2023 Sailing in God's Country Regatta (O) La Crosse Sailing Club, WI


2023 Sailing in God's Country Regatta (O) La Crosse Sailing Club

May 20-21, 2023
La Crosse Sailing Club, La Crosse, Wisconsin

Contact:        Mark Kastel     kastel@mwt.net      608.625.2042
Free camping. Motels within 15 minutes. Lots of short course racing.
Event Type:     Open


1. Schedule of Events/Fee: $44.99

Saturday, May 20

10:30-11:30 Registration LSC
1130 Skipper’s Meeting
1200 Warning Signal
1800 Local/Organic Steak Dinner

Sunday, May 21

8:30 Possible Continental breakfast/coffee (details to follow)
10:00 Warning Signal

3) Sailing Instructions: The Sailing Instructions will be available at the competitors meeting. Many races!

4) Directions: The Sailing club is at the north tip of French Island. Use your GPS to take you to the La Crosse airport. Take the airport exit off I-90 (County “B”). Follow signs toward airport. Instead of turning right into airport, continue to stop sign and take a right on Lake Shore Drive. The Sailing club is past the parking lot at the end of LSD. 

5) Venue: Lake Onalaska is an excellent size Sunfish lake. A dammed up section of the Mississippi, the water level is controlled and there is little or no current. The club offers a park-like setting for family members not sailing. There are plenty of activities in La Crosse for family members in this beautiful river town including a nice children's Museum. For ideas about other recreational options, click on the link for hotel information and scroll down to the link for the convention incurs a bureau.

6) Courses: Olympic Triangle, Windward/Leeward or variations thereof.

7) Scoring: RRS A2 low point system. Three races required for Championship. We will race the maximum number of races possible…maximum fun. Throw-out: Based on vote at skippers meeting.

8) Awards: Top 5, Top Masters (all levels), Top Junior, women and other awards.

9) Housing: Limited housing is available most years at our regattas — possible but not confirmed at this juncture. Please let us know if you are interested. 

Day's Inn, Midway Hotel (Best Western), Hampton Inn and The Brookstone are the closest to the regatta site and dinner. For full hotel info visit Explore La Crosse. Personally I like the Radisson, on the river in downtown. Not very far away. Maybe 10-15 minutes

10) Camping available at club.

11) We are planning our traditional, very nice dinner (literally worth the entry fee alone). Barbecued grass fed/organic steak along with local, fresh vegetables. If anyone wants to contribute some side dishes or appetizers, or anything for snacks or breakfast, please let us know.

12) The club is beautiful but not fancy. There’s no building. There are very clean, well-maintained porta pottys, freshwater (although we wouldn’t discourage you from bringing your own drinking water) and outdoor pavilion, a small screened room and a changing room. The biggest attribute is the gorgeous scenery. So please come with plenty of good clothing in case the bugs are out (typically none in May) and appropriate for either warm or cold weather depending on what mother nature dishes out.

13) Please RSVP so we can plan on the appropriate amount of food. And certainly please contact us if you have any questions or need support of any kind. We are excited about continuing a tradition of an earlier Sunfish regatta in the Midwest with plenty of short course “frostbite” style racing— maximum fun/maximum practice early in the season: kastel@mwt.net

3600 Lakeshore Drive on French Island, La Crosse, WI
Saturday, May 20, 2023