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Wednesday Night Sails

Wednesday Night Sail (WNS) Rides Again! A few words from Carisa Bohus, WNS Chair

WNS starts with the Meet the Skippers meeting May 2. Portland Yacht Club, 6:30-7:30pm. This meeting is your opportunity to talk, meet, observe, and learn about our community building skippers. If you have a question in mind, consider sending it to me in advance to keep the meeting moving. I appreciate it.

For those new to our Magical Making Moments, aka WNS, the season runs from mid-May generally through August. It ends with a raft-up potluck in early September that is divine. We sail most weeks; the exceptions are holiday weeks and OWSA meetings. I assign you different boats, skippers, and crew as widely as I can: WNS is your introduction to build your sailing network.

Each week, I send out an announcement on Friday. You have until Monday afternoon to sign up for the sail by going to our website,, click on the calendar, find the sail, and sign up. You will hear a lot of kicking and screaming by me about cancellations.  IF YOU SIGN UP, BE SURE AND GO ON THE SAIL. Don't tick me off! I could wax on about this, but basically, once I post the crew lists Monday night, hopefully by midnight, cancellations make me really cranky. Believe me, I know life happens, and women sometimes have to cancel, I get that. If you cancel before I post the crew lists, no biggy. If you're not sure about your transpo, or your work schedule, or your family responsibilities, just skip that week. We are sailing all summer long!

By Monday at midnight, I will send out the crew lists. This email will have your boat, boat location, skipper, and the rest of the crew contact info. You will go to the boat each WNS week on Wednesday, by 5:30pm, ready to sail. You will bring a personal flotation device(PFD), water, and a snack to share. I recommend having something to eat in the late afternoon as well, you won't eat the snack to share until after the sail, so you will be hungry!  Your shoes should be white-soled and non-marking. If you forget and bring non-sailing shoes, be prepared to go barefoot. It's all about safety!

I welcome all critical feedback. I enjoy pictures and good words as well, but all improvements come from yours and my observations, so do not hesitate to give me your impressions and suggestions. As a final note for now, I am training new women how to run the sail, so be kind, flexible, and open to changes. See you on the water!

Carisa Bohus, WNS Chair,

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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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