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    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

    Published 1:56am on 16 Feb 2024

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    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,

    Published 8:06am on 17 Jan 2024

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    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

    Published 6:29am on 15 Jan 2024

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    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

    Published 7:18am on 10 Dec 2023

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    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

    Published 7:27am on 8 Dec 2023

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    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

    Published 12:00am on 27 Sep 2023

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    Carol Baker, Winner of OWSA's 2023 Crystal Sail Award

    Carol Baker, Winner of  OWSA 's 2023 Crystal Sail Award "The Crystal Sail is The Sharon Sites Adams Award for  OWSA  volunteers who are The Wind In Our Sails. Sharon gifted the crystal glass sculpture to us for this purpose.  Sharon was deemed an Honorary Lifetime  OWSA  Member because she is a local hero: the first woman to solo sail from Hawaii to San Diego

    Published 12:00am on 27 Sep 2023

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    OWSA Receives "Grow Boating" Award

    OWSA Receives "Grow Boating" Award The Grow Boating Committee of the Northwest Marine Trade Association has awarded 10 grants of $1,000 each to Pacific Northwest organizations for 2023 - and OWSA is one of those organizations. Thanks to Carol Baker, who applied for the grant -- the money will be available to the BOAST program for boat maintenance or whatever is needed. As Announced by

    Published 3:30am on 22 Mar 2023

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    OWSA's Picaroon Participates in Sailing on Sundays Races -- Winter Sailing at it's best!

    OWSA's Picaroon Participates in Sailing on Sundays, September-March Winter Sailing at it's best! If you are lucky enough to be in the BOAST program, you get to sail a boat through the summer and maybe you can sail through the winter, too! Picaroon signed up for and sailed in most races in the Sailing on Sundays (SOS) series which just finished on March 12th. The

    Published 6:07am on 15 Mar 2023

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    OWSA Featured in 48° North Article!

    OWSA Featured in 48° North Article Carol Baker did a great write up on the San Juans trip from last September, and it is published in the current digital version of 48° North Magazine . It is even mentioned on the cover. The article starts on page 30. Carol goes into detail about the trip and shares some great photos. 48° North is

    Published 12:29pm on 23 Jan 2023

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    Our Annual Meeting -- Welcome New Board Members

    On Wednesday, October 12th we had our Annual Meeting at Rose City Yacht Club. This meeting covered the official business for OWSA for 2022: reports from the Board about each part of our organization and voting on new 2023 Board members.  Welcome our 2023 Board members: Melissa Cearlock, Sarah Knudsen, and Meredith Hall.  Check out the slideshow that was presented at the meeting!

    Published 3:42am on 7 Nov 2022

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    Wednesday Night Sail WNS...

    … building the OWSA community. As I look back on a successful 2022 WNS season I keep thinking how lucky we are to have OWSA. We had 14 VOLUNTEER skippers that participated this year for a total of 12 weeks of sails. One week we had 10 boats and 29 ladies going out. Thank you skippers! WNS is for everyone. Beginners come to start their sailing experience, meet people in OWSA and the sailing

    Published 9:04pm on 7 Oct 2022

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