Alan is an excellent instructor, and very knowledgeable. Training was fun and interesting.
Excellent Sailor and Teacher! Great patience and enthusiasm.
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.
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.
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.
What a great weekend I have to thank the ‘boys’ at Island Sailing Club In Portland… for running a top notch casually fun facility. I learned so much and had so much fun this weekend. Who knows what doors this first step will lead to.
Alan Somervell was an excellent instructor that was able to break down difficult concepts for beginners like myself. He was patient and taught us what we needed to learn to be safe on the water. I am confident to go out on my own.
Captain John was wonderful and so much fun to sail and learn with. My wife and I had a great time sailing and gaining confidence.
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!
Thank you Island Sailing Club, and especially Paul Sammons, my first ASA sailing course was such a success! Clearly passionate about sailing and infinitely patient, Paul was an excellent instructor. He was eloquent in his descriptions and took time to answer all my questions. I would gladly sail with Paul and Island Sailing Club again!
From Passion to Profession
Island Sailing was founded in 1979 on Hayden Island in Portland, Oregon, and we've been training sailors ever since. At our core, we are sailors. We started where you are, following an intuitive desire to sail. Many of us started young, while others began sailing later in life. We trained and practiced - we've sailed derelicts and yachts, sailed in back rivers and on exotic waters, and sailed with the best (and sometimes the worst) sailors around. Over time, our passion for sailing became a profession. A profession to share our passion for sailing. We're not a boat broker, or a charter company - we train sailors to be confident and skilled. While we're an ASA affiliate, we focus more on training and less on stickers. As a club, we offer opportunities to sail and train at an affordable price. Really, it's that simple.... 35+ years of training and empowering future sailors....
Island Sailing operates at multiple locations around the Pacific Northwest, offering Sailors the opportunity to sail on the Columbia, Puget Sound and Lake Washington.
Our “home fleet” and our central office is located on the Columbia River at Tomahawk Bay Marina in Portland, Oregon. Sailing on the Columbia can be challenging and the conditions vary throughout the year (winter offering some of our best winds). The Portland membership tends to be a little social and highly active with an organized Race Team and Cruising Group.
Kirkland’s fleet is located at a prime spot behind Anthony’s Home Port Restaurant with quick and easy access to Lake Washington. The lake is a wonderful body of water to learn on and enjoy active daysailing. And, our sailors are treated with the beautiful sunsets behind the Seattle skyline and Mt. Rainier. There are plenty of boats for each member to get their fair share of sailing. The club here tends to be more “self-sufficient” with no on-site club facilities.
Olympia’s fleet is situated in some of the best cruising grounds in the NW, located in West Bay Marina on Budd Inlet. This location and the short drive from Portland gives sailors almost immediate access to the Southern Puget Sound, which has over 20 Washington State Parks and breathtaking views of the Olympics. The boats are more cruising orientated than the other fleets, and Tug Boat Annie’s Restaurant (overlooking the marina) is a true sailor’s joint (tell them we sent you!).
Gig Harbor, Washington
Gig Harbor is our newest and [arguably] the prettiest port and the home of our Catalina 30, the work horse of our Bareboat Chartering Classes. Our members from the other fleets make good use of these waters since Gig Harbor is a day’s sail to great locations: Tacoma to the East, Seattle to the NE, Bremerton, Poulsbo and Port Townsend to the Northwest and the many islands of the Sound to the South. And, Gig Harbor’s a boating town, from the fishing fleets to Tides and Seven Seas Brewery - the local sailing watering holes.
Island Sailing offers a variety of programs that enable sailors to improve skills while sailing more for an affordable price.
Our training programs are tightly focused on nurturing excellent and confident sailors. We offer beginner through advanced training, American Sailing Association certification, and our instructors are professionally trained, experienced, licensed, and insured.
Members have access to our fleet across 4 locations in the NW, from Portland to Kirkland. The club is designed by sailors to support sailor development, whether day sailing or pursuing goals of boat ownership or chartering in exotic waters.
Charter & Rental
Members can charter our boats for extended trips. Moreover, we maintain relationships with charter companies across North America and our students often receive “preferred” status discounts because of their training.
For non-members, we offer 20-22 ft boats for daysail rentals at all locations.