The Hood River Sailpark's sister site, the Event Site, is just west of the sailpark accessed just over the bridge on Second Street out of Hood River. Grassy rigging areas, plenty of paved parking and facilities, make this a great spot to sail.
RIG & LAUNCH You can rig in the large grass rigging areas within the Hood River Sailpark, on the beach next to the parking, or in the gravel parking area. Launching takes place out of the shallow cove that is protected by jetties at either end.
WIND Typically 5·0 to 6·0 slalom conditions with stronger winds outside. With no steep walls forcing the wind along the river, the wind tends to dissipate and will be lighter on the inside. Best in the mornings all summer long.
WATER Generally slalom sailing with 1 — 3 foot, oddly formed swells and chop in the middle. The water is very smooth for the first 150 yards from the beach. The Hood River current has a tendency to force downed sailors to the Washington side for an involuntary visit to Bozo Beach. Nasty biz.
Located at the Hood River Marina in Hood River, of course. Take exit #64 from I-84 and turn west on W. Marina Road. From Washington, it's the first right after the HR Bridge toll booth. There are several large parking areas, but go early or be prepared for a short hike.