Welcome to the 2nd Open Baltic Blokart Championships which will take place in Nida asphalt airfield on 20-22nd November, 2009. Championship is held during Neringa municipality birthday festival which will host various events. Participants will race in 3 weight categories (lightweight (<65 kg), middleweight (65-90 kg) and heavyweight (90+ kg)).
20th November - Demo session in Klaipeda; Travel with Blokarts along Baltic sea beach from Klaipeda to Nida
Saturday on 21st March 2nd 50 km Blokart Beach marathon has finished. Participants competed in two weight categories. In lightweight category Antanas Golubovskis and Linas Ramanauskas team "Neringa FM" were the fastest and in heavyweights Ilgaudas Šeputa was the first. More details on our blog. Video reportage in Sport1 TV: watch video
Radio coverage of the event in Lithuanian National Radio English program "Radio Vilnius: News & Current Affairs": Listen (tune to 19:29)------
First day of European Ice-Blokart Championship wasn't filled with the wind, but the sun only. Nevertheless on the second day participants raced in 10 m/s wind at extreme speeds on the ice covered with 3-6 cm snow. As wind picked-up to 13 m/s races were canceled having completed 4 races in heavyweight division and 3 races in lightweight division. Lithuanians triumphed at the award ceremony: Darius Gerasimavčius became European lightweight champion and Algirdas Žižys - heavyweight champion (Lithuanian DN champion).
Because of too thick snow The First European Ice-Blokart Championship is transfered from Šiauliai to Nida, Lithuania and will be held on February 20th-22nd, 2009. The organizing authority of this event is „Irklakojis“ and Lithuanian Bokart Team.Download Newsletter No.1 (PDF)
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Open Baltic Blokart Champs has finished! Dealing with 12-18 m/s wind 31 pilot had to prove their sailing abilities on wet asphalt at Nida Airport. It has been a spectacular event not only for participants but also for watchers. Detail results, Photos and Videos can be found at Lithuanian Blokart team Blog.
Open Baltic Blokart Championship is organized to promote landsailing in Baltic states and will be held on 14th-16th November in Nida, Curonian Spit (on the UNESCO heritage list), Lithuania.
More information about the locality can be found at: www.visitneringa.com
Organizing Authority: VšĮ “Irklakojis” the founder of Blokart Sailing School in Nida is organizing authority of this event.
Participants: All yachtsmen from Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and foreign countries, as well as all blokarters are welcome.
Venue: All racing will be held on the Nida aerodrome, 2 km away from the center.
Inventory: Participants not having their own Blokart are provided with VšĮ „Irklakojis“ blokarts (7 units) with 3.0, 4.0 and 5.5 m. sails for rent and will sail in relay in their weight divisions and subdivisions.
14th November (Friday):
15th November (Saturday):
16th November (Sunday):
Format: This Championship is organized for the Production class only. Weight divisions are not standart and are divided 3 divisions: lightweight (till 65 kg), middleweight (65-90 kg) and heavyweight (90 kg+). Objective of the play-off races are to give a chance to compete for the maximum number (49 persons) of yachtsmen not owning a blokart yet and to select the best yachtsmen for the final races. - Play-off races will be short-track races of approx. 10 minutes. After 3 races there will be 1 discard. - Final races will be short-track races of approx. 15 minutes. After 4 races there will be 1 discard.
Sailing rules : see sailing instructions.
Fees : Entry fee is 30 Litas (9 Euro). The Blokart (Production class) rent price is 70 Litas (20 Euro) for play-off (3 races) and final (4 races) races. For organizing purposes we kindly ask you to inform us of your participation on beforehand ASAP through the registration form found at the end of this document.
Prizes & trophies : for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each weight categorie.
Arrival, accomodation, catering info: The hotel "Jūratė" offers rooms for special price - 99 Litas (29 Euro).
For further information regarding: arrival, accomodation, catering please contact the tourist office, +370-469-52345, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.visitneringa.com.
For any questions regarding the Championship please contact Matas +370-618-81957, email@example.com
1. Sailing Rules. • Meeting Head-on : when two Blokarts meet head-on, they each must bear to the right in order to leave sufficient space between them. • Meeting by crossing : When two Blokarts are coming from different routes, the one coming from the right has priority. The Blokart which does not have priority must move aside or slow down. Forcing a blokart which has priority to alter its route or to slow down to avoid collision, is an infringment of the rules. • Overtaking : The overtaker must keep clear of the overtaken. 2. Briefing. Before each race there is a briefing for all parttaking pilots. A briefing will be announced by running up a green with yellow stripe flag. The pilots must gather immediatly at the sailing master. 3. Schedule of races. Depending on the beach and weather conditions. 4. Turning markers. details at briefing 5. The start. Will be a standing or rolling start. The start signal is given by lowering a red flag. 6. The finish. The end of a race will be announced to each competitor by showing a black and white chequered flag. The finish line will be between two orange flags. Finished blokarts will go to the waiting zone. 7. Scoring. Low point scoring will be applied. The first place will give 0 points, the second place 2 points, the third place 3 points, and so on. The winner of the event is the blokart with the lowest score. After 4 races there is a discard of the worst result, after 7 races the 2 worst results will be discarded. 8. Protests. Protests can be put forward until 60 minutes after the arrival of the last participant of the present race at the jury. Protest forms can be obtained from the race committee after payement of 30 litas. 9. Liability. No part involved in the organization and running this event shall accept any liability for any accident, injury (even fatal), damage or loss wether personal, material or otherwise sustained prior to, during or after the event. 10. Safety. The safety of the blokart and her pilot, including insurance, shall be the sole and inescapable responsability of the owner or entrant racing the blokart. 11. Instructions race committee. Not obeying instructions given by the race committee will result in penalty points or disqualification. 12. Language. The official language during this event will be Lithuanian and English.
REGISTRATION FORM (to be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org):
Name, Surname, Age, Weight division: lightweight (till 65 kg), middleweight (65-90 kg) or heavyweight (90 kg+) Mobile, E-mail, Rent of Blokart: YES/NO
There are only 108 days until the BIG Blokart event!
Because of an extremely warm winter and no-ice-at-all conditions in the Curonian Lagoon Lithuanian Ice-Blokart Opens took place on 23-24th February on Galvė lake ice in Trakai, Lithuania. The ice was perfectly sailable, 15-20 cm thick.
This proved to be a real European Ice-Blokarting Championship as less than a quarter of participants were lithuanians. 6 british, 4 dutch, 3 estonians and 4 lithuanians totaly 17 pilots were competing in 2 weight divisions. Lightweight division (<85 kg) comprised 11 participants and was divided into 2 subdivisions. Saturday with 10-14 m/s wind had almost the ideal condition to ice-blokart. There were 4 play-off heats carried out in each lightweight division to clear up 6 best lightweight pilots. Heavyweight pilots had their all 8 heats on Saturday, because there was a drop in a wind forecasted for Sunday. Sunday morning 6 best pilots met on the ice for the final races. 5 heats were carried out in very light winds (4-6 m/s).
The event was closed by the awards ceremony and the expectancy was expressed that the World Ice-Blokart Championship will be carried out in 2009 in the Baltics. Lithuanian capital Vilnius is going to be the Cultural Capital of the Europe in the Year 2009, so maybe Trakai will host this event again?
Prize winners of the Championship:
Leightweight division (<85 kg, 5 heats)
Due to extremely warm winter the Championship was held in Trakai on Galvė lake ice. Saturday pilots have struggled 10-14 m/s gusts and tthe second day were forced to show their abilities under very light and shifting winds.
Englishmen - 7
Dutch - 4
Estonians - 2
Lithuanians - 7
Vacant places - 22
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You are welcome to the first Ice-blokart Champs on Curonian lagoon ice, Lithuania. The event will be held in Nida, Curonian spit (on the UNESCO heritage list) on 23th-24th February (Ice-blokart rental will be available).
Here's a video from popular Lithuanian LNK TV musical reality show "The road to the stars" showing how new lithuanian "pop stars" are learning to blokart in 2007-11-25 in Nida.
Though the latest forcasts showed no wind luckily they were wrong and 20 competitors 2 of which from Estonia and 2 from Netherlands competed in all three weight categories (lightweight <65 kg, middleweight 65-90 kg and heavyweight >90 kg).
The event was held for the first time in Lithuania and the Baltics and was located in Nida, Curonian spit, a place which is on the Unesco heritage list. The competition took place on an one kilometer long unused asphalt airfield 3 km away from Nida center on 2007-11-17&18.
Saturday morning at the opening ceremony local municipality representatives gave a speach after which the Lithuanian flag was raised by the head of the race committee Tom Maas. The anemometer showed only 3 m/s west wind. The lightweights had their first start in a short distance. After a second start the wind rose till 4 m/s and lightweights even showed some two wheel blokarting.
The starts for the middleweights and heavyweights were postponed until 14.00 o‘clock. The wind rose till 5 m/s. Heavyweights started very slowly, as the speed keeping secret was the scuffing of tyres. But for the last heat even heavyweights had to hold on their sheet ropes and show their true sailing abilities as the wind got up to 6-7 m/s.
In the middleweight class 10 competitors were competing in two subdivisions in order to find out the top 3 in each subdivision who will go to the finals on Sunday.
Saturday evening everybody went to the restaurant „Nidus" were the videos of the day were played an the results were calculated and displayed. Afterparty was held in the latino concert „El quadro" and after that in „Metal on Metal" - the best dj‘s project in Lithuania.
Sunday forcasts showed 6 m/s south wind, which was true. Lightweights were flying with 4 m sails and demonstrating the two wheeled blokarting very often. After two lightweight heats the two minutes horn was given to the heavyweights. Afterwards the top 6 of middleweights started racing to find out the leaders among them. With 4 heats in a row middleweights ended the first Lithuanian landsailing Blokarts championship.
Everybody enjoyed the army tent which was set up for the event and soldiers who provided with hot tea and hot soldier porridge.
14.00 o‘clock the vice-mayor of Neringa municipality Arunas Burksas greeted the participants and afterwards shook hands with the prize winners and awarded them with diplomas, medals and trophies as well as prizes from the sponsors.
The prize winners of the First Lithuanian landsailing Blokarts championship:
The blokart is now seven years old, constant testing and development has seen it win design awards globally and build an international following of enthusiasts and racers. Now its time for a new model - the 2008 Blokart model will include modifications to the kart, sail and bag.More details is to be found in this page...
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VšĮ "Irklakojis" has become an official Blokart dealer for Lithuania.
Firstly blokarting is introduced in Curonian Spit. Here a Blokart sailing school is established on an unused aerodrome which is open for public. See the reportage on the introduction of Blokarts in LTV (National lithuanian television) broadcast "Pinigu karta" (Age of money) and BTV (Baltic television) broadcast "Tarp miesto ir kaimo" (Between the village and the city). Here is a link to the publications in Lithuanian newspapers about Blokarting in Lithuania.
Everybody is welcome to enjoy Blokarting in the Curonian Spit, Lithuania!
Compete with the others, because Blokart is "one size that fits all". It is a safe entertainment for all your family: from the smallest to the oldest. You can take blokarting lessons or ride by yourself.
Special ice blades will turn your blokart in no time to ice sailing machine. This way your blokart can be used all year round!