Wind Clinic Elite

Work with ISA Coach Colin Gowland with a limited group size in America’s Windiest Summer Laser Sailing Venue!

For the most dedicated Laser  youth sailors, this limited availability youth clinic will focus on the high wind speed and handling required to succeed at the highest level. There will be a strong fitness component to the clinic – sailors will learn to develop and track a strong fitness base necessary to win. This clinic is by application only: please submit a description of your Laser sailing experience, current fitness program,  results and 3 reasons why you’d like to attend the clinic to

Includes:  Daily Coaching & Coaching Video

*** Maximum 5 Sailors ***

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Regatta Coaching:
$1000 USD + 6% fee

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where will we sail out of?

We will sail out of Cascade Locks, Oregon. We launch off the eastern beach of the Columbia River Gorge Racing Association (CGRA). See map below or more info at:

2020 Marine Park Map

Can I park my boat and car there? 

See guidelines on map above.

What time should I show up and where will briefings and debriefings be located?

Each day we will meet at the CGRA building at 9:30 am, completely rigged. From there we will either brief near the bleachers or at a boat on the beach or at the community center on the west end of the marine park. After the first day your coach will instruct you on subsequent morning logistics.

What will a typical clinic day look like? 

We’ll start with a technical briefing at 10:00am each morning. Usually briefings are about an hour and then we’ll hit the water for about 2.5 -3 hours depending on the timing of the breeze filling in and the daily objectives.The wind is oftentimes windy in excess of 20 knots but generally will have a gradual build throughout the session. We’ll complete on water drills to achieve the daily goals and may run some practice races as well. Afterwards we’ll come in and begin the debrief right away which will include answers to any questions about the days theme and may also include video analysis. We recommend packing lunch or snack to eat during the debrief. We will end each day between approximately 4:30 and 5:00 depending on wind conditions.

What is included in each clinic? 

Coaching is included for each clinic including briefing, on water coaching and debriefing.  Boat charter, food and accommodations are not included.

What other ISA coaches will be in the Gorge and what is their schedule? 

During the WIND Clinic Colin Gowland, Greg Clunies and Derek Vranizan will be coaching.

Are charter boats available?

Yes, charter boats are available through West Coast Sailing. You can contact them at

Is food included for any of the clinics?

Food is not included. We recommend a hearty breakfast before the sailing day and to bring snacks out on the water with you. As well we recommend a post sailing recovery snack or meal that you can enjoy during debrief. We also recommend bringing a 2 liter water bottle in your boat bungee’d just above your hiking strap line that you can access at any time while on the water.

What is regatta coaching and what does it include?

Each day we’ll provide a forecast, wind and current readings and develop a strategical briefing taking geographical and local conditions into effect. From there we’ll help you tune up pre-race and give you any last minute tips before racing begins. We’ll record your roundings and give you a quick synopsis and notes for the next race. We’ll bring all your supplies in the boat, spare parts and any other items so they’re always available for you. At end of day we’ll debrief the racing to prepare you for the next day.

What should I wear? 

We recommend a light wetsuit/hikers with knee protection and a rash guard and lifejacket for most days. If you get cold easily, you could add a wetsuit top or splash top to give a little more protection. We strongly recommend hiking boots.

Aside from the Clinics and Regatta Coaching in the Gorge, where can I register for the WIND Regatta and Pacific Coast Championships?

WIND Regatta:
Pacific Coast Championships:

Can you recommend some accommodations nearby? 

Best Western Columbia River Inn
735 WaNaPa Street | Cascade Locks, OR  97014

The Resort at Skamania Coves
Six comfortable one and two-bedroom homes with fireplace, full kitchen, satellite TV, most with WiFi, 2 with hot tubs and spectacular river and mountain views. Also 16 RV hook-up sites. Nightly and weekly rental. 10 minutes from Cascade Locks.
Skamania Cove Drive & Highway 14  | Stevenson, WA  98648

Cascade Motel
Historic Motor Inn on Old Highway 30. Romantic cottages and spacious queen suites. Seasonal and weekly rentals. Six kitchen units with refrigerators and microwaves. Four regular units. Located on three peaceful acres. Ten units.
300 Forest Lane | Cascade Locks, OR97014

Port of Cascade Locks & Marine Park Campground
355 WaNaPa Street | Cascade Locks, OR 97014

Can you recommend some placed to eat nearby? 

Walking Man Brewery
240 SW First Street | Stevenson, WA  97648