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2011 Gorge Laser Performance Clinic

Gorge Laser Performance Clinic

with Steve Bourdow
July 25-27, 2011

The Columbia Gorge Racing Association is proud to present the fourth annual Gorge Laser Performance Clinic with veteran US Laser sailor and coach Steve Bourdow. This is a terrific opportunity for experienced Laser sailors to take your game to the next level. The clinic is open to sailors over 18*who have good boat handling skills and are comfortable in winds up to 25 knots. Enrollment is limited to 25 to ensure personal attention to every participant. Full rigs and Radials are both welcome.

Head Coach: Steve Bourdow
Steve Bourdow has been a world-class competitor and coach for more than 30 years. Steve is a two-time World Champion and 1992 Olympic Silver Medalist in the Flying Dutchman class. He is a veteran of eight Laser World Championships, placing second to Glenn Bourke in 1990. He is much sought after as a personal and clinic coach, working with Olympic-level sailors in the Laser, Laser Radial, Finn, 505, 29er, and a variety of other one-design classes since 1985. During his eight-year tenure as Head Coach at Stanford University, Steve led the Cardinal sailing team to three national titles. Steve lives and sails in Santa Cruz, California.

The goal of the Gorge Laser Performance Clinic is to provide each participant with a clear action plan for improved performance in his or her Laser racing. Special emphasis will be placed on downwind technique in big wind and waves, a condition for which the Gorge is particularly suited! The program will combine onshore chalk talks and video analysis with on-the-water drills and short races.

Bonus Opportunities! stick around and put your new downwind skills to the test Thursday, July 28, in CGRA's famous Laser Gorge Blowout, a scenic and spectacular 18-mile run from Cascade Locks to Hood River. The following weekend, July 30-31, CGRA will host the Laser District 22 Championships, making it a full week of top-level training and competition for Laser sailors (separate registration and fees).

Registration & Fees:

Clinic fee: $350 includes coaching, lunch each day, after-sailing snacks & beverages, and Tuesday night dinner and presentation.

Early Registration Discount: Registrations received by July 4th will receive a $25 discount.

To register online:  Click Here. Enrollment is limited to 25 sailors, so sign up now!


Charter boats for all Laser events are available at West Coast Sailing.

Visitor Information:

Cascade Locks is located in the heart of the beautiful Columbia River Gorge, 40 minutes east of Portland International Airport on Interstate 84. Cascade Locks and surrounding communities have a wide range of accommodations from camping to four-star resort hotels (see Visitor Information).

For more information:

Contact Bill Symes at bill@cgra.org

* Juniors under 18 are invited to participate in the WIND Clinic which takes place July 12-14 at Cascade Locks. Stay tuned for more information.