WATCH: Land Yachting in France Looks Like Extreme Fun
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Sailing isn’t just for those one-dimensional water lovers anymore.
According to the following video from YouTube channel Insider, you can take your adoration for wind-power fun in the sun out onto the land. We know you must be thinking that this has to be some sort of dark sorcery – one that would take an obvious water sport and make it an excuse for travelers around the world to enjoy the French landscape and stay absolutely dry.
If you don’t believe us, here is a video that will have you rethinking everything you thought you knew about amphibious sports:
Last year The Telegraph offered a spotlight to the practice of harnessing the wind while your three-wheeled conveyance dances across the beach.
Tim Adler explains this sport is far older than you might think: “The sport originated in sixth-century China, where a 'sailing carriage' was reported as carrying 30 people at once. Today, the sport is popular in France — especially on the Atlantic coast with its wide-open beaches.”
Northern France highlights the opportunity near its beaches with a breakdown of the history of land yachting and examples of where some of the best wind can be found along its coast.
In case you thought there would be a shortage of locations, the website states: “Dunkirk, Gravelines, les Hemmes de Marck, Wimereux, Boulogne-sur-Mer, Hardelot, Camiers, Stella-Plage, and Berck-sur-Mer (the famous ‘Les Drakkars’ club) are all vast beaches with land yachting clubs available.”
For those who may be afraid of the open water, there is most certainly a way to enjoy sailing without having to wonder whether a shark might be lurking nearby.
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