First practice runs… Turning markers……Race course suggestions
Find an open area , like a parking lot or school yard. Look for obstructions, like buildings, trees or cars, which could interfere with a steady flow of wind. Often it feels like obstructions on the ground have magnets in it which seem to pull on the models. Parking lot bumpers and cement pillars are not very forgiving. The bigger and flatter the area the better for beginners. 100ft x100ft is a good start. Try not to start out at wind velocities over 8MPH. A good way to practice is to put two markers about 60-80ft apart on a reach/reach course. Light weight soccer cones are a good example for markers. If you hit them they get pushed away instead of damaging your model. Position yourself close to one cone. Race the Model from cone to cone making sure that the upwind turn is the cone closest to you, this way you don’t have to walk to far when you stall the boat straight into the wind. Also practice to run the model in straight lines and try to use the mainsheet control as little as possible. I know first time pilots seem to make erratic maneuvers . Not good for winning races. Since a land yacht is not a sailboat on wheels, therefore in most cases you will not get the model going trying to point straight down wind (run). Once you feel comfortable with the controls you can set up triangular courses or whatever you feel the most comfortable with. A good practice course is a figure 8, as long as you are the only one running.
Don’t forget to turn the receiver on before you let go of the model , you may not be able to catch it.
It is easy to learn the basics about land sailing and after a short time you think you did this all your life. The nice part is , we walk on the surface we sail on.
Happy Land Sailing
They stay in place in strong wind and when hit by a model on any surface including ice. The models run over it without causing any damage to the model. They are large enough to easily be seen and come in different colors.
These are round discs originally made for kids used to slide down snow covered slopes.
You have to cut off the outer rim and handles , which then provides a smooth transition from ground to domed disc for the approaching model land yacht.
Some plastic garbage can lids can also be modified to serve as markers.