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North American Blokart Sailing Association

Ivanpah 2014 Video

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One of many videos from Scott Young. Scott uses a GoPro Hero HD Black Edition
The panning device was designed and made by Dean Kitchen and uses a foot switch to control the camera direction.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 18:22

Blokarts on Fire 2, Red Lake AZ

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A Video from Scott Young at Red Lake Arizona.

Make sure you sign up for Ivanpah 2014 below!!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 18:26


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“Gorgeous sunsets, desert night walks, campfires, good wind and good friends are just a few of the reasons we love Smith Creek,” (Jen Bohlman, Wind Seeker member).  The Nevada “Wind Seekers”  Blokart Team will be hosting the annual Smith Creek “Round-Up”  at Smith Creek Dry Lake Bed, located in Nevada’s “cowboy country”.   Located about 15 miles southwest of Austin, Nevada, Smith Creek is on State Route 722, just off of Highway 50, the “loneliest road in America”.  For you History buffs, Highway 50 parallels the famous Pony Express Route.

Since this annual event (normally held on Memorial Day weekend) has been “snowed out” for the last couple of years, in an attempt to regain those warm, windy conditions, the annual Smith Creek rondevu will be held on the weekend of June 7 to 10 this year.  The playa surface is usually as smooth as glass and provides an ideal setting for fast racing and foolish frolicking around the fire (the newly introduced marshmallow shooters will surely be on the agenda this year).  Along with delicious supper potlucks, nightly bonfires are among the many traditions that always make this an unforgettable event.  There are also some hot springs nearby for your soaking pleasure.

If you are flying in, Smith Creek is about a three-hour drive from Reno, Nevada.  Alternatively, instead of driving yourself, catch a ride with one of the Wind Seekers folks.  Hotel accommodations can be found in the nearby town of Austin, or you can camp under the stars on the playa, where it can be so quiet, “it will hurt your ears”.  Hope to see y’all there!  

Contacts:  Bob Casey [ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ] 775-848-5226, Wendy Kirkland [ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ], Charlotte Bohlman [ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ].  E-mail any of us for more specific directions and/or to make arrangements for transportation.

Directions:  There are basically two ways to get to Smith Creek from Highway 50. One is turning off on Hwy 722, 3 miles past Middlegate (Gabbs Hwy intersects with Hwy 50), go over the steep but scenic Carroll Summit and about 6 miles past the edge of Smith Creek valley, turn off (left) on the Brown's Well Rd at 39.29031N, 117.45544W, Elev 6135. Proceed to your left, towards the lake bed end until you see the Wind Seekers caravan.  A second route is staying on Hwy 50 and turning right onto Hwy 722 to the west over Railroad Pass, then at 39.32148N, 117.43348W, elev. 6105 turning right on the short dusty dirt road to the playa.  Proceed as previously to the far end of the lake bed.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 May 2013 15:47


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Come join NABSA in Wildwood,NJ for some great Beach Sailing.
Wildwood Crest may also be open for our use during the event, I just received word that the beach reshaping project may be finished in time for our event.The North American Blokart Sailing Association has also applied to Wildwood Crest for a permit to "officially use their beach along with Wildwoods. We are still booking into the Adventurer Oceanfront Inn and setting up at that location at Cresse on the beach. See attached PDF

As some of you know  the event has to move its set up location this year. With that move the Wildwood Buggy Blast has separated into 2 separate events and they are becoming official Events on the City of Wildwood's calendar. I always had in the back of my mind previously we could have showed up and been asked to leave the beach because of not having a formal permit. Now that we are required to have a Certificate Of Insurance for the event that protect the city from lawsuits. The North American Blokart Sailing Association has such a master policy that will cover its members with the Insurance the City requires.If you are a Blokart owner I ask you to become a member of NABSA NABSA    and participate in this event.
If you bring a guest to try your blokart they will be covered by signing up as a temporary member for the event.
 Some of us are also changing our lodging location to the Adventure Beach Inn that is located right on the beach were we will be setting up. The new set up location between Cresse and Convention Hall is about 14 blocks north of the Shailmar.  See att Pdf for more information.

Please fill out a event registration form/release before the event and bring it with you.

Please pass this email along to any other interested blokart owners to keep them up to date.

If you have any questions please email me or give me a call.

Fran Gramkowski
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 April 2013 13:56


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Ivanpah 2013 March 30 through April 4, 2013


This is a non-event event that is being put together to provide NABSA members a low-key opportunity to sail Ivanpah, practice and hone your skills. Not to mention socialize and possibly participate in some awesome potlucks and campfires. NABSA has obtained the group use permit so individuals will not need to get individual use permits. There will be a group camping on the lakebed at the usual spot. All of the standard dry lakebed rules will apply with regard to being safe and taking care of the lakebed. Specific guidelines will follow. There will be a group rate setup for one of the local hotels.

This a great opportunity to have some casual landsailing fun at the fantastic location of the 2012 World Blokart Championship site. For those who were put off by the stresses and pressure of formal racing last year, this is a chance to improve skills (including dialup starts and course racing) and have fun in a much more casual way. Now there is a world class site available for anyone to sail. If you have friends who are just getting started or just want to try Blokarting, this gathering would be an excellent way to get them involved and introduce them to the sport.  As we have in the past, we’ll plan to have presentations on sailing technique and strategy by our more experienced sailors that will be especially helpful to the newbies. Be sure to pass this announcement along to anyone who might be interested, but not on the mailing list. There will be no trophies but there will be recognition of achievement in other areas that will reward and entertain the assembled competitors. Take a look at this video by Dean and Scott of Ivanpah sailing Ivanpah 2011 YTube.

If you are planning to attend, please send an email by March 15th to Pat Morrisey at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it so that we can get an early estimate for attendance. Also, please let us know if you will be staying at the hotels or camping on the lakebed. There will not be a formal registration and there will be no fees. We will pass a hat asking for donations to cover the costs of Porta-pottys and the permitting.

The BLM permit dates will be from March 28 - April 5, so that if you want to start sailing early, you can. A group rate for lodging has been set up with the hotel for the permit dates. If you plan to stay at the Primm Valley Hotel, see the accompanying document for the discount code, rates and other info.


The North American Blokart Sailing Association (NABSA) has made arrangements with Primm Valley Resorts for a group rate to stay at PRIMM VALLEY HOTEL. This hotel casino complex property abuts the entrance to Ivanpah Dry Lake.   

The group room dates are March 28 – April 8, 2013. Lodging days have been added before and after the event to enable you flexibility with your travel arrangements.  The rates for a room is Sunday to Thursday night $35.00 and Friday and Saturday night $78.00. 

Deadline for making reservations is March 7, 2013. GROUP CODE SSN0328 has been assigned to NABSA, and this code must be mentioned when making reservations.


To book a room  under our group code, call 1-888-386-7867 or book on line at At that time, individuals will be required to guarantee their rooms by way of credit card, or advanced deposit. Please call before March 7, 2013 to make room reservations.  Event attendees must call the above number and mention or enter the GROUP CODE SSN0328 to receive these rates


The cut-off date for reservations will be March 7, 2013 at 12:01am Pacific Standard Time.

INCIDENTAL CHARGES:  Individuals must provide a major credit card or cash deposit upon check-in to guarantee incidental charges.

CHECK IN:                                        3:00 pm Monday through Friday

                                                        4:00 pm Saturday and Sunday

CHECK OUT:                                     12:00 pm (Noon) 7 days a week

Last Updated on Sunday, 27 January 2013 15:38

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