Blokart champs breeze to Sanson
It may be tenuous, but there is a connection between Team New Zealand’s America’s Cup bid, and the North Island Blokart Open at Sanson Domain on SH1 this weekend.
The Manawatu Blokart Club’s Colin Cook said there will be 50 of the small, highly manoeuvrable three-wheeled single-seat land yachts from around the country competing in five divisions over the three days.
The sealed area of the Sanson Domain has recently been extended, increasing the sailing area by one third.
‘‘Blokarts can reach speeds of up to 90kmh, but on the Sanson circuit, they’ll only get up to about 50kmh.
‘‘It’ll be the first time the public will be able to see a national blokart event, because in the past, they’ve been held at Ohakea and people haven’t been able to get in to watch the racing.’’
As in the America’s Cup, there are pre-race manoeuvres. But that isn’t the connection.
‘‘Team NZ has six blokarts in Bermuda they use for training purposes.
‘‘Blokarts are the only sailing ‘vessel’ that can achieve speeds similar to those reached by the America’s Cup cats, though they are considerably cheaper and much easier to handle,’’ Cook said.
The North Island Blokart Open is at Sanson from 10am to 4pm, Saturday to Monday.