by William Tuthill
“Ain’t it always the way?” Plan an event and everything will go wrong. Not only were we forced to relocate an event that was two years in the making because of ice conditions that no one had ever encountered before, but, when we did relocate, the wind chose not to blow!
The real action was in the kite class with 19 meter and larger kites. The windsurfing and wing classes did a lot of waiting. We somehow managed to get off five races that were handily won by lightweight teenagers from Poland. Sleds with 250 cm jumping skis and large race sails have a way of gliding in the lightest of breezes.
Winter windsurfing is alive and growing. The irony of the WISSA Ice and Snow Sailing World Championships being the oldest international race in the history of windsurfing is not lost. I thought that windsurfing was a water sport!