Doug Archbald, commodore of Hood River Yacht Club, writes that Double Damned 2012 went off with great success in the face of “challenging, very un-Gorge-like conditions.”
“A total of 27 boats registered for the fifth edition of the race and they came from as far away as southern California and Idaho.
“Remember 2008 when it was eight boats total (seven of them from HRYC)? Those days are gone,” he writes. “The word is out that we have a great race, an amazing location, and that we host a hell of a regatta.”
“A lot of logistics and work go into making things smooth and enjoyable for ‘DD’ participants, and a lot of volunteers helped to put those logistics into motion. Those who volunteered on the day of the race really put in about 200 percent this year. Marie Uller and Josh Sceva put in a long, hot, challenging day running race committee. They were dealt a tough hand by the weather, but they stuck in there, made some tough calls and made sure all the boats were accounted for before departing the breakwater around 10:30 p.m.
“We all owe them a big thank you, as we do Sheri Cleaveland and Rhonda Marnlee, who set the party up and then waited, waited, waited for the racers to arrive. They, too, worked late into the evening helping get food and drinks set up for the hungry sailors coming off the water and Rhonda worked the regatta desk way later than anyone should have to (after working the desk at registration the night before!). Those folks went way above the normal call of duty, and they did it while we were all out having fun on the water. Thank them the next time you see them!
“Lots of other people pitched in to make the event happen, too. A big thanks to Lance Staughton for his work as race captain; John Herron for running the support boat and water taxi; Sean Trew for scoping the wind during the postponement, being there for us on the water, taking his great pictures and putting the OPB film crew in the right spots for the right shots; Jim Nichols for site scouting with the OPB crew and sharing his local knowledge with them; Laurel Perkins for support at the finish line; Meg Archbald for putting together the regatta packets and helping with registration; Tamara Rogers for delivering the T-shirts; Xany Petros for putting together the life-saving rum punch; Jarvis Brecker and the CGRA folks for getting us off the start line; and all the volunteers who showed up and made quick work of cleaning up the clubhouse and yard before (and after) the event. I am sure I am forgetting someone, but hopefully the thanks will be heard regardless.
“Finally, a big thank you event sponsors RBS, Dakine and Hood River Distillers, who all support us in a large part because of club members’ relationships with those companies. The support of these sponsors adds immeasurably to the overall feel of the event, and we really appreciate it!
“When I reflect on this year’s Double Damned, I feel we have come a long way and have an event we can be very proud of. Part of the process of growing is improving how we do things, and we are working on ways to make the event even better and smoother. Look for more volunteer opportunities next year, and stay tuned for a few even before them. Aug. 10 is the provisional 2013 date!”