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Windy & Warm Sunday (Feb. 24)

I plan on heading to Van Pugh tomorrow to take advantage of forecast NW wind.

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Re: Windy & Warm Sunday (Feb. 24)

Dang, this forecast snuck up on me. 70 degrees and 20-30 in Augusta.

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Re: Windy & Warm Sunday (Feb. 24)

Heading toward VP after lunch.
Right now in Dahlonega there are some really strong gusts.

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Re: Windy & Warm Sunday (Feb. 24)

I'm in.

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Windy

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Re: Windy & Warm Sunday (Feb. 24)

5.4 day on Juliette, Water was nice and bearable and surprisingly quite a few boats on the water.
Georgia State Parks has taken over and made a lot of improvements to the park.
They also have Kayak and these cool little Aquacycle pontoon boats like the one below for rent.

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Re: Windy & Warm Sunday (Feb. 24)
moredownhaul wrote:

They also ... these cool little Aquacycle pontoon boats like the one below for rent.

I can imagine someone strapping a kite to one of those.

--- The Arrogant Jerk: Crabby and irritable since 1998.

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arrogantj wrote:

I can imagine someone strapping a kite to one of those.

Hmmm, Randy.

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Re: Windy & Warm Sunday (Feb. 24)

It was windy elsewhere, too

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https://twitter.com/crankywxguy/status/1099807701452931072

Edit: Report from Lake Superior Shok

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I again did not have a good day, two in a row. Rigged 6.0 and got hammered, couldn't seem to figure out how to waterstart so took a trip down to the campground, (missed bozo island.) Hall County Rescue pulled up as I was trying to get on shore, which was tuff because of the high water, and gave me and two kayakers a ride back in their cool boat. A big thanks to Barrett for worrying about me and a real big thanks to Hall County Rescue. While not in any danger, they sure saved me a few hours of walking and toting gear out of the campground, been there, done that. It's good to get all this bad luck out of the way..

Damn!

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Re: Windy & Warm Sunday (Feb. 24)

Dang Gene, that sucks! Were you wearing a float or impact vest?

Report from Augusta - solid 5.0-5.5 with temps in the 70s. I’m still recovering from surgery, so I abstained, but what a nice day.

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Re: Windy & Warm Sunday (Feb. 24)

Langdon said there was a story, didn't think it would be this. Glad it turned out okay. Hope you gave HCR a five star rating on the Uber app. Langdon and I can attest to Barrett's willingness to call HCR - that's a very good thing.

What were the kayakers doing out in that much wind?

Edit: Just found out that Gene and Barrett did the kayakers a solid. Had Gene not been there, they would have been in a bad way. Well done, gents.

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Thanks for let us know Gene. I feel better about chickening out today. Just remember success is just failure that hasn't happened yet.

https://www.twincities.com/2016/02/10/timberwolves-latrell-sprewells-version-of-success-a-tv-commercial/

There is no off season.

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Re: Windy & Warm Sunday (Feb. 24)

Here are some more photos.

1. I know it's rained a lot, but was still surprised how high the water level is at Lake Lanier.
2. With the wind raging & debris in the water, Langdon decided not to sail, so I asked him to snap a few photos with my camera. He had to lean against a tree to keep the camera steady. Here I'm trying to get out through floating debris without getting snagged in the branches of a tree. It was tough sailing mid-day with floating logs, 35 mph gusts, & freezing cold water.
3. In this photo, you can see some of the floating debris as I head back to shore.
4.Hall County rescue deserves huge thanks for responding so quickly and launching their rescue boat. I knew Gene was down in 49ºF water, but never saw the kayakers in trouble on the far side of the Lake.
5. Late in the day, the wind dropped & Al had a good time on a 6.0 sail.

Edit: Also, Rhett arrived first and had a good time sailing with a 5.2m until the wind ramped up and became insanely gusty. Michal had a near disaster when his tendon base broke. Fortunately the safety cord held and he made it back to shore.
6. Here's a photo Langdon took of Rhett & me on the shore. Note the water is so high, that the rock retaining wall is submerged. - Barrett.

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Re: Windy & Warm Sunday (Feb. 24)

Wow - not often you have to dodge trees in the lake - nasty. Last time we had trees popping up from the water was the 2007 draught - tops of trees long dead got uncovered.

There is no off season.

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Re: Windy & Warm Sunday (Feb. 24)
Randy wrote:

Wow - not often you have to dodge trees in the lake - nasty.

You need the right gear just like at obx. A wood fin. Biggrin

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Perfect. Just what I need to navigate the next log jam.

Barrett

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Re: Windy & Warm Sunday (Feb. 24)

I saw what you did there "Mr. logjam". On the other hand, tree might make good jibe markers.

There is no off season.

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Re: Windy & Warm Sunday (Feb. 24)

I am usually the jibe buoy / marker

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Re: Windy & Warm Sunday (Feb. 24)

Anyway, I think that does it - no more kitesurfing at Lake Lanier. You know how kites are attracted to trees.

There is no off season.

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Re: Windy & Warm Sunday (Feb. 24)
Randy wrote:

Anyway, I think that does it - no more kitesurfing at Lake Lanier. You know how kites are attracted to trees.

On a serious note - West Point would be amazing for kites, especially with the water down a bit. The land slopes more gently so more beach is exposed for the equivalent change in water level.

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