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Turning Marginal Days into Fun Days

Report on New RRD Firemove 122

If you’re like me, you love days when whitecaps cover area lakes. Steady, strong wind makes sailing easy. But light and gusty conditions are far more common. Rather than complain about the lack of good wind, I recently upgraded to a new board that turns many marginal days into fun days on the water.

The board is the RRD Firemove 122 liter. The Firemove captures the excitement of short-board sailing in lower winds than I previously thought possible. It works great with both my 8.5 and 7.0 meter Ezzy sails. In Bonaire I rented this RRD board and thought it was also a good match with a 6.5 meter sail. The 122 liter Firemove handles a wide wind range and smooths out chop. A big advantage of the design is that it stays on a plane, coasting through lulls, without sacrificing turning ability. This board is extremely easy to jibe and effortlessly turns to ride small waves.


I have to credit Alain Ciclet for introducing me to the Firemove. He’s an experienced windsurfer who learned on the south coast of France where Mistral winds create epic conditions. He wanted a board that preserved the excitement and feel of short-board sailing in lower winds. Alain brought his new Firemove to Nags Head where I saw him sail in a variety of conditions.

The Firemove is made in a range of sizes between 100 - 135 liters focusing on all-around freeride performance. The new 120 liter and last year’s 122 liter board come with a quality 42 cm Powerbox fin. JP makes a similar line called “Magic Ride" of wide, short, thin boards. An extra-wide Formula, or Super lightwind board will plane in even lower wind, but can’t match the sheer fun and turning ability of RRD’s new design. This was the most popular board in the rental fleet at Jibe City in Bonaire. I’ve found it’s equally at home on Lake Lanier or the Outer Banks.

Barrett

Fall Classic Notice of Race

Editors note: This is the Notice of Race, a fancy document that is a required thing in the racing world. Don't let it mislead you that this isn't a fun, easy-going event and open to all even if you decide not to race but want to spend a fun weekend witih a bunch of windsurfers. Whether you race or not, you really should consider coming out. If you have any questions, post in the comments below. A pdf of the Notice of race can be downloaded here.

The Atlanta Boardsailing Club and Lake Lanier Sailing Club invite you to compete in the 38th Annual Atlanta Fall Classic.

IMAGE(/sites/default/files//pictures/fc16_art-small.jpg)Rules– The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in the ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing 2013-2016 including Appendix B- Windsurfing Competition Rules, the Class Rules of any applicable fleet, the printed Notice of Race and the Sailing Instructions. The Sailing Instructions will be available at late registration/check-in at the LLSC pavilion. Advertising is unrestricted.
Entry– The regatta is open to sailboard competitors. Registration will take place at the race site Friday night and Saturday morning, October 21st & 22nd. Please email the regatta chair if you are coming: Chris Voith

Just in Time for the Season

What better way than to get ready for the coming winds of fall than a good movie? The Windsurfing Movie II takes Levi Siver and Kai Lenny on a windsurfing odyssey. It came out in 2010 but it's now available on Red Bull TV.



The Windsurfing Movie II on Redbull.tv
Tech note: The movie didn't play well with Firefox but was fine with Chrome.

Getting Ready for the Season

Fall Classic and Nags Head

Any local windsurfer knows that we spend August mostly waiting for September. Unless you are lucky enough to travel someplace windy, the most windsurfing-ish activity you can do is repair those nicks in your fins and dings in your boards.Since I've got plenty of my own to work on (nicks and dings), I should be busy for another couple of weeks. Labor Day is always a decent rough guide to the windy season. The days will cool. The weather patterns will slowly change. Before we know it, we'll be cursing the cold and enjoying the wind.

Each fall there are some important events and happenings to keep in mind.

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