Capt. Stephen Frankland

Capt Stephen Frankland at the helm

Capt. Stephen Frankland is a USCG licensed Captain rated for OUPV Inland and Near Coastal, leading NauticEd and ASA instructor, and arguably one of the highest rated instructors in the NW. Capt Frankland is the Principle of AGWE Sailing, specializing on training new and existing sailors with sailing experiences, chartering, private instruction and sail coaching.


My name is Stephen Frankland and I love to share the passion of sailing!  I had the great good fortune of spending all my summers growing up on Lake Michigan. I got my first boat, a Sunfish, when I was 10 and have been in love with sailing ever since. At the age of 12 I started sailing on The Northern Light – the 12 meter US14 built in 1938. I was ‘adopted’ by the crew and for the first two summers I worked on and sailed on the boat as much as I could.

Capt. Stephen Frankland sailing in Guadeloupe

Stephen Captaining in Gaudeloupe

At 14 I was invited to join the race crew and for the next four summers we participated in as many of the races around the Great Lakes that we could, the high point of each summer being the Famous Chicago to Mackinac race.

While attending the University of Oregon I got an opportunity to go to Alaska to work on boats and well…, six summers of commercial fishing and working the waters from The Gulf of Alaska (North Pacific) and Prince William Sound all the way out west to Norton Sound at the top of the Bearing Sea had rolled by when I chose to settle down in Portland in the early 90’s and discovered much to my surprise the amazing sailing taking place on The Columbia!

I joined Island Sailing immediately after I found about them and started sailing and racing avidly. It wasn’t long before I joined the crew there, started working at the club, got my instructor certifications, and began teaching at the different locations the sailing club has.

I am currently sailing and sharing my 1978 C&C Lancer 30: “Mahalo” out of Portland – sharing the joy of flying along in 15-20 mph almost daily summer winds with countless friends through the years. In teaching I find the opportunity to share this wonderful world of sailing and the joy it brings with an endless number of wonderful people who like me “have been called by the sea…”

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