I admit that I complain from time to time about the lack of salt water in Minnesota. I live in a land-locked state, and nothing can be done about that. Technicalities like the Eerie Canal, etc. just don’t count in my mind as making Minnesota NOT land-locked, though my children’s geography teachers may beg to differ. It certainly doesn’t put a salt-water beach within sight or reasonable driving distance!
However…I do live in the land of Ten Thousand Lakes, and I am thrilled that I do. This means I at least have some large bodies of water to enjoy (as well as many small ones) and that makes me happy indeed.
This weekend here in Worthington, Minnesota, we made the very best of the lake in the center of our town. This was the 12th annual Windsurfing Regatta and it was a blast as usual. Even though I wasn’t able to attend much of the festivities, I very much enjoyed the time I was able to hang out at Sailboard Beach to watch the surfers, listen to music, and chat with many friends.
Believe it or not, Worthington has twice been host over the past 12 years to the National Windsurfing Championships – isn’t that an honor?
You see, it’s not the size of the town that matters, it’s the speed of the wind.
And here on the prairie, WE HAVE WIND!! The wind turbines across the lake give mute testimony to this fact, as do the waves kicked up by the surfers in some of these pictures.
The Regatta is also host to the Unvarnished Music Festival – a chance for bands large and small – and not just local bands, either – to grace attendees with their tunes at decibels rarely heard along the waterfront. I used to live two long blocks away from Sailboard Beach, and we could hear it from out house, no problem. But it’s part of the atmosphere – part of the fun – and no one is complaining of noise.
Kids could swim or play on the shore (note I refrain from calling it a “beach”) while parents browse along the many booths of arts and crafts or food venders, or visit the beer garden. In other words, there’s something for everyone.
There are races for surfers of all ages and skill levels – as well as lessons for those wanting to learn – and it’s a marvelous time here in land-locked Minnesota.
If you like to windsurf…come on over! The lake is always open for surfers, and the regatta is always the second weekend in June.
PS – if you want to read me philosophizing about the regatta, then check out my other blog: The View From my Window. It’s a more “me” post. Since most of the people who read that blog live locally, they didn’t need this report!
I took so many surfing pictures that it was hard to pick my favorites – so here’s a whole handful to help show the heart of the weekend!