From whitecaps to glass ... and back

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Neil Everett, ESPN SportsCenter anchor and University of Oregon graduate, explains the correct way to pronounce Oregon to millions of television viewers. SportsCenter broadcast from a portable set at the Hood River Event Site on Monday on the first scheduled day of the U.S. Windsurfing Nationals.

By ADAM LAPIERRE

News staff writer

July 30, 2005

ESPN’s SportsCenter staff set up a portable set on the grass of the Hood River Event Site Monday with the company of whitecaps, waves, and strong Gorge winds. Tuesday’s live broadcast of SportsCenter’s 50 States in 50 Days—in Hood River to highlight the 2005 U.S. Windsurfing Nationals—aired three times Tuesday, on national television. The show featured talent Neil Everett in a crisp blue suit and tie, with a backdrop of some of the glassiest water possible on the Columbia River.

“You should have seen it yesterday,” Everett said after explaining why, geographically, the Gorge gets such strong summer winds.

Despite two days of 100-degree heat and dead-calm waters stalling the U.S. Windsurfing Nationals, racing action picked up fast Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. Race director Scocia Bauer said the weather delay was only that, a delay, and racing should finish on Saturday as scheduled.

Flags flapping straight east, winds ripping 30-plus miles-an-hour, clear skies and zero chance of rain revived the event, bringing life to the faces of windsurfers who traveled to Hood River from as far away as Hungary for the race.

See the next issue of the Hood River News for further coverage and results from the 2005 U.S. Windsurfing Nationals. Updated information can also be found at: www.vmgevents.com

In other windsurfing news, the Formula Experience (FE) World Championships will be in Hood River next week, from Monday through Saturday, where the winners of their respective divisions will be crowned world champions at the end of racing Saturday.

The event will offer world-class racing in the Gorge, as well as clinics for those interested in learning more about racing and equipment trimming.

During the FE Worlds, Hood River’s Bruce Peterson (Sailworks) will give a free racing clinic the day before the event, and Svein Rasmussen (Starboard) will present 06 FE board concepts. A co-founder of windsurfing, Jim Drake, will also be there, talking about the future of windsurfing, and reflect on the past. For more information on the FE World Experience, visit www.vmgevents.com

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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 www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge



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