Why was Fond du Lac Wisconsin in the US selected for the 2015 WISSA World Ice and Snow Sailing Championship?
It's all about the wind!
For sailors and kiters Fond du Lac Wisconsin is the ideal base-camp and Lake Winnebago is a windy destination not to be missed!
Fond du Lac is located at the foot of Lake Winnebago one of the largest lakes in the U.S. The lake and our community are also at the base of a geological formation called the Niagara Escarpment. This is a nearly 1,000-mile-long cliff that begins near Lake Winnebago, runs through Canada and ends in Upstate New York. The Niagara Escarpment is responsible for the Niagara Falls in New York; it is also responsible for the incredible nearly constant flow of wind that blows down onto Lake Winnebago.
Recently featured as one of the best windkiting destinations in the U.S. by TRAVEL+ LEISURE Magazine, Fond du Lac Wisconsin is a favorite for many in the kiting community.
In addition to being a great kiting destination, visitors will also find plenty of restaurants, bars, shops and very friendly people. Our charming town is centrally located in the heart of the US’s Midwest and is easy to reach by auto or by air. Fond du Lac is just under an hour’s drive away from Milwaukee Wisconsin’s Mitchell International Airport and two hours away from Chicago Illinois’ O'Hare International Airport...
For more information on the Niagara Escarpment please visit: http://onmilwaukee.com/visitors/articles/niagaraescarpment.html?page=1
For more information on kiting in the Fond du Lac Wisconsin area please visit: http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/americas-best-lake-vacations/4
For more information on Milwaukee's Mitchell International Airport please visit: http://www.mitchellairport.com/
For more information on Chicago Illinois’ O'Hare International Airport please visit: http://www.flychicago.com/pages/landingpage.aspx
For more information on Fond du Lac Wisconsin U.S.A. please visit: http://www.fdl.com/
Where can I get spare parts during the 2015 WISSA World Ice and Snow Sailing Championship?
In Fond du Lac at Wind Power Windsurfing & Kiting Center, one of the Midwest’s best known Kiting businesses.
Also serving as the race headquarters and located at the entry point to the WISSA events, Wind Power Windsurfing & Kiting Center is a supplier for all kiting and sailing gear and the place for all spare parts.
Wind Power Windsurfing & Kiting Center is no stranger to the needs of athletes competing in sanctioned windkiting events as it is the host of the annual Wind Power Championships in September which brings the nation’s top wind sport racers to the mighty Lake Winnebago.
For more information on Wind Power Windsurfing & Kiting Center in Fond du Lac Wisconsin please visit: http://www.windpowerwindsurfing.com/
What will the weather be like in Fond du Lac during the 2015 WISSA World Ice and Snow Sailing Championship?
Cold and very windy!
In short, the weather conditions should be absolutely ideal for the World Ice and Snow Sailing Association’s 2015 World Championships!
For more information on current live weather conditions please visit: http://www.windpowerweather.com/
What will I need to know about VISA’s if I am traveling from oversees to the U.S.?
This is an extremely important question and one that must be addressed in a timely matter for those competitors visiting from abroad.
Many non-U.S. citizens need a VISA to enter the United States to visit. A VISA allows a foreign citizen to travel to a U.S. port-of-entry (generally an airport) and request permission to enter the United States. A VISA does not guarantee entry into the United States. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials at the port-of-entry have authority to permit or deny admission to the United States.
What airports are in the region surrounding Fond du Lac Wisconsin?
Fond du Lac is just under an hour’s drive away from Milwaukee Wisconsin’s Mitchell International Airport and two hours away from Chicago Illinois’ O'Hare International Airport.
There are also several very well served regional airports in the area all within a short drive of Fond du Lac. These include: Chicago Illinois’ Midway International; Appleton Wisconsin’s Outagamie County Regional; Green Bay Wisconsin’s Austin Straubel International and Madison Wisconsin’s Dane County Regional.
For more information on Milwaukee Wisconsin’s Mitchell International Airport please visit: http://www.mitchellairport.com/
For more information on Chicago Illinois’ O'Hare International Airport please visit: http://www.flychicago.com/pages/landingpage.aspx
For more information on Chicago Illinois’ Midway International Airport please visit: http://www.flychicago.com/midway/en/home/Pages/default.aspx
For more information on Appleton Wisconsin’s Outagamie County Regional Airport please visit: http://www.atwairport.com/
For more information on Green Bay Wisconsin’s Austin Straubel International Airport please visit: http://www.flygrb.com/
For more information on Madison Wisconsin’s Dane County Regional Airport please visit: http://www.msnairport.com/
How can I register for the 2015 WISSA World Ice and Snow Sailing Championship?
Registration for the 2015 competition will be easier than ever! Simply click here!
Not only is your registration a couple of mouse clicks away there is also a substantial discount being offered to all participants that sign up on line prior to race day.
Registration services are being provided by ACTIVE.com is the leader in online event registrations. Active.com hosts the world's largest directory of sports and recreational activities, facilities, venues and classes, which includes more than 66,000 races, leagues, tournaments, camps and other recreational listings in over 80 sports and 5,000 cities in the U.S.
For more information or to register on line for the 2015 WISSA World Ice and Snow Sailing Championship please visit: http://www.windpowerwindsurfing.com/shop/index.php?main_page=page&id=8
What arrangements have been made for housing?
There are number hotels in the community of Fond du Lac. Competitors will find friendly innkeepers and very affordable accommodations.
The official host hotel for the 2015 WISSA World Ice and Snow Sailing Championship the Retlaw Plaza Hotel is in Fond du Lac’s Downtown District; a vibrant area in our community in the heart of our downtown which is teaming with restaurants and taverns. The Retlaw Plaza Hotel has created a number of very inexpensive competitor’s lodging packages that include a morning and evening meal.
Many of the lodging properties, including the official host hotel the Retlaw Plaza Hotel, will provide shuttle service to the WISSA events.
What types of Restaurants and Bars can be found in the Fond du Lac Wisconsin Area?
Visitors to Fond du Lac will find a large selection of dining options and drinking establishments to fit all tastes and budgets.
The Fond du Lac Wisconsin area was settled years ago by immigrants from Central and Eastern Europe and certainly some of our restaurants reflect this in the style of food served. But more recently the culture and dining options have diversified greatly. Visitors will find a variety of dining options including what we in Wisconsin call “Supper Clubs”; American Bistros; Mexican and Japanese fare just to name a few.
The WISSA host hotel, The Retlaw Plaza Hotel, is a full service hotel with restaurant and bar service. The Retlaw Plaza Hotel is in the center of Fond du Lac’s resurging Downtown District that at night comes alive, as folks enjoy the many dining and drinking establishments packed within a few blocks of the Hotel.
A special note on this topic: The Retlaw Plaza Hotel has created great dining and lodging packages for the WISSA competitors making food and lodging affordable for all. Additionally one of the proud WISSA sponsors Sunset on the Water Grill & Bar is a very popular restaurant located right at the race entrance on the Shores of Lake Winnebago.
For more information on dining in Fond du Lac Wisconsin area please visit: http://www.fdl.com/where-to-eat.html
For more information on the Retlaw Plaza Hotel in Fond du Lac Wisconsin please visit: http://www.retlawhotel.com/
For more information on Sunset on the Water Grill & Bar in the Fond du Lac Wisconsin area please visit: http://sunsetonthewater.jimdo.com/
Who is welcome to participate in the World Ice and Snow Sailing Championship events?
All are welcome! There are no qualifiers and there are several classes of racers, from young to mature. Men, women, old and young all enjoy this sport and all are encouraged to join in the World Championship events.
Additionally the race headquarters – Wind Power Windsurfing & Kiting Center – will have rentals available so if you are interested in racing but need equipment you can simply rent your gear on site and hit the ice.
For those windsurfers that are “ice curious,” now is the time to check out what fun it is to use your kiting skills in the winter.
For more information on rentals please visit: http://www.windpowerwindsurfing.com/
If you are interested in learning more about the similarities in summer and winter kiting activities please contact:
- Kevin Gratton - WISSA Race Director
- mobile - (920) 251-1002
- email - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dan Deuster - Winnebago Association of Kiteboarders (WAK) President
- mobile - (920) 960-9676
- email - email@example.com
How do I find out more information on the Races?
How do I dress for the WISSA Championship and the Sturgeon Stampede?
Although winter is a great time to experience breathtaking landscapes and exhilarating snow sports like our World Ice and Snow Sailing Championship, it can also be hazardous for people who are unprepared for the elements. Having the proper clothing for cold, windy conditions and being aware of winter hazards are both important parts of being well-prepared.
Dressing for the Activity
You can avoid hypothermia, frostbite and discomfort simply by dressing properly for the conditions. But don't decide what to wear simply based on the forecast. In 32-degree weather, someone snowshoeing uphill will feel much warmer than someone sitting motionless in an unheated ice fishing hut. Decide which type of activity you'll be doing before you make a decision on how to dress. You should also always be prepared with extra clothing, just in case conditions become worse.
Activities like ice fishing or viewing ice and kite flying require thick insulation around your core and between you and cold surfaces. Consider sitting on a foam pad to protect your body from conductive heat loss.
Activities like hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing involve very little motionless time. For these sports, focus more on covering extremities and less on insulating your core. This will prevent overheating and excessive sweating. Also, be sure your base layer is breathable and moisture-wicking.
When there's an even mix of exertion and motionless rest, layering becomes much more important. Outerwear with zip-open vents can help expel excess heat when you're running, or you can simply shed a layer when you finish the course.
Outerwear must do three things: Block the wind, keep out rain and snow, and allow sweat vapor to escape. For drier conditions, a water-resistant jacket or soft shell jacket should be sufficient. If you're expecting very wet or snowy conditions, look for waterproof breathable protection from materials like Gore-Tex® or Dry.Q®. Soft shell outerwear, on the other hand, uses technologies like Schoeller® for added stretch and breathability, although usually with a slight reduction in waterproof protection. Obviously a hood is an outstanding feature to protect the head from falling rain or snow. Some hoods detach or tuck inside a storage pocket when you don't need them. For skiers and riders, look for a jacket with a powder skirt to keep out snow during a fall. Pit zips are another great feature to help vent excess heat.
BASIC LAYERING FOR WINTER
No matter what you're doing outside during the winter, layering will make adapting to changing conditions and activity levels much easier. Proper layering allows you to remove or add insulation so that you never get too cold or too hot. This prevents excessive sweating, which can cause additional heat loss, especially when you slow down or stop to rest.
WINTER HATS and Headbands
In cold weather, you can lose a fair amount of warmth through your head, if left unprotected. Winter hats are available in a wide range of styles and materials. Synthetic fibers and acrylic wick moisture and dry quickly. Wool is another warm, wicking material for winter headwear. For moderate conditions and high activity levels, a fleece headband is a good alternative.
FACE and NECK PROTECTION
For very cold and windy conditions, a face mask can be a life saver, especially on the ice. A scarf can also be used to provide neck and face protection.
GLOVES and MITTENS
Having a warm pair of winter gloves is critical to staying comfortable in cold conditions. In very cold weather, insulated mittens keep fingers warmer than gloves. For even more warmth, you can always layer a thinner pair of gloves under your mittens. Some ski gloves actually come with built-in, removable liners.
Cold-weather footwear can range from heavy-duty winter boots to more basic insulated shoes and booties. Many winter boots have a "comfort rating," such as "comfort-rated to -15 degrees Fahrenheit." Be aware that there is no industry standard for footwear comfort ratings, and these numbers are estimates created by the manufacturer. Be sure to note whether the comfort rating is listed in Fahrenheit or Celsius, although some brands list both.
Who is the 2015 WISSA Race Director?
Kevin Gratton is owner of Wind Power Windsurfing & Kiting Center (www.windpowerwindsurfing.com) in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin USA, one of the Midwest's best known windsurf and kiting businesses, located at the entry point to the WISSA 2015 events on Lake Winnebago.
Kevin has over 25 years of experience as a sailor & shop owner. He was PRO for the 2008 US Windsurfing Nationals and Advisor for the 2014 US Windsurfing Nationals. He has been a race director since the mid-eighties with over 50 events where he was the PRO Principle Race Officer.
A sampling of Keven's credits include;
- 2006 Windsurfer of the Year
- World One Design Racing Championship
- Certified Mistal Instructor
- Co-Founder of MoWind
- Competed in 6 World Windsurfing Championships; 2 WISSA Championships
- Multiple National Windsurfing titles
- Sailor of the year 2005 FDL Sailing Club
- PRO for the Sturgeon Stampede numerous times
Kevin is dedicated to year 'round kiting activity and is always looking for ways to get more kids involved in the sport. His other passions include; hunting, skiing, snowboarding, waterskiing, motorcycles, snowmobiling, sailboats and having more FUN!
Will there be storage for my equipment and gear?
We will offer secure storage for all race equipment on the lake free of charge to all racers.
Racers will be responsible for getting their equipment and gear in and out or the storage unit each day. They will be responsible for removing all their possessions the last day and for handling transport home.
Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.