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Community Sailing in Cascade LocksColumbia Gorge Racing Association has been hosting world class sailing events since 1996 and has been training sailors, from beginners to Olympians, since 2004. Thousands of sailors agree that CGRA and Cascade Locks is one of the best places in the world to sail.

The stretch of Columbia River from Stevenson to Cascade Locks is an ideal small boat training ground. This safe sailing area is away from the crowds and traffic found elsewhere, with flatter water and less wind than the central Gorge. Evenings are blessed with light to moderate winds and spectacular sunsets on most summer days.

All sailing activities meet at the swim beach in Cascade Locks Marine Park.

Thursday Community Sailing & Potluck

Kids in V15 at Cascade Locks Our goal is to provide supervised sailing opportunities to the Gorge community utilizing private and CGRA club sailboats. Gather up your water toys and bring the whole family for an enjoyable evening at the beach; new and experienced sailors are welcome.

Beginners may sign up for rides with experienced sailors, new sailors will be able to hone their skills, and experienced sailors will have the opportunity to use a CGRA club boat, or bring your own and share the fun. It’s all under the supervision of a Safety Boat and shore support. Bring out your water toys, this is a great opportunity to try out sailing, or simply enjoy a casual family evening on the river.

Grilling in Cascade Locks Hungry after an evening on the water? Once all equipment has been stowed, join us for a community supported potluck. CGRA will pull out our grill and provide burgers, condiments, and lemonade. You’re invited to bring your favorite side dish or dessert to share, or add something to the grill.


Thursdays: July 6, July 20, Aug 10, Aug 17, Aug 24.
  • 5:00-6:00 Rigging/Check In *
  • 6:00-7:45 Open Sailing
  • 8:15-9:00 Potluck BBQ Dinner
* All participants must check in, be at least 8 years old, and complete a Participant Waiver & Parent/Guardian Consent Form prior to sailing. A small registration fee is requested to cover insurance. A supervising adult must check in and remain on site while minors are sailing.

CGRA is a volunteer led organization and we appreciate all the help we can get, no amount of time or experience is too small. If you would like to volunteer for Community Sailing, email MBerger@oregonyouthsailing.org, or simply show up!


Volunteer GroupThe CGRA Community Sailing program continues to grow thanks to our partnerships with the City and Port of Cascade Locks, and to the valuable contributions of all the folks who generously donate their time, talent and financial support. Thanks to you, more than 200 kids have been introduced to sailing through our Learn-to-Sail program!

As a non-profit, volunteer led organization, CGRA relies on the support of individual and corporate donors to sustain our operations. Community Sailing has been generously supported by the Union Pacific Foundation grant, and donations made by Cascade Locks businesses and individual’s support of CGRA. To find out how to make your contribution, click here, stop by our office during any of our events, or mail a check to:

  • Columbia Gorge Racing Association
    Lessons/Scholarships/Community Sailing
    709 N Columbia Boulevard
    Portland, OR 97217


HelpersCGRA is a volunteer led organization and we appreciate all the help we can get, no amount of time or experience is too small. If you would like to volunteer for any of our events, email cgra@cgra.org

or click the Volunteer button below and fill out the form.


It’s a terrific opportunity to see some world-class sailboat racing in a world-famous big wind venue, and a chance to work alongside the friendly CGRA team to see firsthand how an international level event is conducted.