Cook takes three races to win Gorge Cup

HOOD RIVER — The winds were rippin’ last weekend at the Event Site as Dale Cook barely surpassed his rival and sailing buddy Bruce Peterson to win the 2002 Gorge Cup.

Cook won the first three races and totaled 4.25 points, while Peterson took the final two races and finished second the rest of the way to give him 5.5 points and a first place in the Formula Masters division.

Steve Sylvester finished second in the Masters division and third overall with 11 points, and Andreas Macke took second in Formula and fourth overall with 17 points. Chenda Herstus and David Kashy rounded out the top five with 23 points apiece.

In the junior division, local racers Bryan Metcalf-Perez and Sean Ritter tied for the title, each with one win and 9.75 points. Cheyne Swick wasn’t far behind with 10 points, while Kiernan Devanney took fourth with 11.25 points.

Other local juniors competing over the weekend were Andy Crafis, Ben Albright, Matt Albright, Collin Swick and Tad Wenzel.

The 2002 Gorge Cup marked the first time a team of local junior racers had been organized since the mid-’90s, when Rhonda Smith and Scott Sanchez sponsored a team.

Race director Darren Rogers received 10 Bic Techno Formula boards from Adventure Sports of Miami, Fla., and offered the juniors a chance to compete in the Gorge Cup for free.

“We really wanted to kick off the junior windsurfing program again, and so we gave the kids the boards and let them compete for free,” Rogers said.

“Some of them started off slow, but by the end of the day, they were locked and loaded, and hanging with the big boys.”

Jak Wilberscheid of Hood River WaterPlay was integral in organizing the junior team and he and Rogers hope the Gorge Cup is only the beginning of a burgeoning local youth program.

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Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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