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Founded in 2007, Oregon Youth Sailing Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that establishes programs and makes grants for the support of youth dinghy sailing in Oregon. OYSF succeeds by accomplishing its mission to “get more Oregon youth sailing” from all walks of life.

OYSF aims to keep sailing alive and active in Oregon by making it accessible to young people, with a focus on those who otherwise would not have the opportunity to be on the water. The programs we support connect youth to the joy of sailing and the life skills and confidence it helps build.

As of 2022, OYSF has raised over $600,000 and funded boats, sails, facilities, equipment, travel and free community sailing programs for the Blueprint Foundation, Camp ELSO, Columbia Gorge Racing Association, Eugene Yacht Club, iUrban Teen, Lewis & Clark College, Metropolitan Family Services, Neighborhood House, Oregon Boating Foundation, Oregon Corinthian Sailing Association, Oregon Maritime Museum, Oregon State University, Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center/Rosemary Anderson High School, Portland State University, RiversWest Small Craft Center, Sail2Change, Sea Scouts, Self Enhancement, Inc., University of Oregon, Willamette Sailing Club, Wind & Oar Boat School, Yaquina Bay Yacht Club, and more...


OYSF’s current major projects include:

Community Sailing Program provides free sail and job training to teens in the PDX area with limited river access

Sustainable Sailing Campaign for fleet expansion throughout Oregon

Collegiate Sailing Fund sustains college sailing in Oregon by supporting coaching and program costs

Equipment Fund accepts cash and in-kind donations to provide equipment for youth sailing programs



Partners

the programs we support


the team

the ones who keep this boat afloat
Ashley Lund
Ashley Lund
President
Ashley grew up constantly in and around water, but it wasn’t until later in life that she first picked up a tiller. From there, she quickly jumped into racing both dinghy and keelboats, started volunteering with WSC’s High School sailing team, and went on to earn her certifications to charter sailboats. [see bio…]
Dean Yioulos
Dean Yioulos
Treasurer/Secretary
Dean’s background has been with leading global professional services firms providing a broad range of skills around risk and management solutions. […see bio]
Woody Blackford
Woody Blackford
Board Member
Woody Blackford acted as OYSF President from March 2015 until November 2019. Woody is a very active boater both sail and power. He grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and started boating “at birth”. Woody became one of Canada’s top youth laser sailors in his teen’s. [see bio…]
Michael Rees
Michael Rees
Board Member
Michael Rees is a past commodore of Willamette Sailing Club and a founding board member and current president of OYSF. He started sailing on a Flying Scot in Texas at age 9. From 1984 to 1989, he taught sailing at Camp Sealth on Vashon Island. […see bio]
Sara Morrissey
Sara Morrissey
Board Member
Sara Morrissey was introduced to sailing at a young age in Astoria, Oregon where she grew up. She spent many summer days on her family’s C&C “The Red Snapper”, battling the waves on the mouth of the Columbia. Years later, Sara reconnected with sailing when she moved back to Portland, Oregon. [see bio…]
Matt Sprick
Matt Sprick
Board Member
CEO at Ancora Publishing; an educational publishing company dedicated to changing the face of education. Commodore at Eugene Yacht Club. Wavelength racer, junior sailing supporter and non-profit enthusiast.
Matthew Berger
Matthew Berger
Development & Program Director
OYSF Development and Program Director Matthew Berger grew up cruising the east coast with his family and began racing dinghies at the age of 8 in the Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound.  [see bio…]

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