John Eisenlohr wins division at Landsailing World Championship
Published on July 15th, 2014
Austin, Nevada (July 15, 2014) – John Eisenlohr, from tiny Lakeside, Montana prevailed in the intensely competitive 5.6 Mini Yacht class that comprised the first phase of the 14th Landsailing World Championship being held at this remote site in Northern Nevada.
Eisenlohr’s win was a popular one, as he sailed a clean, uncontroversial race in a home-built land yacht of his own design against formidable international competition. Moreover, he temporarily disproved this reporter’s claim, made yesterday, that the Mini yacht class was evolving into an expensive arms race.
Eisenlohr’s yacht features parts he found at local home supply stores, not purpose-built marine hardware. He is doing a great job of showing that a home builder with innovative ideas and excellent sailing skills can still do well against exotic professionally-developed machinery sailed by highly skilled international sailors.
Meanwhile, in the late afternoon following the conclusion of the Mini Yacht regatta, the many other classes in the World Championship started their racing. Results of some of these initial races are below. The regatta for these other classes will continue through Saturday, 19 July.
Above photo: John Eisenlohr (USA) 5.6 Mini class winner; Carels Photography
Report by event media.
Race dates: International 5.6 Mini, July 13 to 15
Race dates: All others, July 15 (pm) to 19
Event website: http://www.nalsa.org/Worlds2014Splash.html