take me to the river

42 miles up the Columbia River from from Cascade Locks to the Dalles Oregon. During the race day winds were 18kts gusting to 40, sailing against a 3 knot current, so there were some substantial waves.

via: http://www.sailinganarchy.com


celebrating sailing

Sailing is the propulsion of a boat and the control of its movement with large (usually fabric) foils called sails. By changing the rigging, rudder, and sometimes the keel or centre board, a sailor manages the force of the wind on the sails in order to move the boat relative to its surrounding medium and change its direction and speed. Mastery of the skill requires experience in varying wind and sea conditions, as well as knowledge concerning sailboats themselves and a keen understanding of one's surroundings.

demolition derby

Demolition derby is usually presented at county fairs and festivals. While rules vary from event to event, the typical demolition derby event consists of five or more drivers competing by deliberately ramming their vehicles into one another. The last driver whose vehicle is still operational is awarded the victory.
Demolition derbies can be very dangerous. Although serious injuries are rare, they do happen. Drivers are typically required to sign a waiver to release the promoter of an event from liability.  Most demolition derbies are held on dirt tracks or in open fields, that are usually soaked with water. Some drivers use both the front and rear of the vehicle to ram the other competitors.

big boats




Weltmeister mit 17 Jahren: Philip Köster krönte in Dänemark seine junge Windsurf-Karriere. Es dürfte nicht sein letzter Titel sein. In der Szene gilt der Deutsche als Wunderkind, der mit perfekten Ritten und spektakulären Sprüngen den begeisterten Fans das Wasser in die Augen treibt. http://www.spiegel.de/sport/sonst/0,1518,786379,00.html