Training Northwest Sailors for over 36 years.... Island Sailing school blends advances in sailing education with "salty" practical training by many of the world's best instructors. The sailing club enables sailors to enjoy local sailing and gain experience. Adventure vacations offer opportunities for advanced training and sailing well beyond Northwest horizons.

Sailing Courses

Learn to sail with basic sailing classes for new sailors. Learning to sail is easy!

Sailing Courses for every experience and skill level from learning to sail to advanced and offshore sailing.

Our programs and instructors exceed the highest national training standards, rated 4.9/5 by students. Learn »

Sailing Club

Island Sailing Club

Join the club and sail locally in Portland, Kirkland and Olympia.

The sailing club empowers sailors to gain experience, meet other sailors and have fun sailing - all without the hassle and expense of boat ownership. Sail »

Vacation Sailing

Guadeloupe Sailing Vacation, Helia

Take training to the next level and meanwhile enjoy the fun, sun and exploration of exotic locations.

These adventure and training vacations have it all! Discover »

Basic Sailing Course · Keelboat Certification

Sailing a Capri 22 close hauled with family
Learning to sail is easy, and once sailing you’ll wonder why you waited so long to learn!
This fun 2-day course teaches you how to sail safely and confidently
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Basic Cruising Course · Skipper Certification

learn to cruise sailing with this basic coastal cruising course
Sail further and faster with the 2-day Cruising Course.
Learn improved sail and boat handling techniques, including extended and heavy weather sailing on sailboats 25′ and larger. Gain your Skipper Certification.
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Bareboat Course · Bareboat Charter Master Certification

bareboat chartering class. Learn to bareboat charter, coastal navigation and sail around the world.
Sail and charter large sailboats in exotic locations.
The Bareboat course teaches you a complete understanding of vessel systems, trip planning, and large boat handling so you can fully enjoy your charter adventure.
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San Juan Cruise & Learn

learn sailing while cruising in the san juan islands
Explore a world-class sailing destination while sailing and training with local and veteran instructors.
Earn your Bareboat, Skipper or Crew certification.
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Coastal Navigation

Practical Navigation Clinics teach the physical art of navigation while incorporating veteran navigators' tricks and techniques. Navigation is fairly easy to learn, but often more difficult to really plan and do while sailing - these clinics blend online knowledge training with practical clinics that include knowledge Q&A, practical instruction and hands-on practice. Coastal Navigation teaches you how to plan a trip, plot highly efficient courses, and avoid the multitude of hazards using a variety of tools and knowledge. When sailors learn to use currents, tides and weather to their advantage then cruising truly becomes an art. "Wind and Waves favor the ablest navigator..."
Coastal Navigation teaches you how to plan a trip, plot highly efficient courses, and avoid the multitude of hazards using a variety of tools and knowledge.
Learn practical navigation from the pros in this 3-clinic Navigation course.
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Spinnaker Clinic

Island Sailing racers flying spinnakers
Learn to harness the power of the Spinnaker. Progress into performance sailing, or just improve your light wind skills on the gentle summer afternoons.
Hands-on spinnaker training and practice in 3-4 hr on water sessions.
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Cruising Group

Learn to Cruise and sail further and faster with improved sail and boat handling techniques, in heavier weather and with sailboats 25' and larger

Joining cruising events are a great opportunity to meet other members and sailors, explore destinations, and simply have fun sailing!

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Portland Race Group

The Racing Group are Island Sailing members who enjoy sailing and racing together locally and beyond. Joining racing events are a great opportunity to meet other members and sailors, perfect skills, and simply have fun sailing!
Join Portland’s Races!
Island Sailing members race weekly – a great opportunity to gain skills and meet fellow sailors.
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Island Sailing School & ClubIsland Sailing Club 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 across the Pacific Northwest. We remain inspired to learn, passionate about sailing and creating the best programs available for beginner and salty sailors. Learn more about Island Sailing »

Recent Posts...

2019 Final South Sound Race

2019 Final South Sound Race
***UPDATE*** Results are in - ISC took 5th (out of 11 - Cruising Class) in the South ... more info»

Welcome Lilli!

Welcome Lilli to Island Sailing
Lilli Matzke has joined the Island Sailing team! Lilli brings a wealth of professional experience to ISC, is a GREAT sailor, and is highly involved in the Portland sailing community ... more info»

2019 Toliva Race

2019 Toliva Race
Congrats to Denis & Crew, and Earth's Edge is back in the race! Denis' report below, and thanks to David Shepherdson for a few pics.... As far as the race ... more info»

Cruising Group Information & Schedules

San Juan Sailing Guided Flotilla
**Update** Island Sailing's Cruising Group has a busy (and fun) schedule this year, from local Portland to the San Juans!  For updated information, we've added a cruising group page for ... more info»


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