May 18, 2022
Short for Lake of the Woods International Sailing Association, the LOWISA 56 Regatta will take place this year from July 30 – August 6, 2022. The regatta departs from Northern Harbour (near Kenora, Ontario) and includes seven days of racing and cruising through beautiful Lake of the Woods.
Our fleet is composed of both racers and cruisers. The Racers will be divided into two classes (a Regular Race Class and Leisure Race Class). Boats in the Regular Class will race along a full-length course (18-20 nm) each day and will be divided into different starting divisions based on PHRF ratings. Boats in the Leisure Race Class will have a pursuit style start and will race along a half-distance course. Boats in our Cruising Class will navigate between our evening anchorages at their own pace and along their own preferred course.
Each night our fleet gathers in a new anchorage where we host a variety of social events (e.g., bonfires, shore parties) under beautiful sunsets, endless starry skies, and the occasional Northern Lights. Mid-week we’ll have a layover day at Ash Rapids Lodge on the nights of August 3-4th during which there will be a round-the-buoys race, a fish fry and a live band.
All boat designs are welcome to participate in LOWISA, however, conditions on Lake of the Woods and the duration of the event tend to suit vessels measuring 18 ft. and above with an onboard head, interior dry storage space, and an inboard or outboard motor for light wind days. Smaller crafts can also participate but would benefit from having access to a support boat. Please see our website (lowisa.org) and social media pages for more information.
Enjoy this video from LOWISA 55:
LOWISA 56 Anchorages and Activities
- July 30: Strawberry Island (Skipper’s Meeting)
- July 31: Little Rope Island (First Race Day)
- August 1: Queen Island (Second Race Day)
- August 2: Ash Rapids (Third Race Day)
- August 3: Ash Rapids (Layover Day, Fish Fry, Live Band)
- August 4: Micrometer Bay (Fourth Race Day)
- August 5: 22 Foot Bay (Fifth Race Day)
- August 6: Northern Harbour (Sixth Race Day, Commodore’s Banquet)
*Click here to download info sheets with the description and location of the LOWISA 56 anchorages. Race course PDFs and a full list of social activities will be circulated at a later date.
LOWISA 56 Navigational Charts
- 6212: Kenora to Aulneau Peninsula
- 6217: Ptarmigan Bay and Shoal Lake