Grueling conditions for Winter Worlds
Published on February 9th, 2019
The 2019 World Ice and Snow Sailing Championships were held February 6-9 amid chilly temperatures and variable winds on Lake Winnebago in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Competition formats included course, short track slalom, and distance formats for kites, sleds, and wing racers.
Day #1 (Wednesday Feb 6): Course racing (kite, sled and wing) completed 3 races in morning. In afternoon, kites raced 2 more course races and sleds and wings raced short track slalom (STS).
Day #2 (Thursday Feb 7): Sleds and Wings raced STS in late morning due to lighter wind. In afternoon, kites, sleds and wings did 2 course races. Late afternoon and under the lights, the Sleds and Wings did more STS racing.
Day #3 (Friday Feb 8): Conditions were windy (20-25 mph gusting 30+ West). Kites raced 4 course races in the morning. Sleds and Wings raced 2 course races, then did STS. In the afternoon, Kites did upwind/downwind long distance race and Sleds & Wings did a reaching long distance. The long distance was timed at 50 minutes with place determined by number of laps completed and order finished. The speed trials were also held in the afternoon on a broad reach run using a radar gun.
Day #4 (Saturday Feb 9): No races were held due to light wind.