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Wednesday Night Sails

Wednesday Night Sail begins in May through early September.*

A great way to meet new friends, practice skills and gain experience on a variety of boats. Share your boat, or crew with someone. Open and free to all women OWSA members. Here's how it works: You must be a current member of OWSA to participate in WNS. If you have just become a member of OWSA, you will automatically begin receiving invitations to WNS within two weeks of joining. When you join OWSA, indicate your sailing experience level. We use that information to assign a mix of experience levels on each boat.

If you have questions about participating in Wednesday Night Sail, please email

How to Sign up: Each Friday night or Saturday morning*, an email is sent to all OWSA members, inviting both skippers and crew to participate on the upcoming Wednesday. Those who wish to participate must sign up at

  • Click on Calendar in the top menu
  • Click on the blue underlined "Wednesday Night Sail" for this week's sail
  • Click on "please login to make a booking"respond by Monday at noon.
  • On Monday evening, the skipper/crew lists are emailed out, along with contact information for the skipper and directions to the boat. Boats are at a variety of locations along the Columbia River.

Crew Members: You are responsible to provide your own Personal Flotation Device (PFD), and wear appropriate attire (dress in layers and wear non-marking shoes). It is also customary to bring a snack to share with other crew members and the skipper. We recommend bringing sailing gloves. Typically, Crew members need to be at the boat at 5:30 - no later than 5:45 pm, but at the discretion of the Skipper. This gives you time to stow your gear and help prepare the boat to sail. Typically, Boats leave the dock at 6:00 pm and sail till dusk, and you don't want to miss the Boat!

First Mates: Experienced sailors, we need you to serve as First Mates on WNS.

Skippers (Boat Owners): This is your chance to pass on the joy of sailing and take part in OWSA's core mission of encouraging women to sail. Wednesday Night Sails is so popular that we almost always need more boats, and we really appreciate your willingness to help out. We have many members who are very experienced and can provide you the confidence to take your boat out on the river! Please let us know if you have special requests so we can partner you with the skill-sets/experience level you prefer.

If you'd like to join us on Wednesday nights as a boat owner, please complete the WNS Skipper Agreement Form and WNS Skipper Application Form. Questions? Contact

*Additional Special Sails and Weather Watch Sails during the off-Season may be offered in a similar manner.

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