Abnormally warm weather in Central Russia and across Europe has led to the fact that almost all the competitions on winter kinds of sailing are either canceled or transferred in February-March, in the hope of long-awaited cold.
So, today I received information from the organizers of the world championship in Estonia about finding a new place of conducting of competitions: “it is now clear that pärnu Bay is covered in thick ice for three weeks. Therefore, we are forced to look for alternative sites in Estonia or in the North of Finland”, – stated on the website wissa2020.ee. However, the question of the abolition of the world championship is not (dates 10-16 February), the organizers allow only the change of location. “If winter doesn’t come to us, we will come to winter” – optimistically assured the organizing Committee of WISSA-2020.
Also in March moved the Cup of Russia which was to start this week in Konakovo. The big question competitions in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kostroma and Ulyanovsk, which was scheduled for the end of January – beginning of February.
A little earlier about the cancellation of the competition organizers said the first phase of IKA SnowKite WorldCup in Italy due to the lack of snow. It is expected that second, third and fourth stages will be held unchanged. At least the organizers of the final, fourth stage in Togliatti guarantee with a probability of 99.99% availability of wind, ice and snow on Zhigulevskaya sea in the dates of the world Cup from February 26 to March 1, 2020.
No less optimistic about the forecast of ice situation in Petrozavodsk. The organizers of the international winter kite-marathon long-distance “TRANS-Onego” say: “TOKE-2020 – planned circumstances. Karelia – the country of thousand lakes. Most of them already covered with ice. Festival meeting snowkite-Enduro friends to be held! Format, if necessary, will be adjusted to actual conditions and requirements of official bodies. Operate within the spirit of Enduro – if you are having difficulties, we still continue to pass away, but do not forget about caution. Take care of yourself!” Recall, it will be held from 3 to 8 March.
In the meantime, kiteboarders and beeristan have to wait for the arrival of this winter or to go on training to the regions with a colder climate. For example, in Monchegorsk (Murmansk oblast) to the lake. Imandra 1-2 February will host regional sailing competitions “Federation Cup”. And in Murmansk are waiting for the riders on the championship of Russia and the 86th traditional feast of the North (they will be held from 24 to 30 March).
So, for snow and wind to the North? With this winter it seems to be the only way!