LOWISA 51 Newsletter

Volumes one and two of our LOWISA newsletter have been distributed to our email mailing list and are shared on our Facebook page. The newsletter details how to prepare for the regatta and midweek layover and highlights changes to the registration process. Please click the links below to view and send us an email at saillowisa@gmail.com if you would like to be added to our mailing list.

Volume 1

Volume 2

L51 Registration Now Open

Registration Information:


— You must register and purchase event tickets online

— In person registration will not be available.

— Registration and event ticket purchase deadline: July 23, 2016.

— Check-in and purchase pickup will take place on July 30th at the LOWB Brewery.



The Lake of the Woods International Sailing Association welcomes you to another incredible LOWISA Race Week event.

Join our vibrant community for a week of racing and endless outdoor adventure at the LOWISA 51 Regatta. Catch up with old friends and meet new ones amidst a week of scenic sailing, bonfires, and impeccable starry nights.

Online registration is now open on our website. Early registration (225.00 CAN) is available through June 15, 2016, after which late registration (275.00 CAN) will be in place until the final deadline for regatta registration on July 23, 2016.

In person registration will not be available this year, please make sure to register and submit all associated payments through our online registration form. Additional meal tickets and a midweek layover facilities fee (facilities access, trash disposal, and pumpout) will also be available for purchase in our online regatta registration form. Regatta check-in will take place the afternoon of July 30, 2016, prior to the Sailor’s Social, at the Lake of the Woods Brewery in Kenora, Ontario.

LOWISA embroidered Gill apparel, navigational charts, and additional event tickets will be available for purchase soon in our online store and will be available for pick-up upon regatta check-in. LOWISA 51 apparel will be available for purchase throughout the duration of the event.

We look forward to seeing you all at another exceptional LOWISA Regatta.

Kimberly Ovitz
Jamie Paterson
Commodores of LOWISA 51

L51 Preorder and Midweek Layover

Buena Vista Lodge (Morson, Ontario) has graciously welcomed the return of our fleet during our Midweek Layover (August 2-3, 2016). They are reserving lodging and meal accommodations. Call BV to inquire about available rooms and cabins.

Pre-order, Meals, and Fish Fry
If you would like to request grocery and additional item (ice, diesel, etc) pick-up at Buena Vista, please fill out their online form. If you will have additional meals with Buena Vista (Fish Fry, breakfasts, lunch, etc), you must indicate the number of individuals from your party that you estimate will attend.

Visit the Buena Vista Lodge website and select the LOWISA tab in their menu to make your submission.

L51 Courses

LOWISA 51 courses are available on our Facebook page and on our website. Courses will also be included in the Sailing Instructions handbook contained in your registration package. Package pick-up will be available at in person check-in on July 30, 2016 at Northern Harbour.

Navigational Charts
6211 Big Traverse Bay
6212 Kenora to Aulneau Peninsula
6215 Basil Channel-Sturgeon Channel
6216 Sturgeon Channel to Big Narrows Island

LOWISA 51 Regatta and Layover Lodging

LOWISA 51 will be held between July 31 to August 6 2016. We are excited to announce that the Buena Vista Resort in Morson Bay will be hosting our fleet for this years layover day. Our last stay with Buena Vista was such a success and we know they will extend a warm welcome to the LOWISA fleet again this year.

Buena Vista suggests that LOWISA participants book cabins, rooms and camp sites as soon as possible, as space is limited. Please visit their webpage and give them a call for more information.

Keep your eyes peeled for LOWISA registration early this spring. Incorporated in the registration process will be a space to communicate your boats anticipated layover day needs including quantities of meal tickets (dinners, breakfasts, and fish fry), bags of ice, fuel, pump out, and trash disposal.

During this time we will make Buena Vista pre-order sheets available to LOWISA participants so that your preordered food, beverages, and other supplies will be ready for purchase and pickup at the lodge.

Please consider what your boat or crew may need to make the trip to Buena Vista, we want to ensure that this is a safe, comfortable, and exciting voyage for the entire fleet. Consider preparing well ahead of time by updating necessary safety equipment and ensuring that your boat is equipped with two reliable VHF radios and a working motor on board.

More information on LOWISA 51 events coming soon. Contact myself, Kimberly Ovitz or my co-commodore Jamie Paterson with questions.

You can contact me directly at klovitz@gmail.com


L50 Last Minute Notes

Ash Rapids Lodge – Ash Rapids is requesting that no sailboats tie to the docks as they have lost 3 already this summer. That includes people who have rented cabins. They will run a shuttle for us to assist people in getting ashore.

Tuesday Night Meal – Ash Rapids will be putting on a buffet for those who choose to take advantage of the restaurant. $25.00 / plate and $15.00 a plate for children. There are no tickets for this just payment directly to the restaurant.

Pump Out – The pump out barge will show up on Wednesday morning and anchor out. Pump outs will be $25.00 cash to the operator directly.

5 more days to Lowisa 50! – Some last minute notes

Registration and Packet Pickup – There will be only one location for registration and packet pick-up, and that is at the Lake of the Woods Brewery on Saturday starting at 4:00 p.m. and ending at 6 pm just prior to the Sailors Social. The Sailors Social and Skippers meeting will run from 6 to 8pm. We won’t keep you too long so you still have time to get those last things ready on the boat!

Docking in Kenora – For those planning on bringing their boat in to Kenora for Saturday night, there are no reserved slips for Lowisa due to the number and extent of the events going on this weekend. However, all public docking is open to Lowisa boats on a first come first serve basis, and that includes Harbourfront, Main St. and Matheson St. docks. Anchoring in the bay is also permitted. The mooring balls are reserved at this time. So if you are planning on being in Kenora make sure you get there early to get a spot.

Look forward to seeing all of you for Lowisa 50!

Tips for Eco Racing

#1: Ditch the small water bottles
I will be the first to admit that the boys on the AI are lucky to have the BirdBath Mother ship carrying their supplies! For the last few years, we get gallon water jugs and use a pump to fill reusable water bottles. It is so easy and results in so much less recycling. For those of you carrying all of your gear on small racing boats, get creative! We brought a gallon water bottle when we raced Birdbath and the water bottle went in the closet!!!
#2: Do you recycle?
I hope you have two garbage stations on your boat. We have been lucky to have the ‘honey wagon’ come and pump us out some years. They take garbage, but I do not give them my recycling. I keep it on the boat till the end of the week. Using blue garbage bags for recycling helps keep things organized. Every little bit helps!
#3: Leave no footprint
Let’s remember to leave anchorages cleaner than they were upon our arrival. Pack out all trash and don’t forget to dig a pit if you use nature as your loo.
Visit http://eartheasy.com/play_eco-friendly_boating.htm for more easy, eco-friendly boating information.
And a favourite tip for hydration. What are you doing for those hot days? If you are looking for a natural way to hydrate, coconut water is great. Hammer nutrition has a product called HEED. It is a full spectrum electrolyte replacer unlike some other brands that only have two electrolytes in the ingredients. It tastes great, is all natural and is good for you and soft on your tummy. If you use HEED, you can just add it to your reusable water bottle!
Happy racing!

Let’s Keep Lowisa Earth Friendly

Welcome back to LOWISA!
While you are thinking of what to load up on your boat, we would like to give you a little food for thought. When you put anything down the drain or in the lake, it directly affects our ecosystem. All of the products that you use can hurt the delicate balance of our environment, including shampoo, dish detergent, laundry detergent, and the soap you use to wash your deck. We’d like to encourage all LOWISA sailors to protect Lake of the Woods by purchasing earth friendly products.
I challenge you this year and moving forward to look at the labels of the products you are using and if they are not earth friendly, please consider not using them on your boat… or anywhere. The following list shows what you should look for when purchasing lake-friendly products:
Plant-based surfactants (or just plain soap, like Dr. Bronner’s)
1,4 Dioxane-free
Phlathate (synthetic fragrance)-free
Earth Friendly Products available at Tilley’s Pharmacy:
Hair and skin products: Burts Bees, GUD, Giovanni, Live Clean, Kiss my Face
Body/Face: Dr. Bronner, Burt’s Bees, Kiss my Face
General purpose cleaning: Dr. Bronner, Nature Clean, Watkins
Happy sailing! We at Tilley’s Pharmasave (201 Main St.) and the Birdbath family look forward to seeing you soon!