View Full Version : Wisconsin blokart Videos

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:


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


Miller Park (smaller lots)
Oct. 12, 2014


Miller Park
Oct. 18, 2014


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


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:

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:


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...)


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


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:


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:


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...


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:


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

Best quality on Vimeo:


OK at YouTube: