Yacht Club raises new sails

The Hood River Yacht Club is preparing not only for the current season, but for next year and beyond, says HRYC Commodore Doug Archbald.

The club is hoping to bring the Junior Sailing program, run by Andy and Jamie Mack, into the club as a 501(c)(3). “There are still many questions to be answered relative to making this change, but it is a change we are all very excited about,” says Archbald.

“My feeling personally is that bringing junior sailing into the club represents an amazing opportunity to grow the club through family participation, and to support and promote the sport we love for the youth of the Gorge.”

Another new program in the works is establishing reciprocal privileges with other yacht clubs. Archbald says the club has an agreement with the port on how the program will work and are now starting to put together letters of invitation to various yacht clubs.

“We have drafted a reciprocity policy and letter with which to establish contact with other clubs,” says Archbald. “The program will provide a dedicated amount of annual funds to pay for reciprocal moorage on the marina guest docks.”

But for this year, the club will hold community sailing, junior and adult learn-to-sail classes, all of which are run through Community Ed. Some of the adult lessons will be on smaller boats, and some will be run with volunteer skippers on bigger boats.

And HRYC plans to implement a new crew circle at the marina during its Wednesday night races, says Archbald. The idea is to give interested persons a chance to actively participate in sailing, to “get wet and go fast and have a job to do,” he says. “This isn’t pleasure sailing; Wednesday night sailing is for people who want to experience what racing is like.”

Two events HRYC members are really looking forward to are Opening Day on April 28, where the public is invited to decorate a watercraft of any kind — from boat to stand-up paddle board — in a luau theme and join in on the opening parade and following luau and pig roast.

The other is the Double Damned race from Cascade Locks to The Dalles on Aug. 11. This is the race’s fifth year, and it has gained regional notoriety, says Archbald. This year, OPB’s Oregon Field Guide will be filming a piece about the race, complete with high-definition video and narration.

Other events scheduled for 2012 are:

April 18-June 7 — Spring Sunset Race Series, eight consecutive Wednesdays

April 28 — Opening Day, luau/pig roast

June 13-Aug. 1 — Summer Sunset Race Series, eight consecutive Wednesdays

July 4 — Wednesday Night Special Race TBD

July 8-9 — Red D! Race to Cascade Locks Saturday, overnight, race back to Hood River Sunday

Aug. 8-Sept. 26 — Fall Sunset Race Series, eight consecutive Wednesdays

Aug. 11 — Double Damned, Cascade Locks to The Dalles

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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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