Last Updated June 12, 2019
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Holy Gale
June 25-28*, 2019 at Blackrock Desert, Nevada
In Search of the Holy Gale 2019 Presented by SASSASS will be Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday June 25,26,27 & 28. "Doors" open Monday 24 June.*Dates for the Gale are NOW firm. In Search of the Holy Gale 2019, a SASASS event also a NALSA Cup Event.
Gale report: Monday morning, June 10, "I’m standing at the Gale site. It is glassy and expansive. A go for racing starting on June 25. SASSASS pot luck at the X June 23. Advise to check in before going out. Both 12 mile and 9 mile entrances are inaccessible . Currently 3 mile is the only entrance. Stay to the right, split the dunes and you’re home free. KLAP, 89.5,has a renewed strong signal at the Gale site. See y’all Sunday," John B
Results 2018.​​
Contact : John Bogard, Planet X Pottery 775-442-1919

US Mini Association Field Trip

September 19-22 2019 Alkali Hard Pan
U.S.MINI YACHT ASSOCIATION presents “THE ISLAND PASSAGE RUN” Sept. 19 – 22, 2019, Alkali Hardpan, NV. This unique event will feature out, around, and back thru Alkali's complex maze of islands. A distant island will be marked with a huge flag and commercial flashers. Pilots will be timed completing the rounding and the return of the Passage. Come out and enjoy this large and very smooth playa. Don't forget the playa's hot tubs and the black donkey family that hangs there. Commemorative plaques will be handed to the first six pilots attending the event. Don't miss out on this one! No FEES and everyone are invited. Travel north 4 miles from Goldfield NV, turn left on Nevada Highway # 265 (Silver Peak/Alkali Rd.) travel west to the Alkali substation building and look for flora pink ribbon and arrows . Turn right onto a very good dirt road that goes 2.7 miles to the playa. Accommodations are available in Tonopah Nevada. Info contact: (702) 492-0137


The BBC - Big Boat Coalition (not restricted to big boats!)

September 28th to Oct 5th, 2019. —Alvord Desert, Oregon|

This week-long informal gathering at the Alvord Desert in Oregon.  It's a great time to bring your yacht out and tune it up against 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.  Just show up! Great, big, interesting playa and some of the best sunsets anywhere.Nice hot and cold springs near playa. People often show up a few days early and may stay late.
Contact: Phil Rothrock

The November Cup

Thanksgiving weekend, Nov 28-Dec 1, 2020 El Mirage

Informal racing, NALSA Cup points awarded. Typically includes a Thanksgiving potluck.
Contact: Dennis Bassano



America's Landsailing Cup
March 21-28, 2020. (racing 22th to 27th)
Ivanpah Dry Lake, CA
, Race Notice 2019, Schedule 2019, Entry Form 2020 (PDF) (DOCX) (Pay with PayPal)(results 2019)


America's premier landsailing event. Several days of exciting racing and a great time to meet landsailors and see landsailers (aka "dirtboats") from all over the US and often other countries as well. Ivanpah Wind forcast.
ContactNALSA President

Details on Ivanpah Dry Lake (and good advice for most dry lakes)
Where to Stay:  Primm Valley Resort has three Casinos. Whiskey Pete's is usally the least expensive although they all are very reasonable.  The Primm Valley Casino reservation number is 888-774-6668 . Motor homes and camping trailers generally can get onto the lake with only moderate difficulty.  Camping on the lake in a tent is do-able but dusty (and some years, really cold).

Getting to the site: Get off I-15 at Primm (about 40 miles southwest of Las Vegas, NV).  Go NE toward the Primmadona, Turn right at the first light and drive along the edge of the resort (SW) past to the Lotto Store where the road turns SE. About 100 yards past the Lotto Store the road bends around to the left  and there is a dirt road going through the fence on the right.  Follow that dirt road 3+ miles along the east edge of the lake to camp (Camp is usually very close to N35 deg 33’, W115 deg, 23’ although it moves from time to time depending on conditions and the preferences of event organizers). 

Notes:  Do not take the dirt road that runs SE along the fence.  There is often a wash just past the fence that may be difficult for some vehicles.   A little shovel work goes a long way. 

Note to spectators/free sailors: The ALC is a permitted event, NALSA has permission to use the lake for our actvivities and racing. We welcome spectators, but expect those folks to obey the same rules we have to obey. Particularly, no speeding (15MPH max) through camp and no sailing through camp in landsailers or kite buggies. Additionally, it is critiacally important as a safety issue that non-racers, regardless of club afiliation, stay far away from the race course anytime the NALSA races are staging or running. This applies to members of other clubs who show up early for their events. Speeding tickets have been issued and rangers may ask you to move your campsites or leave the lake entirely if compliance becomes an issue.


Cow to Cow (a perpetual annual gathering)

May 23-26-ish (Memorial Day Weekend) 2020 Smith Creek Nevada (possible Ivanpah back-up plan).  

The Cow to Cow at Smith Creek is a perpetual, family gathering over memorial weekend with fun sailing, eating and I’m sure a few libations. An opportunity for testing and tuning yachts in preparation for the Holy Gale... We hope to see a couple of big boats also! Going to be a good time as always! Typically, different groups, NALSA folks, Bolkarters, US Mini association, and just folks with landsailors, camp in various locations, usually enough people to find easily. Weather and playa conditions can be quite variable; as with all playas, never drive(or sail) into dark or wet areas. Wet playas are incredibly slippery! 2wd vehicles can become stuck in even slightly wet areas. Also damage to the playa often results and can take years to "heal."There are no facilities, trash cans, porta-potties... on the playa so plan to be self contained and pack out your trash. Nearest gas, motel and convenience store is in Austin apx. 45 minutes away. Use extreme caution if you arrive in the dark. May be snow at Smith creek some folks are heading to Ivanpah. Stay tuned...
Info: Renee, 775.721.7538 Google map to access road off HWY 722.

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