— Training Northwest Sailors for over 36 years —

Sailing Courses

Sailing classes & training for beginners learning to sail to advanced sailors training offshore.

Sailing Club

Sail often and affordably with Island Sailing Club. Membership includes access to the fleet at all locations.

Adventure Vacations

We partner with many of the best charter Captains on providing sailing vacations and training across the world.

— New to Sailing? No Experience Required —

Two FREE Online Courses

2 FREE sailing courses and free online sailing logbook with NauticEd

Sign-up with NauticEd > receive 2 FREE online courses, learn the basics and gain access to free online sailing resources. If new to sailing, this is an instructive and interactive introduction.

Navigational Rules Clinic
Basic Sail Trim

Learn to Sail • Basic Sailing

Learn to Sail with the fundamental knowledge and on-the-water training needed to competently crew and Skipper Keelboats up to 24'

Learning to sail is easy, and once sailing you'll wonder why you waited so long to learn! This fun 2-day Basic Sailing Course teaches you how to sail confidently.

US Sailing • First Sail

US Sailing first sail introductory sailing program

Interested in learning how to sail? Take the US Sailing First Sail Experience to see first-hand why sailing is one of the most exhilarating activities on Earth!

— Upcoming Sailing Opportunities —

Island Sailing Rigging Seminar

Rigging Seminar

Portland Saturday April 22nd
Butch will cover the basic terms and concepts of sailboat masts and rigging. The group will then ... [Learn More]
sailing vacation to the BVIs

British Virgin Islands Sailing Vacation

Join us in the BVI's and receive your ICC license
A Sailor's Paradise of steady winds & sunshine while exploring the ... [Learn More]
Sailing Internationally? The ICC is the only sailing license accepted by European Countries and the International Standard for chartering abroad.

International Certificate of Competence (ICC)

Portland July 1 & 2 Assessments
Sailing Internationally? The International Certificate of Competence (ICC) is the only sailing license accepted ... [Learn More]
croatia sailing coastal towns

2017 Flotilla Survey

Island Sailing and Cruising Group members are planning a Flotilla (or possibly several) for 2017 and/or early 2018. With charter ... [Learn More]

— Our 2017 Sailing Programs —

Sailing Courses

Learn to Sail with the fundamental knowledge and on-the-water training needed to competently crew and Skipper Keelboats up to 24'

Learn to Sail, Cruise, Bareboat Charter and Offshore. The Northwest's Most Comprehensive Sailing Program

Clinics & Seminars

Sailing clinics and sailing seminars. Contined Sailing Education.

Learning in sailing never ends.  Our experts host clinics on Navigation, Electronics, Spinnakers, and more....

Adventure Vacations

Island Sailing Adventure Vacations

Sailing Adventure Vacations and advanced training around the World. Sail beyond charter boundaries and earn your ICC.

Offshore Training

advanced and offshore training

An offshore sailing program to receive advanced "Blue Water" training while sailing vessels between exotic ports. 

Island Sailing ClubIsland Sailing club offers Northwest sailors affordable access to sailing.

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.

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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.....

NauticEd Flagship School. The leading sailing school and sailing certification.

NauticEd is the World's Most Advanced sailing education and certification.