Landsailing Regatta!! Loring Air Force Base, Limestone, ME

Friday 9/11- Sunday 9/13

Three classes: Lockley Skimmer, Blokart, and Unlimited

Discounted accommodations at the Bunker Inn.

Be sure to mention that you are with the Regatta.
THE BUNKER INN – Loring › thebunkerinn

Registration: $30.00 cash or check to
Bill Buchholz
31 Gosses Hill Rd.
Camden, ME 04843

The State of Maine asks that those coming from Massachusetts and Rhode Island to bring negative Covid test results. This may change by Sept. We will up-date.

More info: Bill, 207-975-6980

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Regatta Roster

Here’s a list of all those who are planning to participate in Loring Landsailing 2020, September 11-13. If you are planning on coming but don’t find yourself here, please let me know and send in your thirty bucks asap. On the other hand if you are shocked to learn that you are coming land yacht racing in northern Maine at the absolute best land sailing venue on the planet, then welcome!


Dave Lussier
Mike Dinning
BB Hredocik
Dave Midgely


Milo Fleming
Scott Valentine
John Zimmermann
Rosemary Barnitz
Steve Kozloff
Kate Morrone
Tom Nichols


Jim Gagnon
Breck Holladay
Jeff Kent
Dave Silsby
Ed Demerest
Bill Buchholz
John Stanton


Karen Binder
Henry Capastrano

Don’t forget, safety is job one for all of us. Brush up on the racing rules and, like the guy above, do whatever it takes to avoid hazzards!

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Loring update

Loring Landsailing 2020. September 11-13, Limestone, Maine

The last video left a lot to be desired. This one gives a better picture of the place, properly formatted. For those who are not thoroughly enamoured with the idea of sailing on asphalt it will be boring. But it is a non-stop real time sail down the entire length of the airbase. There are a few side trips to liven up both the sailing for the film maker and the film viewer. It is narrated but the wind gets the final word in most of it. The beginning shows the area where the dial-up starts will take place. You’ll need an easy to see timer good for a minute or a stopwatch on your wrist.

This is our staging area. The hangar will be open should we need shelter from the sun or rain. We can leave the boats set up in there over night. It has electricity. One of the small buildings on the right has inside plumbing and will be open for business.

The directions in one of the recent posts bring you to this spot.

Many thanks to all that have sent in their registration fee. We’re going out on a bit of a limb here and it feels great knowing that people are excited about the regatta. The rest of you: you know who you are. I know the stamp and envelope thing is so twentieth century but it still works. Support the USPS! You can pay on the day of the event but the price goes to $40.00.

30 bucks to:
Bill Buchholz
31 Gosses Hill Rd.
Camden, ME

No changes yet regarding the travel status of those from Mass and RI. If this changes I’ll post as soon as I know. Everyone else is good to come.

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LL 2020 &cetera

About the Covid 19, chances are that Maine will not be relaxing the present guidelines for out of state visitors by the time of our regatta. The two options are a 14 day quarantine or to show up with negative test results. CVS is offering testing, and there may be other options where you live. Sometimes the results can take ten days to come back, so please plan accordingly. The upside for all of the participants is that we’ll be fairly sure that we are all healthy.

Which brings us to dinners. The Limestone Country Club is just outside the west gate. They offer a restaurant and bar with basic burgers and bar food, but are also willing to make a more interesting dinner menu for us if we want; a beef, fish or vegetarian lasagna for example. They have already set up the restaurant according the state guidelines with spacing between tables, plexi screens, and the rest so that, combined with our negativity, should make for a relaxing time.

Attire is casual. Don’t let the Country Club moniker fool you: this is Arostook not Westchester…

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Loring Landsailing 2020: update

The event continues to shape up nicely. Our hosts have been outstanding in their hospitality and openness to our plans for regatta. We now know abut what the costs will be, so it’s time to get serious and send in some money. Registration will be thirty dollars. This gets access to the air fields for the duration of the event and trophies in three classes: Lockley Skimmer, Blokart and Unlimited. Most of the unlimited class will be converted DN’s and other DN powered yachts, as well as a couple of class 3 land yachts.

This might have been mentioned before but bears repeating: if you are sailing a DN you will need to tune the boat so you are sitting more upright than you do on the ice. You really need to see ahead of you. There are hazzards, and you’ll need to see the turns.

This manhole cover was really hard to see until I was on top of it. The hit was hard enough to snap the t-ball hound and bring the rig down. This is about a mile from the pits so I had a nice, long, slow look at the wonderful variety of asphalt on the walk back. The little red flag hardly does it justice!

The runways are lined with little blue lights. Many are broken and might puncture a tire. They are easy to see being set on concrete, and you can go behind them if you are stretching your line to lay the next mark but be advised. That’s all I’ve found so far, but there may be more.

We have been granted use of a hangar and access to a small building very close by that has bathrooms. There will be electricity.

The schedule is from Friday until Sunday at sundown, although a few of us will be there Thursday afternoon setting up. Directions are simple: drive north until you are above the latitude of both Quebec and Prince Edward Island. At Caribou get off US Rt. 1 and take Rt. 89 towards Limestone. It’s a left. You will pass an entrance to Loring Commerce Center on your left with a gas station on the corner. Best not to enter here, but carry on another couple of miles to the four corners with the flashing light. Cote’s Auto is on the corner. Turn left. You will enter the base around a sharp left bend in the road. A bit further on, on the left, is a derelict building. Just there on the right is your turn. It’s the first right you come to. Go up the hill, bear right at the top and get ready to sail! I’ll post these again as we get closer.

Back to the registration: $30.00 cash or check to
Bill Buchholz
31 Gosses Hill Rd.
Camden, ME 04843

If we wind up in the black the organizers are buying drinks!

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