Welcome to Columbia Yachting Association!

CRYA Is Working Hard To Improve Recreational Boating For Everyone!



CRYA was founded 1933 to "encourage sailing and racing yachts on the Columbia River and its tributaries." Original member yacht clubs were: Astoria, Lake Oswego, Portland and the Westport (Oregon) Boat Club. Dr. Gordon B. Leitch, PYC, was the first President.

Vice President Doug Romjue

Doug Romjue representing (TNW), is the 2014 President. CRYA represents 18 clubs and over 2,000 members as an organization water-way user group that:

Serves as central coordinator for the member club's cruising schedules, eliminating many conflicts.

Keeps the clubs aware of local, state and federal government activities and rule-making that effects boats, boating and boaters.

Promotes development of new recreational boating facilities.

Promotes safe boating and water safety activities.



Marine Board Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Rulemaking for Waterway Markers:

The Oregon State Marine Board seeks public comment on proposed changes to the Uniform Waterway Markers rules that describe standards for signs and buoys used to convey regulatory or informational messaging to boaters. The proposed rules will also establish procedures for political subdivisions and private individuals to apply for a permit that would allow them to place their own waterway markers... . Read More,

Opening Day

Opening Day is coming up Saturday, May 3 – as a reminder for interested Member participants in the Boat Parade, CRYA will hold its Skipper’s Meeting and Orientation Thursday, April 10 at 7:00 p.m. at Tyee Yacht Club.Participating Skippers, Fleet Captains and Commodores are invited to attend – it is a vitalinstruction for boaters and important perspective on the day’s events.For any information or questions, please contact Larry Justice, Opening Day Coordinator at larryj@crya.us or 503-708-4648.

Thank you,

Jim Tongue, CRYA Secretary


Boat Inspection Stations

Boat inspection stations are now open and are focusing on highways entering Oregon.  Travelers entering the state are asked to look for “Boat Inspection Ahead” signs and be prepared to pull off the highway for inspection.  An inspection takes about 10 minutes if boats are free of aquatic species.  If a boat is found to be contaminated with aquatic invaders, it will be cleaned by a mobile decontamination team.  All trailered boats and paddlecraft are required to stop for an AIS inspection when traveling past an open station.  

 In 2009, the Oregon Legislature passed legislation that created a self-supporting aquatic invasive species prevention program.  The program is designed to educate boaters about the threat of aquatic invasive species and what boaters can do to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species that are already in Oregon, like the New Zealand mud snail.  Revenue generated by the permit fee is used for inspection/detection, decontamination, law enforcement and education efforts. 

For more information about the aquatic invasive species prevention permit program, visithttp://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Clean/pages/index.aspx.


Paddlers - Remember to Carry Your Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Permit

The Marine Board sells both an annual and two-year Tyvek tags for paddlecraft and can be purchased through the Marine Board’s office in Salem or online through the Marine Board’s new storefront. Permits expire on December 31 of the current year for the one year permit orDecember 31 of 2015, depending on which permit is purchased. Out-of-state permits for non-motorized boats are also $5. 

Attention Paddlers

2014-2015 Aquatic Invasive Species Tyvek Tags Now Available Online

Aquatic invasive species prevention permits for paddlers expire 
December 31 and the Marine Board has several purchasing options that are perfect to take advantage of when the weather is less-than desirable. Purchasing is easy from the comfort of your home through the Marine Board’s online storefront. An annual or two-year Tyvek tag costs a flat, $5 or $10, and the Marine Board does not charge an online processing fee.

A complete report is available for download at http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Clean/docs/AISPP_Annual_Report.pdf.

Ashley A. Massey
Public Information Officer
Oregon State Marine Board



Chest-Compression-Only CPR Video

Please note web link to certified updates for CPR procedures recently noted.... View Video


US Coast Guard Notice

Please note attached important reminder and notice from US Coast Guard Sector Columbia River.

Channel Buoys in Cathlamet Channel

US Coast Guard - Marine Safety Unit Portland has advised the Channel Buoys in Cathlamet Channel (Washington side passage along Puget Island) are removed - as maintenance access by ‘Bluebell’ has become restricted due to shoaling.

For any questions contact Marine Safety Unit Portland at 503-240-9310.




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Washington Boater Exam & Card

ALL Oregon & Washington resident boaters must now carry the Oregon & Washington Boater Education Card when operating a powerboat.




Ocean Service NOAA

Tide and Current for Vancouver, Washington & Portland, Oregon.







Contact CRYA

CRYA Executive V.P.
Andy Meyer

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