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GeoffS
10-20-2014, 08:14 AM
Here are a few videos from the past month of sailing around southern Wisconsin:

Miller Park, Milwaukee
Sept. 14, 2014:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHCXk2qUXOQ

DMV (Dept. of Motor Vehicles), Madison
Sept. 21, 2014

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2MXj8G1PVI

Miller Park (smaller lots)
Oct. 12, 2014

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6gUR1o-L0Y

Miller Park
Oct. 18, 2014

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fx9yyaoWCG4

Madison College (aka Madison Area Technical College - MATC)
Oct. 19, 2014

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EA8y8dkSuI

GeoffS
10-27-2014, 02:55 PM
I was intrigued by some of the shots in the 2014 blokart Worlds video taken with the camera mounted at the top of the mast (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxEtCVJcywg&feature=youtu.be&t=2m17s). They were especially cool because the way the camera was mounted/angled it looked like they were taken with a drone.

I wanted to try and get some shots with the camera mounted above and/or away from the mast-head (for example with the top of the mast visible in the shot).
I attached a standard GoPro bike-frame mount to the mast-tip tube and mounted the camera on the end of two articulating arms:
http://geoff-s.net/misc/20141026_123304%20cc%20sm.jpg

In retrospect, I should have realized that using a light-weight plastic mount and cantilevering the camera on the end of a fairly long lever-arm maybe wasn't the greatest idea I've ever had.
The good news is the plastic held together for the runs, but just barely...

Any way, here is a few shots from the experiment:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIIs9l2nqtU

GeoffS
06-16-2015, 11:46 AM
Now that summer's here (and the iceboating (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQNgD75cNyQ) is done) there's been some blokart sailing action here is Wisconsin.

Here's a very short video "teaser" from some sailing in a local parking lot a couple of weeks ago:
(hopefully I'll get the longer version edited soon...)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXpHt7ikheI

GeoffS
06-29-2015, 08:15 AM
Here's the (long overdue) extended version of the previous video:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNRgjGrNH7Q

GeoffS
08-19-2015, 01:39 PM
If anyone is interested, I've found a very nice clamp mount for a GoPro-sized camera.

I've posted DIY instructions at: http://geoff-s.net/DIYBallHeadClamp/

And if you want to save the effort, I'll even sell you one already assembled: http://performancesailingproducts.com/PSP600.html

http://geoff-s.net/DIYBallHeadClamp/IMG_7041_250.jpg (http://performancesailingproducts.com/PSP600.htm)

I beat my first one up pretty badly the first time I tried it (video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mr3MrJkYYbs)), and it was also used to mount a camera to my blokart axle when I was plowing through tall weeds (video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyspYPIUUU4)).
It seems to have suffered no ill effects from the abuse:

http://geoff-s.net/misc/20150516_154838_600w.jpg
http://geoff-s.net/misc/20150604_100516%20med.jpg

GeoffS
11-16-2015, 08:35 AM
Here's a video from yesterday sailing around a 415' (126m) parking lot course.
I'm following the fellow who let me sail (and flip) his blokart many years ago.
This was his first time out in quite a while, and the first time he's ever sailed a 5.5m (thankfully he's a very good sailor, so my loaner sail survived the day without any luff tears!).

Sorry for the length.
Right at the end there are a couple of "full speed" laps around the course to give an idea of what it was like:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcQV1izH5O4

GeoffS
11-30-2015, 01:20 PM
Transitional blokart sailing (transitioning between the blokart and iceboat...).

A couple of laps last Friday in freezing temperature. Next time I'll be sure to wear my facemask and goggles (and probably put the POD on for a bit more wind protection).

It's kind of a boring gray video, but it's very different from the more common "shorts and t-shirt" sailing...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HYHg9f0Za4

GeoffS
12-29-2015, 09:32 AM
Short cell-phone video from last Sunday.
Current North American co-champion (tie for 1st last spring) Kyle Metzlof with the black sail, and neophyte blokart sailor (but experienced Nite iceboater) Don Sanford with the green:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_2M5hTbXSU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_2M5hTbXSU

GeoffS
03-29-2016, 09:30 AM
Some extraordinary conditions last September.
Perfect surface, temperature, and wind:

Best quality on Vimeo:

https://vimeo.com/160564776

OK at YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSo3LC5WEjg