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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.
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.
Stephen was a very knowledge, patient and excellent instructor. I recommend him highly.
Couldn’t have asked for a better instructor. Provided very constructive lessons without being overly critical. We did not always have ideal wind conditions… so appreciated the extra time and attention given… we were able to cover all of the practical components in the end. Thanks Nat!
Had a great time on the water. Thanks AJ!
Nat is a great instructor!
Excellent Sailor and Teacher! Great patience and enthusiasm.
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.
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.
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.