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OYSF’s Community Sailing Program offers sail and instructor job training to youth who otherwise would not have the opportunity to be on the water. At no cost to participants, this program gives teens the chance to experience the outdoors and the joy of sailing. In 2023, OYSF partnered again with Wind & Oar Boat School[…]
Here’s a glimpse of what we’ve been up to in 2023! Lots of fun and sun all around the state. Full annual report coming soon…
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We’re happy to share our 2021 Annual Report. Thank you to all of our supporters! See the good news and progress HERE.
Increasing access to our enriching sport is OYSF’s annual goal. With your support, we’ve achieved that goal again in 2021. Most notable was the significant expansion of our Community Sailing camps for teens with little to no water access. Since last year, we expanded our programming from four to ten weeks and quadrupled the number[…]
The Sailing Film Festival is produced by OYSF as a way to promote our enriching sport and have some fun in the off season. Come see the results @ www.SailingFilmFestival.com and share with your friends! The 2021 Screening and Awards Party took place virtually on December 12th, 2021. We had so many fantastic submissions this[…]
Immense THANK YOUS to our 2021 Community Sailing Program sponsors. We absolutely could not have had such success in 2021 without you! The interest in our Community Sailing Program has grown tremendously and we just wrapped up our most comprehensive and exciting season to date: ten weeks of a sailing and boat building[…]
We are extremely proud of what we were able to accomplish in 2020 and what we’ve been up to in 2021. In particular, the interest in our Community Sailing Program has grown tremendously and we just wrapped up our most comprehensive and exciting season to date: ten weeks of a sailing and boat building[…]
OYSF is now a proud local sponsor of US Sailing’s newest Pacific Northwest Siebel Sailors Center! In addition to running our own free Community Sailing Program at Willamette Sailing Club, we’ll be fundraising to provide scholarships for this wonderful new addition to the Portland sailing community. See the NEWS HERE! The Siebel Sailors Program[…]
Despite the challenges of 2020, OYSF is proud of what we were able to accomplish and the impact we had. We continued preparing for future projects and supported those programs who were able to get on the water. We remain committed to working with our partners on building for the future of junior sailing in[…]
Oregon Youth Sailing Foundation (OYSF) has once again teamed up with Willamette Sailing Club (WSC) on our Sustainable Sailing Campaign for junior fleet development throughout the state. The beginner fleet for ages 6-12 at Willamette Sailing Club is in dire need of an upgrade and expansion. Our goal is to raise $15,000 for the purchase[…]
Thank you to US Sailing for making us one of this year’s Reach Youth Engagement Grantees! The Reach Program utilizes sailing as an educational platform, challenging youth to embrace education, establish a love of learning and explore productive Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) based careers. Combining educators, sailing instructors, engineers, scientists with today’s youth[…]
Check out this video of week 1 at our new collaborative boat building and community sailing summer camps. OYSF teamed up with the incredible Wind & Oar Boat School and Camp ELSO to provide four weeks of building, sailing, paddling and marine science at Willamette Sailing Club in Portland, OR. Thank you to all of[…]
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Join the fun, win cash and support our mission to make sailing sustainable and accessible for all… It’s time for the Second Annual Sailing Short Film Competition as part of the 2020 Sailing Film Festival! We’ve gone virtual this year and changed some of the rules, but we’ve also really upped the ante on the[…]
OYSF recently teamed up with the Polar Seltzer company of Worcester, Massachusetts to bring a brand new set of North Blue Ribbon C420 sails to the Pacific Northwest. These high quality sails will be used for our Community Sailing Program on the Willamette River as well as at high school events throughout Oregon and Washington.[…]
This summer, OYSF teamed up with Wind & Oar Boat School to support and add the joy of sailing to their incredible boat building curriculum. W&O ran two camps for 23 kids that each consisted of 4 days of building and then a launch and sail on the 5th day. We met the W&O kids[…]
This year, we expanded our free Community Sailing Program from spring and fall to the warm winds and waters of summer. Over 5 weeks, more than 100 Portland Metro kids with little to no boating experience went to the Willamette Sailing Club (WSC) to learn the basics of sailing and river fun. The overwhelming response[…]
Congratulations to the hardworking volunteers at Eugene Yacht Club that worked to build the new junior sailing dock! In partnership with OYSF, EYC raised nearly $60,000 to move the junior sailing dock into the deeper waters of Fern Ridge Reservoir and significantly extend their sailing season. Because we raised more than planned, the club’s next[…]
Well, it’s official. The inaugural Oregon Sailing Short Film Competition was a hit! On May 20th, a packed crowd at OYSF’s Benefit Day and Concert moved to the back of the Oregon Pubic House to view the submissions and vote on the winners. It was great to see such enthusiasm for both the adult and[…]
Check out these pics from our Benefit Day and Film Competition…We thank you sincerely for the support
On May 20th, OYSF was the Charity of the Day at the Oregon Public House (the world’s first non-profit bar!). Thank you so much to all who attended and made this such a memorable and fun day. Through our silent auction, benefit concert and a percentage of the day’s sales at the OPH, we raised[…]
First annual Oregon Sailing Short-Film Competition,Portland’s hottest soul band Ural Thomas & The Pain,and Silent Auction. Help enrich the lives of Oregon youth by sharing the joy of sailing. On May 20th, OYSF will be Oregon Public House’s Charity of the Day. We will be hosting the first annual Oregon Sailing Short-Film Competition and Portland’s hottest soul[…]
Announcing the first annual Oregon Sailing Short-Film Competition hosted by Oregon Youth Sailing Foundation as part of our all-ages 2019 Benefit Day and Concert at The Oregon Public House on May 20th. There are two submission categories, General and Youth. Top three winners in each category win Columbia Sportswear gear and first place winners take[…]
Visit their Flying Junior display in the atrium of PSU’s Engineering Building or email [email protected] if you or anyone you know at PSU may be interested. The sun is finally here and the spring collegiate sailing season has begun. Here’s a link to the Northwest Intercollegiate Sailing Association (NWICSA) for info on college sailing and[…]
OYSF is a proud sponsor of Sail PDX and the Oregon Corinthian Sailing Association again this year. See our page in the 2019 OCSA Racebook here! The Oregon Corinthian Sailing Association (OCSA), established in 1958 and later incorporated in 1975, is an independent non-profit organization whose purpose is to encourage and promote sailing events, with[…]
Check us out at KidFest NW 2019 this past February 15-16 at the Portland Expo Center. We split a booth with the Willamette Sailing Club to promote learn-to-sail programming to the hundreds of families who came to have fun and explore Portland’s rich world of family activities. Those who visited our table learned about our[…]
OYSF hosted the Sea Scouts’ annual Kelly Cup Regatta for the Cascade Pacific Council at Willamette Sailing Club, August 18-19, 2018. The sun was shining and winds were moderate but steady for Saturday’s clinic and Sunday’s regatta. Youth and leaders from the Sea Scouts’ Cascade Pacific Council don’t get to spend much time practicing sailing[…]
Youth Racer Casey Pickett of the Willamette Sailing Club used OYSF President Woody Blackford’s Laser for the 2018 WIND Clinic and Regatta in Cascade Locks, OR, July 17-22. The Columbia Gorge is the place to go in the Pacific Northwest for heavy air training. This year’s WIND event did not disappoint! Photos here… Thank you[…]
The video definitely downplays the breeze! These young sailors were regularly in 20+ knots and 3 foot swells at the 2018 WIND Clinic and Regatta hosted by the Columbia Gorge Racing Association, July 17-22 in Cascade Locks, OR. OYSF sent Program Coordinator Matthew Berger as a coach for the Opti clinic and donated the[…]
OYSF’s newly revived Community Sailing Program at Willamette Sailing Club was a great success last year and we’re excited to keep the momentum going! This could not have been possible without the motivation of Self Enhancement, Inc. and generous funding by the TK Foundation and the Portland Philopthochos Society. Thank you! Expect to see us out[…]
OYSF has planted a seed for the Willamette Sailing Club’s youth racing team by making a donation to a travel reimbursement fund for youth racers. Experienced WSC youth racers can now apply to their club for up to 50% of an event’s travel costs by “paying it forward” to younger sailors. Youth mentors earn travel[…]
We are very happy to announce that OYSF has received three years of funding from a TK Foundation Youth Development Grant to run our Community Sailing Program at the Willamette Sailing Club. We are teaming up with the Self Enhancement, Inc (SEI) after-school program to put students from Portland public high schools with limited river[…]
Willamette Sailing Club’s high school racers are looking sharp and sailing smooth in the club’s new Zim C-420s. Twelve fast boats in four fancy colors to be used for race team, learn-to-sail, community sailing and more! Thank you again to all who supported OYSF and the Sustainable Sailing Campaign.
OYSF is a proud supporter of the Columbia Gorge Racing Association’s Youth and Community Sailing Program. These programs run from June – August each summer and are designed to encourage local kids and families to get out on the water in a safe and encouraging recreational sailing setting. CGRA provides the boats, equipment, safety boat operators[…]
OYSF recently helped the Lewis & Clark sailing team with funding for transportation to practice and travel to away events. Here they are putting the funds to use getting ready for the spring season… Women’s Clinic – Lewis and Clark hosted a collegiate women’s clinic at Willamette Sailing Club February 10-11. 28 women from[…]
We are thrilled to say that the 2017–2018 Sailing is Sustainable Fleet Replacement Fundraiser at Willamette Sailing Club’s Annual Awards Banquet on December 2, 2017 was a great success. We exceeded our goal of $15,000 and raised $21,000 just that night. Thank you to all of our amazing donors! Funds raised will allow OYSF to help youth[…]
OYSF grant helps the Yaquina Bay Yacht Club acquire new Club 420s from the Gorge Sailing Team in Hood River. Here is an article from the September 2017 issue of YBYC’s newsletter, The Jib Sheet.
This July, Anisha Arcot and Hanna Brush had the opportunity to represent Willamette Sailing Club at the U.S. Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championship hosted by Annapolis Yacht Club in Annapolis, Maryland. Thirty-five teams traveled from around the U.S. to compete for the championship title. Here are some comments from both Anisha and Hanna regarding their experience[…]
Oregon Youth Sailing Foundation Update You may be wondering what is the OYSF? Oregon Youth Sailing Foundation is a 501(c)3 not for profit foundation which serves to support youth sailing in Oregon. Our simple mission is to “get more Oregon youth sailing.” Why? Sailing is a unique sport worth keeping alive. Unlike many team sports[…]
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 2023, OYSF has raised over $700,000 and funded boats, sails, facilities, equipment, travel and free community sailing programs throughout Oregon for the African Youth Community Organization, Blueprint Foundation, Camp ELSO, Center for African Immigrants and Refugees, Coalition of Black Men, Columbia Gorge Racing Association, Fulbright Program, Girls, Inc., Gorge Junior Sailing, Gorge Sailing Team, Eugene Yacht Club, Imagine Possibilities, 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., Ukrainian Foundation, 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