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Sirocco Land Sailing FAQ
Below are answers to questions both about land sailing in general and the Sirocco in specific. If you have a question that is not answered here, please give feel free to Email me. firstname.lastname@example.org
Exactly what is a land sailor?
The easiest description is that it is a 3 wheeled, wind powered go-kart.
How Difficult is land sailing?
Not difficult at all. If you sail already it is dead easy to learn, however we have put people with no experience whatsoever in a sailboat in the Sirocco and have taught them the basics in less than an hour. We include a really good manual with the Sirocco that will teach you to land sail and a CD-Rom is on the way.
How fast does it go?
I have had the Sirocco to verified speeds of 45mph. That is we had a GPS mounted that was tracking speed. We have gone a little faster and were able to check the speed from video footage. Plenty fast enough when your butt is 6" off the ground and more than fast enough to hurt if you hit something.
Where can I sail?
On any hard firm surface of reasonable size. We run on all kinds of surfaces - grass, gravel, dirt, pavement. The main thing is that the surface is hard and free from friction. You can run in a park, but if the grass is thick and long you may have trouble.
How much space do I need?
We run the Sirocco quite comfortably in parking lots as small as 40 x 100 yards (the Sprint will do even smaller spaces) and parks as small as a couple of baseball or soccer fields. We are able to do this because the Sirocco is small, nimble, has a brake and a rig that can be powered down or changed to a smaller sail.
How physical is land sailing?
Not very. You don't need to be big or strong to land sail. The Sirocco will accommodate people as small as 100 lbs and 5'2" and as large as 6'4" and 250 pounds. It will not hurt your back or knees and you don't need to be overly mobile.
How dangerous is land sailing?
If you are reasonably careful it's not any more dangerous than cross country bike riding. Wear a helmet and heed the warnings included in the manual. The Sirocco is capable of speeds above 40 mph on pavement. If you hit something at that kind of speed you might get hurt or killed or hurt a 3rd party. Like any other vehicle you need to exercise some good judgment. I will say that the worst injury we had in testing was a scraped hand that I got by doing something STUPID!
Does the Sirocco tip over?
Yes it is possible to tip it over. It is not all that easy to do and in a year of testing nobody tipped one over accidentally even when they didn't know what they were doing. I tipped it over twice on grass intentionally to see what would happen. It didn't feel good and on pavement would have caused some road rash. The Sirocco rig de-powers very quickly and that is part of its' design, that means that you can bring a wheel down quickly and easily if you feel you are angled up too high.