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Board Member Notes Vol. III

CGWA Board Member Notes

Vol. III by Julia Norman

Ahhhhh, windy summer weekends in the Gorge – there’s nothing like it! My Monday morning ritual as I get up, get a cup of coffee, and sit down at my computer to catch up on things sounds like: “Ow, ouch, ow.”  Time to go back to work so I can rest my body, that is, until the next after-work session.

Windfest is coming up soon. Mark your calendars for June 29-30. Have you always wanted to sail the Blowout? Well, it’s back on Windfest weekend! And if you’re available that weekend to volunteer a bit of your time to help make Windfest happen, register here or contact Greg at cgwa@gorge.net.

Yesterday continued a trend of windy Sundays this year; I started on my brand new 4.0 cranked down tight and ended on my 3.5, sailing with friends at the Hood River Waterfront Park. Here are some pics I took of yesterday’s sailing while I enjoyed a post-session beer:

Playing together upwind of the WS bridge
Tom powered up on a 4.2 greeting SUPers finishing a downwinder from Viento
Our very own Mike Schock having fun

Truth be told, sometimes I prefer the mellower days of more relaxed sailing on bigger gear, like on my 5.0 and 100 L board a week ago:

Plenty of days like this in the summer, especially late afternoons if you’re part of the 9-5 crowd like I am.

To follow up on Mike’s post from last week: we’re beginning our 13th summer in Hood River and it’s been 13 years of living in heaven. When the wind arrives, the water warms, and the sun shines, we can’t believe our luck. And then when it cools down in the fall and you sail that final easterly of the season from Blackberry Beach, it’s all good because it’s time for the slow down of winter with snowstorms and the peaceful side of Hood River. We are so thankful for our good fortune to make this our home.

+ Gorge Groms Contribution In Memory of Eddy Yueh

Eddie YuehEddie Yueh, age 53 and long time Gorge sailer, passed away on July 6th, 2010 after a year-long struggle with cancer.  Living in Tucson, AZ, he traveled to the Gorge each July, camping in Memaloose State Park and sailing with his many friends there or wherever the wind took them.  His favorite sites were “The Hatch” and, most of all “The Wall” where he sailed at every opportunity.

Also known as “Mr. Beer” (after his home brew business), one of his great passions was being in the Gorge, shredding big swells and socializing with members of “Team Curmudgeon” at Memaloose.  His Gorge friends miss him greatly, but they will always feel his presence on the adjacent wave as he hoots and hollers all the way to the turn. Memorial gatherings which included his wife, Maureen, and his two sons, Chris and Alex, were held at Memaloose on July 19th and shortly thereafter, at The Wall.

Eddy’s family and friends contributed to a a donation fund to CGWA’s Gorge Groms kids program in Eddy’s memory.