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WISSA 2015 Event Status (republished)

Here is an embed of the Drone Video from WISSA 2015.

During the recent World Ice & Snow Sailing Championships in Fond du Lac, we updated the Event Status with short summaries each day that were available on the Live Camera page or on the Wind Power Weather Center.

 

Event Status:

WISSA 2015 starts Monday!

Monday Feb 9: WISSA 2015 was officially declared Open at the Ceremony at FDL Yacht Club. A practice course race and STS were done, but the wind became very light….Now we wait for some wind.

Tuesday Feb 10: SE Wind came up after lunch. Short Track Slalom races for Sled & Wings Racers were held. Conditions were good. The Kites held 3 course races NW of the event site. The race results should be posted tomorrow.

Wed Feb 11: Windy and Windy. The Wind came up on Wednesday NW 20 mph gusting to 30 mph. 2 course races for Kites, Sleds and Wings were completed before lunch. After Lunch, 1 more course race and then on to STS (short track slalom). The Short Track was awesome to watch and race as it was very windy and the conditions were excellent.

Thursday Feb 12: Good NNW wind in the morning. 3 course races were run north of the event site. The temps were low (6F/-14.4C), but the snow seemed better. The 20 mph winds dropped to about 13 by the end of the last course. After lunch, the Sleds and Wings did a few Short Track Slalom races, but the wind was getting light so the day was called about 4pm.

Friday Feb 13: We had a south-west wind 15-20 mph for the 3 course races for Kites, Sleds and Wings. The course was just under 4 miles long. After lunch, STS races were held and the wind was great about 18 to 22 mph. There were some aweome races and a few spectacular crashes. The bonfire got started to create some warmth. The Sturgeon Queen contest had numerous contestants, 4 finalists and Molly J. was crowned the Queen. The fireworks show was quite a site. Andy Gratton was giving ice boat rides on the STS track until late in the night….what a day! My GPS showed 31 miles total for the day.

Saturday Feb 14: Very strong North-Northwest winds on Saturday. The Wind Power Weather Center rated it at 4 windsocks (25+ mph ave) for 5.75 hours. The race committee declared no course or STS racing due to strong winds and very low visibilty (0.1 mi). Speed runs with the radar gun were ran just north of the event site. Bob Cook got a top speed of 54.4 mph on kite with skis. This was the windiest day on Lake Winnebago this Winter season. A few sailors free rode for a while as the day cleared up nice. Mike (#011) did the Honorary Long-Distance with 5 trips to the FDL Lighthouse and a total of 57 miles (630 miles for the season since 11/21/2014). The Closing Ceremony and Awards banquet was held at the Retlaw and was a great dinner with awards. Hopefully all the racers and spectators had a great time at WISSA 2015. It was an exceptional event!! Thanks to everyone who contributed to making this event happen and the racers for traveling to Lake Winnebago. Stop by the Event site or Wind Power on Sunday.

Post-event Update: It’s Monday morning and what an amazing event. I am more tired (and sore) than Sunday. Anyway, the Tent is down and the Event Organizers have been working hard to clean-up. The weather Sunday & Monday is cool, but light wind and sunny makes for a couple beautiful days. We will be sending out an e-mail to racers, volunteers and staff shortly with FTP info on sharing media (images and video) and soliciting some feedback. If you left anything behind, please notify Dan Duester or Kevin at Wind Power.

 

What a great Event!  I have referred to this a few times just to remember what direction wind was blowing that day.  Hopefully others find this useful too.

 

 

WISSA 2015 Race Results

WISSA 2015 drone overhead image

WISSA 2015 Event Site from the Drone (Thanks Casey)

 

The following files (.pdf) are the FINAL Scoring results from the World Ice & Snow Sailing Championship event held in Fond du Lac, WI USA.  The event was help February 9 to 14, 2015 on the Southern end of Lake Winnebago

We hope everyone made it back home with safe travels and has great memories of this exceptional Event put on by Wind Power, WAK and FDL Visitors Bureau.  Also, a huge THANK YOU to the Race Committee for running great races!

Course Racing:

STS (short track slalom) Racing:

Speed:

 

Mike Bierworth (#011) was nominated for the ‘Honorary Long Distance’ with 57 miles sailed on Saturday Feb. 14.  No racing was held Saturday due to high winds and very low visibility.

We are going to be adding content to our blog and site in the near future.  It is windy today, so gonna go out and sail a bit.  Thanks to ALL the Racers, Volunteers, Hosts, Sponsors, Spectators and everyone at WISSA 2015!

 

 

PRESS RELEASE: The World Ice & Snow Sailing Championship to be held in Fond du Lac, WI (USA) – February 9 to 14, 2015

WISSAWhat are you doing the week of Febrauary 9, 2015?

Hopefully you can make it to the World Ice & Snow Sailing Championship Race on frozen Lake Winnebago either as a participant, spectator or both.  Fond du Lac, WI (USA) has been chosen as the North American host for this annual event.  The event is simply referred to as WISSA 2015.  The World Ice & Snow Sailing Association (WISSA) , Winnebago Association of Kiteboarders (WAK) and Wind Power Windsurfing & Kiting Center are the primary organizations running the event.  The Fond du Lac Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB) is providing an incredible amount of support in coordinating and promoting the event.

See the Official Press Release for WISSA 2015.

On Facebook, see WorldIceandSnowSailingChampionship2015

On Twitter, use #WISSA2015.

The event attracts competitors from all over the globe.  The race typically alternates between Europe and North America locations annually.  It was held in Madison, WI back in 1995 and in St. Ignace, MI (north end of Mackinac Bridge) in 2012.  Wind Power was at both of those events and we are super stoked to have the WISSA  2015 event right off Roosevelt Park in Fond du Lac on Lake Winnebago.  This location is right across the street from our Surf Shop and is the most popular windsurfing and kiteboarding launch on Lake Winnebago no matter what time of year.

Please read the press release, watch the video above, and visit the web sites linked above to learn more about this event and the groups supporting it.  We hope to see you there and it is sure to be an incredible event.  Let’s just hope it is a little warmer than February 2014 🙂

 

Having Fun at the Snow and Ice Worlds

I am meeting many, very nice sailors from other countries.  It is fun communicating with them and learning what they do in their countries.  Learning what equipment they use what the conditions are and how popular Winter sailing and kiting is in Europe.  There are Russians, Swedes, Finlanders, Latvia and many from Canada here competing.

Yesterday there was windsurf and kitewing racing in the morning, I believe 4 races.  In the afternoon they had 4 Kite races.  The wind was good yesterday I would say 20 mph tapering down as the day wore on.  I was on a 10.5 Kite.  There is a mix of foil and inflatable kites as well as skis and snowboards.  More foils and than skis.   The fast people have very long skis 238cm and very long snowboards.  The first place boarder is on an inflatable kite.

I have meet the Hiberna Ice Board builder (Richard) and a very good Hiberna rider Janis.  I am learning a lot from them about the tuning and sailing the boards.  I will try to get pictures of them.  I am excited to start a racing circuit for those types of iceboards.

Well it is time to go race,  More to come later.

Kevin USA 8

 

Wind Power is traveling to the WISSA Snow and Ice World Championships!

Hey everybody,  Check out the WISSA Snow and Ice World Championship web site.  This is the first time since 1995 that the WISSA worlds have been in the USA.  In 1995 Team Wind Power attended the awesome event in Madison WI.

It was a very fun event, especially with the mix of Europeans there.  Learning to communicate with them and checking out the equipment they use is very interesting and a lot to learn.

So again Team Wind Power is going to have fun and learn, meet new friends from across the big waters.

Checkout the WISSA web site for race results and media coverage.  If you have time come and join us for some fun on the Ice.

 

2011 Annual Winnebago SuperCrossing and Wind Power Championship Regatta

Come and Join the Fun in the Sun and Play on the Water!

The Fun Weekend starts on Friday with the Lake Winnebago SuperCrossing run by Jeff Knutson from A-A. EXTERIORS.COM

Friday Morning at 11:00 sharp the crossing starts from Roosevelt County Park (Wind Power) to a destination determined that morning.  Wind direction, strength and the forecast as well as sailors input results in the course for the Crossing.

West wind is the best for a full Crossing the length of Winnebago (28 miles).  Years past we had perfect conditions and a number of us made it to High Cliff State Park.  Niles Book (The Crazy Iron man who crossed Lake Michigan solo with NO CHASE BOAT) was the only one to sail back.  I only know 2 others whom have sailed the length of the Lake and back.  Bet you can’t guess who!

Last year was again perfect conditions with the wind blowing in the 30’s and more further out on the Lake.  Everybody rigged TOO BIG and what a disappointment that not one Windsurfer made it.  I was disappointed with myself because I also under estimated the wind and after sailing a few miles of the 28 miles to High Cliff, I turned around because I knew from experience it wasn’t going to get any easier up the lake.  It would have been miles of ugly survival sailing, not fun.  5 local Kiters made the grueling journey to High Cliff.  Hopefully this year mother nature will gives another chance.

Saturday and Sunday is the 26th Annual Wind Power Championships! Mark Greinert and myself hosted our first Regatta ever, not really thinking it would still be going on almost 3 decades later.  Big Lake Winnebago and the access of Roosevelt County Park just across the street from Wind Power is an excellent venue to run BIG Regattas.  Last year 53 racers enjoyed great times on Windy Winnebago.  Everyone was sore and tired after 10 races.

This Year we are excited to add 2 more Fleets, Kona and O’Pen Bic.  For 2011 MoWind has dropped the Formula Fleet (because of lack of attendance) and added the new and growing Kona Fleet. For more information on the Kona Racing check out their web site: KonaOne.com Contact Mike Fox if you would like to charter a Kona for the weekend.  He will be bringing boards from the Minneapolis area and would appreciate a call before he leaves for Fond du Lac.  Call Mike @ 612-508-8083

The O’Pen Bic is a new Youth sailboat by Bic.   www.O’Pen Bic.com Fleets are quickly growing in the Fox Valley area and all across the country.  Wind Power has been supporting the O’Pen Bic movement and teaching many kids for 3 years. (this year over 350 kids learned how to sail with the O’Pen Bic)  With all the kids sailing and racing a new youth sailboat, that is fun to capsize and do Freestyle on (Bailing is Cancelled), Wind Power felt it was appropriate to add their Fleet to our End of the Year Regatta.  SO please welcome the kids who have learned to love our great sport of sailing.

Let’s Keep the Wind Power Championships on the MoWind Calendar! After organizing Regattas for 26 years with the help of Family and Many Friends, I have decided all I want to do is be the PRO or Principle Race Officer.  This entails getting the necessary equipment ready to run a Windsurfing race.  Working with the Race Committee setting up the Schedule, Fleets and Classes, Courses and finally the Rules for the Event.  I have all the necessary equipment to run a world class regatta but no longer have the desire to organize the whole event.  Such as Promotions, planning the dinner, writing the notice of race and press releases, getting prizes and trophies, selecting a t-shirt and design.  I have struggled through those task and many many times with the excellent help of others, But I no longer want to be the one in charge of doing them.  I am retiring from those duties after this years event.  I am hoping that a team will take over those duties and have fun doing it, so the Event will continue.  Or someone else might want to start their own new Event on this weekend.  I am sad to think this may be the end of a great Era, but I don’t have the energies needed to organize a whole event and still make it fun for me.  It’s time for new blood.

Check out the Wind Power Weather Center! If you haven’t been on the Wind Power Weather Center, it’s a must see.  Version 2.0 will be installed this week. The new version 2.0 of the weather Center tracks history better and provides more in depth Wind Sock data.  The Wind Sock rating has been tweaked to be more accurate to marginal conditions. The Wind Sock summary is awesome telling us how many days we had in a month or a year of the various wind socks.  There is much more , so go to the new Weather Center and check out the Updates & Issues.  We are constantly striving to make the weather Center more user friendly while providing the information and history everyone is looking for.  We installed a new Wind Sensor (the Pro model) and the wind data we are collecting is more accurate to the real conditions.  Use the wind history to your advantage.  After a good day sailing or kiting at one of the launches, look up the wind history for the day.  Take notes of the size sail or kite for the wind strength at the time you were out.  Use this valuable information in the future to know what size sail or kite you should ride.  The Weather Center is dedicated after Stella Blue, the  developer’s beloved yellow Lab. Stella loved the water and riding windsurf boards as much as we do.  She was an Icon on the beach.
Click here to check out the Wind Power Weather Center.

Looking forward to seeing, Sailing and just hanging out with everyone soon!

Kevin     USA 8

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2011 Winnebago SuperCrossing and Wind Power Championship Notice of Race (NOR)

2011 Winnebago SuperCrossing & Wind Power Championship NOR

2011 Winnebago SuperCrossing & Wind Power Championship NOR

Wind Power has a New Weather Center!

The Wind Power web site has a New Weather Center! 

On Monday June 20 the New Weather Center was added to the Wind Power Web site. The Site has it’s own URL at WindPowerWeather.com .  A Weather Center link is available on Wind Power home page and under Information pull-down menu.

As you can see in the picture above the Wind Sensor is mounted much higher than in the past.  It will give a more realistic reading in more directions due to the added height.  My brother Andy donated an A-Scow mast which we put on top of the shop.  The Wind Sensor is on top of it which should put it at 60 plus feet.  This is around the height of the neighboring trees.

But that is not all that the Weather Center is about.  It has a very detailed graphs of the wind speed with gusts,  direction and speed, temperature and wind chill.  There is also a tabular data.  Forecast are available from several popular weather links.  Water Temperature is also available.  There are graphs with a detailed history of the past weather. Personally I like to see the peak gusts.

A local advisory tells you what launches are good for the current conditions as well as the type of equipment to use.  Don’t forget to add the Wind Power Weather Gadget to your desktop.  It will keep you up-to-date with the wind conditions on Lake Winnebago’s south end. WindPowerWeather.com/gadget

The Weather Center is dedicated to Stellablue, a longtime companion of the developer of this site. Stellablue was a yellow Labrador retriever and learned to windsurf as a puppy and loved cruising on the long-board. As you can see in the photo, she was ready to go, but was not much help up-hauling the sail. The Weather Center is dedicated to her memory.

The Weather Center was many hours in development and deciphering data find what would work best for Wind Power. Some of the unique features are the recommended Launch Sites and desktop gadget (for Windows). The Weather Center not only provides weather data, but provides a lot of explanations and educational information. Check out the Information and Sensor pages for example.

We are excited to bring this new service and it’s features to you.  Feel free to blog back or contact us with any comments and suggestions.  Enjoy the weather Center and make the most of it to increase you fun in the WIND on Lake Winnebago.

Kevin   USA 8

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