10/8 Saturday Galts

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10/8 Saturday Galts

A weird setup that sharply biases west of Atlanta and a social commitment are prompting me to be at Galts tomorrow.

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I will be at Galts, hopefully a replay of last Sunday!

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Foilers with long masts (or those wilh long fins) have to be wary of the ever changing water levels at Galts. The water down about another foot since last week. Here's a photo of Galts when the water was lower still. As it shows the water is quite shallow around the the west side by the Jetty which is the preferred place to launch now. The easiest route to deep water is to go left past the end of the jetty (which may above fully above the water by now).

The water is extra shallow in front of the swimming beach and the yellow "fence" around it. For fin sailing it's a nice a place to take a break w/o going all the way back in. For foilers, it's a good place to crash and trash your foil if not your body. Or even your board, or wing.

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There are also hazards on the water to look out for as well. According to the this, there are sailboat races scheduled all day. They seem to usually go upwind-downwind so they may be mostly on the west side, leaving the east side open. Anyway, it will be a perfect chance for a foil racer to jump into their races and show them up.....webguy..... Crazy

https://www.atlantayachtclub.org/calendar

https://youtu.be/Au0s9Ekp6t4?t=108

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Re: 10/8 Saturday Galts

I may have to try my short NP foil today...

fwiw, it looks like Lanier is over-performing today. Yes 3

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Arrived at Galts now 12:18pm. Will report on conditions shortly

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Report at 12:25pm at Galts: no sailboats on the horizon. A celebration going on at the beach but still plenty of parking. Winds seems good steady but no whitecaps. I would say close to 10 nods.

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Correction: there sailboats, but they are at the south east end of the beach. We usually sail at the north west side of the beach.

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No windsurfing for me, but Finn went out sailing for the first time today ⛵️ (on Lanier)

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Haizar was ripping today on a plane! Randy and windfoiled at Galts. JB winged. I took the gravel road back to the beach - forgot the detailed instructions Randy gave me when launching and heard a crunch under my foil and walked in the last 75 yds. Cray 2

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I-m so happy for Haizer for breaking the planing barrier!

The "interesting" thing about Galts is you never know where the bottom is. The gusts continued to build after you left. I rigged down from 5.7 to 4.7 and JB rigged down from 8 to 4.2 but kept on flying! Mimi and Francisco dropped by as we were finishing up with careload of wing gear, but was suffering from a foot injury sustained from cross country race earlier in the afternoon. She hopes to be back on the water soon.

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Maybe this helps someone conceptualize the bottom Source: https://usa.fishermap.org/depth-map/allatoona-lake-ga/ The bottom gradient is much shallower than we're used to at Lanier so it sneaks up on you more quickly. As well, the sediment from the shallower bottom plus the low autumn sun obscures the color change as the water gets shallower. It's not like Lanier where you can see a color change around #16 (island upwind of Aqualand) and stay clear. btw, do give that island a much bigger berth as well as the rocks at Van Pugh towards the point.

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Thanks, that's very good and quite helpful. Heading west (left) once past the jetty is the quickest ticket to deep water. One thing not shown (and impossible to show) - is that there are rocks of a various sizes, but 6 inches or more seems quite plausible. Looking at the terrain around the the launch will give you an idea of the rocks. So it's necessary to add a safety factor over and above the amount need to clear the foil. I'm normally chest deep by the time I'm willing to jump on the board and I only use a 75 cm mast. The water will probably continue to drop, and by the time the beach park closes (Dec. 1) it may be quite a bit lower.

BTW - one can still launch from the boat ramp all winter, and it gets deep pretty quickly from there. Of course, the water level is at it's lowest and the lake is really a lot smaller that time of year.

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