For centuries, the Columbia River has been at the center of trade and transportation in the Pacific Northwest.
Hayden Island is a boater’s paradise. It’s on the Columbia, near the Willamette, and convenient to I-5. Many Portlanders moor their boats here. It’s not so hot for launching boats, however. The closest public launch is at the Gleason Boat Ramp, 4325 NE Marine Drive. Boat charters and lessons available on or near Hayden Island include Alder Creek, Island Sailing, Passion Yachts, Rivercity Sailing and SK Watercraft. Oregon Yacht brokers match clients and boats.
The Sailing in Portland Meetup Group promotes sailing opportunities, sailing education, practice and enhancement of sailing skills, sharing of information, and socializing among sailors and aspiring sailors in the Portland, Oregon, area and beyond.
A conflict has been simmering between people who are living on boats anchored in the Portland area, and others who live on or near the waterway. Think Out Loud explores this debate.
Sailpdx.org features a webcam of the Columbia River, a weather page, and information regarding sailboat racing on the Columbia River.
Other sailing clubs include the Columbia River Yachting Association, Portland Yacht Club (on Marine Drive), Corinthian Yacht Club, Small Yacht Sailing Club of Oregon, Vancouver Lake Sailing Club, and Willamette Sailing Club, on the Willamette River, 5 minutes South of downtown Portland.
The Columbia Gorge Racing Association has been hosting world-class regattas, clinics, and community sailing in the scenic Columbia River Gorge since 1996. Their Sail the Gorge magazine tells all about it.