Racing Fleets

  • Fleet Name
  • Cal 20

    The Cal 20 fleet is the fastest growing one-design keelboat fleet in the Portland area. Conceived by Bill Lapworth in the 1960’s as a family weekender the 20’s have evolved over the years into not only a very capable day sailor/weekender but also into one of the best one-designs around. The boats are very closely matched and are great training boats as well as challenging race boats. The local fleet is dedicated to providing a fun atmosphere in which to hone your sailing skills. This dedication has helped the rapid re-growth of this fleet, which now numbers over 40 boats and may have close to 20 boats on the starting line for local races.

    Why Belong To The Portland Cal 20 Fleet?

    • High value, low cost investment
    • Active fleet camaraderie
    • Social events throughout the year
    • Eligibility for national competitions
    • Low cost moorage at fleet docks
    • Fleet meetings
  • Catalina 22

    The Catalina 22 fleet was chartered by the National Association (www. in 1973 and is a family-style racing and cruising fleet. With over 15,500 boats built since 1969, and the hull still in production, the Catalina 22 remains a sensible, low-cost means of racing and cruising.

    Fleet 20 has an active racing program centered around the SYSCO Spring and Summer Series, and the SYSCO One-Design Regatta in August.

    The fleet sails day and overnight cruises to harbors and anchorages along the Columbia River. Since the Catalina 22 is so trailerable, annual cruises to the San Juan Islands, Canadian Gulf Islands, Puget Sound, and many of the region’s lakes are common activities of fleet members.

    Social Activities
    Fleet 20 has regular social gatherings both on and off the water. During the sailing season there are always cruises, picnics and pot lucks for sharing camaraderie, experiences & techniques. In the winter, we try to schedule “Land Cruises” & other social gatherings so that we can keep in touch during the off-season.

    Why Join Fleet 20?
    Tap into a wealth of knowledge about cruising and racing your boat. In addition to the web site, the fleet also publishes a monthly newsletter. Share sailing with other Catalina 22 enthusiasts today!

  • Cruising Class
    2013 marks the 10th year of an active Cruising Class fleet participating in the evening series and regattas. The Cruising Class is open to CRUISING and RACE/CRUISING sailboat of all lengths. The fleet may be split up into a slower and a faster group based on participation.
    The Cruising Class prides itself as a fun and relaxed way to race sailboats. It is ideal for skippers new to yacht racing as well as racing veterans who are tired of the hassles of managing a full race crew. The founding members of the Class have instilled a culinary tradition of eating well while racing and it is not uncommon to smell BBQ ribs or lemon peppered shrimp skewers coming from Cruising Class participants as they cross the finish line.
    To be eligible for the Cruising Class (NO FLYING SAILS) fleet, boats must use working sails only; attached by their luff to permanent stays or
    spars. Not less than 90% of the luff length must be attached to the permanent stay or spar with not less than 8 (eight) snaps or sailtrack slides distributed evenly along the luff; or, alternately, attachment may be by a luff-rope groove. Only one (1) working sail luff may be  attached to each permanent stay or spar. Only one sail may be used forward of the main mast on Sloops, and on Cutters, Yawls, and Ketches unless the yacht is specifically rated for carrying additional sails. The boat can only be entered in one class for a Series, and the barbecue must be mounted and ready to cook or cooking.
  • i550

    The HOTTEST sportboat coming to Portland this spring! Watch for the fleet at a regatta near you!

    Have you always wanted a performance sportboat, but didn’t have a performance sportboat wallet? Coming in at around 1/3 of the price of a Viper 640, Melges 20 or Open 570, this is a serious Bang-for-the-Buck contender! The original i550 was created for the MicroTon class, but it has since been turbocharged and redrawn as a one-off sportboat for fleet racing.

    The ease of building for an amateur builder with the “stitch-and-glue” method ensures a light, solid hull, and a quick build for even those with NO boat building experience. Due to this simple construction method, there’s not much to the construction process. The whole thing can be cut out, and “stitched” together in a weekend. The construction process is simple and straightforward.

    The boat is fast and agile, yet there is even room down below for simple accommodations, and “camp style” sleeping. Plenty of room on deck ensures comfort both up and downwind. A bulb keel gives stability and righting moment while allowing the boat to keep dinghy-like performance.

    But, don’t take our word for it; listen to what these satisfied builders have said:

    “I pushed my Melges off of a cliff and collected the insurance money! Now I’m ready to build.”

    “We took one look at the i550 and lit a fire in the cockpit of our J-24!”

    “Look, if those knuckle-heads can build one, I am sure I can build one better!”

    “I just traded my Cal 20 for 19 sheets of plywood, a few gallons of epoxy and some glass cloth.”

    “Why wouldn’t I want to drink beer and build boats with these guys?”

    With well over 425 plan sets sold worldwide, 30 current builds in the Northwest, and 8 builds in Portland alone this is just the start of something really big.

  • J/24

    Come be a part of the most popular one-design keelboat in the world. The J/24 is for everyone, age 12 to 80, no matter what their style: racing, day-sailing or cruising. Her flared topsides make her dry on deck. Her “weekender” cabin makes it possible to get warm on cold days and she can be sailed easily by one person with only the mainsail. While some of the world’s best sailors have the latest version J/24, a well-prepared 1977 model, built to the same shape and weight with rigid end-grained balsa core construction can still win the class world championship even after 30,000+ miles of trailering. That’s one-design. The International J/24 has more than 50,000 people sailing 5,200 boats in 150 fleets in 40 countries. Competitive used boats are available, affordable, and due to its ongoing popularity, have recently been put back into production. Boat prep and tuning guides, discussion forums, and a strong World/US class association, are available at to bring you up to speed. The Portland J/24 Fleet #27 extends this one-design philosophy to the Columbia River, with competitive Corinthian racing, and most importantly, fun. In addition, there are strong fleets throughout the Northwest, not to mention the US/World, offering the opportunity to “mix it up with the best” if that’s your goal. Traveling with the J/24 is a realistic option, with many of us planning on “hitting the road” this year. With such a great boat, and strong/growing fleet, it isn’t surprising that we have become the most competitive one-design in Portland. New faces are always welcome as crew, or as new owners!

  • Martin 24

    The Martin 24 fleet is comprised of Martin 241s and Martin 242s as well as other similarly designed and rated light displacement boats invited to race with the fleet. Fast and user-friendly, Martins are well-suited to the Columbia River racing scene and the fleet growth in the past 5 years shows how popular these boats have become. Today, the Martin 24 Fleet consistently fields one of the largest classes in Columbia River racing.

    The Martins are appreciated by beginners and experts alike. The Martin 242, which has been out of production for many years, is again being produced in the Southern California area because of the resurgence of interest in this speedy, nimble racer.

    The Martin 241 and 242 are high performance yet family-friendly day racers with a three sail inventory — main, jib, and spinnaker. The roller-furling jib dramatically simplifies boat handling. The 210% spinnaker is a delight to trim, giving these boats the ability to consistently deliver excellent down wind speeds even as high as 11 and 12 knots when the wind is really up.

    The Martin 24 Fleet specializes in competitive racing and friendly socials. Newcomers can expect help and support with every aspect of fleet racing, from boat and sail trim to potluck and bar recipes.

    At the end of each racing season, the Martin 24 Fleet recognizes one boat as the Fleet Champion. Boat performance is tabulated at season end based on each boat’s best eight finishes. A more detailed calculation can be found on the Martin 24 Fleet web site

    Owners of these boats or similar boats interested in competitive level racing in a fun, friendly, and supportive fleet are encouraged to join. Give a call for your own ride on a Martin, or visit our fleet web page.

  • Melges 24

    The Melges 24, which was designed by Reichel/Pugh after the 1992 Cup, features many America’s Cup innovations: the use of carbon fiber, vertical carbon keel fin with lead bulb, a kelp cutter installed for kelp clearance, carbon spar, rudder and bowsprit. Although these innovations are on the cutting edge for production sailboats it just makes the boat that much more enjoyable for the weekend racer.

    Sailing the Melges 24, simple is the key word here. The boat is very stable with its minimum weight aloft and maximum weight down below. The carbon keel fin weighs just 35 pounds while it supports a lead bulb of 630 pounds five feet below. This makes for a comfortable sail in all conditions. No winches! No winches are needed upwind or downwind on this 24-foot boat. This makes your crew happy. With the class jib of 126 sq. ft. you never worry about difficult trimming. Downwind sailing in your Melges 24 is the most fun! With the carbon bowsprit you can easily set and hoist your Melges asymmetrical with limited crew work and zero foredeck work. Once you have your asymmetrical set you are able to sail high angles for speed or low angles for comfort. Gybing is as easy as 1-2-3. Just ease your current sheet, gybe the boat, trim your new sheet to fill the asymmetrical.

    The Melges 24 is designed to facilitate trailering, hoist launching and ramp launching. The boat has a retractable keel for trailering purposes. Thus, when the boat is on the trailer the deck is just chest high. It fits right behind any vehicle with any size trailer hitch. The Melges 24 weighs just 1,750 pounds so going down the highway is free and easy. The Melges 24 is the hottest onedesign sailboat on the market today.

  • Merit 25

    Passing on the Passion of Sailing

    If you are looking for a fun way to enjoy sailing and racing, the Merit 25 is a multipurpose racer/cruiser that sacrifices very little of the performance or aesthetics of the pure ultra-light racer.

    A large comfortable cockpit, and high ballast to displacement ratio, make it a confident and stable day sailor with a functional interior that invites weekend cruising. Merits 25’s have raced both PHRF and One-Design with outstanding success. Boasting a PHRF-NW rating of 185, these sleek fiberglass racers have a low-wetted surface, high aspect fin keel & rudder, 15/16 fractional rig and are built to perform for competitive one-design racing. Merit 25 Specifications:

    • LOA 24.4’
    • LWL 20.5’
    • Beam 8.0’
    • S.A. (Sq. Ft.) 286
    • Displacement 2900
    • Ballast (lbs) 1050
    • Draft 4’
    • PHRF-NW 185
    • I 28.75’
    • J 9.66’
    • E 9.75’
    • P 28.00’

    Everything a Fleet should be… and more

    We have social events throughout the year, coaching for new teams, racing rules seminars, summer cruises, support for new racers, sharing of equipment or crew and yet at the same time we are highly competitive. To improve one’s ability, you must participate with the best.

  • Pacific Handicap Racing Fleet (PHRF-NW)

    The Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington PHRF Regional Sub-Council welcomes you this racing season. This area offers a variety of sailboat racing for the sailing enthusiast. For those with smaller boats, clubs on the Willamette River and on Vancouver Lake offer one-design racing formats. For the sailors racing boats on the Columbia River who do not have the required number of one-design class boats for competition, handicap racing is available.

    The majority of races on the Columbia River, as well as offshore, are held using a handicapping system known as PHRF. This well-established system has been enabling skippers and crew on different types of boats to compete against each other on a “level” playing field. Each boat is given a handicap based on the boat type and its performance history. Records are kept and reviewed periodically to verify the fairness of the handicap. Ratings are not based on a complicated formula of boat parameters and rule interpretations, but on a boat’s potential to win based on its actual performance and speed potential. If you are planning to race, it is important that you join PHRF-NW to obtain a rating certificate for your boat. Without a valid rating certificate, boats are not eligible to participate in PHRF races. Annual membership dues are $45.

    If you want to race in a single local PHRF race or weekend regatta before joining PHRF-NW, and have not been a PHRF-NW member within the last two years, you can obtain a Guest Membership in PHRF-NW for $15.00. This Guest Membership is only valid for 30 hours, but will allow you to obtain a temporary rating from the race handicapper for this race or regatta only. Should you then decide to continue participating in PHRF-NW races during the same calendar year, your Guest Membership fee will be applied in full as a partial payment against the annual PHRF-NW membership dues.

  • Ranger 20

    The Columbia River Ranger 20 Fleet is one of the fastest growing one-design fleets on the river, with over 10 boats hitting the start line during the 2010 racing season. The reason why? A supportive and friendly fleet and a timeless, unsinkable shoal-draft design well-suited for racing and cruising on the river. Over five hundred of these indestructible boats were made in Kent, Washington in the ‘70s to early ‘80s, and most of them are still being sailed in the Northwest. For a minimal investment, this is one of the safest boats around, having been aptly nick-named the unsinkable “Molly Brown.” If you are looking for a great sailing group to get involved with, we are inviting you to join us for Cruising, Racing and Socializing in this year’s sailing season. The fleet has several young owners taking advantage of the affordability of these boats.


    • Fleet discount for moorage
    • Coaching support for boats that get involved in racing
    • Fleet work parties for boats in need of upgrades & improvements
    • Knowledge base among the members
    • Fleet camaraderie