Cruising on Dust: 2014 Landsailing World Championship
Here at Boatshop24, we prefer to be on the water than the land, but we can’t help be interested in the 2014 Landsailing World Championship. Currently in its 14th year, this year’s event at Smith Creek Playa, Nevada, USA, kicked off last Saturday (12th) and races will end tomorrow (19th).
The competition featured racers representing 15 different countries and 4 continents, all of which were celebrated at the traditional participant-nation flag-raising ceremony. The opening ceremony of the regatta also paid tribute to two of the sport’s biggest legends, who sadly recently passed away - Eric Engelbrecht (Belgium), who served as the FISLY (International Land and Sandyachting Federation) President for 25 years, and Bertrand Lambert (France), multiple European and World Champion, and former land sailing world speed record breaker.
Smith Creek Playa was chosen as the venue for this year’s championships for its dry, smooth surface and because its 1800 m elevation provides cooler temperatures than many other parts of the southern deserts. However, the remote location and unforgiving, unpredictable conditions has played a huge part in how racing tactics have been key throughout the week.
Watch the action from the past week below.
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Article by Jack Bartrop