NWICSA and CGRA are set to host the 2011 College Sailing Nationals in less than three weeks! Planning and preparation is well underway for the three title events. The gorge is beginning to heat up and the famous west winds are starting to build. Racing runs from May 23rd to June 1st in Cascade Locks, OR – 45min east of Portland.
It was another warm sunny day for the sailors at Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier at the U.S. Sailing Center in Long Beach, CA with temperatures in the high 70s. The close racing continued and challenged sailors as the day began with the Southern California Santa Ana winds fighting the sea breeze. This resulted in some shocking puffs and fleet inversions where one part of the fleet was sailing upwind while the other part was sailing downwind. The race committee had to abandon several races due to the conditions and eventually posted a postponement until the sea breeze filled in and the wind direction settled so racing could resume.