|On the beach below the parking lot. Facilities were a bit primitive
but the sailing and organization was excellent. Ten races in four days with a lay
day after five races.
The conditions lived up to the Gorge reputation, but the winds did not get to survival conditions. No broken masts but a lot of tired old geezers. 52 boats sailed the regatta with the Masters beating out the Apprentices for the overall title.
|Most of the fleet on the run from the windward mark down to the leeward gate (both visible). The stronger adverse current was on the far shore but there was normally also more wind on that side, hence the big spread on the course. You could select either of the gate marks and round to port or starboard as appropriate.|
|Waiting for wind. It came, don't worry.|
|Gastao Brun from Brazil, winner of the overall event and of the Masters
division, with his wife Angela. Gastao beat Doug Peckover, then current world
Masters champion by two points. Gastao had four firsts and two second places. Doug
had three firsts, two seconds and a third place.
If you look closely you will see the North Sails logo on Gastao's hat. His brother Vince is a successful keelboat sailor and sailmaker in San Diego. No bad comments on the laser sails Gastao!
|Rob Coutts from New Zealand, winner of the Apprentice division, takes a
lunch break on the Washington shore.
|Great Grand Masters||