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LESSONS SECTION - UNDER DEVELOPMENT - 3 APR 2016

Learn to Sail with CGRA

Columbia Gorge Racing Association has been hosting world class sailing events since 1996 and has been training sailors, from beginners to Olympians, since 2004. The stretch of river from Stevenson to Cascade Locks is an ideal small boat training ground, away from the crowds, with flatter water and less wind than the central Gorge. All sailing activities meet at the swim beach in Cascade Locks Marine Park.

CGRA's Learn to Sail program features a variety of fun learning and recreational opportunities for beginner through advanced sailors. All classes are taught by US Sailing certified instructors in CGRA's fleet of O'pen BIC dinghies, Lasers and RS Fevas. We offer a variety of fun learning and recreational opportunities including Beginner through Advanced Lessons, professionally coached Sailing Clinics and Community Sailing & Potluck. Additional fun offerings this summer may include a Ladies Night, SUP and US Sailing Reach, a STEM based program, utilizing sailing as a platform to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Registration for all classes is online. To register, click on the link below the course description for the class you wish to enroll in.  For more information or assistance, contact Dierk Polzin: lessons@cgra.org.

Learn to Sail Classes

Beginner - Advanced Classes
In our weekly Learn to Sail program, Beginner through Advanced sailors will learn rigging, boat handling, safety and more. Learn at your own pace: sign up for one session or the whole summer! All classes are taught by US Sailing certified instructors in CGRA's fleet of O'pen BICs, Lasers and RS Fevas, or bring your own instructor approved boat. Lessons meet at the swim beach in Cascade Locks Marine Park. A swim test or proof of ability is required for lessons and Community Sailing.

No experience necessary
Start sailing in a fun, informal and safe environment. Beginning sailors will learn rigging, boat handling, safety and more from US Sailing certified instructors in weekly 2-hour sessions. Learn at your own pace; sign up for one session or the whole summer!  Participants may use a CGRA club O'pen BIC, Laser, or RS Feva, or bring their own instructor approved boat.

June 22 through August 28
$35 per session, $150 for 5 sessions, $250 for 10 sessions Ages 10 - adult, (younger with permission)

Beginner/Intermediate: Monday and Wednesday, 5:30pm – 8pm
Intermediate/Advanced: Thursday 3:30pm – 6pm

Register Here

Advanced Sailing/Junior Sailing Team
Prerequisite: Beginner class and/or instructor approval
CGRA is again hosting an Advanced Sailing/Junior Sailing Team program for experienced sailors to sail together in a small group while honing sailing and racing skills under the supervision of a US Sailing certified coach. The focus is on individualized coaching, boat handling, racing skills, and group fun. Practice sessions are Thursday afternoons, 3:30-6 pm. Participants may use club O'pen BIC, Laser, or RS Feva, or bring their own instructor approved boat.

June 22 through August 28
$35 per session, $150 for 5 sessions, $250 for 10 sessions
Ages 10 & up, younger with permission.
Tuesdays, 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Register Here

Community Sailing & Potluck

Again this summer CGRA will host Community Sailing & Potluck on Thursday evenings at the Cascade Locks Marine Park beach. Sailing school students will be able to hone their skills and community members interested in sailing are invited to join us to sail in the CGRA Lasers, BICs, and RS Fevas under the supervision of a US Sailing certified instructor. After all equipment has been stowed, join us for burgers and a community supported potluck. All participants must be at least 8 years old and be registered with a signed waiver* prior to sailing. A registration fee is requested to cover insurance. Register on-site with the Sailing Director.

June 25 through August 27
$5 per season, paid on site
Ages 8 & up, younger with permission.
Thursdays: Sailing 6pm – 8 pm, Potluck 8pm – dark


*minors must have waiver signed by parent or guardian. Supervising adult must check in with Sailing Director and remain on site while kids are sailing.