Island Sailing School courses from basic to bareboat and advanced


Sailing classes & training for beginner through advanced sailors.

Island Sailing Club. Club sailing at it's best in Portland, Olympia and Kirkland.


Sail often and affordably with Island Sailing Club.

About Island Sailing, including instructors, locations, boats and sailor resources


We enjoy the outdoors, nurturing sailors, and messing about with boats.

Our New and Most Popular Programs

heavy weather sail training

Caribbean Sailing Weather seminar

cruisers galley and sailing cooking

sailing outboard motor seminar and clinic

nauticed free sailing classes and free sailors logbook

new offshore sailing class

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, the fleet has grown, and we sail out of four NW locations.  We’re inspired to learn, passionate about sailing and creating the best programs available for beginner and salty Northwest sailors.

  • Locations: we sail on the Columbia River (Portland, Oregon), Puget Sound (Olympia and Gig Harbor, Washington) and Lake Washington (Kirkland, Washington).
  • Calendar: upcoming classes and events.
  • Ship's Blog: Useful info, pictures, and often just messing around with boats.....
  • Sailboats: a diverse mix of performance, daysailing and cruising sailboats.

Contact us

Josh Program DirectorWe've worked with thousands of sailors across the Northwest.  If interested in learning to sail or a veteran sailor with questions, certainly contact us.

- Thank you, Josh (Program Director)

(503) 285-7765,

Sailing Karma

4.5 star instructor 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.

George C.

The Best of Northwest Sailing

Island Sailing Trading Partners and Affiliates include US Sailing Banks Sails, Puget Sound Sailing Group, AGWE Sailing, OWSA Oregon Women's Sailing Association, Flagship Maritime, Santana 20 Fleet 10, West Coast Sailing, Danish Marine, Center for Wooden Boats, San Juan Sailing and North Sails