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Sailing in Oregon's Great Waterways



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The Columbia River Gorge has the most consistent wind in the Northwest. The famous winds of the Gorge are driven by the temperature gradient between the desert to the east and the Pacific coast to the west. It is a very popular area to sail and only a short drive from Portland. Besides all the places to sail in Oregon, there are a number of places in Washington available for good sailing as well. The Puget Sound area is a very popular area for sailing. The following are a list of nice places to sail in Oregon. Following that are websites of sailing clubs, sailing schools and race information.

The Columbia around Portland offers a close yet nice cruise from the Interstate Bridge to the east end of Government Island. The winds are ideal for sailing upstream and you can see views of Mt. Hood as well. Government Island has several good anchorages for overnight stays as well as places to stop for lunch.

The Columbia around Astoria has good winds and the opportunity to take your boat out in the ocean.

Howard Prairie Reservoir close to Ashland has steady winds, plenty of open areas and a lively sailing community.

Fern Ridge Reservoir offers excellent sailing opportunities. Two popular yacht clubs host race series throughout the summer months, which include national and international competitions.

Coos Bay out of Charleston provides great cruising.

Sail Portland offers information for races, racing rules, weather, and more.

Vancouver Lake Sailing Club is a family oriented sailing club whose purpose is to promote the sailing and racing of small, one-design sailboats.

Columbia Gorge Racing Association

Willamette Sailing Club is a one-design small boat sailing club in Portland located on the banks of the Willamette River 5 minutes from Portland.

Island Sailing Center offers sailing classes, charters & rentals in Portland, Olympia, and Kirkland.

Rose City Yacht Club.

University of Oregon Sailing.