World’s best blow in for land sailing

Blocarts in action. Pictures: Nick Smith
Blocarts in action. Pictures: Nick Smith

About 150 competitors will take part in the world class event that begins on Saturday, January 18, at the salt lake.

Australian racers will take on counterparts from New Zealand, Panama, Switzerland and Spain, with 80 blokarts on course over the competition.

Perth Blokart Club president Andrew Bates said Lake Walyungup won the right to host the championship over Denmark due to the reliable ‘Fremantle doctor’ winds in summer.

‘Even though Lake Walyungup is a sensitive national park it is one of the most exciting surfaces in the world to race on as it offers up a loose gravel surface in places followed by a hard crust just a few metres onwards, which proves to be a very challenging surface to race on,’ he said.

Bates said blokart racing was a fantastic spectator sport and encouraged residents to get to the lake during competition.

‘People can expect fast and exciting racing between friendly rivals Australia and New Zealand over the course of 10 days,’ he said.

‘The atmosphere will be buzzing with pit crews frantically tuning their craft, changing sails and racing to be on the starting grid for a volley of rapid-fire racing.’

Bates said there were a number of classes of competitors at the championship.

‘The sport caters for all in that there are two classes of Blokart yachts,’ he said.

‘Production where the pilot can compete straight out of the bag as standard which eliminates the deep pocket syndrome, or performance class allows you to add extra equipment which is all interchangeable between both classes to your kart to enhance its speed and performance.

‘Land sailing is a green sport with no carbon footprint to speak of and is one of the fastest growing land-based sports in the world.’

Bates said a standard blokart weighed about 29kg and could fold up into a suitcase size, making it easy for competitors to travel.

‘No tools are required to assemble the kart as it all clips together; these machines have had an incredible amount of engineering and know-how put into them,’ he said.

‘They are incredibly strong and safe to operate and can be sailed by all members of the family from eight to 80.’

– For a full schedule of racing visit http://blokartworlds.com.