US Sailing First Sail introduction to SailingInterested in learning how to sail? Take the First Sail Experience to see first-hand why sailing is one of the most exhilarating activities on Earth! The unique on-the-water opportunity is designed to provide a memorable experience that also gives access to online training that prepares beginners for their first time sailing.

Scheduled First Sails coming this fall! Contact us for immediate dates.
• 3 hrs of sailing fun, $50 per person
• Private scheduling available

US SailingFirst Sail is a nationwide initiative developed by US Sailing with support from sailing schools, community sailing centers, yacht clubs and other sailing industry organizations around the United States. The goal of First Sail is to educate the public on the benefits of sailing as a fun and exciting recreational activity for people of all ages and abilities and connect them with opportunities to get involved. First Sail offers a pathway to participation through resources and information on how to get started and find a place to go sailing.

What is the First Sail Experience?

US Sailing First Sail ExperienceThe First Sail Experience is a two-hour lesson offered to anyone through a growing list of First Sail Locations, comprised of community sailing centers, sailing schools and yacht clubs around the country.

This unique opportunity offers beginners an introduction to sailing in a casual setting and is designed to provide a memorable experience that will motivate newcomers to continue sailing.

Participants will get out on the water with an instructor in a keelboat provided by the First Sail Location. The First Sail Experience features basic sailing hands-on learning that will cover topics such as, how a sail works, parts of a sailboat, points of sail, and important safety guidelines.

Additionally, all First Sail Experience participants will have access to Chapter 1 of Basic Keelboat Online, a US Sailing online training course designed to prepare beginners for their first time on the water.

Topics included in US Sailing's Basic Keelboat Online (preview) course:

  1. The Parts of a boat
  2. The parts of a sail
  3. How a sail works
  4. What it means to trim a sail
  5. The different points of sail

Topics covered in the on-water session:

  1. Sail controls and basic sail trim
  2. Slowing the boat under control
  3. Raising and lowering sails
  4. Overview of departing & returning to the dock
  5. Line handling safety including halyards, sheets and winches
  6. Tacking & Jibing including boom control
  7. Team building - tacking & jibing

What's a First Sail Location?

First Sail Locations encourage individuals to experience the joy of sailingIsland Sailing's proud to be one of the First Sail locations in the Northwest.  First Sail Locations are comprised of a diverse group of community sailing centers, sailing schools, yacht clubs, and sailing organizations around the country. These First Sail Locations encourage individuals to experience the joy of sailing through a unique First Sail Experience that offers beginners an introduction to sailing and designed to motivate newcomers to continue their participation.

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$50 per person for 3hr First Sails

Class Booking Conditions (Deposits, Refunds and Cancellations) are detailed HERE.

Information on registering for First SailTo Register:

Contact us at or (503) 285-7765 for upcoming dates and to sign-up. Of course, we'll certainly answer any questions you may have.

For Additional Dates in Portland:

AGWE SAiling, go sailing on MahaloAGWE Sailing offers Private Sails and "Simply Sail" for $50 / 3hrs with one of the World's Best Instructors! More information on the Portland Intro and Private sails »

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