The Columbia River Gorge offers some of the best small boat sailing in the world. For sailors, the clean fresh water, warm summer temperatures and consistent winds are unmatched. Sailing World Magazine once called the Columbia River Gorge one of the ten best places to sail in the world.
The 505 Class has been making a regular migration to the Gorge each summer for many years. 2008 will feature their biggest regatta in North America as a part of the Gorge Games, the 505 North American Championships. Many of the best sailors in the 505 Class will be in attendance, battling it out in a series of races to see who is top dog in the Gorge.
The International 505 is certainly a powerful boat that demands a great deal, physically and mentally, both from helm and crew. In return, it provides a challenging, exhilarating, and breathtaking performance along with a balance of power and control that is unique. The 505 is a truly International Class, having raced in a least eighteen countries. Leading helmsmen from other classes quickly find out how difficult it can be to rise to the top, most thrive on the challenge and persevere. At the top of the fleet, everyone is going fast, and the racing is very tactical.
Junior Sailng O'Pen BIC
The purpose of this event is to showcase a new format for Youth Sailing in a fun, unorthodox, and loosely competitive style. Results are not nearly as important as everyone having a good time sailing. Dont expect conventional round the buoys racing or normal 1-2-3 prizes. Capsizes, freestyle, and fun will be required. If you are a hard-core racer with rule book in hand, this event may not be for you. If you want to just have fun and pioneer a new chapter in Youth Sailing .. game on!
Come to the Gorge Games as an athlete or spectator and discover the wonders of sailing in the Columbia River Gorge for yourself. For more information on the Gorge Games and the sailing events visit www.gorgegames.net. If you have any questions just email firstname.lastname@example.org.