RS Aero Pacific Coast Championship - Columbia Gorge RA, Cascade Locks, Oregon, USA
RS Aero Pacific Coast Championship
Columbia Gorge Racing Association (CGRA)
The Gorge, Cascade Locks, Oregon, USA
In place of the canceled 2020 RS Aero Worlds, CGRA will host the RS Aero Pacific Coast Championship, Aug 1/2.
As of April 16th - Downscaling from a World Championship became necessary to avoid the ongoing uncertainty associated with international travel, shipment and restrictions imposed on the size recreational gatherings.
As of June 27th - Hood River County, in which Cascade Locks is located, had recently entered Phase 2 re-opening. This means that outside events of <100 people can now be held which enables CGRA to host the remaining events on their 2020 schedule.
As of July 2nd - Due to current travel restrictions and sailors inability or understandable reluctance to travel long distances (and CGRA and the RS Aero Class not wanting to encourage that currently) CGRA and the RS Aero Class have agreed we should re-title this event to the 'RS Aero Pacific Coast Championship.' rather than the previous 'North American Championship' title.
The RS Aero Pacific Coast Championship will be competed for over 2 days racing, Aug 1/2.
Online Registration and NOR are now open and available here;
and there will be links from the CGRA website added there shortly.
A limited number of charter boats are be available via West Coast Sailing for visiting sailors and those keen to try out an RS Aero at a regatta.
Schedule: First race noon Saturday, up to 8 races
The Social Programme: Saturday evening catered Regatta Dinner outdoor in the Marine Park.
Charter RS Aeros
Charter RS Aeros are available via West Coast Sailing. These are available for everyone to book - 'first come first served'.
Charter RS Aeros make for a simple easy 'fly in' or 'try out' solution for a fun regatta at the Gorge!
West Coast Sailing will handle charter bookings upon request by contacting; [email protected]
The Gorge is a popular favourite with the North American RS Aero Class returning annually to the World Class venue. For 2020 we are excited to return again.
The Gorge is a unique sailing venue creating a wind-tunnel between the beautiful mountains that rise from the waters edge to nearly one mile vertically high in places.
The afternoon thermal breeze pipes up against the Columbia River's current to provide some fantastic long downwind rides through awesome scenery. The upwind current then provides a conveyor belt back to the windward mark - ready to enjoy the long downwinds again!
*CANCELED* RS Aero Training Clinic - July 27-29
Jonathan McKee, interviewed by Bill Symes
Columbia Gorge RA, Oregon, USA
Marine Park, Cascade Locks, OR 97014, United States
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.cgra.orgThe Venue
One of America's most inspiring Championship venues with the afternoon thermal breeze piping up against the Columbia River's current. The Gorge creates a wind-tunnel between the beautiful mountains that rise from the waters edge to nearly one mile vertically high in places. In summer westerlies are the prevailing wind direction due to the hot air rising in the desert out east sucking relatively cool marine air in through the gorge. The wind will blow the hardest from about 10:00hrs. until 19:00hrs.
The current at Cascade Locks generally runs at 1 to 2 knots. The deepest channel on the river is where the most extreme conditions can occur. For a relatively easier going sailors can move to the edge of the channel/river with depths varying from 20 feet to more than 170 feet in places.