Saturday, August 18, 2012
In an unfortunate fizzling of momentum, the annual Gorge Cup windsurfing series concluded last weekend with its fifth and final race being canceled due to lack of wind. Standings as of that event were used as final results and, to no great surprise but much to his credit, Bruce Peterson finished first overall against a fleet of 37 racers. Not far off Peterson’s mark was MacRae Wylde in second and, as the star of the summer season, Fiona Wylde, finished just behind her father at third overall and first in the junior class.
“Fiona was definitely a highlight of this season,” said Scotia Bauer, race director. “Another highlight was having nine first-time racers join the series, which is great because we’ve struggled to keep numbers up in recent years.”
The long-running series lasts through the summer and typically includes five races; one of which is used as a throw-out score for competitors. This year’s competition saw a strong field of adult men racing for the top 10 overall spots. Behind teenager Fiona Wylde in third, Travis Perez and Jay Salazman wrapped up the top five.
“I’m looking forward to building on our momentum from the season and want to thank all of our fantastic sponsors,” said Bauer, who plans on directing the series again next summer.
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The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge