Old Fed reef warning

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Old Fed reef warning

Yesterday, I was shlogging back home at Old Fed and about 30 feet to the west (upwind on a westerly) of the little island at the end of the reef by the beach when something went bump. I was on a 95 cm foil mast and that was just enough to touch some rock.

You may want to give it a bit more room than I did. The scratches filled nicely on my foil wing so no harm done.

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Re: Old Fed reef warning

I have scrubbed these too, They are definitely big enough to break foils at lower water levels.
You can see those and the ones above the island a little better in Bing maps.

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Re: Old Fed reef warning

Here is another.

What happens in a black hole stays in a black hole.

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The island and the reef are not the only hazards in the area. Here's is broader view. Old Fed is a "target rich environment." I have clipped the one west of the beach area (though not on the day shown in the picture). I also recall looking down and seeing a huge rock below my board in area William discussed.

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Conditions were good at Van Pugh. The wind came up enough to convert from foiling to windsurfing on 120 L board with 6.7m sail and there were NO underwater hazards.

Barrett

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Re: Old Fed reef warning
moredownhaul wrote:

I have scrubbed these too, They are definitely big enough to break foils at lower water levels. You can see those and the ones above the island a little better in Bing maps.

That circle at about 9 o'clock is the one that bit me.

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Kai took this pic today and posted it to FB. Someone made a bigger oopsie than I did.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/windsportatlanta/posts/6430603473648303/

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I sense some negative biased towards Old Federal!!!
Obstacle courses are fun!! LOL.

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I think it’s more about wind snobbery. Those little islands mess it up more than they ought.

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Maybe those rocks and sandbar should be marked somehow, maybe with something similar to this reef marker?

Gene

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That’s not a reef marker
it’s a No Parking sign.

Speaking of markers though, there used to be a rock/reef marker in the middle of the bay between Old Federal and Athens Park that has mysteriously disappeared. Not sure how shallow it is but I try to avoid it in the Catalina.

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Re: Old Fed reef warning

Perhaps a mast mounted GoPro or torpedo cam would aid navigating in the new world of hydro-aviation🥸

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toolman3336 wrote:

Perhaps a mast mounted GoPro or torpedo cam would aid navigating in the new world of hydro-aviation🥸

Sonar. I’ll just mount a Lowrance on the board when I’m foiling at Old Fed.

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Alan at Old Fed

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