Columbia Gorge Racing Association 2016-04-26 16:26:19
CGRA’s long-range goal is to build a world-class sailing center in The Gorge. Our vision is to create a facility that complements our beautiful natural surroundings, provides access to recreational and instructional sailing opportunities for all, and has the systems and infrastructure required to support training and competition at the highest levels of the sport. Such a facility, combined with our superb natural resources, would allow Cascade Locks to capitalize on the opportunity to become one of the most sought after small-boat sailing destinations in the world. Over the past two decades The Gorge has achieved almost mythical status as an epic place to sail. Cascade Locks is probably better known in Auckland, New Zealand, than it is in Salem, Oregon. (The popular sailing website Sailing Anarchy has called it “the Lake Garda of North America”!) At the same time, CGRA has earned a reputation for first-rate regatta management and warm hospitality. We’ve been selected to host three international championships and a score of national and continental championships, regularly attracting the world’s largest and most competitive one-design classes. CGRA events bring nearly 2,000 visitors to Cascade Locks each summer, a number that will surely grow as we develop the capacity to host larger events and accommodate larger boats. A CGRA Sailing Center will generate increased economic activity, increased employment opportunities, and increased media exposure for Cascade Locks and The Gorge community. CGRA’s Board of Directors is working with the City and Port of Cascade Locks to explore options for a future sailing center. We are seeking support from both public and private funding sources. A proposal and feasibility study are available to review online at cgra.org. CGRA is organized as a 501(c)(3) Oregon corporation for the purpose of creating sailing opportunities and facilities in The Gorge, and all donations are fully tax deductible. We’ve planted the seed of small-boat sailing in The Gorge. With your help, it could grow into something big!
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