Austin, Nevada was founded in 1862, as part of a silver rush. In 1863 Austin and the surrounding mining district had a population of 10,000 – today it is a “living ghost town”, a well-preserved example of an early Nevada mining town and from July 12 to July 19, 2014, Smith Creek (26 miles southeast from Austin) played host to the 14th Landsailing World Championship.
170 sailors from 15 nations lined up on Smith Creek to battle it out in the dust, Shirley learns how to master this fast a furious class with advice from the masters and time on the dirt. She also speaks to Richard Jenkins the British Engineer, who in March 2009 on a lake bed in Nevada set a stunning new land speed record of 126.2 miles per hour, after a decade of trying.
Sailing in the desert
How to master land sailing
The physics of land sailing