|RVers boondock on the Ivanpah Dry Lake. (David Farmer)|
A veteran of windsurfing and sail boat racing, Farmer participates each year in the America's Landsailing Cup, America's premier landsailing event held during March on the Ivanpah Dry Lake on Bureau of Land Management land in southern Nevada, about 45 miles southwest of Las Vegas.
|Ivanpah Dry Lake, near Primm, NV. (David Farmer)|
"Tents are horrible when it blows 30-knots all night. Ask how I know? I sleep in the back of my Ford van, surrounded by all the piles of equipment it takes to pursue this passion," he says. "Anyone with any interest is most welcome to come and hang with us for any duration. It is indeed an amazing group of intensely interesting folk."
|David Farmer's two landsailing crafts.|
"Landsailing goes on all year round for the locals in California and Nevada, but it is the annual America's Landsailing Cup and the Alvord Desert (in southeast Oregon) for a week in the fall, for those of us with more miles to travel," says Farmer, an Eastern Washington resident.
2014 North American Land Sailing Association (NALSA) Events:
- May 25-27 Memorial Day weekend: Cow to Cow at Smith Creek Playa, near Austin, Nevada.
- July 12-19: World Championship of Land and Sand Yachting at Smith Creek Playa.
- Sept. 14-21: The BBC--Big Boat Coalition at Alvord Desert, Ore. This week-long event is a great time to watch some of the best. "Since there is no official racing (or any other program for that matter) feel free to come and go as best fits your schedule."
For more information on landsailing and a full list of events, go to North American Land Sailing Association (www.nalsa.org/)
* Remember that these are boondocking (dry camping) destinations where campers bring in (and take home) all the food, water and fuel they will need for as long as they plan to camp in the desert.
Click on photos to enlarge. All photos by David Farmer, Tum Tum, Wash.
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