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Current Volunteers


BOAST Chair & Webmaster, Melissa Cearlock

Melissa is native to the Vancouver/Portland area, sailing since the age of 6. Traveling offshore, exploring the Puget Sound, and many other places even taught kids to sail at West Moorland Pond while standing in water up to her waist, and in the tropics while stationed in Guam during her time in the Navy. Melissa got her first boat in 2007, a 26ft Paceship and spent many weekends on the Chesapeake Bay, MD. Returning to the Pacific NW without her boat in late 2013 Melissa discovered OWSA at the Portland Boat Show in Jan of 2014 and joined that Feb. She has taken classes, volunteered at OWSA events and is looking forward to many more.

Melissa has served as our Email Coordinator, Treasurer, Operations Director and Webmaster


BOAST First Mate, Kitty Glassow

Hi my name is Kitty, I am a Mammographer with Kaiser Permanente. As a teenager I enjoyed being in the water, swimming, kneeboarding and floating. Growing up I never thought that sailing would be part of my future, I figured it was a rich man's sport and Portland/ marine drive was just to far to ask my parents to drive to. So I never thought twice about it.

My hobbies include adding Kittens tinsel to hair, ( sparkly fairy hair) cross stitching, hiking with our dogs, then recently picked up snowboarding and kickboxing.

When I met my boyfriend last Christmas of 2019, he mentioned sailing and that he has been a sailor since he was a teenager. He has been all over the seas and has dreams of living on a sailboat in the on a sailboat in the next 5 years. He owns a 27ft Ericson sloop but now it needs repair and is on hold till we can find a covered area to work on it.  So, since we can't use the boat, he has introduced me to some sailors on youtube and since then I have been hooked! I love the thought of being on the water and navigating the waterways. I have no experience, but I am jumping in and ready to hit the water! I understand sailing can be difficult, but I pick up new things quickly and bring laughter along the way. I believe as a full green woman, I can bring comfort to others that are new and possibly recruit other ladies to join. any advice, books, tutorials or videos that you may be helpful would be greatly appreciate it!

Boat Wrangler, Carisa Bohus

Carisa Bohus, (Kah reese sah Bow hooosh!) joined OWSA in 2010 and has been learning how to really feel the wind ever since. I appreciate the many interesting areas OWSA brings to the membership, like volunteering at the Boat Show, and Sail for the Cause, as well as taking OWSA classes and attending sailing community talks. I love the monthly meetings and have learned so much from all my sailing sisters. Being in the BOAT/BOAST program has been a great way to get more time on the water.

Some of the benefits of Wednesday Night Sails are meeting other OWSA members, the skippers in the area, the river, and all the different boats we have the pleasure of sailing on. I'm looking forward to a fantastic 2019 sailing season. Please don't hesitate to give me feedback on the WNS program. I want to meet you and hear about your adventures.


Fleet Manager, Christi Dunham


Open Positions

Wednesday Night Sail (WNS)  Email:

Skipper Vetter - not needed 2021


Race Captain, Stephanie Walker 

Sailing/racing since 2015. I own a Hunter 30 sailboat. Skipper for WNS. 2020 Race Captain.


Open Positions

First Mate Coordinator  Email:

Class Registrar Email:


Volunteer Coordinator, Oshra Rapaport - Email: 

Membership Manager - Erica Graham - Email: 

Boat Show Coordinator - Gail Clement

Open Positions

Fireside Coordinator - Email: 

Merchandise Coordinator - Email:

Nauti Drinks Coordinator - Email:


Communications Coordinator, Fernanda Gwinner - Email: 

Webmaster, Melissa Cearlock - Email:

Technology Coordinator, Christine Shook - Email:


Bookkeeper, Susan Day

Sue recently moved to Portland from Vashon Island, Washington.  She's currently working as the Director of Finance and Administration at APANO (Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon). Sue grew up in the suburbs of Boston, MA and sailing on Cape Cod, went to colleges in Vermont, Arizona, and Massachusetts, and finally settled in the Pacific Northwest nearly 20 years ago.  She has a background in nonprofit management and small business ownership and has not done nearly enough sailing recently!  

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