— 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....
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. Somervell, 10/02/16, 5/5 rating
Alan was a great teacher.
Basic Sailing Course, Capt. Frankland, 03/26/16, 5/5 rating
A great sailing instructor! Very knowledgeable and knows how to make it understandable. Highly recommended.
Basic Sailing Course, Capt. Powning, 07/17/16, 5/5 rating
Basic Cruising Course, Capt. Somervell, 10/25/16, 4.4/5 rating
ISC Club Member, 08/01/13, 4/5 rating
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. The boats are pretty basic, but they work well.
Basic Cruising Course, Capt. Somervell, 10/24/16, 4.4/5 rating
Basic Sailing Course, Capt. Frankland, 05/25/16, 4.8/5 rating
Stephen was a very knowledge, patient and excellent instructor. I recommend him highly.
Basic Sailing Course, Capt. Somervell, 09/09/15, 5/5 rating
I had my first sailing lessons here. I was joining a friend and flying in from LAX and ended up arriving much later than expected. They gave me a crash course while everyone else was out on the boats which I thought went above and beyond their job duties. The instructors are really fun, knowledgeable, and just general pleasures to be around. I was really nervous at first but they just made everything so relaxed. I didnt pass because I wasnt able to get a hold of the book until I got there. (I’m the type that needs to study). Good thing is you can retake it which I will be when I’m in Portland again soon! I would actually retake the class if I had to because it was a lot of fun! It really is like learning a new language. Oh also, they the most adorable cat mascot which made me super happy lol.
Basic Sailing Course, Capt. Somervell, 09/28/16, 5/5 rating
Basic Sailing Course, Capt. Cahen, 07/26/16, 5/5 rating
Just wanted to say that Darroch Cohan is an outstanding instructor. 3rd generation sailor, good stories, knowledgeable and fun to learn from. Reignited my interest. Can’t say enough about this guy.