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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.

Latest news

SYSCO Crew Overboard Challenge -- March 24th!!!

SYSCO Crew Overboard  (COB) Challenge March 24th, Sunday, start time 1pm Buoy 14 Start line Everybody welcome! Practice your Crew Overboard skills in the Crew Overboard Challenge March 24th, starting at 1pm. No one goes in the water! Way more fun that way! Do you know what to do if someone falls overboard? This challenge is set up to practice your skills by going through 2 overboard drills of your own design. This practice More »

15 Feb 2024

BOAST Member Spotlight: Julie Cumiford

From beginner sailor to boat owner, Julie (one of four OWSA Julies) joined BOAST last year, intent on becoming more comfortable with being in charge of a boat. I was definitely a beginner sailor, she said of her experiences, prior to joining the BOAST program. During her time on the OWSA fleet boats, Julie learned innumerable things, including all of the steps involved in raising the main sail, the functions of all of the lines, More »

17 Jan 2024

OWSA Acquires a New Sailboat - The Calypte

OWSA maintains a small fleet of sailboats on the Columbia for use in educational programs including classes on sailing & boat maintenance and for the BOAST Program. The exciting news is that we have acquired a new sailboat, the Calypte -- an Ericson 27 that was built in 1973. OWSA purchased it this past September, and it is being moored at McCuddy's on Marine Drive. The Calypte is a 27 foot masthead More »

14 Jan 2024

2024 OWSA Membership Renewal Time!

All current OWSA members can now renew their membership for 2024 within the member portal. Any issues or questions regarding membership can be directed to: or Here are some instructions to help guide you through the process! 1. Log in to your member portal through the website. 2. Find the My More »

9 Dec 2023

A Lovely OWSA Holiday Party - 2023

The OWSA holiday Party took place on December 7th at the Portland Yacht Club, who kindly donated the space and importantly, opened the bar. The view enjoyed from the dining room had all the boats moored at PYC festively decorated with holiday lights for the season. About 50 members attended, wearing their festive holiday outfits. A great time was had by all. The changing of the leadership was ceremonially presented and More »

7 Dec 2023

Flotilla Fun!

OWSA sailors spent a week in the San Juan Islands in September, 2023.  Here is what they were up to... THE STATISTICS: 7 days of sailing, fun, and friendship September 1 through 8 7 sailboats from 37 to 42 feet; 6 chartered, 1 skipper-owned 7  OWSA  skippers: Julie Cumiford, Julie Schumann, Julie Demaree, Kathy Souhrada, Teresa Long, Alice Stuckey, and Liv Ormond 35 women from  OWSA More »

26 Sep 2023

Upcoming events

Feb 25

4:30pm - FIRE for Fireside -- All-OWSA…

All-OWSA Invitation! FIRE for Fireside! State your 2024
Feb 27

6:30pm - 101 Sailing Basics (7-week class) Feb 2024 » 101 Sailing Basics- Class 5

Feb 28

6:00pm - General Membership Meeting

Join OWSA at our Monthly General Membership meeting.
Mar 5

6:30pm - 101 Sailing Basics (7-week class) Feb 2024 » 101 Sailing Basics- Class 6

Mar 6

6:30pm - Board of Directors meeting

If you would like to attend please reach out to
Mar 12

6:30pm - 101 Sailing Basics (7-week class) Feb 2024 » 101 Sailing Basics- Class 7

Mar 21

6:30pm - March NautiDrinks

Join us for Thursday
Mar 24

SYSCO 2024 Crew Overboard (COB…

The Small Yacht Sailing Club of Oregon extends an invitation
Mar 27

6:00pm - General Membership Meeting

Join OWSA at our Monthly General Membership meeting.
Mar 30

5:30pm - Pottery Painting Event to Supp…

Join us for a fun evening of painting pottery and raising
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