Find your inner sailor in Newport

Boats and by extension, sailing, have a long and storied history in Newport’s Yaquina Bay.

In centuries past, three-masted schooners made their way about the bay heavy with lumber. Today, the bright surface is dotted with fleece white as a new generation of sailors take to water for pure joy rather than industry.

So come try it out! There will never be a better time for the wind to carry you. And on Saturday, June 22, the Yaquina Bay Yacht Club makes it easy with their annual Summer Sailstice Sailebration. The club allows even the worst landlubber a free chance to experience an hour of sailing aboard a member’s boat, from noon to 5 p.m., with the last trip departing at 4 p.m. Trips depend on weather and available space. Children over five are welcome with a well-fitted life vest and a guardian

Sign-ups begin at 11 am at the clubhouse located at 750 SW Bay Blvd.

Stick around until 5 p.m., when a party kicks off at the clubhouse featuring the blues of the Lloyd Jones Quartet.  A barbeque dinner, beer and wine will be on offer, along with a silent auction; music starts at 6 p.m. All profits will go to support Youth Sailing programs at the club, though unfortunately the party is adults only due to OLCC regulations.

More info at yaquinabayyachtclub.org/summer-sailstice.html

It’s prime sailing season at the Yaquina Bay Yacht Club. Sign up for the Wednesday Racing Series and come down for the fun. Wednesday Night Racing kicked off in May and runs through October 9. The YBYC website has loads of details, including schedules and registration. Here are the basics.

Anyone interested is welcome to join. Sailors must submit a race entry and waiver form. Even people interested just in crewing will have a shot at the water, as the race chairperson will work to put you in touch with boats seeking crew members. Skippers should be members of US Sailing. Non club members new to racing at YBYC may race on two Wednesdays before they must pay entry fees.

If you are trailering your boat, the Port of Newport has you covered. A wide and easily accessible paved boat is at your service in South Beach. The South Beach Marina features a courtesy dock and staging area with daily trailer parking available.