Clubs & Organizations
- Astoria Yacht Club (AYC)
PO Box 323
Astoria, OR 97103
Established in 1931, AYC is ideally situated close to the mouth of the Columbia River, allowing local sailors to enjoy challenging river conditions and a close proximity to the ocean. The club races Tuesday evenings from May through September, and hosts the annual Astoria Regatta Races the second weekend in August. The club also has an active cruising and social calendar and visiting sailors are welcome to participate in any and all club events. We invite you to experience and enjoy the challenging conditions Astoria has to offer.
- Corinthian Yacht Club (CYC)
Corinthian Yacht Club is an informal “paper” club, which draws members from the community at large as well as from all of the Portland area sailing and yacht clubs. CYC’s purpose in the community is to advance members’ sailing skills in general and racing skills in particular. CYC sponsors inshore racing, short handed racing, and offshore racing as well as educational, social and instructional onshore events for all of the Portland/Vancouver boating community. Membership in CYC provides financial savings for inshore event registration.
Inshore Racing: This year CYC will host the Sailing on Sundays Series, Summer Evening Series, a Fall Regatta, the Ohs-White Memorial Race, and a Single Handed Race. CYC will again share hosting of Friday evening Beer Can Races.
Offshore Racing: The Oregon Offshore is CYC’s annual 193 mile race to Victoria BC, which provides an excellent test of skill for experienced offshore racers and has provided an introduction to ocean racing to sailors, skippers and crew members alike! If you prefer to head south, we will continue to support Yaquina Bay Yacht Club’s Bridge-to-Bridge race from Astoria to Newport.
Onshore events: Every year CYC works hard to provide sail and race education as well as interesting speakers and fun social events. Through the US Sailing Race Management course we will continue to support and provide both informal and formal education. Don’t hesitate to contact any board member if you have a specific educational need or interest.
- Eugene Yacht Club (EYC)
- Frayed Knot Yacht Club (FKYC)
The Frayed Knot Yacht Club was formed in 2008 to promote sailing on beautiful Detroit Lake in the Oregon Cascades. We are currently promoting an annual regatta and an end of summer sailboat race. The annual regatta is held in mid- July and is open to all trailerable, ramp launched boats. This event is hosted annually by Kanes Marina and the Frayed Knot Yacht Club. Overnight or seasonable moorage is available. The end of summer race is held at the end of August as water level allows.
- Hood River Yacht Club (HRYC)
2149 Cascade Ave. Suite 106A
Hood River, OR 97031
Based in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge, Hood River Yacht Club is a friendly group of sailors and boaters who enjoy sailing, cruising, racing, windsurfing, kite boarding and pretty much anything else you can do on the water! In the Gorge we enjoy sailing in a wide variety of wind and water conditions, from gentle summer evening breezes to epic nuclear blowouts and everything in between. Bring your foulies and a sense of adventure, and come sail with us!
- Clubhouse Facility at Hood River Marina with reciprocal privileges available.
- Dry Storage Yard with “mast up” access to Hood River Marina launch ramps.
- Easy to Join (and Inexpensive): Currently full members pay $75 per year and associate members (no voting rights) $50 per year. There is a family membership available for $100
- US Sailing Member Club: HRYC is a full club member.
- Year Round Social Events: Our social calendar includes Opening Day, a great Holiday Party, a Lighted Boat Parade, post-race barbecues in the summer and lots of other fun events.
- Racing in the Gorge: HRYC sponsors Wednesday night club racing, HRYC’s famous Double Damned Race from Cascade Locks to The Dalles in August and a Fall Regatta.
- Cruising in the Spectacular Gorge: Sail and Power boaters welcome.
- Boating Advocacy: HRYC and its members help protect boaters’ rights in the Gorge.
- Portland Yacht Club (PYC)
1241 NE Marine Drive
Portland, OR 97211
Portland Yacht Club had its beginnings in 1908 as the Willamette Motor Boat Club, later named the Portland Motor Boat Club. The club received its present name in 1926. The current clubhouse was built in 1952 after the original was damaged during the Vanport Flood of 1948. PYC members have been active in sailboat racing since the club moved to the Columbia River in the early 1920’s. PYC has produced many winning boats, including the Ticonderoga, which was first to finish in the 1963 and 1965 Trans-Pacific Race.
PYC will present several sailing events in 2012 including the Rose Festival Regatta, Fall Regatta and the season finale, the Robert A. Smith Regatta. To promote active participation both on and off the water for all sailors, social activities are held at the PYC clubhouse after each event. The annual Sailors’ Dinner in April is open to non-PYC members and guests. A major participant and sponsor of sailing races and regattas, PYC has talented and extremely competitive sailors who score high in these events. PYC sailors compete in regattas around the Northwest and also participate in major events such as the Oregon Offshore, Swiftsure and Pacific Cup. PYC has an annual ‘members only’ event. The Mauni Elliot regatta is run the first 4 Wednesdays in June. To prepare our club crews we have scheduled a Beer Can two weeks before the first race. PYC and Willamette Sailing Club have partnered to offer youth sailing programs.
- Rose City Yacht Club (RCYC)
3737 NE Marine Drive
Portland, OR 97211
Rose City Yacht Club is one of the oldest and largest clubs in the Portland area. RCYC has a long history of racing and cruising in the Northwest, tracing its beginnings back to 1932. The club has over 180 family memberships; the majority of which are sailors. We have an active racing fleet and a strong support for area sailing. Our yacht club facilities, just east of 33rd Ave on Marine Dr., offer members a gated parking lot, modern moorage, a roomy club house on the water and reasonable moorage rates.
Our moorage has space for over 130 boats and members regularly get together to work on upgrades to our facilities. Work parties are a club tradition and give members a sense of pride in the club’s amenities. The club sponsors educational classes presented by knowledgeable members on topics ranging from celestial and coastal navigation to understanding your boat’s plumbing or electrical systems. If you have a question on any nautical topic, or need help on a boating project, there is always someone available with an answer or to lend a hand.
The RCYC clubhouse on the Columbia River hosts year-round events such as our annual luau, the Old Salt’s Dinner, and regular summer evening barbecues. Our location provides front-row seats for celebrations including the Vancouver 4th of July fireworks and the Christmas Ships Parade.
Racing has been popular among RCYC sailors. Members have competed in the Oregon Offshore, Swiftsure, Bridge to Bridge, Victoria to Maui and Transpac races. The club annually sponsors the Frostbite weekend regatta, and the Medium and Long Distance races. We also have several practice and fun racing events and numerous cruising activities. Additionally, many of our members participate in races sponsored by other clubs and sailing organizations throughout the Northwest. For those who prefer a little less formal competition, RCYC sponsors two “beer can” races during the summer.
For more information about the club and our activities, contact our membership chair, or visit us on the web at http//www.rosecityyachtclub.org.
- Small Yacht Sailing Club of Oregon (SYSCO)
PO Box 5502
Portland, OR 97228
More than 100 sailors on the Columbia River are active members of SYSCO. Founded in 1978, the Small Yacht Sailing Club of Oregon (SYSCO) has offered sailors an opportunity for racing, cruising and recreating at modest cost. The Club currently represents Oregon’s largest sailboat racing and cruising fleet. Its membership is comprised of several level fleets and one-design classes, with keelboats and trimarans 19’ and up. Membership dues are low and fund a full year of informative meetings, recreational cruises, an active racing program, and monthly newsletters. SYSCO promotes sailboat racing as a means to foster the development of boat handling skills and confidence. Racing provides sailors a learning experience to improve the performance and safety of their boats. Racing also provides excellent instruction in right-of-way rules, crew teamwork, and sportsmanship. Families are encouraged to participate as a team. SYSCO sponsored races typically consist of level fleet and one-design competition without handicap. The Club additionally sponsors a SYSCO Solstice Regatta in which PHRF handicapped boats are invited to participate. Monthly club meetings normally include a guest speaker. In addition to its new SYSCO Solstice Regatta and two Evening Series races, SYSCO hosts a onedesign Regatta and a Race and Cruise to St. Helens. The Club’s cruising events include a week long trip to Astoria in late July and excursions on Memorial, Independence, and Labor Day weekends. Race trophies and special awards are presented at the year-end awards celebration. SYSCO has no initiation fees, nor do members pay fees for Club sponsored races. Members enjoy the unique camaraderie achieved from active, safe, fun, and competitive boat racing. For membership information, please visit syscosailing.org.
- St. Helens Sailing Club (SHSC)
Membership in the St. Helens Sailing Club is open to owners of waterborne vessels in good operating condition; both sail and power. The allure of our sailing club is that anyone can fit in and feel a part of things. Whether you own a sailing dinghy or a world cruiser; whether you plan to sail around the world or just to Sand Island for a potluck, you are welcome! Dues are low, the pressure to participate is minimal and families are welcome. The club holds several cruises throughout the year and coordinates races in the summer. We have an annual meeting in January where we select officers and plan events for the upcoming year. Annual membership is $20 per family.
FOR INFORMATION CONTACT: St. Helens Sailing Club, c/o Ron Howell 2114 Columbia Blvd. PMB 211, St. Helens, OR 97051
- Triton Yacht Club (TYC)
- Vancouver Lake Sailing Club (VLSC)
Vancouver Lake Sailing Club’s primary purpose is to promote the sailing and racing of small one-design sailboats. VLSC is a family-oriented sailing club located on the East shore of Vancouver Lake in Vancouver, Washington. Activities include weekday and weekend races, an annual PIYA regatta, sailing school classes, and non-racing sailing events. Boats currently racing are Lightnings, Fireballs, A-Cats, Lasers, and other one-design centerboard boats.
VLSC provides opportunities for sailing instruction to adults and junior sailors and promotes local sailing activities. The club started in 1967 and consists of a clubhouse, dry boat storage, floating docks and launching ramp facilities. The lake was dredged in 1983 and can now be sailed year round.
Anyone who would like more information about the racing at Vancouver Lake Sailing Club can visit our web site at www.vlsc.org, or send an email to infoofficer@ vlsc.org.
- Willamette Sailing Club (WSC)
LOCATION: 6336 S. W. Beaver Avenue, Portland, OR 97239
MAILING ADDRESS: PO Box 69385, Portland, OR 97239
Willamette Sailing Club is the Portland area’s center for dinghy sailing on the Willamette River, located five minutes from downtown Portland in historic John’s Landing. WSC provides members with dry storage and launching facilities, racing, sailing instruction, and a full schedule of social events.
WSC’s membership currently totals 260 families with nearly 300 boats, and includes a range of experience from novice sailors to Olympic campaigners. WSC’s junior program attracts more than 300 youngsters each summer for sailing classes, camps, water safety training, and racing. The WSC Learn To Sail program offers evening, weekend, and private classes for adults and youth and is open to nonmembers.
Fleet racing takes place on Monday and Wednesday evenings from April through September, and on Sunday afternoons during February, March and October. Fleets include Laser, Lido 14, Snipe, Tasar, Thistle, Vanguard 15, and Daysailer. As we begin a new sailing season, WSC remains committed to promoting friendship, sportsmanship, and fun for Portland’s growing community of small boat sailors and racers. We invite you to join us!
For more information visit us at www.willamettesailingclub.com
- Yaquina Bay Yacht Club (YBYC)
750 SE Bay Blvd.
Newport, OR 97365
Yaquina Bay Yacht Club is a duly chartered yacht club, which is organized to sponsor and promote yachting, seamanship, and navigation. The club sponsors two major regattas and an offshore Astoria-Newport race annually. There are weekly races, potluck dinners and a variety of both on-shore and offshore activities. YBYC is presently accepting applications for membership. We look forward to your participation; you need not own a boat to participate.
- Columbia Gorge Racing Association (CGRA)
The CGRA is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization dedicated to promoting the sport of sailing in the Columbia River Gorge by providing professionally managed regattas for regional, national, and international competitors and learn-to-sail opportunities for the local community. Founded in 1996 by a group of Northwest sailors who saw the potential for Cascade Locks to become a worldclass sailing venue, CGRA has since hosted more than 60 major sailing events, including most recently the 2011 ISCA Collegiate National Championships and 2011 US SAILING Singlehanded Championships. The CGRA is committed to performance sailing and has earned a reputation for excellence in regatta management. CGRA’s events draw close to 1,000 participants and their families from all over the world to the Gorge each summer. In addition to hosting regattas and training clinics for competitive sailors, CGRA offers a popular learn-to-sail program for kids in Cascade Locks and the surrounding area. We also conduct an ongoing fund raising campaign to improve the sailing facilities and activities in Cascade Locks and welcome the assistance of donors and volunteers who share our vision for quality sailing programs in the Gorge. CGRA’s long range goal is to build a world-class sailing center in the Columbia River Gorge. To find out more about CGRA, including our schedule of events, visit us at www.cgra.org.
- Oregon Women's Sailing Association (OWSA)
PO Box 17615
Portland, OR 97217
OWSA was organized in 1994 by the efforts and enthusiasm of local women sailors to promote and facilitate the participation of women in sailboat cruising and/or racing events in Oregon and Southwest Washington. General membership meetings feature speakers on sailing topics and are held monthly, except January & July. Evening Sailing – Cruising – Racing – Classes: OWSA members cruise with “Wednesday Night Sails” from mid-May through September and at least one weekend cruise. This is a great way to meet new friends, practice skills & gain experience on a variety of boats and/or to share your boat with others. The OWSA sponsored “Women’s Basic Racing Clinic”, “Women’s Regatta” and Beer Can races give women an opportunity to learn and test their racing skills. For more information on OWSA educational opportunities, look for the OWSA Educational Classes page. Set sail with OWSA for their annual fundraising event which has raised over $235,000 in the past for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. This year the beneficiary will be Providence Cancer Center.
Why Join OWSA? This not-for-profit organization exists to encourage and empower women to learn, have fun, and enjoy the friendship of sailing. Join us to become more informed about local sailing events, classes and activities. Dues are just $35 annually.
- Pacific International Yachting Association (PIYA)
- US Sailing