And then there are those times when the wind is blowing like stink, windwaves are 2-4 feet against a 3 knot current. Two years ago under these conditions, in one evening race we had two MOB's (one was a driver), one broken arm (driver got caught in the mainsheet), and one boat lost her rig.I watched a sailboat race on the Columbia once. Winds were about 8 knots with the current @ 5 ish. On the upwind leg, the boats were giving it hell heeled over, rail meat on the high side.
and sitting absolutely still. :lol:
Columbia Crossings (good friends of OWSA, and Sail for the Cure) is also called Tomahawk Bay and is actually on Tomahawk Island, which is adjacent to Hayden Island. You are dead on about the currents. But if you think they're bad at Columbia Crossings, try Rose City Yacht Club :blink:Soñadora was in a slip on Hayden Island (Columbia Crossing) when we bought her nearly 10 years ago. The cross-currents in the marina were ferocious. I only took the boat out twice. On the second trip, after a dozen scary attempts, I just picked an empty slip and called it good.
My original plan (dream) was to sail her down the river and out. I have seen calm conditions at the Columbia Bar, but I've also seen pretty rough conditions. We would not have been ready for that.
The race sounds like a good time.
The J24's and Cal 20's do short-course racing in Portland on Thursday nights. For future reference, the sailing calendar can be accessed by going to www.sailpdx.comHey Columbia River folks - I'm in town working in the Dalles until Friday, don't suppose there's any beer can racing in Hood River or somewhere in short driving distance tonight (9/23) or tomorrow (9/24)? PM me if you know of anything going on and have a spot for a midwest grinder, I'd love to catch a race while I'm here. btw, it is gorgeous here, you folks are awfully lucky os sail in such a great spot! I drove in on 84 yesterday and the scenery was amazing.