Sunday, March 05, 2017

WISSA 2017 - Mission Accomplished!

Hello Friends,

back home again from Russia feels sooo good.  Having been there feels even better!  Conversely, not having gone there would probably have haunted me for the rest of my life ... with nagging regrets.

WISSA-2017 in combination with the Russian National Festival of Outdoor Activities in Tolyatti turned out to be a highly successful event, not only for the organizers but also for WISSA and the unusually large numbers of competitors (except for the three Wing sailors).

For me this was a "must do" mission.  A year ago in Estonia, Alexey Razhev, longtime WISSA member and chief organizer of the Tolyatti event had reminded me quite pointedly that he had made the long trip to North-America four times, including twice to Ontario (when I was the organizer).  He also could have mentioned (but did not) his 5,000 km trip with team Tyumen in two cars from Siberia to Lago di Resia in 2002.  How could I have continued living in peace with myself by ignoring his invitation to the Volga River?

The event was really well organized and obviously also well sponsored.  For many years in the past the competition site had been used for numerous winter sailing events (mainly kites).  Their infrastructure for accommodation, food supply, transportation, race course setup, judging, emergency responses, media coverage was well established.  However, the event ranked very low in international content.  This, of course, made it difficult for non-Russian speaking competitors like me.  Regrettably, having no access to the internet throughout my time in Russia also added to the dilemma of being a foreigner.

Sailing conditions throughout the week were far from ideal.  Unusually mild temperatures resulted in mushy, wet snow.  Winds on the first day of competition were too strong (gusts in excess of 15 m/sec) and made sailing on a heavy snow surface difficult.  In the following days winds were ok for Kites, but too low for Sleds and clearly insufficient (shitty) for Wings.  Kite sailors, gliding on long and wide skis or snowboards could handle the soft snow quite well.

Short track slalom races turned also into contests in bravery, with spectacular sliding and spinouts on wet ice, even a few catapults into surrounding snow banks.  The usable race area was too small.  However, STS was probably still the most observed and most photographed WISSA race venue.

While writing this summary I can't help thinking of having been lucky again, and this time I mean it collectively, with WISSA.  Lucky to have Richards and Feodor there.  Without the two of you the event with respect to WISSA would have been a big flop.  Thank you for being there and for all your support on and off the ice, including handling the official WISSA stuff.  Looking back now it seems truly amazing how we pulled it off.

With best regards from Lake Ontario,
Klaus

Wednesday, October 05, 2016


WISSA 2017 Registration is Open!


Dear Friends! 


This year WISSA-2017 takes place in Togliatti which has been my hometown for 10 years! The victory in WISSA is much more important for our kiters than in any other championship. I believe, the region of the Volga river and the Zhiguli Sea will become the best ground for your races, victories, records and performances. In February, ice is always fast here, the wind is strong, Togliatti fans are very exited, and our city is really hospitable. 
See you in Togliatty,
Yours Alexey Razhev,
WISSA-2017 Race Director

The registration of participants is open here. Please note, that the hotel will be providing necessary confirmation for obtaining visa to Russia, so please make reservations early. Do not hesitate reaching out to the Organizing Committee with any questions or help needed.

Friday, September 02, 2016

Tolyatti 2017: Preparations are at full speed!

It is never too early to start planning your trip to Tolyatti! Consider arriving at the international airport Kurumoch (KUF) which is only 1-hour drive away from the race site. We checked, the tickets are really cheap at the moment!

The Organizing Committee is formed and started working. The sponsor's representatives are part of the Committee: Alexandr Berdikhin from LADA and Alexandr Dovgomela from the Samara Regional Sailing Federation.

Before the official site of the 2017 WISSA Championships is up and running you can reach the Organizing Committee with any questions via Eugenia Rakusheva - rakusheva(at)mail.ru or tel:+79272613898.

All preparations are supervised by our famous Alexey Razhev. We are checking-in with him weekly and he assures that all needed works are done in time and good manner, nothing will be left for the last moment.

Please do not wait for the last moment yourself! The tickets, visa, luggage, accommodation arrangements need to be taken care of as early as possible to ensure the best experience.

Tolyatti is waiting!


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Come to Tolyatti in 2017!

Here is the film about Tolyatti Marathon run in 2011. Check out conditions and organization!


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

WISSA 2017 Venue is Set!


Attention all enthusiasts of winter sailing and kiting! The World Ice and Snow Sailing Championships of 2017 will take place in the city of Tolyatti, Samara Region of Russia. The program will be united with the traditional International Marathon "Zhigulevskoe Sea 2017".
The event will be happening on February 20...27, 2017.
The preliminary race program includes:
  • Course Race (all classes)
  • Marathon (all classes)
  • Freestyle (snow kites)
  • STS (slalom - windsurfing rigs)
The classes are defined according to the WISSA standard:
  • Windsurfing (sleds)
  • Snow kites
  • Hand-held sails (wings)
Please book your flights in advance! 

Saturday, November 07, 2015

WISSA 2016 Site is up!

Hey, http://WISSA2016.ee site is up! 
Registration open and clock is ticking!! 
The sooner you register - the cheaper!!!



Friday, November 06, 2015

2016 Estonia is happening!

Called Kalev yesterday. He was apologizing and assured that the information will be published on the WISSA2016.ee site in the matter of days. In the mean time the official information is as follows:

WISSA 2016 Championships

Location: Haapsalu, Estonia
Accommodation: Promenaadi Inn
Information: WISSA2016.ee