Land Yachting in The Nevada Desert
No helmet is required as you zip around at speeds.
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Land. Presumably, you’ve been.
Sailing. A classic sport of the leisured class, traditionally enjoyed on a body of water.
And before today, you had never dreamed of combining the two. So welcome to today…
And welcome to Landsailing Tours, two insane hours of desert racing in a wind-powered go-kart, setting off from the Strip.
It’s the kind of thing you typically only see when James Bond’s escaping a desert lair. Here’s how it works, every day at noon, a gentleman in a van will round up adventure seekers from the Strip’s finest haunts. Hop on board and they’ll have you jetting across the desert in less than an hour.
The locale, Ivanpah Lake, one of the windiest places in America, and the site of the current wind-powered land speed record (121 mph, if you’re feeling ambitious). Your chariot will be a three-wheeled go-kart with a 15-foot sail welded on top.
Amazingly, no helmet is required as you zip around at speeds up to 55 mph, whipped by dust and highway-level winds, with little more than a thin strip of metal between you and the sand. If you’ve already got plans at noon or you’ve got a soft spot for starlit sailing, we suggest shelling out a little extra for a private voyage that lets you choose the place and time.
Go ahead, make a break for Reno.