Last Updated October 16, 2016
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Upcoming Landsailing Events

Misfit Flat 2016
Stagecoach, NV
Ongoing events: schedule

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.

BBC The BBC - Big Boat Coalition

October 1-8 2016. —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, 2016
Thanksgiving week, El Mirage practice and informal racing (racing Thrus - Sat).

Contact Dennis El Mirage map, weather, Wind Wizards

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, open to all small yacht classes, accommodations available in Beatty Nevada.
Info: (702) 492-0137


America's Landsailing Cup
March 2017.
, Race Notice 2016, Schedule 2016, Entry Form 2016 (PDF) (DOCX) (Pay with PayPal)

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.
New start line and mark rounding systems this year.

ContactNALSA President

"Charter 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 as soon as possible.
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
International Radio Controlled Surface Sailing Association (see: announces it's regattas of model land yachts at the same week as the Pacrim races. Interested parties please contact our President Bob Costa at:

Details on Ivanpah Dry Lake
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. 

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, open to all small yachts classes, accommodations available in Alamo Nevada

Info: (702) 492-0137

Holy Gale
June , 2017 at Smith Creek Dry Lake, Nevada
We found the Holy Gale in 2015, but the search continues. ​ A great snow-free event at a great location​ with racing Thursday through Saturday. Surface is back to its legendary smoothness. People often show up a few days before the event and some stay after. Remote landsailing at its best. Site of the 2014 World Championships. Location is Smith Creek Dry Lake about 28 miles southwest of Austin, Nevada on Nevada State Highway 772 (sometimes shown on maps as Highway 2). ​Please do not camp on the "island."​​
Contact Warren or Mike
Warren Sampson +1 (831) 750-5034


Cow to Cow at Smith Creek,
May, 2017

The Cow to Cow this Memorial Day weekend.
Directions to Smith Creek

Nord Nationals at El Mirage,
May 2017

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



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