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Island Sailing Club

Island Sailing Club: It's time to turn the motor off

New Program: ISC Discount for OWSA Members

Moving forward, Island Sailing pledges to offer a standing discount across the board exclusively for active OWSA members who are in good standing!! They have put together this document to explain the program:

Island Sailing Club Scholarship

We appreciate our many outstanding OWSA volunteers! We are excited to be able to extend an ISC Scholarship to our volunteer members who have been a member for at least two years, have a documented record of volunteering with OWSA, and a passion for sailing. We are grateful to Island Sailing Club for their partnership in extending this opportunity to OWSA members!

Woman at the tiller of a small sailboat with lovely grayish clouds above

The scholarship application for 2024 is at the bottom of this page and is due January 15th, 2024!!

We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2024 Island Sailing Club (ISC) Scholarship. The ISC Scholarship is a one-year membership to Island Sailing Club provided by ISC and OWSA. Each year, up to 2 OWSA members are rewarded for their exceptional volunteer efforts with this scholarship. This is a value of $3238 each! The only requirements to apply are documented OWSA volunteer hours and active membership for at least 1 year. This will be the last year that ISC will extend their scholarship offering for OWSA members. Other information regarding new terms and conditions of ISC membership for OWSA member will be distributed in 2024.

Recipients are asked to skipper an ISC boat, as their skill level permits, and take out other OWSA members if desired, as skills permit.

The ISC scholarship provides the means for hands-on learning and is another opportunity for OWSA members to sail. Additionally, the OWSA Board views the scholarship as a way to recognize members who support OWSA through volunteering and involvement in OWSA activities. To be considered, you must have joined OWSA prior to January 1st, 2023.

The Scholarship includes:

  • Club Membership: 1 membership will be awarded to each scholarship recipient. After passing the class, recipients will have access to boats 20-23 in the ISC fleet. The ISC scholarship gives OWSA members the opportunity to build sailing skills and confidence as a skippers. ISC members experience the decision-making process of planning outings, gathering crew, and choosing activities and/or destinations. No maintenance is required.
  • ASA 101 Basic Sailing Course: members are required to pass this basic sailing class, and it is included in the scholarship. The course includes approx. 12 to 16 hrs of online knowledge courses and testing, followed by about 16hrs (a weekend typically) of on-water instruction and assessment. This is required regardless of your skill level.

The following classes are scheduled for the two 2024 scholarship winners:

  • March 2nd, 2024 10am - 4pm
  • March 3rd, 2024 10am - 4pm
  • March 9th, 2024 10am - 4pm
  • March 10th, 2024 10am - 4pm

These will be the only classes that are scheduled for OWSA and will need to be completed in order to fulfill the requirements of the scholarship and for you to be able to use ISC sailboats. So please consider this when you apply.

Contact Rear Commodore if you have questions.

Other things to consider when applying:

    Scholarship winners are required to attend an orientation before participation begins with ISC and follow all ISC Club Member Guidelines. The Rear Commodore will coordinate the date for the class and orientation. a. General Membership Rules:
  1. Between February to May, recipients will take and pass an ISC-taught class a. Course Scheduling: All scholarship recipients take the basic course together. The class in 2024 will be March as listed above.
  2. After passing the class, recipients will have access to boats 20' to 23' at the Portland location.
  3. Recipients will receive a 10% discount on any additional ISC classes.
  4. Recipients will share skippering an ISC boat weekly and participate in OWSA sailing events, such as a Beer Can Race.
  5. ISC Scholarship winners need to be certified as a OWSA First Mate by June 1st
  6. Each recipient is responsible for any damage that they incur on an ISC boat, up to $1,500. (This may be covered on your homeowners or renters insurance policy - please check). Recipients are also liable for damage to a third-party vessel.
  7. All concerns and communications regarding the Scholarship will be directed to the Rear Commodore ( to then be communicated to ISC. (Please copy through 01/18/24)

To Apply:

Complete the letter of application at the bottom to this page and return to: Completed applications must be emailed by January 15, 2024. The 2024 recipients will be announced at the February General Meeting.

Scholarship applications are reviewed by the Rear Commodore and presented to the board for approval. They will be rated on how thoroughly the questions on the application are answered and preference will be given to any applicants willingness to give back to OWSA both in the past and in the future.

Scholarship Winners - Sailing Opportunities and Mentoring

Prior ISC Scholarship Winners can be contacted by OWSA members for mentoring opportunities.

Scholarship winners over the years are:

2024 - Erica Graham, Alice Patten

2023 - Berry Kruijning, Becky Morland

2022 - Allison Chown

2021 - Colleen LaCavita, Laura Gadley

2020 - Katie Wojciechowski, Coleen Belisle (rolled over to 2021, however, both ladies declined due to personal commitments)

2019 - Kathleen Winterling, Leeta Anderson, Jamie Alexander, Caryn Ruch

2018 - Amber Diaz, Katie Braun, Mindy Fry, Sumi Wu

2017 - Carisa Bohus, Carin Berg, Debra Burke, Bernadette LeLevier

2016 - Sherry Buchanan, Elaine Ginader, Jenny Kelley, Terry Layton

2015 - Lori Conner, Debbie Graham, Nikole Kolander, Ellen Van Rossum

2014 - Cyd Dashkoff, Andrea Mitchell, Jan Steinbock, Alice Stuckey

2013 - Sue Geister, Nancy Marshall, Edye Parker, Erica Spooner

2012 - Lynda Davis, Sally Jo Edward, Julia Meyer, Kathy Phillips

2011 - Liv Aamot, Becky Belding, Susan Gierga, Michelle Williamson

2010 - Beth Collins, Susan Holtorf, Nancy Marshall, Margery Wagoner

2009 - Kitty Church, Teri Moore, Shelly Shott, Nicole Sirois

Island Sailing Club Scholarship Application:

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