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2009 WIND Youth Clinic & Regatta

"Creating Future Generations of Champions"
July 8-12, 2009
WIND is a comprehensive training clinic for young sailors ages 13-18. Coached by an accomplished staff of champion sailors, this immersion program will focus on performance sail trim, tactics and boat-handling in classroom and on the water sessions. Coaches will also familiarize sailors with the ins and outs of pursuing a National or Olympic campaign, including time management, money, travel and personal commitment.

Participation is open to Laser, Laser Radial, Laser 4.7, 420, Vanguard 15 and 29er sailors. Laser sailors may bring interchangeable rigs for different wind conditions. Charters are available. Participants must be members of either US Sailing or the Canadian Yachting Association, and must submit a sailing resume before the event. Coaches review all resumes and tailor the event to the ability of the participants. Meals and refreshments will be provided for the participants.

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


The clinic is held in the Marine Park at Cascade Locks, Oregon, in the heart of the famous Columbia River Gorge. Cascade Locks presents a spectacular venue with steady winds, warm conditions, and plenty to do on and off the water. Families can enjoy hiking, biking, windsurfing, golf, or they can 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.

Daily Schedule

Every day will begin at the beach. Sunscreen is a must!


Calisthenics & stretching


Rig and prepare for sailing


On-the-water drills (coaches’ choice)


Lunch & chalk talk on the beach


On-the-water drills (coaches’ choice)


Return to beach and unrig boats. Chalk talk on the beach.


Move to dinner area, unwind.


Dinner at Marine Park. After dinner discussion & debrief.

Friday’s session ends at 1600. Plan for dinner on your own with parents or chaperone (and prepare for WIND Regatta on Saturday & Sunday!)

All times are approximate and may change; however, start time is fixed. Be there promptly!

How to Register:

To register for the WIND Clinic, go to online registration.

In addition to online registration, all applicants must complete and return a Clinic Registration/Application Form.

Separate  registration is required for the WIND Youth Regatta which is part of the 2009 NW Youth Circuit. Follow this link to the Notice of Race.

To register for the WIND Regatta, visit online registration.

Applications must be received by July 3, 2009


Charter boats are available through West Coast Sailing. New charter boats (inc. spars and blades) are available for $150 per day or $550 for a 4-day package (come early, stay late for an extra day of fantastic Gorge sailing!). Some used charter boats may be available (inquire with George at West Coast Sailing if interested).

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).