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A passion for sailing . . .

. . . and a perfect place to sail! That's what you'll find here in the Columbia River Gorge, a National Scenic Area blessed with breathtaking vistas, fresh water, friendly people, and - most importantly - plenty of breeze!

You'll also find us, the Columbia Gorge Racing Association, a volunteer group of local sailors who are passionate about our sport and eager to introduce the one-design sailing world to this extraordinary venue.

Based in Cascade Locks, Oregon, CGRA has been promoting small boat sailing events in the Gorge since 1996. Today, CGRA enjoys a reputation for excellence in regatta management and continues to host a growing number of premiere one-design regattas, national, North American, and world championships. Over the last 15 years, we have hosted more than 50 major competitions including:

  • RS Aero North American Championship (2015,2019)

  • 29er US National Championship (2019)

  • Melges 24 North American Championship (2017)

  • Weta US National Championship (2017)

  • Laser Masters US National Championship (2017)

  • International 14 US National Championship (2001, 2017)

  • Laser North American Championship (2012, 2016)

  • RS Aero US National Championship (2016)

  • 29er North American Championship (2015)

  • International Moth Class US National Championship (2015)

  • Melges 24 US National Championship (2015)

  • Laser Masters North American Championship (2000, 2008, 2014)

  • Hobie 18, 20, Tiger & Wildcat North American Championships (2014)

  • Tasar World Championship (1996, 2013)

  • US Sailing Youth Sailing Championships (2012)

  • ISCA Collegiate Sailing Championships (2004, 2011)

  • US Sailing Singlehanded Championships (2011)

  • 29er US National Championship (2008, 2011)

  • International Moth Class World Championship (2009)

  • 505 North American Championship (2008)

  • J-24 Western Regional Championship (2007)

  • Ultimate 20 North American Championship (2006)

  • A Class Catamaran North American Championship (2005)

  • Santana 20 US National Championship (2005)

  • 49er North American Championship (2002)

  • Snipe US National Championship (2001)

  • Finn US National Championship (1998)

  • Nike World Master Games (1998)

Regattas & Performance Clinics

CGRA delivers superior race management for regional, national and international competitions. For classes ranging from Optis to skiffs to Melges 24s, CGRA has become the venue of choice for exciting racing in the Northwest. In addition, we host a range of performance sailing clinics coached by champion sailors from around the world.

Community Sailing

An important part of CGRA's mission is to provide the Gorge community with public access to sailing opportunities. Through our community sailing program in Cascade Locks, CGRA offers learn-to-sail programs for children ages 8-17 and recreational sailing opportunities for all (more)

Support CGRA

As participation grows for sailing in the Columbia River Gorge, the CGRA is expanding its efforts to support the overwhelming interest.  Thanks to individual and corporate generosity, we hope to add equipment, staff, volunteers, and other resources. Click Here if you are interested in volunteering or contributing.

The Gorge Sailing Center

CGRA is actively pursuing the establishment of a permanent sailing facility in  Cascade Locks. In cooperation with the Port of cascade Locks and other state and local officials we are seeking to build a facility adequate to handle the requirements of larger regattas and the growing number of sailors in the area. To learn more about the plans for a Gorge Sailing Center, check out the CGRA Sailing Center Proposal and Feasibility Study.