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2016 WIND Laser/Opti Youth Clinic

July 5-8, 2016

CGRA is pleased to welcome youth sailors from around the country to the 2016 WIND Youth Clinic, this year expanded to include both Lasers and Optimist Dinghies. WIND is a four-day training clinic for young sailors ages 9-18 interested in developing the skills to reach the highest levels of sailing competition. Participation is open to Laser (standard, radial, 4.7) and Optimist Dinghy sailors with sufficient skills and experience to sail comfortably in high wind conditions. WIND Clinic participants are invited to stick around and sail the following weekend in the annual WIND Youth Regatta, also hosted by CGRA (separate registration).

Please note: All youth sailors must be accompanied by a parent or chaperone.


CGRA is coordinating with youth sailing coaches throughout the Northwest to create a comprehensive racing and training experience for aspiring youth competitors. Under the supervision of an all-star coaching staff led by Brendan Casey (Lasers) and Nico Winograd (Optis), clinic participants will have the opportunity to strengthen their skills in a total immersion program focusing on the physical, mental, and administrative aspects of a championship campaign. Emphasis will be on sail trim,  boat-handling, tactics, sports psychology, and campaign management using both classroom and on-the-water sessions.


The clinic is held in the Marine Park at Cascade Locks, Oregon, in the heart of the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. Cascade Locks is a spectacular sailing venue with steady winds, warm conditions, and plenty to do on and off the water. Families can enjoy hiking, biking, windsurfing, and golf, or tour the towns in the area. Accommodations of all sorts are available, including camping within walking distance, or plenty of comfortable hotels. The Gorge is truly a great adventure for all.

Registration & Fees:

Clinic Fee: $395 for registrations completed with payment on or before June 1, 2016. Registration fee includes coaching, lunch each day, after-sailing snacks, and Tuesday night barbeque dinner.
Late Registration: $450 for registrations completed or paid after June 1.
To Register Online: Click Here. Enrollment is limited, so sign up now!


Charter boats for WIND Youth Clinic and Regatta 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 have a wide range of accommodations from camping to four-star resort hotels (see visitor information).