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Women Sailing on the Columbia

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Organized in 1994 by local women sailors, OWSA promotes opportunities for women to learn 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 no experience 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.

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Dock Party Map

Dock Party is at Hayden Island Marina. Critical Mass at 7-7:30pm. Tonight! Come by land, or water. See that long dock at Hayden Island Marina at top middle of page? That is what you are aiming for. Gate at top, on sidewalk for land entrance. More »

Published 5:31pm on 20 Jul 2019

WNS #10 Sign-ups are Open!

Wednesday Night Sail #10 is next Wednesday, July 24, 2019 New WNS Program: Radio Check-in during WNS: Help our members learn to use the radio. Do a WNS Check in on Channel 72. Aim for 6:15-6:30pm. Build a fleet consciousness. Have two different people do it, that is, do it twice. Hail the WNS Fleet, report your boat name, whereabouts, and number of crew aboard. Acknowledge the More »

Published 5:24pm on 20 Jul 2019

OWSA Dock Party! Saturday July 20!!

Please invite people by land to go to the dock party! You can also attend by river! It is at Hayden Island Marina, in front of Hayden Island Condos. 707 N Hayden Island Dr, Portland, OR 97217. If coming by land, park at Red Lion Inn and walk down to the dock gate. The dock we have permission to use is the first set of docks due More »

Published 6:00am on 19 Jul 2019

Come join us for our August General Meeting

Come join us for our August General Meeting at PYC located at 1241 NE Marine Dr, Portland, OR 97211. Oh the Places You'll Go! Adventures in Marine Science, Education and Boating presented by Jenny East Becoming the Porta-potty Princess (Marine biology, boats, and environmental education) Overview of some ocean/water issues in Oregon Considering our waterways while boating There is a bar onsite, so no outside alcohol will be allowed. More »

Published 4:08am on 22 Jun 2019

OWSA Family & Friends Picnic

It's only a week away! OWSA Ladies, family and friends, come picnic with us on July 13, 12-3pm at   Kelley Point Park .  This is a beautiful location with lots of shade where the Willamette and Columbia meet located at N Kelly Point Park Rd, Portland, OR 97203. Hot dogs, hamburgers, plates and napkins will be provided.  We will have music and lawn games just for fun. Bring a beverage, More »

Published 5:40pm on 15 Jun 2019


 If you think you are a pretty good sailor and would like to get out and help our WNS skipper by being a first mate, just let us know, details are below and you must RSVP since the class is nearly full. Join Liv "Leev" and others to become a first mate on Sunday July 21st from 9am to about 11:00 am.  Not sure if you qualify? Check the documents below, if you are about 80%, please More »

Published 7:59pm on 21 May 2019

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Jul 20

Cool Maneuvers » Maneuvering Practical

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July 23-27

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Jul 24

(WNS) Wednesday Night Sail #10

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(WNS) Wednesday Night Sail #11

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Aug 7

(WNS) Wednesday Night Sail #12

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Aug 14

General Meeting - Oh The Place…

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OWSA Free Sail-A-Dinghy Day an…

Come play on the Willamette and learn to sail a dinghy!
Aug 21

(WNS) Wednesday Night Sail #13

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Aug 28

(WNS) RAFT-UP (4:30 Departure…

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