The Blokart is a 3 wheeled kart which uses a sail, similar to those found on small dinghies, to provide traction. It was first designed in New Zealand by Paul Beckett as a recreation product for the entire family.
Why are they so popular?
Blokart Sailing is a relatively new sport which is becoming more and more popular, mainly due to its easy accessibility. A Blokart packs away into a bag that will easily fit into the boot of a car and is very easy to set up and use, making it fun to use for recreation, as well as for pushing the limits of what they can do. The small size means that they can also be easily transported on aeroplanes to take part in international events or just for fun on holiday.
Who can enjoy Blokart sailing?
Almost anyone and everyone! Blokart sailing appeals to people from 8 to 80.
The Blokart is controlled using the hands only, meaning that a person’s size and mobility need not stop them enjoying the sport; people with paraplegia, prosthetic limbs and many other medical conditions can compete equally with able-bodied sailors. Blokarts are also very safe, providing the right protection measures are worn.
Extension footbars are available for tall people and a ‘Junior footbar’ is available for those of shorter stature.
For more information on the operation, history and purchase of Blokarts please visit www.blokart.com
Is it hard to learn?
It is incredibly easy to learn to sail, yet takes a lot of practice to master. There are 4 sail sizes; 5.5m, 4m, 3m and 2m to suit a range of conditions; you need a big sail for low winds (10MPH) but the smaller sails give you much higher speeds in windier conditions. All of the sails will propel you at speeds up to twice the actual wind speed.
Single-make Blokart racing is the most popular form of land-sailing racing in the World.
Because it is one make the racing is close and the rules mean that there are limits to what you can do to the Blokart to improve its performance. There are two classes; Production class is basically as it comes from the factory; Performance class allows you to customise rigging, use carbon-fibre mast sections that are stiffer, a streamlined Pod to reduce air resistance as well as a ‘Big Foot’ front wheel. There are a range of weight categories to keep the racing as close as possible in all weather conditions.
Whilst the racing is competitive, the atmosphere is extremely friendly. New members are welcome to come along and have a simple introduction to racing at one of our fun days or club days. If you haven’t tried racing you really should; it’s a huge amount of fun and you’ll get to improve your sailing skills quickly (not to mention the great friendships you will forge). At your first race we will buddy you up with somebody who is more experienced to make sure you are safe and having fun.
Blokart Sailing is a unique sport and the BLSA are the recognised national governing body.
We organise 3rd party liability insurance, which is a legal requirement at most locations. Moreover, we organise fun events for all the family, as well as friendly racing with a national race series and a prestigious National & Open Championship event. In 2013 we hosted the European Blokart Open Championships which was the largest event of its type in the world that year.
Whether it’s safe fun for the whole family or an adrenaline rush and opportunities for great, close racing, you’ll ‘Get the Blokart Grin’ and make new friends with the BLSA.