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MELGES 24 SAILORS REAP THE WIND AT THE COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE

North-powered MiKEY tops the fleet at the 2017 North Americans

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One of the most famous places in the United States, the Columbia River Gorge serves its visitors the ultimate “wind” experience, typically ranging in the 20-50 knot range is one of the best-known places for kiteboarding, windsurfing, and sailing. The Gorge is a part of our Earth’s natural history, and with its amazing geography, it creates the best recipe for wind, as it functions as a wind tunnel with its steep walls and narrow river. With dangerous rapids and very strong river flow, her beauty distracts travelers from her daunting and potentially perilous waters. We can’t think of a better location for the Melges 24 Class to host the 2017 North Americans! Twenty-nine teams showed up to Hood River at the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon and they were greeted with pristine and breeze-on sailing conditions, not to mention breath-taking views! Twelve races completed over four days was a great experience for all, and gave competitors plenty to share with their families and friends when they returned home.

Kevin Welch’s team MiKEY was unstoppable claiming 1st place by sixteen points, followed by Michael Goldfarb’s Warcanoe. Kent Pierce’s Average White Boat came in 4th, followed by British Columbia’s Kirk Palmer, with his team on Light Scout.

Congratulations to our clients for your performance last week, having the opportunity to experience one of the Earth’s most unique places in North America.

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