Re: getting my toes wet - Portland Oregon
I have not had experience with Portland Sailing Center. Here are a couple of alternatives, though...
1. Island Sailing Club sponsers lessons and has boats for use with membership.
2. Passion Yachts on Hayden Island sponsers learn to sail classes with some folks I have sailed with over the years. They also broker a large number of trailer sailors. Drop by and look at the boats in their lot.
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