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Land Sailing Championship Coming to Nevada

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Odds are you know about sailing. But what about land sailing?

 It’s a sport that is gaining popularity across the world. In fact, the Silver State will host the Land Sailing World Championship July 12th-19th.

Mike Grimm, Nevada Ambassador of the North American Land Sailing Association says there are not a lot of differences between land sailing and water sailing except land yachts can go as fast as 60 m.p.h., under the right conditions.

The thrill of riding only six inches above the playa, at speeds near 60 m.p.h., the thrill can be addicting. “I love the thrill of it,” said Corey Owens, a pilot who has been sailing for 16 years. “I do."

A group of local pilots gathers at a dried out lake bed weekly at Stagecoach in Lyon County. “Tuning boats up, some are practicing racing, a bit of strategizing and a bit of bench racing going on,” said Grimm.

The Land Sailing World Championship is usually held in European countries, making this year’s event even more special to Grimm.
“We have a lot of wind and a lot of dry lands,” said Grimm. “The fact that North American Land Sailing Association got the schedule for the U.S. and here in Nevada? It’s pretty special.”

Over 165 pilots from 15 countries will gather at the Smith Creek Dry Lake near Austin for the championship.

Written By Landon Miller 
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