Portland Sailing Center
Portland, Oregon (503) 281-6529
Covid sailing is interesting.
Teaching without face communication is hard. My jokes don't carry, and I can't tell if a student is happy or sad, lost or found. Very challenging, but still fun!
Weekend classes for 2021 start the first Saturday of April. Weeknight classes start the last week of April. Click here to link to the schedule page.
Portland Sailing Center is a sailing school on the Columbia River near Portland Airport. We teach sailing on ballasted keelboats from 22 to 39 feet in length. Most classes are local, two sail in the Gorge, one on the ocean. Portland and the Columbia River is a wonderful place to sail, vastly underappreciated.
It's about Location,
PSC is at the center of the best sailing in Portland, at the widest and windiest point on the Columbia River. Our boats are mere seconds from the main stem: no commute time from dock to sailing.
PSC is by PDX, off Marine Drive. We are NOT on Hayden Island, so getting to us any time of day is relatively easy. This makes weeknight sailing enjoyable: access to the best winds, lightest traffic, and yes, some great sunsets.
Only PSC is specifically crafted to exploit the natural places and conditions of the Columbia River. Our textbook, A Forest of Sails, and instructors take best advantage of local conditions to prepare you for challenges here and abroad.
Classes are spread out over several weeks. Students experience a variety of conditions and have time to absorb the material between lessons.
PSC is one of the rare schools that is not conscripted to a national franchise. We are free to craft a program that exploits local conditions. We don't have to adapt a generic "sailing for dummies" approach.
For many years we subscribed to one of the national chains, but it was not satisfactory, and became too much about recruitment and not enough about sailing. 'nuf said...
PSC is a sailing school, nothing more. We have no memberships to offer, no boats to sell you.
We are free to focus on how best to teach sailing and have fun doing it. We believe that doing is better than talking, and sailing is not so hard. You need not take a bunch of classes, just learn the basics and sail your butt off to build experience.
do we Rent Sailboats?
Yes, we have to (current and recent students only). Sailing on your own is the best way to build skills, so we try to make it easy. Most students buy 12 hours for $200, to use at their convenience.
Yes. But we give you the certificate to fill out, no prepayment. Payment is due when and if certificate is used.
See Sailing Courses for course details. Email to portlandsailingatgmaildotcom (use normal format) or call us at 503-281-6529 for more information.
Portland Sailing Center
3335 NE Marine Drive
Portland, Oregon 97211
portlandsailingatgmaildotcom (use normal format)