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2011 Gorge Laser Performance Clinic

2016 Gorge Laser Performance Clinic

with Brett Davis
July 16-19, 2016

The Columbia Gorge Racing Association is pleased to welcome Brett Davis back to the Gorge to lead the 9th annual Gorge Laser Performance Clinic June 16-19. This is a terrific opportunity for experienced Laser sailors to take your game to the next level under the guidance of one of America's most experienced and successful sailing coaches. 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 20 to ensure personal attention to every participant. Full rigs and Radials are both welcome.

Head Coach: Brett DavisBrett Davis
Brett Davis brings more than two decades experience as both a sailor and a coach at the very top level of international Laser sailing to the 2016 Gorge Laser Performance Clinic. A former US Youth Champion, collegiate All-American at Harvard, Olympic campaigner, and five-year member of the US Sailing Team, Brett has since 2005 turned his focus to coaching elite level sailors and training clinics.
He was the Laser Full Rig Coach at the CISA Advanced Racing Clinic in California from 2005-2012, US Sailing Development Team Clinic Coach from 2009-2011, and was named 2008 Developmental Coach of the Year by the US Olympic Committee in 2008. He is currently working with several Olympic hopefuls in both full rigs (men) and radials (women).

The goal of the Gorge Laser Performance Clinic is to introduce each participant to the latest speed techniques used by top Laser sailors and provide 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 skills to the test following the clinic. On July 20 CGRA will host the infamous Laser Gorge Blowout, an 18-mile downwind thrill ride through the magnificent Columbia River Gorge to Hood River. Laser week in the Gorge will climax July 21-24 with the 2016 Laser North American Championship, making it a full week of top-level training and competition for Laser sailors (separate registration and fees; information and registration to be posted soon!).

Registration & Fees:

Clinic Fee: $495 for registrations completed with payment on or before June 20, 2016. Registration includes coaching, lunch each day, after-sailing snacks & beverages, and group dinner Sunday evening.
Late Registration:
$550 for registrations completed or paid after June 20.
To Register Online:
  Click Here. Enrollment is limited to 20 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, 45 minutes east of Portland International Airport on Interstate 84. Cascade Locks and surrounding communities offer a wide range of accommodations from camping to four-star resort hotels and lots of recreational and sightseeing opportunities for the whole family (see Visitor Information).

For more information:

Contact Bill Symes at bill@cgra.org

* Juniors under 18 are invited to participate in the WIND Youth Clinic which takes place July 5-8 at Cascade Locks. Stay tuned for more information.