About Us

Agwé Sailing’s mission in teaching, training, coaching, and guiding, is to help you create your perfect sailing experiences.

We apply very careful attention to each individual’s desires and learning styles and always keep the focus on your goals.


Custom sailing Experiences


Trust us.
We are every bit as passionate about sailing and being on the water as you might imagine.

It’s only by sharing sailing based upon the goals of our many guests and students that together we are able to create unique, extraordinary, and sometimes even profound sailing experiences.

Having sailed with countless wonderful guests and students through the years has  shown us time and again that each individual’s success rests in our focusing together to create the best possible space and environment to help you to refine and reach your sailing goals.




We can talk sailing all day but,
we care more about what our guests have to say…


your personal guide



“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”
– Albert Einstein



Stephen Frankland


At fourteen I was invited to join the racing crew and for the next four years we campaigned the boat in as many of the races all around the Great Lakes that we could – the high point of each summer being of course the famous Chicago to Mackinac race.

Ahoy there! I had the great good fortune of spending all my summers growing up on Lake Michigan. I got my first boat, a Sunfish, when I was 10 and have been in love with sailing ever since.

At the age of 12 I started sailing on The Northern Light – the 12 meter US14 built in 1938. I was ‘adopted’ by the crew and for the first two summers I worked on and sailed on the boat as much as I could.

While attending the University of Oregon I got an opportunity to go to Alaska to work on boats and well…, six summers of commercial fishing and working the waters from The Gulf of Alaska (North Pacific) and Prince William Sound all the way out west to Norton Sound at the top of the Bearing Sea had rolled by when I chose to settle down in Portland in the early 90’s and discovered much to my surprise the amazing sailing taking place on The Columbia!

I joined Island Sailing immediately after I found about them and started sailing and racing avidly. It wasn’t long before I joined the crew there, started working at the club, got my instructor certifications, and began teaching at the different locations the club has.

Yes indeed, that’s me out on the foredeck…

I am currently sailing and offering lessons my 1978 C&C Lancer 30: “Mahalo” out of Portland, Oregon, sharing the joy of flying along in 15-20 mph almost daily summer winds with countless friends through the years. In teaching sailing here on the Columbia river in Portland on my sailboat, I find the opportunity to share this wonderful world of sailing and the joy it brings with an endless number of wonderful people who like me “have been called by the sea…”

I am the currently ranked among the top NauticEd instructor’s based upon my student’s reviews – see what they say about me!



  • Merchant Mariner Credentials: US Coast Guard License Rating OUPV Inland and Near Coastal Waters to 100 miles #USA000304723.
  • ASA (American Sailing Association) Certified Instructor since 1994 # 20000153.
  • NauticEd (“The world’s most advanced online sailing education”) qualified instructor and Captain Level 5: License Number: 2015-63332916.
  • RYA (Royal Yachting Association) certification # DSS1030480.
  • ICC (International Certificate of Competence) #380928.

“Any fool can carry on, but a wise man knows how to shorten sail in time.”
                                                                                                       – Joseph Conrad

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