Books A’Sail

Books A’ Sail 2017


Date: Sept. 12 – Sept. 14 23, 2017 (3 days)
Standard Bunk: $595 per person; includes all meals.
Stateroom: $675 per person double occupancy
Boarding Time: 09:30 Return: 15:00

Join us for our second Schooner Zodiac Book Club sailing!

Come aboard our second “Books A’Sail” trip! We’re honored to have Fairhaven’s own Village Books as our official sponsor, with Owners Paul Hanson and Kelly Evert guiding our literary journey this time out. Their first pick: local author Jim Lynch’s brand new novel “Before The Wind”, the story of a multi-generation boat building family set on the waters of Puget Sound.

Jim explains:
Growing up, my family seemed to spend as much time on sailboats as we did in our house. By my late teens, I started secretly thinking of myself as a novelist-in-waiting and daydreamed of writing a book that captured what life felt like in this water wonderland loosely called Puget Sound. I wanted to split it all wide open — the natural beauty, the sailing obsession, the push and pull of family, my clumsy quests for meaning and romance.

Jim and his wife Denise will be joining us on our sail through the San Juan Islands, where passengers will have an opportunity to explore the connections between Jim’s Northwest sailing and writing life alongside the Schooner Zodiac’s multi-generation tall ship restoring family and crew.

Kelly and Paul have selected two accompanying books for the cruise. “Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean” by Jonathan White and “Einstein’s Dreams” by Alan Lightman. We look forward to discussing these works during sunset at anchor or in the Zodiac’s cozy salon.

We’ll take advantage of the late-summer days to get in three full days of sailing and book discussion amid the gorgeous San Juan Islands, accompanied by a variety of marine life from bald eagles to porpoises maybe even whales! In between we’ll dip into all that the Schooner Zodiac has on offer, from kayaking to hiking to cocktails on deck in the sunset.

Buy these books with Village Books and receive a 15% discount and free media mail shipping by entering “VBSAILS” in the coupon field when you submit you online order, or just tell us that it’s for the Books A’Sail Book Group with in-store or phone orders!

Order online through Village Books by clicking Here!



To book a reservation please call us at (206) 719-7622


  • 3-days sailing and exploring the San Juan Islands
  • Navigational and Sail training aboard a classic tall ship
  • Delicious and hearty meals and snacks served from the ship’s galley
  • Visit amazing islands and explore by hiking or kayaking
  • Plenty of wildlife sightings including bald eagles, porpoises, seals and whales

Part of the adventure of sailing is that wind and tide may alter your course. For this reason the Zodiac may deviate from it’s intended route at the captain’s discretion. Bearing this in mind, the captain and crew will always endeavor to give passengers the most incredible experience possible. Already booked and wondering what to pack? See our handy packing list.

“What an adventure! This is a hands-on experience! Duty rotations include chart room, helm, bow watch and messenger. And everyone helps to raise the sails. The captain and all-volunteer crew are fun and ever-watchful over their charges. No surprise here…good food and plenty of it for very hungry people….”
– TripAdvisor Review 2016