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Ivanpah NOV. 9-14. Blokart sailing

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If anyone is interested in joining Dean, Patty and I at Ivanpah this November 9-14, let me know. We will be staying at the Primm Hotel.


Hopefully after sailing against Dean for a week, I will FINALLY learn how to sail faster in light air and off the wind! And maybe I can help Dean a little to windward.
I've been wanting to do a fall tuneup at Ivanpah for years!

I hope some of you can make the trip! We should have a blast!!!


Scott Young


 

NABSA helps Red Bull with a event

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RED BULL REGATTA

25 October 2014 12:00 PM, 2nd Beach, Middletown, RI

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Red Bull Regatta couples sailing skill and engineering prowess all while taking boats out of the water, and onto the land. Rhode Island, home of the prestigious America’s Cup, will host the competition that pits traditional sailing experts to pilot homemade crafts around a figure 8 course. Regatta is about the ingenuity of building something from nothing – using materials found in a garage or shed – and being clever, above all else, to race the fastest craft on land using nothing but the power of wind.

Crews of 3 will go head to head on the figure 8 track in a double elimination bracketed format to determine the winner. Each crew will have 1 pilot, and 2 helpers, just to give them the extra boost they need.

Red Bull Regatta is free to attend – just show up and watch the action!

For more #redbullregatta info, follow @redbullBOS

 

Blokart Worlds Newsletter

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Close Quarter Blokart Racing

The team here at the Blokart World Championships apologize for the late release of this newsletter, our editor has been off sailing Grand Prix race boats for the past month (someone has to work). We hope you will find the newsletter informative, its packed full of some pretty big topics.

If you have any topic you would like us to explore, or have an article you would like to print in this newsletter, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or ask in the forum.

 

This month

1. Blokart V’s Mini Yachts… one design v’s mixed design, where does the blokart fit?
2. IBRA Update… an update from the September IBRA meeting, who will be the president of IBRA, what is IBRA doing?
3. New Blokart Products, a round up of the 2014 accessories, hub caps, mast protectors etc.

 

1. Blokart V’s Mini Yacht

Paul Beckett when inventing the blokart never intended for his machine to become another land yacht, he wanted something different, something smaller, something much easier to transport and something that anyone can jump in and have a go. He had no idea it would be so successful as a class for racing, thinking that it would be great a great recreational machine.

Whether or not its a racing class first and a recreational class second, or there other way around doesn’t really matter. All the matters is that there is now around 13,000 of them around the world sailing.

The blokart class was quick to distinguish themselves apart from the land yacht crowd who at the time were bogged down with rules that prevented close quarters racing, something which Paul enjoyed (ok maybe he likes it a little closer than close at times). The blokart group famously sailed rings around the land yachts who while they are faster, would sit around waiting for the conditions to be just right before getting out and doing it. The blokart attitude of “get out and do it” encouraged a raft of new competitors who had never even considered land yachting, prompting somewhat of a resurgence in the sport.

In response to the growing blokart fleet, and the dwindling Land Yacht fleet, the land yacht group developed a new class called the “Mini Yacht”, which now race a very similar format to the way the blokart races are run, with rolling “dial up” starts, and windward legs not just reaching legs. The new Mini Yacht rules allow for the close quarter racing that blokart racers have enjoyed for 14 years now.

So where does a blokart fit in now? Well a blokart fits nicely in the Mini Yacht rules, almost like they wrapped a piece of string around a blokart actually, they tell us that wasn’t the way it came about,  but the kiwi’s will know about beer companies advertising with the punch line “Yeah Right”. The best way to sum it up would be to use a car racing analogy….. Blokarts are a class, mini yachts are a group of classes and one-offs, just like in the Le Man’s 24 hour race you will have a Porche GT3 division but they are also able to race in the open category.

Close Quarter Blokart Racing

Close Quarter Blokart Racing

Blokart events are for blokarts only, just like a Laser sailing regatta is for Lasers only. But at a mini yacht event Blokart are able to compete, just like a Laser can go and compete in a mixed club fleet at your local yacht club.

So why would you compete in a blokart only event? Blokart only events are great to see who is the best sailor,  on the same equipment, where as a mini yacht rewards the machine over the sailor, he who can design and build the fastest machine will win.

How do blokarts fair against Mini Yachts? well at the 2014 land yacht worlds, not very good, they were beaten by karts which were heavier (up to 3 times heavier) carried more sail, and in our opinion were actually potentially quite dangerous with solid sharpened fairings. But all those things that make a custom Mini Yacht faster, were the exact reasons the blokart was born. Heavier means harder to transport – we can fly with our blokarts as checked luggage. Larger sail is only required because the karts are heavier, but it means higher sheet loads which makes the class less accessible to everyone. We enjoy a wide range of abilities all racing together. Blokarts are designed so that they are not crazy dangerous, the competitors who have crashed have often stated that they are glad the karts are so well designed as they would have expected much more serious injuries than they sustained…. even in some high speed kart vs kart collisions.

We don’t think of blokarts as land sailing, but sailing on land. We love that our class is so accessible to a wide range of competitors from 12 and 13 year olds, to competitors in their 80′s, Abled bodied professional sailors, and disabled (either physically or mentally) all sailing together and on a even playing field… we also love that its not always the competitor you think will win that does.

Imagine being hit by one of these Mini Yachts

Imagine being hit by one of these Mini Yachts

 

2. IBRA update.

The new IBRA Committee formed a couple months ago under the new agreement signed up to by the founding associations (EBA, ABA, NZBAI, and NABSA) has been hard at work since their first meeting in September.

The committee is made up of members elected by their associations on a proportional basis. They are:

Jan Meijer (EBA) who was elected by the group as the IBRA president
Nico Boel (EBA) who every knows as the EBA president
Javier Estarellas (EBA) who everyone knows that the equipment guru of spain

Jim Nordhaus (NABSA) who competed in the 2012 worlds, is an experienced sailor and has become a very active member of NABSA

Darren Bianchi (ABA) who is a very active blokart competitor in Australia, having run many of the Australia events.
Wayne Lewis (ABA) who is known in Australia for his “lets get it sorted” attitude and is an experienced blokart sailor since 2008

Barry Cole (NZBAI) who is member of the famous team ABC, and has competed at several world championships.
Ian Timperly (NZBAI) who is a promoter of the sport as a level, one design class and a support of almost every event he can possibly attend

Paul Beckett (BIL) who is just some guy the factory found laying around not doing much.

The committee during the first meeting asked Ross Vickers if he would stay onboard as a non-voting secretary to keep the group focus and document all the meetings, collate the responses from the various associations and keep the count for votes on motions.

Jan Meijer - IBRA president

Jan Meijer – IBRA president

The first order of business for the IBRA committee was to instigate a process and timeframe to undertake a full review of the IBRA Rules edition 4. Subsequently a letter has been sent to the founding associations outline that process and requesting submissions for rule review, or new rules that associations feel need to be included. The key requirement of these submissions is that it is the intention of the rule change or addition that the IBRA wants to know, not just a “this is what we want the rule to say”

A copy of the request letter can be viewed here:
IBRA Rule Submissions Letter to Associations

 

3. New blokart Products

Blokart International Ltd has recently released two new products:

The new Bearing Sheilds (AKA hub caps) designed to protect your bearings from dust, grit sand and salt. The kit includes a solution for the inside bearing as well as the outside and there is now additional seal available for those who use the big front fork so they can protect the beading agains the fork.

Bearing Shield jpeg

The second product, is the new Foiled Mast Sleeve Protectors. which features 5 foil type protectors that allow the sail to rotate freely on the mast while offering maximum protection for not only the luff pocket but also the batten pockets by “popping” the batten up off the ground. The Guru swears they also offer a performance enhancement by acting as a camber inducer…. lets see which way the cards fall on that one.

Foiled MSP pixelmator Jpeg

 

Next Update November 2014

1. Starting Techniques
2. Worlds Committee Update
3. Blokart Porn…. the best blokart images we have seen

 

WILDWOOD FALL , OCT 9-12

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NORTH AMERICAN BLOKART SAILING ASSOCIATION
WILDWOOD  BEACH BLOKART SAIL OCTOBER 9-12,2014

This Fall we will be having our semi- annual blokart event. The group’s new set up location was excellent at Cressi Ave on the beach, which is the end of the Wildwood Boardwalk. A lot more people came down to observe the blokarts and ask questions at this location. As usual most of the sailors who had extra equipment brought it to share so that most people were who came for a demo ride were able to sail and other blokart owners who needed a bigger or smaller sail were able to borrow one. This is a North American Blokart Sailing Association (NABSA) official event with NABSA securing the permits and providing the liability insurance certificates to the city of Wildwood and Wildwood Crest. NABSA  All participants will be required to sign a waiver. Any questions contact "Fran PresidentNABSA" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >     609-314-3429.




LODGING INFORMATION; Last spring most of the blokart group stayed at the Adventure Oceanfront Inn and we were very satisfied with the location and accommodations. It is located at Cressi Ave. on the beach right at the start of Wildwood Crest where we set up to go blokart sailing. The rooms are much larger and we just rolled our blokarts into their garage for overnight storage.  Most of us when down to the Shalimar Sat. night to join the kite buggiers for the cookout. 
Adventurer Oceanfront Inn.
OCTOBER 9(THUR.)- 12(Sun.)      http://www.adventurerinn.com/
Here are the room descriptions and brochure rates  for the 2 room suites. We offer a package rate of $224.00 for 2 nights and a 3 night package for $299.00for 2 people. Package includes breakfast each day . Extra persons charge is $15.00 per night .  A deposit of $75.00 is required when booking. 
Rates do not include State or Local taxes. All Reservation Policies apply.
Please feel free to call us with any questions or to make reservations
at (609) 522-0029(609)729-1200 or 1-800-232-7873.
Office hours Mon-Fri 8:30am-7pm Sat-Sun 10am-4pm
***ALL PACKAGE BALANCES ARE DUE IN CASH UPON ARRIVAL***
WE DO OFFER 3 AND 4 ROOM SUITES ALSO! PLEASE VIEW OUR ROOMS AND RATES ON THE WEB AT www.adventurerinn.comalt

 

Bader Field sailing shot. From a Drone

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Dave Town shot some outstanding video footage from his drone of NABSA first club day of sailing there. As you can see it is a excellent site for Blokart sailing. Location Atlantic City, NJ, USA 


 
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Newsflash

The North American Blokart Association is set to host the 2012 Blokart Worlds at the World Famous Ivanpah Dry Lake in California.