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Gorge Laser Performance Clinic

with Steve Bourdow
July 19-21, 2010

The Columbia Gorge Racing Association is proud to present the third 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 presentations with on-the-water drills and short races, culminating with a group dinner and presentation after sailing on Wednesday.

Bonus Opportunity! stick around and put your new downwind skills to the test Thursday, July 22, in CGRA's famous Laser Gorge Blowout, a scenic and spectacular 18-mile run from Cascade Locks to Hood River (separate registration and fee).

Registration & Fees:

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

Early Registration Discount: Registrations received by June 28th will receive a $25 discount.

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


Charter boats are available through West Coast Sailing. New charter boats (inc. spars and blades) are available for $150 per day or $550 for a 4-day package (come early, stay late for an extra day of fantastic Gorge sailing!). Some used charter boats may be available (inquire with George at West Coast Sailing if interested).

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 August 3-5 at Cascade Locks. For more information, Click here.