LOWISA – Lake of the Woods International Sailing Association
LOWISA 54 – August 3 – 10, 2019 LOWISA is an internationally acclaimed racing and cruising event held annually out of Kenora, Ontario. Now embarking on its 54th year August 3, 2019 LOWISA is poised for many more years of sailing adventures.
The LOWISA regatta consists of 6 days of racing with one midweek layover day on the pristine waters of Lake of the Woods, one of North America’s premiere boating destinations. Each day consists of a random course of approximately 20 miles thought the maze of islands to a different wilderness anchorage.
The fleet is separated into divisions according to the boat’s PHRF rating. There is also a cruising fleet for those boats wishing to avoid the stress of racing. Trophies are presented on the Saturday evening at the end of the week for each division. Additionally, overall trophies are presented for fastest overall elapsed and corrected times for the week.
The North West International Rowing Association is a regional association of Canadian and American rowing clubs of the Upper Mid-Western United States and Western Canada.
The Winnipeg Rowing Club, the Minnesota Boat Club and the Saint Paul Lurline Rowing Club as the Minnesota and Winnipeg Rowing Association founded the Association in 1885.
The Association was dormant from 1897 to 1905 during the Boer and American-Spanish Wars. The Association was revived in 1905 as the “West-Canada Rowing Association” and the annual regatta held in 1906 at Minnetonka. In 1909 the North West International Rowing Association name was adopted.
The 109th Annual NWIRA Championships Regatta were held on Rabbit Lake on August 17-18, 2012. The Kenora Rowing Club was host to the Championship regatta.