Sail the Gorge with Expert Coaching.
The International Sailing Academy's world renowned-team will be hosting four Laser clinics this summer at one of North America's sailing meccas, the Columbia River Gorge. Join us for top coaching and unbelievable sailing.View Clinics
Get top coaching this summer in sailing paradise
Cascade Locks, OR is the perfect windy location for premier summer Laser clinics - easily accessible from Portland International Airport, and close to major events like North Americans, PCCs and US Masters Nationals.
Hone your skills in the best summer training grounds in North America with our limited availability ISA Summer Clinics.
2017 Laser Clinics at the Gorge
Gorge Laser Performance Clinic
In this clinic, you’ll be able to step up your game with top coaching in a small group setting. This event is timed and located perfectly to be a stepping stone between the Laser PCCs (June 9-11 in Ventura, CA) and the North Americans (June 21-25 in Vancouver, BC).
ISA's team will assess your racing and help you prioritize skill development, so that you're working on things that will make the biggest difference in your results. We'll provide you with a foundation of good habits during your clinic, and give you a plan for further skill development in the future.
Includes a group dinner on Wednesday, June 14th.
Laser WIND Clinic
WIND is a four-day training clinic for young sailors ages 9-18 interested in developing the skills to reach the highest levels of sailing competition. Participation is open to Laser Standard, radial and 4.7 sailors with sufficient skills and experience to sail comfortably in high wind conditions. Limited to 40 sailors.
Gorge Masters Clinic
Get yourself ready for the US Masters Nationals on the regatta site with top coaching. ISA’s coaches have worked with countless Masters sailors and coached many to world championship titles. This will be a fun filled week with strong competition on the water and great camaraderie on land.
Have you ever tried regatta coaching? We're also available to coach the US Masters Nationals (July 7-9 2017) - we'll provide daily briefings, strategical advice and detailed course analysis, mental game assistance, breakdown assistance if needed and carry any supplies you wish to have on the water.
Includes a group dinner on Monday, July 3rd.
View the NOR and register for the regatta here.
Heavy Air Specialist Clinic
Join us in the prime time for champagne sailing at the Gorge. You’ll not only become comfortable and confident sailing in heavy air, you will absolutely love 5 days of sailing in one of the world’s most scenic venues. We’ll focus on boat handling, speed and energy management to make sure you get the most out of those breezy regattas.
Includes a group dinner on Tuesday, July 11th.
Meet ISA's Coaches
Learn from our renowned coaches with comprehensive technical briefings, innovative on-water drills and personalized sailing analysis and improvement recommendations.
Vaughn most recently coached at the Rio 2016 Olympics and founded ISA in Mexico. He has spent 1000s of days on the water working with youths, Masters, national team and Olympic athletes. Vaughn is a highly respected resource in the Laser world, and you'll experience very quick gains and a deep understanding of Laser sailing under his tutelage. Vaughn's Olympic career has focused on Lasers and Finns.
Colin brings over 15 years of water sports coaching experience and in the past 5 years has refined his Laser coaching methodology under Vaughn Harrison and Brett Beyer. Colin has since then worked with youths, masters and Olympic athletes. His coaching style has been described as patient, methodical and analytical.
We've got your sailing needs covered
We have a reputation for exceptional coaching and tangible results.
Laser Charters Available
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Daily Video Recap
After taking part in our innovative drills, cement your learning with our extensive video reviews, side by side comparison and slow motion analysis with your coach.
The Gorge is one of North America's top sailing meccas for a reason. We chose this venue to make sure you're sailing everyday and getting the most out of your training.
The coaching is skill-level appropriate. These guys are good and don’t make you feel awkward about not getting something right away. Our course included guys like me at the bottom of the ladder, right up through sailors who were doing the Masters Worlds.Hugh Jervis British Columbia, Canada
The International Sailing Academy delivers a thorough analysis to further refine the techniques and maneuvers to improve ones potential in Laser sailing. The coaches work in conjunction with each individual athlete while accommodating to the athlete’s style of learning.Hugh Macrae Canada
Whether you're an aspiring Olympian or a Tuesday night club racer the coaches at ISA will do wonders with your sailing skills. With Vaughn's coaching I went from not having sailed in 20 years to a top 10 finish at the Masters Worlds.Niclas Bornling Utah
Want to take your Laser racing to the next level?
Join us for some unforgettable clinics in an amazing venue. Book now or learn more by sending us a message below.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are my lodging options?
Lodging options are plentiful, ranging from budget campsites to four star resorts. Check out CGRA’s list here.
How do I get to the Gorge?
Attendees can drive to Cascade Locks, OR or fly into Portland, 40 minutes away. ISA can provide a Laser to attendees who fly in and want to experience this amazing venue.
Which payment methods do you accept?
We accept online bookings paid by credit card. Book securely with your Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover or JCB card.
How much experience do I need?
We are geared towards sailors with at least 1 season of racing experience. The Gorge is a windy place, please be honest about your ability when you sign up to ensure correct group placement.