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4/21/2014 6:00:00 AM
Couple hopes to spread the love of blokarting
Scott and Patty Young sail their blokarts around their home in Kingman. (JC AMBERLYN/Miner)
Scott and Patty Young sail their blokarts around their home in Kingman. (JC AMBERLYN/Miner)
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Scott and Patty Young are interested in showing off their hobby to anyone who would like to take up blokarting. Also, they would like to start a local club for the sport.

For more information, call them at (928) 757-2400.

Kim Steele
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - Scott and Patty Young never thought they'd find their niche on dry land.

The Youngs, both 62, used to race catamaran boats in the Pacific Ocean for a hobby when they lived in Long Beach, Calif. But when the couple moved here 11 years ago to get away from the traffic and crime in Southern California, they quickly realized their days of water-based sailing were over.

Instead, they discovered blokarting, a sailing experience on dry land. A blokart weighs about 60 pounds and can reach a maximum speed of 64 mph when pushed by the wind.

"Blokart racing is all about challenging yourself and your knowledge against what the other competitors know," said Scott, a dental technician. "It's like a chess game. You're watching your competitors' sails, the course and you're making wind corrections all the time, all while going very fast.

"It makes you think, and that's what makes it fun."

Scott held the world speed record of 62.3 mph from 2009 to 2013 and took fifth place in 2012 in the Blokart World Championships among 132 blokarts at Ivanpah Dry Lake in California.

Earlier this month, he came in first in the heavyweight division and won the overall race at the 2014 North American Blokart Sailing Championship, also at Ivanpah.

Patty came in first in the national lightweight division and placed fifth overall out of the 32 competitors.

Each brought home trophies.

The sport, which originated in New Zealand about 10 years ago and has at least 5,000 participants worldwide, is gaining popularity in the U.S.

It is a cross between go-karting and land sailing, and the blokart's lightweight body and 13-foot sails fold up for easy transport.

The Youngs regularly sail at Red Lake, about a half-hour from their home.

"I like speed, too," said Patty, who is worship leader at Kingman Presbyterian Church. "I'm used to the heavy wind in Arizona, so it doesn't scare me too much. This sport is fun and something we do together, and I enjoy it.

"I'm not really into racing that much and I don't always do it, but it is fun to go fast."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, April 21, 2014
Article comment by: Edward Tomchin

Wow! I wonder if those blokarts would work in the open desert if they had bigger wheels? Looks like great fun.

Posted: Monday, April 21, 2014
Article comment by: Dean Kitchen

I have sailed Red Lake with Patty and Scott in March for the past 7 years. I am from Michigan and I sail on water and ice, but you just can't beat landsailing. Red lake is one of the best places in the world to landsail. Patty and Scott are very good sailors as well as great people. If you want to have a lot of thrilling fun as well as meeting great people, give Blokart sailing a try. Dean Kitchen from Michigan

Posted: Monday, April 21, 2014
Article comment by: Virtual Coyote

This is awesome! I am a part-timer (in Hackberry) and full-timer in SoCal and have sailed many times over the past few decades (smaller boats 13-26'). When we started going to Kingman/Hackberry I looked into the possibility of sailing Red Lake, and even looked into local rentals, etc. I will give y'all a call and perhaps we can hook up on my next visit to the area.

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