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Training Northwest Sailors for over 36 years.... Island Sailing programs blend advances in sailing education with "salty" practical training by many of the world's best instructors. The sailing club enables sailors to enjoy local sailing and gain experience. Adventure vacations offer opportunities for advanced training and sailing well beyond Northwest horizons.

Sailing Courses

sailing courses from basic sailing, learn to sail to bareboat

Sailing Courses for every experience and skill level from learning to sail to advanced and offshore sailing.

Our programs and instructors exceed the highest national training standards. Learn »

Sailing Club

Island Sailing Club

Join the club and sail locally in Portland, Kirkland and Olympia.

The sailing club empowers sailors to gain experience, meet other sailors and have fun sailing - all without the hassle and expense of boat ownership. Sail »

Vacation Sailing

Guadeloupe Sailing Vacation, Helia

Take training to the next level and meanwhile enjoy the fun, sun and exploration of exotic locations.

These adventure and training vacations have it all! Discover »

Basic Sailing Course · Keelboat Certification

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 course teaches you how to sail safely and confidently
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Basic Cruising Course · Skipper Certification

learn to cruise sailing with this basic coastal cruising course
Sail further and faster with the 2-day Cruising Course.
Learn improved sail and boat handling techniques, including heavier weather sailing and sailing on sailboats 25′ and larger. Gain your Skipper Certification.
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Guadeloupe Sailing Vacation

Guadeloupe Sailing Vacation, Helia
Only 1 Stateroom left!!
Sail in Guadeloupe, the “Pearl of the Caribbean”. Just relax and explore, or train and earn sailing certifications.
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2018 Offshore “Bluewater” Voyages

2018 Offshore "Bluewater" Voyages
Great Offshore and “Blue Water” opportunities: join RYA and NauticEd instructor and catamaran expert on a 4-part delivery of a Salina 48 from Pensacola FL to Miami, Bermuda and landing in the Bahamas.
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Florida 5-day Bareboat

Island Sailing Adventure Vacations
Explore Florida’s “Emerald Coast” on a 5-day vacation adventure.
Earn your Bareboat, RYA Day Skipper or ICC certification
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Portland Race Group

The Racing Group are Island Sailing members who enjoy sailing and racing together locally and beyond. Joining racing events are a great opportunity to meet other members and sailors, perfect skills, and simply have fun sailing!
Join Portland’s Races!
Island Sailing members race weekly – a great opportunity to gain skills and meet fellow sailors.
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International Certificate of Competence (ICC)

The International Certificate of Competence is approved by the UN resolution 40
Earn your ICC! Assessments ongoing through 2018. The ICC is the only sailing license recognized by the United Nations.
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Register Online

Book sailing classes online. The sailing calendar allows sailors to choose sailing classes and courses.
Sailing Calendar: sign-up for upcoming courses and events.
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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.

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Island Sailing School & ClubIsland Sailing Club 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 across the Pacific Northwest. We remain inspired to learn, passionate about sailing and creating the best programs available for beginner and salty sailors. Learn more about Island Sailing »


NauticEd Flagship School. The leading sailing school and sailing certification.Island Sailing Courses adhere to legal and official American and International standards for sailing certification and training. Our combination of knowledge training, practical assessment and sailing experience exceeds United States and United Nations training standards.