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Women Sailing on the Columbia


OWSA promotes opportunities for women to learn sailing through education and practical experience. Our members are business owners, artists, managers, lawyers, 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 no experience to experts. Our goal this year is to Engage, Encourage and Educate. Explore our website and learn how you can get on the water and access sailing opportunities in the Northwest.  So great to have an encouraging, collaborative group of ladies to sail with and share our common interest in sailing.

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Fireside Chat: New Member Orientation -- May 4th

Fireside Chat: May 4th, Wednesday, 6pm start Sign up to learn about OWSA! The structure, the opportunities, how to grow in your sailing skills. We do it all. There is so much to your OWSA membership. All members welcome, but this is especially for new members! Come to this session and learn about the organization, start to shape your goals, and we will figure out where you fit in. Sign up for this free More »

Published 12:11am on 9 Apr 2022

Volunteer for the SYSCO Race Committee Boat

Small Yacht Sailing Club of Oregon, SYSCO, is providing OWSA members an opportunity to volunteer on the Race Committee (RC) boat through the upcoming racing season. Signup up here by making a free booking. No experience is needed, all training will be provided on the RC boat. Volunteers will be selected for specific races by SYSCO based on a first come sign up basis. Volunteers will be given specific instructions on when to More »

Published 7:23pm on 6 Mar 2022


Cruising on a sailboat is many sailors dream. But how do you make that dream come true? First, take some beginning sailing classes. OWSA has several classes to help you learn parts of a sailboat and sailing theory so you're ready to be crew on a cruising sailboat. YouTube videos and reference books are also good sources of information. With just a little basic terminology, youre ready to cruise on a More »

Published 6:24pm on 26 Feb 2022

Renew Your OWSA Membership for 2022!!!

OWSA - Its Time for Membership Renewals!  If you haven't already done it... The member portal is now available for you to renew your OWSA membership for 2022 The membership fee is $50 for the calendar year. Membership fees support your numerous OWSA programs to include meetings, WednesdayNight Sail, and other fun activities! If you need help renewing your membership in the More »

Published 6:19am on 6 Jan 2022

2022 BOAST Program -- A Few Slots Still Available

2022 BOAST Program Apply Now for a Chance to SAIL SAIL SAIL to your hearts content! OWSAs BOAST program (formerly BOAT) is at the very heart of the organization and its mission: to get more women sailors on the water and owning their own boats! We have three small boats moored on the Columbia River that you can own and sail for a whole year. This is your opportunity More »

Published 8:35pm on 16 Dec 2021

BOAST 2021 Winterization Day

An interesting part of the BOAST program is about maintaining the OWSA sailboats. Our BOAST program director, Meredith Hall, and our fleet manager, Kiki, lead the way, as many of the BOAST members were able to come down for the winterization day in late November, with many hands making for fun, light work. This year, we decided to keep Picaroon sail-ready for the Winter months, because that group wants to do the Sailing-on-Sundays. We More »

Published 6:25pm on 16 Dec 2021

Upcoming events

Apr 19Aug 25

Sysco Race Committee Boat Volu…

Small Yacht Sailing Club of Oregon, SYSCO, is providing OWSA members
May 18

6:30pm - General Membership Meeting

General Membership Meeting Topics: Wednesday Night Sailing and Oregon
May 22

11:00am - OWSA 2022 Race Clinic » Race Clinic- Meet your Race Cr…

Meet up with your assigned boats to head out on
May 24

7:00pm - OWSA 2022 Race Clinic » Race Clinic 2022- Rules of Rac…

Presenter US Sailing Regional Judge and Umpire Craig Daniels will
Jun 6

6:30pm - OWSA 2022 Race Clinic » On the water session (Session…

This on the water session will focus on starting a
Jun 7

6:00pm - 107 - Cruising Basics Course » Cruising Basics - Session 1

Jun 13

6:30pm - OWSA 2022 Race Clinic » On the water session (Session…

This on the water session will focus on mark roundings.
Jun 14

6:00pm - 107 - Cruising Basics Course » Cruising Basics - Session 2

Jun 18

4:00pm - Fireside Chat: New Member Orie…

How to use your OWSA Membership!
Jun 20

6:30pm - OWSA 2022 Race Clinic » On the water session (Session…

This on the water session will focus on putting it

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