Far Niente Sailing Charters

Memorable Puget Sound Sailing Cruises

About Us

Our Mission:
We love to sail the beautiful Puget Sound, and when we share the experience with people who have a great time, we have a great time.


Derek and Judi du Nann began Far Niente Sailing Charters in 2012, an idea born from the joy and pleasure of sailing with new friends. After visiting Seattle from Southern California in 1980, they immediately fell in love with the area and relocated to the Pacific Northwest the following year. The main attraction was the endless cruising available in the Puget Sound and points beyond. They have raised two daughters, Danielle and Briana, and one very special Viszla dog, Nakai.  Among their favorite destinations are Port Townsend, Blake Islkand, the San Juan Islands, and all those other 'One Particular Harbors' they happen to find themselves anchored in.

From the time Derek was born (literally), he was always 'in the water', so to speak. When the water temperature got a little hot, he would say it wasn't always his fault. Anyway, his mother was a championship swimmer and instructor.
So Derek didn't have much say in the matter when he was thrown in the pool before he could even walk. That early exposure to H2O has served him well over the years, as he is as comfortable on a sailboat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean as he is on Terra firma.


Derek began messing around in boats in High School, when he would (with permission of course) take the family's ski boat out for a spin with his buddies on Lake Piru in Southern California. Years later, after a short stint in college studying music and working as a Sound Recording Engineer for A&M Records in Hollywood, Derek took a beginning sailing class and was hopelessly hooked. 


Derek has owned several sailboats, starting with a Columbia 22' which he sailed to Mexico from Los Angeles, a
Mariner '31 ketch which he sailed to Seattle from Los Angeles, and S/V Far Niente, a Westsail '42, which has been all over the Pacific Northwest. He acquired his U.S. Coast Guard Captains license, and became a 'Duck Boat' Captain for 'Ride The Ducks' of Seattle. 


And lastly, a word about Jimmy Buffett, a sailor and musician extraordinaire.  You may know his ardent followers are aptly called 'Parrotheads'.  Derek was a 'Parrothead' at heart long before real thing came along, and he will be more than happy to spin up just the right Buffett tune to fit the mood.


Born under the water sign Aquarius, Roger has been a boating fan most of his life.  Growing up in eastern Washington, he enjoyed water skiing on the Columbia River and salmon fishing with family on the Pacific Coast.  In college, he took “Sailing 101” the last quarter of senior year, and immediately became a “rag sailor”, abandoning his powerboat roots for a more personal and exciting communion with Nature he found in sailing.

 Visiting a college friend in Hawaii shortly after graduation, the two chartered a 22’ sailboat out of Lahaina and the excitement grew.  Within 2 weeks of returning home to the Northwest, Roger bought his first sailboat – a 22’ swing-keel sailboat built in the Midwest for lake sailing.

He soon moved to Seattle in order to enjoy Lake Washington and the Puget Sound.  More boats followed, and by 1990 he was living aboard a 35’ Ericson, first in Lake Union and then on Puget Sound.  Following that 3-year inauguration to the live-aboard life, he moved up to a 44’ Peterson and enjoyed another 7 years living on the water, with a wife and 2 young children.

Today, Roger has returned to land life – mostly.  He owns a 32’ sailboat, moored at the Elliott Bay Marina, and continues to either sail north in summer to the San Juan Islands or lead a sailing charter with friends in the winter to the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, or the Sea of Cortez.  Gainfully employed by day in software sales, he dreams of islands, beaches, warm sun, and great sailing with close friends.  Throw in a little Jimmy Buffett and a margarita or two and all is well.

Roger brings a wealth of sailing experience and a real passion for the sport to Far Niente Sailing Charters.  Start spinning a few sailing adventures and he’ll keep you engaged for quite some time.


Built in Costa Mesa, California in 1974 by the Westsail Corporation,  S/V Far Niente is a full keel center-cockpit ketch designed for crossing the oceans. The boat has traveled extensively in the Pacific Northwest, including voyages to Ketchikan Alaska, and everywhere in between.


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