— Training Northwest Sailors for over 35 years —
Sailing classes & training for beginners learning to sail to advanced sailors training offshore.
Sail often and affordably with Island Sailing Club. Membership includes access to the fleet at all locations.
— New to Sailing? No Experience Required —
— Our 2017 Sailing Programs —
Learn to Sail, Cruise, Bareboat Charter and Offshore. The Northwest's Most Comprehensive Sailing Program
Learning in sailing never ends. Our experts host clinics on Navigation, Electronics, Spinnakers, and more....
As an Island Sailing member, you and your family sail as often as you’d like in Portland, Kirkland and Olympia. We connect and empower sailors with sailing opportunities - learn, race, cruise, charter - the opportunities are endless, and the sailing experiences are yours to discover, explore and create with fellow sailors.
— SAILING SCHOOL & CLUB —
Inspired to Learn, Explore and Sail
Island Sailing School was founded in 1979 by Northwest sailors inspired to learn, explore and have fun sailing. They taught others to sail, more sailors joined and humble inspiration became a passion to create the Northwest’s best sailing school and club. What worked then still works today: experienced instructors train students to the highest standards, sailors join our club to sail affordably, and the fleet has grown to four NW locations. We’re inspired to learn, passionate about sailing and creating the best programs available for beginner and salty sailors.
• About Island Sailing: we're a team of professional instructors and sailing operators with a passion for training sailors and messing with sailboats.
• Our Locations: we sail on the Columbia River (Portland OR), Puget Sound (Olympia and Gig Harbor WA) and Lake Washington (Kirkland WA).
• Our Staff and Instructors: we're not a school driven by the past accomplishments of a single sailor, but instead we build upon the tradition, spirit and experience of Northwest Sailors.
• Ship's Blog: useful info, pictures, and often just messing around with boats.....
Basic Cruising Course, Capt. Frankland, 09/13/16, 5/5 rating
I feel confidant I will be able to reach my goals, which may be many foreign shores
ISC Club Member, 08/01/13, 4/5 rating
We’ve been members of the Island Sailing Club for several years. The staff are great, the boats are pretty good and the price is cheap. $184 a month, to take out a boat that you don’t have to do any upkeep on. Their classes are a good deal too. We sail most weekends and also go to their semi-annual formals and their dock parties are terrific too. The boats are pretty basic, but they work well.
Basic Sailing Course, Capt. Frankland, 05/12/16, 4.6/5 rating
Basic Sailing Course, Capt. Somervell, 05/31/16, 5/5 rating
Allen was a great instructor. He had patience and was very knowledgeable about the boat the area everything. He is also a brave man being out there with some rookies and he got us all back safe. Thanks island sailing
Basic Sailing Course, Capt. Frankland, 03/16/16, 5/5 rating
Basic Sailing Course, Capt. Brannan, 06/16/16, 4.8/5 rating
AJ is a great instructor and very pleasant individual. He takes time as an instructor to ensure the topics taught are understood by the students and that you have plenty of hand on experience to practice what you’ve learned in theory. Fantastic weekend sailing with him! The boats are in fact very well maintained, but some could use a hull cleaning below the waterline.
Basic Sailing Course, Capt. Frankland, 04/18/16, 4.8/5 rating
Stephen was enthusiastic, friendly, knowledgeable, encouraging and competent. Nothing but the best things to say about him as a teacher! He has me very excited to get out on the water!
Basic Sailing Course, Capt. Frankland, 08/22/16, 4.8/5 rating
Basic Sailing Course, Capt. Frankland, 09/08/16, 5/5 rating
Stephen was an amazing instructor — so patient with us newbies, very nicely detail-oriented, enthusiastic and passionate about the sport, and diligent about issues of safety and practice. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience!
Basic Sailing Course, Capt. Powning, 07/17/16, 5/5 rating