Want to experience “The Gorge”? Well, Hood River is just too windy and crowded for sailboats. Instead, we have found a much better venue just down the river (to the west) at Cascade Locks, on the Oregon shore. Cascade Locks has opened its arms to sailing through the Columbia Gorge Racing Assn., which runs all of the regattas here.
The beach is kind of small, but the sailing is epic. With a steady 10-15k of breeze you will be assured of a full day’s sail every day. We usually sail on a westerly coming up the Gorge, but an easterly can be just as likely to develop. The relatively short width of the Columbia River makes for plenty of tacks and gybes and keeps the action in the center of the race course.
Off the water the town has plenty of bars, restaurants, micro-brews, and sight seeing. A huge RV and tent camping area is located conveniently next to the launch. There’s also a large grass area for rigging up boats. Skamania Lodge across the river is a fantastic spot to hangout, as is ane vening trip on the sternwheeler out of Cascade Locks.
This site is rated: Advanced. Strong wind, waves, current, shipping traffic, and kiteboard traffic require competent handling of the boat by crew.