— 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....
Sailing Adventure Vacations and advanced training around the World. Sail beyond charter boundaries and earn your ICC.
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 Sailing Course, Capt. Frankland, 07/26/16, 4.8/5 rating
First impressions mean a lot when it comes to something like sailing. Stephen has both a passion and a deep knowledge of sailing, and as a student his enthusiasm was contagious. His class included a great blend of theory and quality hands on learning. I cannot thank him enough for the great experience.
Basic Sailing Course, Capt. Somervell, 10/02/16, 5/5 rating
Alan was a great teacher.
Basic Cruising Course, Capt. Somervell, 09/29/16, 5/5 rating
Instructor Alan Somervell was friendly and professional, and displayed a high degree of sailing knowledge.
Basic Sailing Course, Capt. Powning, 07/17/16, 5/5 rating
Basic Sailing Course, Capt. Brannan, 05/20/16, 4.6/5 rating
Basic Sailing Course, Capt. Sammons, 08/07/16, 3.8/5 rating
Basic Sailing Course, Capt. Frankland, 4/6/16, 5/5 rating
Stephen has a true passion for sailing and he’s excited to share his knowledge with his students. He is very concerned with the students experience and learning and he goes in depth to explain everything in great detail and add stories and situations for a full understanding and learning experience. I would highly recommend Stephen to anyone wanting to learn how to sail.
Basic Sailing Course, Capt. Frankland, 04/06/16, 5/5 rating
Basic Sailing Course, Capt. Brannan, 06/11/16, 5/5 rating
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.
Basic Sailing Course, Capt. Frankland, 09/19/16, 5/5 rating