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2018 Event Schedule*
*tentative, subject to change
Eastwood & Merson win 29er Skiffs
David Eastwood and Samuel Merson of Santa Barbara won an epic 15 race battle against Neil Marcellini and Jack Joslin of Richmond YC in the twelve boat 29er fleet. Marley Mais and Wells Drayton came in third.
Conditions were excellent with high winds on Day 1, moderate westerlies on Saturday, and an expectedly fresh easterly wind on Sunday. Skiff planing conditions for all the races. Jay Renehan and his team from CGRA ran plentiful races and assisted in many capsizes on Friday during some epic 20+ westerly winds.
In the seven boat International-14 fleet, Evan Sjostedt and Mikey Radziejowski beat out Leith Shenstone and Jamie Henseler in ten races.
Aussie 18 Footer visits the Gorge
CGRA welcomed an Aussie 18 Footer from San Francisco during the Gorge Skiff Regatta.
The fleet sent up one of the ten boats that regularly races on the SF City Front. Nearly every evening during the CGRA skiff regatta a variety of sailors went out ripped across the Columbia River on this triple trapezing monster raising eyebrows.
WIND Optimist Dinghy Racing Clinic
CGRA is pleased to offer the 2018 WIND Opti Clinic, an intensive training clinic for sailors ages 9 -15 interested in developing the skills to compete at a high level. Participation is open to Optimist Dinghy sailors. Don't miss this unique opportunity to polish up your racing skills with a world-class coaching staff in a world-class sailing venue - the Columbia River Gorge!
The Clinic will four days from 17-20 July led by Andrew Nelson of the Sailing Foundation and Board Member of CGRA. Please be prepared for heavy wind as this in the center of the strong summer gorge winds.
We want to thank The Sailing Foundation of Seattle dedicated to the advancement of sailing in the Pacific Northwest for helping to underwrite this clinic.
Sail the Gorge: 2018
Our new Sail the Gorge magazine is out! Learn all about CGRA, our 2018 events and all the the things you can do in the Gorge this summer. Cascade Locks is packed with activities and events besides sailing. Find out how you can hike, bike, zipline, windsurf, SUP, drink a craft beer all within a few miles of Cascade Locks.
Sail the Gorge is now distributed through out Portland and the Columbia River Gorge. You can pick up a copy at Portland International Airport at the Travel Oregon informational kiosks by baggage claim number 5.
Check out the digital copy here!
Attention Laser sailors! The International Sailing Academy (ISA) will be back in the Gorge this summer offering world-class training opportunities to North American sailors in the planet's premiere heavy air venue. ISA training camps are renowned for producing game-changing performance gains for club racers as well as Olympic medalists. As a special bonus, leading the ISA coaching team this year is 13-time Laser Masters World Champion and Olympic sailing coach Brett Beyer from Sydney, Australia. In addition to offering three training camps (one youth and two all-ages), ISA coaches will be available for regatta coaching at the Wind Youth Regatta, July 21-22, and the Laser Pacific Coast Championships, August 3-5.
If you've ever asked the question "How can I make this boat go faster?" YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY! Attendance is limited, so sign up today to reserve your space.
Support world-class sailing in the Gorge
takes a lot of work and a lot of money to continue to bring world-class sailing
opportunities to the Gorge. Without the membership base of a traditional yacht
club, we're dependent on the support of our friends to help cover the costs of
boats, shore facilities, site improvements, coaching, instruction, and race
management. Donations and sponsorships account for nearly a third of our budget;
without them, we could not exist.
Sailing the Gorge: Too much fun?
“The best place in the world to sail!” That’s what multi-class dinghy champ Jay Renehan had to say about Cascade Locks, Oregon, home of the Columbia Gorge Racing Association after the final race of the 2013 Tasar World Championships. “I could sail like that all day, every day. It was too much fun!”
What do you think? We’re reaching out to sailors around the world to help support our efforts to bring world-class sailing events to the Gorge. But first we want to hear from you. How was your experience sailing in the Gorge? What can we do to make future visits more enjoyable for you and your family? What CGRA programs and/or events are most important to you?
Take the CGRA Sailor Satisfaction Survey (or check out survey results)
Our goal is to make CGRA “the best place in the world to sail.” Help us do it
by taking five minutes to complete our Sailor Satisfaction Survey (click
here to take the survey). There’s no obligation and all responses are
anonymous unless you wish to volunteer your contact information. If you’re
curious, you’ll have an option to view the results after you complete the
Columbia Gorge Racing Association
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