2016 Final Newsletter

February 29, 2016

North American Vasa

40th Anniversary Festival of Races

A Success

Thank you for being a part of the 40th Anniversary of the North American Vasa presented by Shorts Brewing!  We welcomed over 600 participants to the Festival, and the sunny and calm day made for a great time!  All the courses were in great shape, and the warm inviting event tent with cold Shorts products was packed with celebrants throughout the afternoon!

This year we welcomed racers from…

Alaska  Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Virginia, Wisconsin, Canada, France, Thailand, and Russia

Mark your calendars now to join us on February 11-12, 2017 for Vasa 2017!

Thank you…

To those of you who provided feedback via our online survey.  Feedback received to date tells us we are presenting an enjoyable Festival experience!  We are committed to continuous improvement and welcome your feedback via our survey if you haven't already done so.

You can share your input by visiting https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SP3X5VZ

Thank you…

To our sponsors who play a pivotal role in enabling us to provide good events and to keep the costs to racers as low as we possible.  In particular, join us in acknowledging Short’s Brewing Company.  Their partnership with Vasa has made ours a better event for all involved!

Thank you…

To our legion of volunteers.  Vasa would not happen without you stepping up to fill so many roles

Thank you…

To the hardworking members of our board who have been working for almost ten months to produce a weekend of fun in the snow.


Vasa Logo Wear  - Still Available for Purchase!

Vasa Logo Wear can be purchased anytime from our web store, and these classy items would make a great gift for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays, anniversaries..... any special occasion!

Click onto this link to view the lineup of goods: http://www.vomax.com/navasa  or go to www.vasa.org and you'll find the link to the Vasa Web Store in the "Race Info" menu.

Items available include tech tees (long and short sleeve), a multi-sport windbreaker, a thermal bike jersey, mesh-lined jacket, and a race hat.

Be sure to order the correct size, because items are not returnable unless there is a manufacturer's defect. Some items, such as the vest and thermal jersey, are "race cut" and you may need to order up 2 sizes.


Banff Mountain Film Fest - Traverse City

Tickets for the 4th Annual Banff Mountain Film Fest - Traverse City go on sale to the general public starting Friday, February 26. Ticket cost is $15 advance, $20 at the door. Tickets have sold out every year so don't procrastinate! But even if they do sell out, you are encouraged to come anyway and get in the stand-by line. Additional chairs can be placed in the theatre for those in line.

The Film Fest will take place Wednesday, April 6 at the State Theatre on Front Street in Downtown Traverse City, starting at 6:00 (doors open at 5:30). Your ticket also gets you entry to the "After Glow" party at The Franklin. The party includes free beer and lots of swag give-aways and celebrating!

The Vasa Ski Club hosts this event, and it is a major fundraiser for its youth and community ski programs. Special thanks to Platinum sponsors, Quantum Sail Design Group, Backcountry North, and Smith Haughy Rice & Roegge, Attorneys at Law.  Cherry Republic is a Gold Sponsor this year.

Mark your calendars and plan to attend!



A pair of good racing poles was found in the Timber Ridge parking lot after the weekend.  Contact Mark at 231-633-1054 if you think they might be yours.

Thanks for being a part of Vasa 2016

See you in February for the next exci