Island Sailing

Portland, OR USA
Teaching Northwest Sailors for over 35 years

Island Sailing offers the most comprehensive sailing program in the Northwest. Our courses are developed by a team of senior instructors using the latest innovations in sail training. ISC offers affordable sailing at all our locations in Oregon and Washington. Combined, the school and club allows sailors the opportunities to learn and gain experience in a nurturing environment to achieve qualifications needed to charter internationally.

Sailing School Credentials

Rated 4.87/5 by 177 students

Sailing School Location

Location: 515 NE Tomahawk Island Drive Portland, OR 97217 USA
Phone: (503) 285-7765
Location: West Bay Marina 2100 West Bay Dr NW Olympia, WA 98502 USA
Phone: (503) 285-7765
Location: 135 Lake St S Kirkland, WA 98033 USA
Phone: (503) 285-7765
Location: 3815 Harborview Dr. West Shore Marina Gig Harbor, WA 98332 USA
Phone: (503) 285-7765

Sailing School Instructors

Alan Somervell

Level 0 Crew Rank Chief Instructor
American National Standards Assessor
SLC Instructor
ICC Preparatory Instructor
Phone: 503 285-7765
Growing up in a “water family” on the Chesapeake Bay, his Dad, a Champion Snipe sailor, and his Grandfather, a waterman, instilled into Alan a love of the water and boats. He placed second in his first sailboat race at the age of 8. He has sailed extensively back East on the Bay and the Sounds of North Carolina. “The creeks and bays were my backyard, my playground … my teachers”. Alan started working on our boats part time in 1993. He started teaching full time for ISC in 1997. He is a USCG licensed captain, a Certified Instructor, and is First Aid First Response Trained. He has trained hundreds of sailors some of whom have sailed the oceans, and a few who have gone on to become instructors. He is always willing to share his wit and wisdom with his fellow sailors and beams with pride when one of his pupils sets sails on their own.

Paul Sammons

Level 0 Crew Rank Intern Instructor
Phone: 3609514457
I grew up in the south Puget Sound and started sailing on a Lightning in the early 60’s, and fell in love with the sport immediately. Since1978, I have taught for a college recreation sailing program, sailing clubs, yacht leasing companies, city parks programs, and summer camps between Portland and the San Juan Islands. I got my Instructor Rating in 1984 and received my first USCG License in 1987. It is the pleasure of teaching others and sharing knowledge that deeply informs the nature of what I do as a sailing instructor. As an instructor, I feel a bit like Santa Claus, handing out “gifts” of sailing delight in the form of instruction & coaching. I especially enjoy teaching students the skills & techniques that increase their sailing confidence. My students learn “how to manage the boat . . . rather than being managed by the boat”.

Darroch Cahen

Level 0 Crew Rank Qualified Instructor
Phone: 9712957070
As a certified instructor I will mentor you to become a skilled crew member and competent skipper of the boat. My specialty is the fundamentals of spinnaker sailing.

Stephen Martin

Level 0 Crew Rank Intern Instructor
Phone: 425-941-2900
Learn how fascinating, educational, and rewarding sailing can be. Become confident in casting off lines and escaping to a new world, a whole new dimension of intrigue and enjoyment.

Stephen Frankland

Level V Captain Rank Qualified Instructor
Phone: (503) 516-9869
I grew up sailing on Lake Michigan – I got a Sunfish when I was ten and have been in love with sailing ever since. At 12 I was ‘adopted’ by the crew of The Northern Light: the 1938 12 meter US14. I raced and cruised on the boat until I was 19; the high point each summer being the famous Chicago to Mackinac race. For six years I worked the waters of Alaska from Prince William Sound to the top of the Bearing Sea as a commercial fisherman. I chose to settle down in Portland, Or. and was very happily surprised to discover the amazing sailing on the Columbia! I joined ISC right away and began racing avidly and working and teaching at the club. Now I sail my 78 C&C Lancer 30 out of Portland – sharing the joy of flying along in almost daily 15-20+ mph summer winds with countless friends through the years. Teaching allows me the pleasure of sharing this amazing world of sailing with the many wonderful students who, like me, "have been called by the sea..."

AJ Brannan

Level III Bareboat Charter Master Rank Qualified Instructor
Phone: 4254290250
I grew up on a small estuary in South Carolina. I began kayaking at the age of 4, first jon boat at 6, and continued up to a 30ft offshore powerboat at 14. My love for the ocean compelled me to achieve a degree in Marine Biology (I'm the definition of a shark nut). After graduating I decided to move to the north west to get a taste of the Pacific Ocean and got sucked into sailing. I now manage the fleet in Kirkland and teach people to sail. Nothing compares to that little smirk everyone gets when we first heel over.

John Salinas

Level V Bareboat Charter Master Rank Qualified Instructor
Phone: 541 660 5783
Capt. John Salinas is a long time sailor with years of experience in the San Juan/Gulf Island area (The Salish Sea). He is a member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and has introduced many new sailors to the sport. Here is information about S/V Alethea ( ). Alethea is a wonderful sailing vessel with entirely new sails, rigging, engine and many of the amenities that make being out on the water comfortable. We can plan to cruise to places you have heard about, read about, or just want to know more. Here is a site to start with, We will sit down with a map and plan our anchorages before we leave. You will be an important part of our cruise planning. We will work with the tides, currents, and weather to plan a safe and enjoyable cruise. I look forward to being with you during this exciting time in your sailing journey, I wish you safe travel and welcome aboard, Capt. John Salinas

Nat Powning

Level IV Skipper (small keelboat) Rank Qualified Instructor
Phone: 5033675345

David spencer

Level II Skipper (small keelboat) Rank Qualified Instructor
Phone: 3606706671

Bruce Faling

Level 0 Crew Rank Qualified Instructor
Phone: 503-840-8211

Take online theory sailing courses with NauticEd, then use our skilled in-house sailing instructors to gain practical sailing experience and confidence. Once you pass the courses and practical training, you'll be awarded with a NauticEd Sailing Certification with Verified Practical Competency.

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