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Women Sailing on the Columbia

Organized in 1994 by local women sailors, OWSA promotes women’s sailing through education and practical experience. Our members are business owners, artists, managers, lawyers, clerks, stay-at-home moms, writers and educators — name a profession, talent, or interest, and you will find an OWSA member in that field. Our members have all levels of sailing experience, from newbies to experts. Joining OWSA gives you access to sailing opportunities throughout the Northwest. At any given time we also have friends and members out sailing the deep blue, blogging, posting and sharing their adventures with us here on the Columbia.

Latest news

Sail this Saturday! 1-27-18

Come sail on Saturday, 1-27-18! The format of the special sails has been pretty casual. Keep the day open until you hear from your skipper. Each skipper states their own sail plan. It has generally been in the 12-1pm range for a start time, and we get back in before dark, for a ballpark on timing. If the conditions look better for a different time, you have to be flexible. Check the wind conditions

Published 6:07am on 23 Jan 2018


What an opportunity! Gain the on-the-water experience needed to become an intermediate sailor by participating in OWSA's BOAST program (Boat Owner And Skipper Training). This two-year program pairs beginning sailors with more experienced women sailors to learn rigging, outboard motor handling, docking, sailing, and boat maintenance on a boat from OWSA's fleet. During the second year of participation, women develop the confidence and skill to be a skipper and sail

Published 3:16pm on 9 Jan 2018

Education Classes are now available for registration!!

Come join us for our upcoming sailing classes.  All classes that are currently available are on the website, go to to the calendar to book a class, and keep an eye out for upcoming classes that may still be scheduled throughout the year.  We appreciate all of our instructors and are excited for everyone to get out on the water!

Published 9:52pm on 15 Dec 2017

Portland Boat Show

Come join the fun and volunteer at our booth at the Portland Boat Show! Contact Elaine Ginader at for more information and directions to sign up!

Published 8:01am on 25 Nov 2017

2018 Membership registration is now open!

It's time to renew your membership! Please go to to register and pay. And please update your contacts and interests so we can invite you to play!

Published 5:41am on 15 Nov 2017

Fireside Orientation

Come join us for the last Fireside of the year to meet other members and to learn about OWSA.

Published 12:17am on 16 Oct 2017

Upcoming events

Jan 27

Special Sail January 27

Let's sail Sunday, January 27!
Jan 31

Registration Closes for 101 Sa…

Registration Closes Today
Feb 6

101 Sailing Basics (Women Only…

101 Sailing Basics (Women Only)
Feb 8

General Meeting - Thursday @ T…

Come one come all to our first General Meeting of
Feb 13

101 Sailing Basics (Women Only…

101 Sailing Basics (Women Only)
Feb 15

BOAST program applications DUE…

GET EXPERIENCE BY BOAST! Applications for the BOAST program
Feb 20

101 Sailing Basics (Women Only…

101 Sailing Basics (Women Only)
Feb 27

101 Sailing Basics (Women Only…

101 Sailing Basics (Women Only)
Mar 6

101 Sailing Basics (Women Only…

101 Sailing Basics (Women Only)
Mar 9

Registration Closes for 102 Ba…

Registration Closes Today
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