Columbia Gorge OD - Cascade Locks, Oregon, USA
Columbia Gorge One Design (CGOD)
The Gorge, Cascade Locks, Oregon, USA
July 31 - Aug 1
The Gorge is a popular favourite with the North American RS Aero Class returning annually to the glamerous World Class venue for some of its most prestigious events. For 2021 we are excited to return again as the Class builds up to its 2022 RS Aero World Championship there, the 5th for the young RS Aero Class.
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!
Online Entry & NOR: There will be links on the CGRA website in due course.
The Social Programme:
Charter RS Aeros
A limited number of Charter RS Aeros may be available via West Coast Sailing and 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]
Jonathan McKee, interviewed by Bill Symes
Columbia Gorge RA, Oregon, USA
Marine Park, Cascade Locks, OR 97014, United States
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.