Peterson takes over lead in Gorge Cup

Another large fleet of racers showed up for the second weekend of Gorge Cup racing. Strong wind conditions forced racers to use smaller sails than the previous race, with many using 9- to 10- meter sails.

However, the stronger wind conditions didn’t cause any changes in the leader board. Sailworks designer and founder Bruce Peterson retained his first-place overall position, as well as first place in the Men’s Masters division, with top finishes in all of the four race heats.

Behind him, Dale Cook continues to hold the second place mark after exchanging first and second place finishes with Peterson.

Andreas Macke, a German racer on the Sailworks team, jumped to the top of the leader board after only competing in this weekend’s race. Macke, a resident of Bellevue, Wash., plans to return to defend his third overall, and second in the men’s division.

Other notable finishes included Shelley Gimbal, who sits in eighth place in the Master’s division; and Sam Bauer, a local racer who also posted first-place finishes in two heats in the Fun Sport division.

The next Gorge Cup race will be today at the Hood River Event Site. Race results and information can be found at:


Big Winds will be conducting a Sailworks and Mistral Windsurfing demo on Saturday, June 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hood River Event Site.

Equipment for all wind conditions will be available and Big Winds staff, as well as representatives from Sailworks and Mistral will be available to answer any questions from the public. Equipment is first-come, first-served.

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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"

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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