summer sailstice, summer solstice

Happy Summer Sailstice

Wishing everyone a happy Summer SAILstice.  Or solstice. Or Litha. Or 23.45 degree day…. So, what is the Summer SAILstice?  The Sailstice is really just sailors celebrating the Summer Solstice.  It’s the longest day (daylight) of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, the first day of Summer, and otherwise an excuse to get on the […]

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2018 Oregon Offshore Racers

Oregon Offshore Congrats

Congrats to fellow ISC racers Theresa, Rich and Denis for braving the Oregon Offshore and getting some ‘bling’!  That’s great – can’t wait to hear the stories….

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Instructor Larry Brandt - the contrarian sailor

A Contrarian’s Inside Passage – May 12th

We love hearing Larry Brandt’s sailing tales and adventures – and learn much from each….  Join Larry at PYC on May 12th. In 1937, ‘Wrong Way’ Corrigan set out from New York to fly to San Diego and instead wound up Ireland. And would you believe that in the summer of 2017 PYC’s Larry Brandt […]

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real pirates of the caribbean - Blackbeard's Capture

The real pirates of the Caribbean

Q: Why does it take pirates so long to learn the alphabet? A: Because they spend years at C.  YARRR! Below, a fun article about the Real pirates of the Caribbean…. (CNN) – Pirates have been a part of popular culture ever since they first appeared on the high seas with aspirations for fortune, fame […]

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Earth's Edge, Denis and crew on Colvos Passage during the 2018 Islands Race

2018 Islands Race (South Sound Series)

Congrats to Denis & Crew (Chris, AJ, Paul, Justin, Mary and Jordan) for taking 3rd in the Islands Race! And it was a close 3rd – only 16 seconds behind 2nd and 35 seconds behind 1st. Additional congratulations are due for finishing 4th place overall (of 16 boats in the class) in the Southern Sound […]

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An exciting sailing opportunity! NauticEd is running a kid friendly flotilla in the Ionian Island, Greece this June 2-9th, 2018.

2018 Greece Kid Friendly Flotilla

**For sailors with families** NauticEd is offering a highly personalized and “Kid Friendly” Flotilla in Greece (Ionian Islands), June 2-9 2018.  As many of us at Island Sailing have kids, we applaud this initiative to create some family friendly fun in the Med! Below is the announcement from Lauren at NauticEd: *** I wanted to […]

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Congrats to ISC racers, Sailing on Sundays

Congratulations to ISC racers and a “well raced winter” in the CYC Sailing on Sundays series. Defiant – Rich & Crew ISC 14 – Beetle, Paul & Crew The Zap – Mark & Crew Results below, 18 races total scored. Pos Sail   Boat   Rating Skipper Yacht Club Total Pos 1   93   Misty   0   Pam Sesar   […]

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NauticEd Flotilla in Italy

Italy Flotilla

Join Island Sailing on a NauticEd “Italian Flotilla” from July 14-21, 2018 No space remaining – 2 boats fully booked! A week-long Flotilla in Italy (the Amalfi Coast) led by NauticEd. The Amalfi coast is one of sailing’s best kept secrets – incredible sailing and vacation, in many respects less expensive (and more accessible) than […]

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2018 Tall ships festival

Tall Ships Pursuit

Join Capt. Mark Thompson aboard a Salina 48 Catamaran to follow and pursue the Gulf Coast Tall Ships Challenge.  The Tall Ships Challenge is a series of tall ship races and port festivals – including Galveston (April 5-8), Pensacola (April 12-15), and New Orleans (April 19-22). In addition to pursuing the Tall Ships, the crew […]

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2017 Vashon race crew

Vashon Race 2017

Congratulations to ISC racers for a solid 4th place finish in the Winter Vashon Race (first of the South Sound Series). ISC racers raced Earth’s Edge (Catalina 30) in a low wind +30 mile race beginning in Tacoma and then around Vashon Island. Below are the results, and it’s a highly competitive group!  Only 9 […]

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Deep Water, the film

Deep Water

Josh Recommends “Deep Water”!!! A wonderfully and beautifully documented film is about the first solo – non-stop around the world sailing race, sponsored by the Sunday Times of London… and was eventually won by world famous sailor Robert Knox-Johnson. It’s absolutely mesmerizing and I highly recommend it!  Josh…. Watched on Netflix: About: “DEEP WATER […]

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Flare safety seminar

Flare Safety Seminar

Please join us for this hands on FREE Portland seminar demonstrating how to safely use your on board flares and fire extinguisher! Sunday, December 3rd at 13:00 (1 pm) RSVP to The USCG requires boaters to have a set of flares on board.  Hopefully you’ll never have to use one in an emergency situation, […]

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Salina 48 to weather

Nassau to Pensacola Catamaran Training

A great sailing opportunity! Captain Mark Thompson is offering a training voyage from Nassau (Bahamas) to Pensacola FL and on a Salina 48 Catamaran.  Each leg is offered as vacation sailing that includes Near Coastal experience, along with ICC, NauticEd or RYA certifications. Voyages: Nassau Bahamas to Miami FL Nov 12-18, 2017 Visit the Berry […]

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Sailing Virgins practicing crew overboard

Crew Overboard – Crash Tack

Simplest Man Overboard Recovery Procedure From our friends at Sailing Virgins in the BVIs, sharing one of their favorite COB techniques.  James Kell, lead instructor, is a RYA Yachtmaster as well as a RYA and NauticEd instructor. James offers a GREAT article on COB that includes an immediate “Crash Tack” that gives time for the […]

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ANS - American National Standard for On-Water Recreational Boating Skills

American National Standard – Sail

New American National Standardfor Sailing Training & Assessment Island Sailing’s proud to be one of the first schools in the US to implement the new American National Standard for Sail training and assessment! This year the United States Coast Guard released a very intelligently designed sailing training and assessment standard. It was submitted to and approved […]

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BVI Family Relief Fund

BVI Family Relief Fund

NauticEd is “Calling all Sailors” to help with the BVI’s, including matching donations with free courses and t-shirts for different levels of donations.  The donations will go to Richard Branson’s Virgin Unite BVI Relief Fund – a legitimate, fast and responsible means to get donations to those in need! As a NauticEd Flagship School who […]

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