Welcome to the 2017 MELGES24 NorAm Championship, hosted by the Columbia Gorge Racing Association (CGRA), in Cascade Locks, Oregon on July 19-22. The NorAm Championship is the second stage of the 2017 MELGES24 NorAm Tour and is drawing sailors from around the world to what promises to be the most exhilarating one design sport boat regatta of 2017.
Following the hugely successful 2015 CSR MELGES24 US Nationals the MELGES24 class is making an enthusiastic return to Cascade Locks for four days of what two-time Olympic medalist, America’s Cup sailor and multiple MELGES24 World Champion, Jonathan McKee calls, “Some of the most spectacular sailing in the world”. McKee adds, “CGRA is a group of accomplished sailors who do a first-class job at running championship regattas”.
Visitors to the Gorge will be captured by its breathtaking beauty and the solid, warm wind at the transition from rain forest to desert where snow-capped volcanoes feed streams that cut through steep tree-lined walls and create 600-foot waterfalls down to the Columbia River, below.
The NorAm Championship will be centered at Cascade Locks Marine Park just upstream of the iconic Bridge of the Gods. The village of Stevenson is directly across the river on the Washington side at the base of a 1500-foot high ridge above the Columbia. CGRA’s hut is on the point between the marina and the beach at the Northeastern edge of the park. This is where some of the world’s most exhilarating racing is run.
Naturally, several teams will choose to pitch tents or stage RV’s in this scenic park with their MELGES24‘s, windsurfers, mountain bikes and other toys nearby. They’ll be just a walk away from historic Columbia River Gorge Highway, which leads to world-class hiking trails to high waterfalls to large rock and timber-lined pools.
A 15-minute drive upstream delivers sailors to Hood River, home to many windsurfers and kite boarders, mountain bikers and skiers. After the outdoor recreation settles in Hood River you’ll find great brewery pubs, restaurants, shops and street music and other activity.
Invite your friends and family to join you at this ultimate Adult Summer Camp, where racing the MELGES24 NorAm Championship is just the beginning.
Here’s to a great regatta!
The MELGES24 2017 NorAm Championship Team