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Sandyachting / Landsailing
Sandyachting or Landsailing as its called if you live inland is what it says – sailing on sand or land !
Three wheels, a sail and Gods foot on the accelerator and you are off on a clean, green and environmentaly friendly excursion.
In Ireland we focus on Miniyachts and Standart yachts
Miniyachts are small and can easily be carried in a car boot. While small in size they are big in fun and performance as well as being perfect for all ages. Miniyachts can be adapted in many ways to suit individuals stature or preference and indeed they are perfect for adjusting to allow individuals with restricted mobility participate. This is always the best way to get into the sport and people just dont sell them so dont even bother trying to find a second hand one! Any IPKSA member will be happy to show you around their miniyacht, just ask.
The inexpensive mini-yacht is the perfect introduction to land sailing. pack it into the boot of your car, find a suitable sailing site and have some fun. The characteristics of a ‘mini’ make it an ideal first yacht, but it will put a smile on the face of more experienced hands too. just about anybody can learn to sail it and it is perfect for outdoor family-sport. the mini is simply constructed. a frame supports three wheels, a seat and a mast. the sail is fixed to a sectional mast (for easy packing), the boom controlled by a simple rope and pulley system. steering is performed with the feet. with a minimum of parts and simple construction, the craft is designed to provide a lifetime of land sailing pleasure with quick and easy maintenance.
Standart yachts are manufactured (by seagull landyachts in france) to a strict specification and individual yachts are scrutinised prior to the races to see that they conform to the agreed specification.
The benefits of an ‘international one design yacht’ are that pilots of standarts race on equal terms with other pilots; no-one will arrive at a competition with a newly designed sail capable of beating all other competitors! so those engineers and designers who excel in designing faster lighter weight yachts in the other classes do not have an advantage here. Nor do those who constantly buy the latest equipment force others to continually play catch-up as they dig deeper into their pockets. alan watson the ipksa chairperson was 6th in
IPKSA members have been competing successfully on a high level in the Standart International race circuit for many years now with some of the older yachts in the fleet.
About Kite Buggies
A kite buggy is a light, purpose-built vehicle powered by a traction kite (power kite). It is single-seated and has one steerable front wheel and two fixed rear wheels. The driver sits in the seat located in the middle of the vehicle and accelerates and slows down by applying steering manoeuvres in coordination with flying manoeuvres of the kite. This activity is called kite buggying. protective clothing, including a safety helmet, is commonly worn as the speed achieved in kite buggies by skilled drivers warrants the need and recommended for all users.
There are many different types of buggies available which go from being truly compact right up to they type of large buggys used by the IPKSA National Racing Team. Different conditions of beach and different wind speeds influence the pilots choice of kite size and as the wind increases the kite size decreases but not the speed or power. Kiting is something that everyone should try at least once just to feel the power of the wind and to imagine the fun that can be had by harnessing that power.