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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.
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.
Alan Somervell was an excellent instructor that was able to break down difficult concepts for beginners like myself. He was patient and taught us what we needed to learn to be safe on the water. I am confident to go out on my own.
AJ was very skilled and knowledgeable. He was clear, organized and patient. He was on top of the wind forecast and adjusted our class schedule so we could be on the water when the conditions allowed for great sailing. He also had good tips on learning and remembering key concepts and techniques. We had fun and learned a lot.
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.
Just finished the basic keelboat class. Good instructors and equipment. Very thorough training. Some in class had no prior sailing experience and were comfortable at the helm in two days. With Island you can go from landlubber to sailor in a week-end! Club rates are good too. Highly recommend them.
A great sailing instructor! Very knowledgeable and knows how to make it understandable. Highly recommended.
An amazing day …, looking forward to greater proficiency!
Island Sailing has done a great job training us with an emphasis on safety and seamanship. Through our membership, we have been able to sail on the Columbia River, the Willamette River, and the Puget Sound…. A friendly and knowledgeable staff combined with a nice selection of boats in the Puget Sound and Portland locations makes Island Sailing the ideal place to gain or maintain your sailing skills…. The foundational sailing skills obtained have given us the ability to sail, charter, teach and ultimately gave us the confidence to purchase our own boat.
Stephen is an ideal instructor. He taught us all of the basic sailing techniques and encouraged each student to take on increasing responsibility for the vessel. He has a great deal of boating experience that helped us to gain a better understanding of waterway rules, boating safety and communication skillsn necessary to Skipper a sailboat. It was a great course, and I feel confident in the foundation that we set in the Skipper course.
Very capable and competent skipper and instructor. Enthusiasm for sailing and introducing others to it is inspiring.