The Crew

The Crew

Capt Jon Baker San Juan Island sailing chartersCaptain Jon Baker
US Coast Guard 100 Ton Master (Since 1986)

I started sailing when I was 8 years old on small prams and later racing Hobie Cats. As I got older I was drawn to larger sailing yachts and more open water.

After graduating from college I studied at Chapman School of Seamanship before acquiring my Coast Guard 100 ton Masters License. I have made passages from Alaska south and across the Pacific to Hawaii before getting married to my wife, Jeannette, and dropping anchor (so to speak) in the San Juans.

Aboard Northwind most of my time is spent either navigating or helping out in the galley, as I love to cook. I also am happy to go on hikes or point you in the right direction. I enjoy teaching people to steer the boat and handle the sheets, but I am able to do it all if you prefer to relax.

I have a naturalist background as my undergraduate studies were in Salmon Fisheries and Marine Biology. I am happy to educate you about our resident marine life and local flora and fauna. Jette and I take great pride in introducing our guests to our magical area and seeing the joy of their discoveries.

Jette Baker and TailR - Sail the San Juans Yacht Charters BellinghamCaptain Jeannette “Jette” Baker
US Coast Guard 100 Ton Master
Chef Extraordinaire, galley dancer, and guitar player

Jon and I work together well as a team. We have been sailing together for over 30 years, and I acquired my Coast Guard Masters license in 2000.

I have enjoyed blue water cruising on passages to Hawaii, but mostly my sea time has been in the coastal islands of the San Juans, Alaska and British Columbia. I was also a volunteer EMT and firefighter in my home community.

In my spare time I enjoy wood carving, reading, and playing guitar. People ask if I like being a chef on Northwind, and I answer that what I love is feeding people. I enjoy providing delicious cuisine and enjoying it together, complete with candlelight in this beautiful island setting. What could be better than that?

With over 30 years of experience in crewed charters we think we have assembled the finest sailing yacht and the best crew in the islands.

TailRTailR (Taylor)
CFO – Chief Fetching Officer
Aug 29, 2008 – Sept 8, 2023

TailR was our faithful sea dog for 14 sailing seasons. She was a Portuguese Water Dog who loved island hikes, kayaking adventures, searching for Orca, and sampling fresh pasta. She was also known as the “self tacking dog”, and would automatically switch to the low side of the boat whenever we came about during upwind sails. She will be dearly missed by the crew and returning friends. Sail on, TailR!