Worthington Windsurfing Regatta & Music Festival -- The best windsurfing and musical in the midwest! We've reserved a spot for you on the beautiful shores of Lake okabena in Worthington, along Sailboard Beach, as invite you to enjoy the 18th year of the Worthington Windsurfing Regatta & Music Festival.
If you enjoy windsurfing and/or music, this event is a cannot-miss annual item on your calendar. Each year, the Regatta strives to promote the windsurfing industry, racing and recreational sailing on for national and international participants. Of course, the Music Festival is for people to enjoy music. You'll have a front row seat to the windsurfing races, experience tasty eats, and of course stay for the music. It's all happening Friday, June 9th through Sunday, June 11, 2017.
The Worthington Windsurfing Regatta and Unvarnished Music Festival began in 1999. The festival consisted of a windsurfing competition during the day and live, free “unvarnished” music in the evening on the shore of Lake Okabena. The intent was to introduce a unique water sport focusing on our lake and to introduce the community to an unvarnished style of music.
The festival has been a big success, bringing surfers from throughout the world. We have had the honor of hosting 3 US National Windsurfing Championships in our 16 years of doing the festival, however the Regatta saw struggles on the music side. In order for the festival to sustain, the board of directors re-wrote the bylaws a few years ago to enable a different style of music. We removed the "unvarnished" requirement, enabling us to bring in different music. The intent was to bring in broader based music (and hopefully bring more people in to town) to purchase our beverages and possibly even spend the night or two. With the new music format, the Regatta has seen consecutive record crowds and overwhelming response.
The festival is free to the public. All operating revenue comes from sponsors, registrations, food vendor fees and beverage sales, so remember to celebrate - and shop - local!
If we are to talk about the history of the Worthington Windsurfing Regatta, we cannot help but say the name KEN MOSER. Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of our leader Ken Moser.
Ken played a pivotal role in the Regatta for the several years; he first served on the board beginning in 2010 and became the Regatta president from 2013 until today. We remember Ken as one of Worthington’s finest volunteers, breathing life into everything he touched. We mourn the loss of Ken but we celebrate the changes and enthusiasm he brought to the Regatta, including the expansion of the music festival aspect that allowed national acts to grace the Worthington community.
In honor of Ken, the Regatta board is working hard to make the 2017 Worthington Windsurfing Regatta and Music Festival the best year yet. Be watching for exciting news soon and remember Ken’s passion has made the Regatta into what it is today.
Sending love and thoughts to Robyn and the entire Moser family. Kenneth Moser – you are forever in our hearts. Ken, you were the director of fun for many organizations. We hope to bring your passion and enthusiasm to the 2017 Worthington Regatta and Music Festival. We'll see you soon, friend.
The rest of you - we'll see you on the beach!. 2017 Schedule
It all started back in 2003, when Worthington hosted the 2003 National Windsurfing Championships on Lake Okabena; decorated beach chairs were popular among spectators so in 2004, the chair theme was set to expand. Local businesses sponsor a Regatta chair, in the traditional adirondack form, each procuring their own local artists to create a piece of art. Then, each chair is auctioned off during the Regatta weekend, with proceeds going to a nonprofit predesignated by the Regatta Board of Directors.
Past auctions have raised $40,850 for the following charities:
Hospice Cottage | Sailboard Beach Improvements | Freedom Veterans Park | Worthington YMCA | United Way | Lake Okabena Improvement Association | Honor Flight | American Red Cross SW Minnesota Chapter | Beyond the Yellow Ribbon | Relay for Life | Love Inc. of Nobles County | Nobles County Pheasants Forever |