And now for something completely different …

During the 43rd day of the Vendee Globe, an around the world solo sailboat race, Thomas Ruyant hit a submerged object in his 60 foot racing boat doing 15 knots during a storm with 40 knot winds and 30+ foot seas south of New Zealand. He has made to New Zealand under his own power. […]

Offshore with spinnaker Guadeloupe to BVI on Lagoon 450

Winter Charter Deals: BVI, Offshore & California Sailing

Below are a few sailing opportunities and ideas for the winter!  Island Sailing has many relationships with Charterers, Captains, Instructors, Brokers and other clubs — they frequently let us know about deals and sailing opportunities.  Also, sign-up on our charter/offshore email list if you’d like to stay in the loop, and always feel welcome to […]

Oct 2016 Portland Blood Chart Page 1

October Blood Charts

UPDATE to ISC Sailors: we’ve experienced low water levels and significant shoaling this year in Portland and Olympia.  As such, please find below updated “Blood Charts” detailing shoaling and areas you should avoid.  Thank you to members and instructors who’ve reported this ‘local knowledge’ to us…. Please note these are not for “navigational” purposes – […]

Free Bowl of Soup winners

Congrats to ISC Racers!

Congratulations to ISC Racers in for a fifth place finish (third is racing but fifth by donations) in the Free Bowl of Soup charity race. Pictured are (from left to right) Rich Ackerman, Beetle Bailey (seated), Steve Capps, Al Sekol (Captain), and Mark Nutcher.

Aniqua offshore sailing trip

Member Amazing Caribbean Sail

Dear Island Sailing Club members, By way of introduction, my name is Chris Black and I am a fellow Island Sailing member in Portland. We have a GREAT opportunity to join a world-class sailor and instructor on a December 7-12 delivery of a new Lagoon 380 catamaran from Guadeloupe to the BVIs. Two new boats […]

In Loving Memory of Schmoopy

It’s with heavy hearts that we announce that our beloved Schmoopy passed away on July 3rd. Thank you to each and every one of you for your caring support and wishes.  Schmoopy adopted Josh and Island Sailing many years ago, and ever since we’ve been privileged, honored and extremely lucky to have her as a […]

San Juans Flotilla 2016 (+ useful information)

Island Sailing members took part in a 9 boat flotilla in the San Juans, one of the best we’ve done yet!  Following’s some of the feedback and pictures, and if you’re planning a trip to the San Juans this feedback on favorite marinas, anchorages, etc… may be invaluable in your planning.  Flotilla Feedback read member […]

Volunteeer Crew Offshore Blue Water Sailing

Volunteer Crew v. Sailing Courses, a student’s perspective

While our recent ICC (International Certificate of Competence) students discussed more advanced “Blue Water” training (great new course – see Offshore & ICC Training), the question came up “why not volunteer crew as an option to training?”  Excellent question, and so we asked another student who has considerable volunteer crew experience and training that includes […]