to deliver a great tour on the water. 

Captain Alan shares his knowledge and enthusiasm for the island ecosystem helping  guests gain understanding and insights for our gem of the northwest, the “Emerald  Sea”.

We love to sail and transport you upon the wind to discover the bounty of wildlife the San Juan and Gulf Islands have to offer.  Join one of our shared group sails or book a private skippered charter aboard one of our sailing yachts for a bucket list adventure of a lifetime.