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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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The Columbia River is Raging -- Check the current before you go out!

We all check the wind before we go out sailing, but this time of year it is the current that can get in the way of a safe, fun outing.  When the river is pushing harder and faster than you are used to, you can get into a dangerous situation faster than you think. Do you know how to check the river height and current velocity before you go out on More »

Published 5:10am on 18 Jun 2022


The Fleet: Hoodview, Salud & Picaroon OWSA FLEET OPEN HOUSE THIS SATURDAY Saturday June 18, 2022 at 5-6pm Check out your OWSA boats this Saturday! Fall in love with your club fleet! 5-6pm. McCuddies on Marine Drive 2915 NE Marine Dr, Portland, OR 97211  As a member, you have access to these boats through our club programs, including many classes, Wednesday Night More »

Published 6:43am on 17 Jun 2022

Lifesling Training @ Sauvie Island Yacht Club

The Sauvie Island Yacht Club (SIYC) will be conducting hands-on Lifesling training this summer for Club members and a limited number of guests. The training is most useful if you have (or will be adding) a Lifesling on your boat. Plans for the Lifesling person overboard training are well underway.  We currently have the class about 2/3 full, so there is still room for attendees with or without a boat.  I have attached More »

Published 5:03am on 17 Jun 2022

Next Fireside June 18th Sat 4-5pm at the OWSA Dock!

Fireside New Member Orientation 4-5pm (please sign up) OWSA Fleet Open House 5-6pm  (after the orientation, no sign up needed) McCuddies on Marine Drive 2915 NE Marine Dr, Portland, OR 97211 If you want to know how to use your OWSA membership, come on down to the OWSA dock! Saturday afternoon, 4-5pm. There will be an Open House for any member or potential member! Come on down and check out our More »

Published 12:11am on 16 Jun 2022

Wednesday Night Sails 2022 are On!!!

Here's the event you've been patiently waiting for --  Wednesday Night Sails start June 8th and they continue through to early September.  As you may know, you will need to sign up individually for each sail, bookings open the Friday prior to the sail, which you will be able to do on the OWSA calendar . We will send you a reminder that day if you are on our mailing list. More »

Published 3:34pm on 29 May 2022

OWSA Women's Regatta - June 27th

INVITATION: All women sailors are invited to  register for the OWSA Women's Regatta  by Oregon Womens Sailing Association (OWSA) on the Columbia River between I-5 and I-205 bridges. DESCRIPTION: Competitive women sailors pit their racing skills against one another in this one-day regatta with up to three races scheduled. The Flyer is attached to the right for details. More »

Published 5:14am on 27 May 2022

Upcoming events

Apr 19Aug 25

Sysco Race Committee Boat Volu…

Small Yacht Sailing Club of Oregon, SYSCO, is providing OWSA members
Jul 9

5:00pm - Annual OWSA Picnic

Annual OWSA Picnic Date: Saturday,
Jul 12

6:00pm - 206 - Basic Sailing Workshop 1…

Basic Sailing Topics Workshop 1 includes parts of the sailboat,
Jul 12

6:30pm - Lifesling Training at Sauvie I…

The Sauvie Island Yacht Club (SIYC) will be conducting hands-on Lifesling
Jul 16

11:00am - 207 - Basic Sailing Workshop 2…

Basic Sailing Topics Workshop 2 includes tacking, jibing, reading the
Jul 25

7:00pm - Board Meeting

OWSA members are welcome to attend OWSA Board meetings. Due
Jul 26

6:00pm - 208 - Basic Sailing Workshop 3…

Basic Sailing Topics Workshop 3 includes topics on weather, winds,
Aug 2

6:00pm - 209 - Basic Sailing Workshop 4…

Basic Sailing Topics Workshop 4 includes Safety and Emergencies, PFD's,
Aug 18

6:00pm - 109 - Motor Maintenance » Motor Maintenance- Session 1

Aug 25

6:00pm - 109 - Motor Maintenance » Motor Maintenance - Session 2

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