Sailing classes & training for beginner through advanced sailors.

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

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


Sail often and affordably with Island Sailing Club.

Our New and Most Popular Programs

learn to sail, island sailing basic sailing course

new offshore sailing class

nauticed free sailing classes and free sailors logbook

Inspired to Learn, Explore and Sail

Island Sailing 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).
  • Sailboats: a diverse mix of performance, daysailing and cruising sailboats.
  • Calendar: upcoming classes and events.
  • Journal: our blog, pictures and playing around.

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

5 star instructor rating

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.

Alia H.

New for 2016! The World's Most Advanced Sailing Education

NauticEd advanced online training Learn to Sail basic sailing

Representing the Best of Northwest Sailing

Island Sailing Trading Partners and Affiliates include 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