How fast could you go just powered by the wind. Pretty fast according to these guys.
Look what turned up on Farnborough beach this week. A 35 year old home made sand yacht from Rocky. Merv, Kevin and Roy brought it along and they allowed a mere Blokarter like myself to have a go.
The foot steering took a bit of time to get used to but it went quite well in 12 knots of wind. The frame is of aluminium so it isn’t very heavy. And it folds flat but still needs a small trailer to carry it.
It has 3 sizes of home made sails with unusual scalloped leach.
And it’s not me being rude by calling it a dinosaur. That’s what they call it.
I’ll try to get the complete results soon. In the meantime here are the place getters in all divisions.
|2011 Queensland Blokart Titles Results
(Local sailors in bold)
|Overall (short course and marathon)||Marathon only:|
|Production:||Performance||Across the line regardless
of weight division.
|Light weight:||Light weight:||Production
|1st Blake Smith|
2nd Ian Musker
3rd Trevor Smith
|1st Barak Dekel|
2nd Gavin Baguley
3rd Matthew Bianchi
|1st Rod Jackson
2nd Cameron Moore
3rd Blake Smith
|Middle weight||Middle weight:||Performance|
|1st Colin Skinner|
2nd: Steve Bundred
3rd Judy Cox
|1st Gary Smith|
2nd Tony Francis
3rd Ivan Paterson
|1st Darren Bianchi (first overall)
2nd Gary Smith
3rd Joe Millen
|Heavy weight:||Heavy weight:|
|1st Cameron Moore|
2nd Daryl Skinner
3rd Rod Jackson
|1st Darren Bianchi|
2nd Dave Blundell
3rd Bernie Cox
Sand Yachting takes off in Australia
|Source:||7pm TV News QLD|
|Published:||Monday, April 18, 2011 11:29 AEST|
|Expires:||Sunday, July 17, 2011 11:29 AEST|
More than 60 blokarters have taken part in a sand yachting competition in the central Queensland town of Yeppoon.
Dave L sent me these photos today. Taken on Yeppoon’s beaches in 1971. This is what he says about them.
Thought you may be interested in the attached photos. Yes, that is me standing beside the landsailer and the year was 1971. Forty years ago !!!
I was just passing through Yeppoon. The landsailer belonged to some fellow from Rocky. I saw him sailing on the beach and went down for a closer look. Ended up spending the afternoon sailing with him.
Wonder if he’s still around ???
The weekend of the 16th / 17th April. With a 100km marathon planned for the Monday. The guys from Mackay are organising it at Rydges but would be happy to get help from down here.
Some notes from Mackay.
- Flyweight Division – The flyweights will be 14 years and under although we may make exceptions for genuine novice competitors.
- The idea is to give the beginners a fair go without having to mix it up with more seasoned racers.
- 100km Marathon – We are looking at running 5km north and 5km south of the resort, if the wind allows us, which would give us a 20km lap. This may change if the beach is soft in some areas.
- If some of your guys would like to have a practice run and plot a course, that would help also.
- Spare Parts for Marathon – Most of us are looking at carrying a couple of spares like a wheel,axle, tyre/tube and pump, tools, whip etc.
- The rules state that there should be no loose items in the kart but we can run a closable backpack attached to the top,rear of the seat, over the whip post and strapped to the lower axle tube.
- We found some backpacks at Kmart up here for $4.50 and they hold a spare wheel with steel axle plus a fibre glass axle and whip easily. You may want to check if any of your guys need any extra spare bits before the event.
You can download a copy of the Entry Form here.
I’ll post more details as they come to hand.
|Yeppoon Blokart Racing Results.||19th February 2011||Farnborough Beach, Bangalee.||Winds. E/SE 08 - 12 Knots|
|Kart Number||Name||Race 1||Race 2||Race 3||Race 4||Race 5||Long Race||Total Points||Position Overall|
|1||Christine Effeney/William Scott||12||14||15||3||9||4||57||10|
|For a kart that started a race but did not finish the race it will be scored the number of karts that finished the race plus 1.|
|Note: The results are calculated using the Low point scoring System used for sailing. The lowest score is the winner.|
|Points are awarded equal to the finish position. For a kart that did not contest a race it is scored the number of entrants in the series plus 1.|
Annie has been using a ratchet block for some time as her “mature arms” get tired hanging on to the main sheet all the way up to Corio Bay in a big blow. I’ve given it a go too because I know how she feels.
And they work. Here is a photo of the block showing how the Dyneema wire slips off so you can attach it to the saddle on the mast base. No shackles needed.
A few weeks ago I raced around the beach with a camera strapped to the front of my kart. I’ve eventually put a video together. If nothing else, it clearly shows the importance of getting a fast start at the front of the fleet.
I didn’t! You can learn from my mistakes.