What type of sailing do you want to be doing. If you are into dingy sailing you could go to the Willamette Sailing Club just south of downtown. If you think you want to get into larger boats there are a number of places along the columbia that give lessons.
The cheapest way I know how to learn to sail is to read up as much as you can to get the terminology down and general basics and then go down to one of the clubs on racing night and see if you can get on as crew of one of the boats. Be honest and let the skipper know that you have little or no experience. I'm sure someone needs some rail meat.
Race night for Willamette Sailing Club, two or more person boats, is Wednesday nights. That includes Thistles, DaySailers, Lidos, snipes, Vanguards, Tasers and a few other various craft. I don't know when the others do theirs.
Last edited by PDuckX; 08-23-2006 at 03:37 PM.