January 13, 2017
Upcoming Landsailing Events
America's premier landsailing event. Several days of exciting racing and a great
time to meet landsailors and see landsailers (aka "dirtboats")
from all over the US and often other countries as well. Ivanpah Wind forcast.
boat program" Pilots from other countries
that are planning on attending AC can arrange to charter a boat
for the event. Please contact Lester Robertson at Les@cmsrno.com as soon
LENDERS NEEDED. If you have a Manta Twin/
Single or a Fed 5 and are willing to let your boat be chartered please
contact Lester Robertson at Les@cmsrno.com
International Radio Controlled Surface Sailing Association
announces it's regattas of model land yachts at the same week as the
Pacrim races. Interested parties please contact our President Bob Costa
Details on Ivanpah Dry Lake (and good advice for most dry lakes)
Where to Stay: Primm Valley Resort has three Casinos. Whiskey Pete's is usally the least expensive although they all are very reasonable. The Primm Valley Casino reservation number is 888-774-6668 . Motor homes and camping trailers generally can get onto the lake with only moderate difficulty. Camping
on the lake in a tent is do-able but dusty (and some years, really cold).
Getting to the site: Get off I-15 at Primm (about 40 miles southwest of Las Vegas, NV). Go NE toward the Primmadona, Turn right at the first light and drive along the edge of the resort (SW) past to the Lotto Store where the road turns SE. About 100 yards past the Lotto Store the road bends around to the left and there is a dirt road going through the fence on the right. Follow that dirt road 3+ miles along the east edge of the lake to camp (Camp is usually very close to N35 deg 33’, W115 deg, 23’ although it moves from time to time depending on conditions and the preferences of event organizers).
Notes: Do not take the dirt road that runs SE along the fence. There is often a wash just past the fence that may be difficult for some vehicles. A little shovel work goes a long way.
Access to the east side of the dry lake is between
the brown carsonite
signs. There are arrows on the carsonite signs to assist you. The ruts
are now outside of the area for driving, camping, staging and parking, in
hopes of allowing restoration of the surface. This will spread the driving
across a wider area, allowing the surface to recover more readily, as well
as the ruts. Do not drive on the lake. Observe the posted speed limit.
When passing cars be mindful of your dust trail.
- When approaching camp or driving in camp drive very slowly (walking speed or slower) to avoid making dust in camp.
- If the lake is wet do not drive on it. As a minimum you will leave ruts that will take years to fill and there is a good chance you will get stuck. If there are puddles (typically in the ruts of the road) do not drive through them.
- If it starts to rain moderately hard you will have very little time (10-15 minutes) before the the lake softens and becomes impassable. (In case you are thinking your V8 powered, 4 wheel drive SUV can get through anything, think again...this is not your usual 'mud bog' mud. The softened surface rolls up on your tires like a snow ball rolled in wet snow. It can pack the wheel wells in a few tens of feet.)
- Keep an eye on the weather and, if it is threatening, be ready to move off the playa quickly. You generally do not need to flee at the first sign of rain falling out of a distant cloud. In most cases the rain is brief and the lake will never really get wet or will dry in a few hours BUT if it rains a lot it may flood for days or weeks. Most (but not all) experienced landsailors have a good understanding of when it is time to get off he playa and how to get off if the playa has gotten soft.
- The BLM manages the lake. We have permits for events. Please read the permits and associated rules for conduct on the lake.
- A permit is required to use the lake outside of large sanctioned events. Permits are available from the BLM office in Needles CA.
Misfit Flat 2016
Ongoing events: schedule (2016)
U.S. Mini Yacht Association
May 27-29, 2017 (Memorial Day)
Delamar Hard Pan -
Playa access marked with pink ribbon at Alamo Canyon Rd. 2.3 miles south of Alamo Nevada on Nevada Highway #93. Travel on Alamo Canyon Rd. for approximately 14 miles to the Playa. Stay on the main road. No entree fee, custom participation plaques, open to all small yachts classes, accommodations available in Alamo Nevada
Info: (702) 492-0137 firstname.lastname@example.org
Cow to Cow at Smith Creek,
The Cow to Cow this Memorial Day weekend.
SALA Directions to Smith Creek
Nord Nationals at El Mirage,
The 40th Annual Nationals are just around the corner and it would be great to have you there. This year Carl Eberly and Ken Smith have volunteered to run the races and my sister Wendy and Stan Mailhiot will be my assistant for prep prior to the event. Don’t forget your Crazy Hat! It is going to be a lot of fun. It is a big help for planning if you can send in your entry and release form in by Monday May 23rd, 2016 I look forward to having fun with you at the Nationals
entry form, waiver form
June 14-17, 2017 at Black Rock Dry Lake, Nevada
In Search of the Holy Gale 2017
After many years in the wilderness, the Holy Gale returns to its home port of Black Rock! June 14-17. Three days of racing and an enduro (wind permitting). Raffle, taco stand, SASSinator, Mayor’s Mixer and all the usual nonsense… Google Earth map (approximately): Holy Gale 2017 Update on access roads in late May.
Contact Warren or Mike
Warren Sampson +1 (831) 750-5034
Pony Express Dry Run Regata 2016-Misfit Flat
September 2-5, Stagecoach, NV
The 2016 Pony Express Dry Run Landsailing Regatta will be held this year at Misfits Flat. Although Lester and Mary sadly will not be in attendance they have graciously allowed me to conduct the event at their dry lake. The move was prompted by continued concerns about surface conditions at Smith Creek and getting something closer for Northern Nevada /California sailors, yet keeping the Historical value…. The History of the Pony Express Landsailing race was that it was conducted at Smith Creek because that was part of the actual Pony Express Route from 1860 to1861. Chris Uebel did some homework and suggested that Misfits Flat is essentially on the trail with Old Ft. Churchill station just south of the property. Mary has said that there is an old well that was used on the property to the east, so a move to Misfits Flat this year will still hold the historic value, yay! If the winds are light, we may have a tour of the old Ft. Churchill site.
U.S. Mini Yacht Association
October 7-9, 2017 (Columbus Day)
Bonnie Claire Hard Pan
Turn off of Nevada Highway #95, north of Beatty, onto Nevada Highway #267 and travel west, drive around road closure signage, playa is on the north side of the highway. No entree fee, custom participation plaques open to all small yacht classes, accommodations available in Beatty Nevada.
Info: (702) 492-0137 email@example.com
BBC The BBC - Big Boat Coalition
—Alvord Desert, Oregon
This week-long informal gathering at the Alvord Desert in Oregon. It's a great time to bring your yacht out and tune it up against some of the best. Since there is no official racing (or any other program for that matter) feel free to come and go as best fits your schedule. Just show up! Great, big, interesting playa and some of the best sunsets anywhere. People often show up a few days early and may stay late.
Contact: Phil Rothrock
November Cup Nov, 2017
Thanksgiving week, El Mirage practice and informal racing (racing Thrus - Sat).
Contact Dennis El Mirage map, weather, Wind Wizards
Please send info on upcoming events to firstname.lastname@example.org
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