Thursday, December 15, 2005


Best wishes to Benoit Tremblay of Concept Air. He will be turning 50 at the end of this month. Anyone wishing to send regards can do so by emailing him!

Thursday, November 17, 2005

WISA 2006 Official information!

From: Febuary 06 to Febuary 12 2006
Where: Plein Air Ville-Joie, 11441, W Notre-Dame, Trois-Riviere (Pointe du Lac sector) QC, G9B 6W5

Access to the site: 5$ per person or 10$ per family
Price for a week from Monday to Sunday: 468 $CDN + taxes per person double occupancy. Includes access to the site, 3 meals per day and sleep over(from Monday supper to Sunday dinner).
Price for the weekend: 243 $CDN + taxes per person double occupency. Includes access to the site, 3 meals per day and sleep over(from Friday supper to Sunday dinner).
Organized by: Les Aventures du Lac St-Pierre et ses environs (St-Pierre Lake and surrounds Adventures).
Major sponsor: Wax Design
Inscription fees for the races: 99 $CND

Payment by credit cards will be accepted
Reserve early because places are limited !!

Monday, November 14, 2005

WISSA 2007 Notice!

At this time we do NOT have any firm proposals from Europe for 2007! If you have been wanting to get the WISSA World Championships to come to your country, the time to apply is now. We will be accepting suggestions by email in advance of the 2006 WC in Trois Rivieres, but it is necessary to present any formal proposals at the W.I.S.S.A. meeting during the event.


William Tuthill informs:

There has been a change of venue for the WISSA 2006 Ice and Snow Sailing World Championships. The event has been moved to Trois Rivieres, Quebec, about 60 km east of Montreal. The accommodations are situated directly on the lake - meals are included. Stand by for information with more details.

Lac St. Pierre is huge, frozen and very windy. It is an ideal set up for an event of this type. The organizers have been hard at work since leaving Finland in March. They are good people with a lot of experience, so we can expect a first rate event.

Friday, April 29, 2005

WISSA 2006 Preliminary Information!

William Tuthill informs:
We have returned from Montreal, and things are well under control. I will write some sort of official race notice for the web site, but it would already be safe to post the dates for wissa 2006. They are 6-12 February 2006 at St. Placid just west of Montreal. The lake is Lac de deux Montaignes.

Friday, April 08, 2005

Jubilee Report

The W.I.S.S.A. 25th Anniversary Jubilee was one of the greatest events in W.I.S.S.A. history! Never before have we had fireworks, outdoor music, a light show, and a hot air balloon on opening night. The head of the Finnish Parliament gave a speech at the opening ceremony as did the mayor and other dignitaries.

Organized by Olli Kotilainen and Virpi Tikanmaki, with help from sponsors, family and scores of volunteers, the event set a new precedent for attention to detail, and excellent planing.

At one point, next year’s organizer Francois Vinet of Montreal, Canada, became nervous saying that he would have a hard time matching this. Past organizers Juha Mannermaa of Kajaani, Finland, and Klaus Faisst of Toronto, Ontario, assured Francois that not every year was like this, and that a simpler event is more the norm. This year was a special celebration, and Olli had been planning for almost 2 years.

We had competitors from 11 countries. There were plenty of participants in all three classes, and all age groups were represented. Overseas travelers were very well looked after. Airport pick ups, baggage handling, visa requirements, and such were all expertly taken care of.

There are some North American competitors who look forward to reciprocating the hospitality next year in Montreal. I am one of them!

The Pyhajarvi area of Finland is quite majestic. It is a bountiful land populated by hard working attractive people. I know that I am not the only one who left wishing that I could come back in summer to enjoy the lake’s broad sandy bottom, big winds and rolling waves. The lake is also home to all kinds of fish including some very tasty crayfish, which look like lobsters only smaller.

The surface of Lake Pyha [jarvi means lake, and pyha means sacred] was perfect for racing. The hard ice covered by only a few centimeters of fast snow meant that sleds with blades could race against sleds with skis and no one had a big advantage over another. It allowed for a test of skill rather than a test of technology, or money.

The talent level was very high.

OPEN CLASS: The team from Poland is remarkably well organized and trained by coach Witold Nerling. One look at the results in Open Class will show this. They were always on time to the skipper’s meetings, and always prepared to race. The team took first and third places. Congratulations to Robert Graczyk and Michal Majewski.

Another group of sailors that usually turns up in the top five is the STAL, which is the organization of Finnish Winter Sailors. Ville Laitala of Kalajoki, Finland, took second place on a two ski sled. Finland has produced World Champions before, and is sure to do so in the future. Nice job Ville!

This year, my personal favorites just missed the top 3, but filled out the top 5. These are of course, the monoski sailors from Russia. They are my personal favorites because I admire their skill. I have 3 monoski sleds but I can not imagine staying on top of one for long enough to make a W. C. race course. The monoski is unquestionably the most difficult of all sleds to ride, but people like Alexie Nozdrin [Moscow] and Slava Maltsev [Murmansk] make it look easy. Cheers to Egon Buchalla of Switzerland for making so many races on one.

Congratulations go out to Kamilla Smektala of Poland. At age 12, she is already a formidable racer. She is sure to be a champion in the future.

FREE SAIL: This year the free sail class was ALL Skimbats. This makes sense since the Skimbat is so well refined that it would be very difficult for any home builder to compete. Claude Chasse of Rimouski, Quebec, and Jocelyn Marceau of Quebec City, have both made wing sails in the past, but they were not in Finland this year so it was all of Skimbats on the start line.

I had the pleasure of using the new Skimbat 5. 5 meter wing, winner of this year’s Best Design award. It is 0. 5 meters larger than the regular 4. 8m Skimbat, but, in my case, no amount of extra sail area will help me when competing against champions like Vesa Leskinen [Espoo, Finland], Rainer Salo [Rauma, Finland], Yrjo Hokkanen [Helsinki, Finland] or North America’s fastest Free Sail sailor, Claude Chasse [Rimouski, Quebec].

At this point, I will be happy when I take just ONE race away from Klaus Faisst [Ontario, Canada]. Maybe I’ll get my chance when Skywings comes out with the new Skimbat 6. 2 meter.

A special welcome goes out to Sergei Akeliev, and Dimitri Li, both of Moscow, Russia. Welcome to the Free Sail Class. As a racing class, Skimbats are the closest thing to a one design class that W.I.S.S.A. has.

We hope to see this class grow in future years. The next time that we get clear ice, and/or a lot of wind, the Free Sails will really get a chance to show what they can do.


Kites have been an area of huge growth for the sport of ice and snow sailing. So much is happening now that it is nearly impossible to keep track of all of it. New snow kiting competitions are cropping up all over the world but almost all of them are based upon freestyle jumping and tricks.

The W.I.S.S.A. World Championships is one of the only international snow kite course racing venues in the world. As far as I know, it is the oldest continually run international racing venue for kites. Our first year for kites on the start line was 1993 in Choinice, Poland, and we have welcomed kites every year since.

This years top three was a clean sweep for Russia. First and second places went to what Kalev Alikveer [Tallinn, Estonia] calls “Open Class deserters”. Former champion monoski sailors Aleksie Rajev, and Anatoly Sarafanikov [Tumen, Siberia] demonstrated remarkable versatility by winning first and second places in kite class. Third place went to Roman Lubimsev [Moscow, Russia].

Very close behind in fourth place was Armand Trahan [Montreal, Canada]. Armand was using a flex kite similar to the one that won Best Design at the 2004 W. C. in Ontario, Canada.

We want to give a special welcome to the husband and wife team of Raimo and Christelle Sel’en [Helsinki, Finland], we hope to see them in Montreal next year with their adorable bilingual daughter.

We were also delighted to have Gatis Satiks, and Ralfs Resetnika join us from Riga, Latvia. There are many more ice and snow sailors in Latvia and we hope that they will join us every year for the W. C. . Special thanks to another Open Class deserter, Dietmar Boess [Turkheim, Germany] for always making the trip with Egon Buchalla [Switzerland]. Think of the adventures these two have shared in over 20 years of attending W.I.S.S.A. World Championships!

Thanks again to all of the organizers, sponsors, volunteers, and competitors who made this 25th year celebration possible. It can not be said often enough, it doesn’t matter who you are or how you place, EVERYONE who makes the trip and takes part in the competition is a winner.

As summer takes over the Northern Hemisphere we can think of our snow sailing friends in Australia, New Zealand, and South America. We can also plan for next year in Montreal, Canada.

Information about dates and places will be posted on the W.I.S.S.A. web site. Best wishes for a wonderful summer.


William Tuthill, W.I.S.S.A.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

-=: WISSA 2005 RESULTS :=-

Finally, the results are published!
Rumors are that the next Championship will occur in Quebec. We shall wait for the report that Klaus has promised to prepare.



PositionSail #FirstLastDate of birthClassM/FCountrypositionPtspositionPtspositionPtspositionPtspositionPtsTotal PtsDrop Final Pts
6124Faisst Klaus27-06-1943GGMMCanada212166447744422121
8122LaukkanenVeli Pekka05-06-1945GMMFinland448877887734826
15127KokkalaHeidi 13-06-1956MFFinland13131818151517172121842163


PositionSail #FirstLastDate of birthClassM/FCountrypositionPtspositionPtspositionPtspositionPtspositionPtspositionPtsTotal PtsDrop Final Pts
783RavanderArto-Sakari 22020MMFinland1010161644665599501634
1877MaszkiewiczJan 33463JMPoland1919151517171717171717171021983


PositionSail #FirstLastDate of birthClassM/FCountrypositionPtspositionPtspositionPtspositionPtspositionPtspositionPtspositionPtsTotal PtsDrop Final Pts
11RazhevAlexey24389GM Russia272710101021.632.81031.4274.4
814Arslanov Farid25734GMRussia991010151599558888641549
15150Kolesnik (62)Mark23275MMRussia272715152020171777101011111072780

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Archived content..

Race Notice and Registration Form are available!


Download the whole pack, unzip, read instructions and race notice, fill out the registration form, save it on your computer and then send it as attachment to the e-mail address given in the registration form.

Forms were sent by Olli Kotilainen and forwarded to WISSA.ORG by Klaus Faisst on November 28th, 2004.

March 14th, 2005

Today is the median. Not much information could be found about the Championship in Finland.. How does one spell `WISSA` in Finnish? I guess I am doing it wrong. The Google gave me only one link in the .FI realm but all you can get from there is regisration forms and current weather conditions. There is also a link to the web cam on the lake but apparrently it is not pointed at the race site. So sad..
--:: WISSA 2005 in Finland ::--

Thursday, January 13, 2005

BLOWIN' in the Wind

Snow kiting is one hell of a ride. Jenn Weede finds it can also be one hell of a fall...

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article found by Grant Fitz

Winter Kiting: Top Destinations

Adventure hounds have always pursued the free ride. Waves don't charge. Backcountry ski runs don't either. But few natural forces—except gravity perhaps—dole out free adrenaline shots as potent as the wind.

[more...]by Tim Neville, Outside Online