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   LandsailerShop.com/Kiteplace.com are located in York PA, a location that rarely has good winds.
   So I travel to the beach at Wildwood NJ. A perfect place for Landsailing and Power Kiting.


Wildwood Blokarting 11/11/2012, Part 1, by Joe on Youtube

Wildwood Blokarting 11/11/2012, Part 2, by Joe on Youtube
  

 


 

BloKarting on Wildwood's beautiful beach.

Louise - Blokarting at Wildwood Beach (24mb)

Louise - Blokarting at Wildwood Beach (69mb)
   

   
Adventure 2009  
My annual trip to Ivanpah Dry Lake Bed,
Primm NV for The BloKart Rally and NABX.
    


WARNING: blokart sailing is infiltrating North America!

The huge number of opportunities to enjoy blokart sailing in the last several weeks has been astounding. Check out all this action!

In Baltimore, as part of the Volvo Ocean Race stopover, over 400 people were treated to rides in a blokart. Light winds proved challenging, but plenty of fun was had. Special guest New Zealand Ambassador Roy Ferguson spent an afternoon working on his “blokart grin”

In New York, Mike Fetcho and his friends have been sailing at a premier location in Jones Beach. This is an ideal spot located near consistent ocean breezes. Mike will be spending a lot of time there, so check the calendar and stop by and see him

In Bermuda, Adam Barboza and friends have just received their shiny new blokarts and from what we hear, they are trying their best to break them in. Good winds and sailing location assure their success.

In California, the pace has been hectic. Starting with the Western Regional Championship in March, there has been no let up. Spearheaded by Bryce Hodgson, regular blokart sailing in Long Beach, El Mirage Dry Lake, Ventura, Coronado as well as Ivanpah near Las Vegas has been on the offer.

Mike Moody, Jim Neuman, Dean Kitchen and other Michigan Club members have been sailing anytime the wind is up. We will soon be posting the saga of Mike and Dean’s road trip to the Western Regionals including some of the hilarious details. Keep an ear out for a big announcement soon from this group, and get your blokart ready!

In Washington and Oregon, Wade Flannagan and Warwick Bryant are plotting their next blokart sailing move. They are out trialing several locations along with other blokarters and will report back soon.

If I have missed anyone, send us a report to brian@classactionracing.com and we will let everyone know about your blokart adventures! 

Sail On

Dirty Air

The 2008 Ivanpah blokart Open and Rally


I thought the wing mast was cool.

A few days before our event saw the big landsailors ripping around the California desert at the Ivanpah dry lake bed. Our regatta took place in what some would call sailing's “go-karts.” Everyone knows how fun driving a go-cart is – now imagine a quiet one, powered by wind, that goes 40 mph. Then imagine starting with 40 of them. Dave Trude put this report together for us. Enjoy.

The bloKart is small, fun, cheap, and easily transported. It's supported by a great group of Kiwis and is a must for every sailor to try. Races start like any regular sailboat race - The mark is set upwind and after a 3-minute countdown – WHOOSH – you're off. Races are timed for 15 minutes, and the object is to get more laps done than anyone else. Your finish place counts if there are several on the same lap, and laps and position are tracked with radio transponders.

This event, sponsored by Class Action Racing, brought pilots from around the world - 2 from France, 1 from Spain, 2 from Britain several from Australia, and of course, the NZ team headed by bloKart inventor Paul Beckett. There were several East Coast, Great Lakes and Southwest sailors from the US, too. I had a chance to chat with Sean Fidler, who knows several of the sailors/organizers from Florida I have sailed against in disabled sailing. Sean is fast and it was obvious from the seminars he gave on-site that he knows racing.

In this video I am the green sail playing tag with Jason who is filming.  
This was my first time landsailing in the desert, and WOW once you go fast you can't go back. On Saturday practice (so everyone gets to know each other), things were going fine until the wind piped up. In the second-to-last race someone was barging at the start and there was a collision. In the last race, I was around 5th and hauling ass at something around 40 mph into the leeward mark. When turning upwind, 2 things happen - you turn and the wind changes direction, and then it accelerates incredibly fast. POW - I was down and it was hard. So hard I felt like my head had been hit. I cracked my lower carbon section, tore my mast sock, and rattled my beginner's nerves. To the rescue came Paul Beckett (Mr. bloKart) and replaced the section with a new stiffer ultra carbon bottom section. Right on Paul!

 

Similarities with sailboat racing are everywhere - timed starts, upwind technique, shift playing and general tactics, and rounding marks are pretty much the same. Port/starboard rules apply, except the closing speeds are considerable. During the start, there's a box set up on the downwind side of the line that no sailor can enter until the 10-second point. Once entered, you can't turn around if you're early – you have to circle all the way around and you can't enter the box from the side. This is necessary to avoid collisions at huge closing speeds. When completing a lap you have to sail through the finish line to get your transponder to register your lap. This gets tight when you are lapping slower sailors.

Racing started at noon on Sunday, with the wind up big time. I was still unnerved so I went with a 2-meter sail (bad choice), and stayed in contact but finished mid fleet all day. I even had a spin out where I ended up going backwards on a reach. After slowing down, I spun around and was headed in the right direction. Think NASCAR meets sailing - this is the only way to sail.

Monday saw 2 races that probably should not have counted and Tuesday was dead. But Wednesday was really fun. Choosing the 3-meter sail, I was hanging right with the top guys - it really pays to know how to sail upwind. Many competitors would foot for speed after the start. Being able to point right up to the wind paid big gains. I finished in the top 10 all day and had a blast.

We had 2 types of courses. A typical triangle and a sort of rectangular one, with a mark set inside on the long leg, just opposite the start that we all had to jibe around. It was very easy to change courses if the wind changed. Our race chairman Mike Moody did a fine job of keeping us all happy.

So after one crash and lots of fun, all I can say is "I will be back in the desert going fast." Not too bad for my first time racing in the desert.

The BloKart worlds will be in New Zealand this October. All I need is a sponsor.

Results: Overall and by Category

Photos from
Jason Robins (some of these are videos and can you find me)
Sean Filder

Fran Gramkowski:
IvanpahFritzSatWarmUp
IvanpahRacingSunday

WOOF


High Speed BloKart 2009

   

   
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