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CGRA Opening Day - Saturday June 23rd

Kids sailing O'Pen Bic Sailboats

Join us for a fun filled day of sailing at our annual festival Opening Day on Saturday June 23rd.

Bring your boat, bring a friend, bring a friend who has never sailed, try a new boat. We all contribute to celebrating the start of the summer sailing season at Cascade Locks. After sailing we will have a giant pot-luck dinner with hotdogs and burgers provided by CGRA.

Mark the date on your calendar and join the fun. All participants need to be good swimmer and have a parent or guardian present. Sailing starts around 12 noon when all the boats are rigged and ready to go. Come early and help us set up.

11:00 AM - Sailboat Rigging
12:00 PM - Sailing Starts
1:00 PM - Gorge Family Fun Kickoff - "Make your own Ice Cream Sundae"
2:00 PM - Snacks, HotDogs and Lemonade
4:00 PM - Sailing Ends - Boat De-Rigging - Stuff put away.
4:30 PM - Barbecue - PotLuck - Burgers, HotDogs & Veggie Burgers

Three Optimist Dinghies

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 Cover

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!

ISA: Brett Beyer to offer world-class Laser coaching in the Gorge!laser clinic

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

Learning to sail at CGRAIt 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.

If you're passionate about sailing and like what we're doing, please consider including CGRA in your charitable contributions this year. CGRA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and all contributions are fully tax deductible. To make a contribution or learn more, click here. Thanks for supporting CGRA!

Sailing the Gorge: Too much fun?

Jay Renehan interview“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 survey.

Thank you for supporting sailing in the Gorge. We hope to see you back on the river in 2018 to help us make more world-class sailing memories!