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How does land sailing on a yacht work?

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Land sailing on a yacht is similar to sailing on water in that the yacht is propelled forward by the force of the wind as it hits the sail. However, land sailing yachts have three wheels and are driven over hard ground, which allows them to go much faster due to reduced friction, as compared to sailing in water.

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Depending on the size of the yacht, the driver of the land yacht may either be lying flat on his back, reclining or sitting upright. Steering is usually done with the driver's feet by pushing on what's known as a T-bar with one foot or the other. Pushing down with the left foot steers the yacht to the right, while the right foot steers the boat to the left.

The feet are used for steering to leave hands free to use the rope that controls the sail, which is primarily used to control the speed of the land yacht. Unlike normal sailboats, land yachts only ever use one sail as they go too fast, making it impossible to control multiple sails. As of 2014, the land sailing speed record is 126.2 miles per hour, set by Richard Jenkins in March 2009.

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