Snow Day: Where's Waldo

We ran across this remarkable photo of Lake Garda that Barrett Walker took a few years ago while skimming the front page. We were struck by the countless windsurfers in the photo during a quiet time of the day on the lake which is famous for its winds which blow strongly in one direction in the morning and then reverse in the afternoon.

Lake Garda windsurfing

Barrett was nice enough to send us a full size image because it's aspect ration will fit nicely as a banner at the top of the web site. As we looked over the photo, we though we recognized a familiar face.

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Could it be? Waldo? Click below for the full size image (neither one above are large enough to find him). Zoom in, take a look around and see if you see him. You'll have to look carefully because, being out on the water, he's wearing a lifejacket and without a hat. We hope this makes another snow day without windsurfing a little more interesting.

Lake Garda windsurfing

Our website: App -ly as Needed

We've just finished up a project that we've been tinkering with the last few months. A bit like Area 51, this explains the sometimes weird formatting you might have encountered recently as we experimented under deep secrecy. Not even our cockatiel was aware of what was going on (which is good since we don't have a bird).

Since the last major revision to the website a few years back, it's been relatively mobile device friendly. Relatively. There were some things that probably could have been done better but at least google didn't complain when we did mobile tests on their search console we use. However, we came across something neat on, a site we link under forecasts: a tutorial on how to "appify" a website, ie turn a website into a mobile app. Inspired, we've generated a special page you can go to and use for your "" app. However, if you prefer, you can turn the regular home page into an app by the same process.

What's different about our "app" page? We've slimmed down the front page from slides into one page of the sections you'll probably use most. In addition, we've added some icons to help you refresh and guide you to the home page. These icons only appear on smaller screens - the desktop version looks just the same as the rest of the site. You must refresh the page to see new content. We experimented with a number of ways to autorefresh but it adds traffic to either/both your phone and our server. We've opted to save your battery and our bandwidth so just touch the refresh icon in the menu bar to see any updates.

If you aren't familiar with the process, here's what to do:
First, visit's app page and find out how to do it for your type of phone: Android or IOS. Progressive apps on
Next, go to our "To Go" page on your mobile device which you can then turn into your app using the above steps: "on the go". Of course, if you prefer, you can turn the home page or any other page into an app as well.

That's it!

Short version of steps:

IOS (Iphone)

Holiday Party. Yay! (Saturday, Dec. 16)

It's almost that time. We've already announced it but some people just won't show up until we write an article about it. We're having a Holiday Party! What? Now you need details? Well, why didn't you say so?

The Details!

Date: (Sure, it's in the title but we have to fill in all the blanks and boxes) Saturday, December 16
Time: 7 pm. Just enough time to get home from whatever you do for fun Saturday afternoon, clean up and head on over.
Where: the fashionable old control tower at Peachtree Dekalb Airport. Google Maps Linky The stairs are inside the building just to the left of the Downwind Restaurant. There are a couple of flights of stairs to climb.
Guests: Yes! Of course. Spouses, SOs, friends, relatives.
What to bring: Bring a main course, side dish, salad or desert. If you have a dietary restriction, you may want to bring something appropriate. The club will throw in for soft drinks and a main course or two. Post in the comments what you are thinking of bringing if you wish. BYOB.
What else to bring: Bring something for the ever popular White Elephant Gift Exchange. This is always the highlight of the evening. You may bring a regift, something moderately nice or something amusing. If you forget to bring something, no worries, I'm bringing a pieces of quality vintage gear you may use as your gift (quantities limited). Past gifts have ranged from a bottle of wine, an old windsurf board to bunny slippers.

Barrett promises another one of his movie/slide show extravaganzas. Don't miss it!

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39th Fall Classic - Details and Notice of Race

It's that time again! The world's second longest running windsurfing race - the Fall Classic. This year is the 39th running and, like a fine wine, Sigourney Weaver and Sean Connery, it keeps improving with age. Here is the official announcement, the Notice of Race. For you non-racey types (most of us), it includes the schedule of events, and other stuff that you'd want to know. This is a great race for racers and great weekend for non-racers.

The Atlanta Boardsailing Club and Lake Lanier Sailing Club
invite you to compete in the
39th Annual Atlanta Fall Classic
October 13-15, 2017

Rules– The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in the ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-2020 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 Lake Lanier Sailing Club 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 13th & 14th at the LLSC pavilion. Please email the regatta chair if you are coming –

. Any group of 5 boards may compete in a trophy group including (but not limited to):

Open Unlimited • Sport (7.5 Ltd) • Kona • Formula • Foildoods

With enough entries, a Workshop Fleet may also be included. Within any of these, divisions (i.e. light-heavy, men-women, etc) with 5 or more entries may also be formed as trophy groups. Trophies will be awarded to the top three finishers in up to four divisions. Fleets, Classes and other divisions may be combined, created or deleted at the discretion of the registrar.

Competition Format– Course Racing and/or Long Distance. The courses will be illustrated on the Official Notice board at the LLSC pavilion. The Low Point scoring system will be used. One race must be completed to constitute the regatta.

Wind Minimum– For any Formula Class, an 8 knot wind minimum, as measured on the RC barge, will be observed. For all other classes, it is intended that after one race is completed, no race will be started in which pumping would be the primary means of propulsion.

Friday: 1200 Club opens • Tuning - Practice • 1700 - Happy Hour & Registration 1900 - Suppah
Saturday: 0900-1000 - Registration & Check-in 1030 - Competitors’ Meeting 1130 - First possible start.
1800 - Happy Hour 1930 - Dinner
Sunday: 1000 - Racing Resumes 1300- Last possible start

Venue– Lake Lanier is comfortably warm in October but cold fronts can bring strong wind and cooler temperatures. Bring neoprene! Pets are allowed at LLSC except at the pavilion and with the usual expectations. Live lake cam looks SW from clubhouse: See also

Accomodations– Free camping at the race site (tent/van/RV sites & hot showers, but no hook-ups).
­­At exit 16 off I-985 (~15 minutes from LLSC): Country Inn & Suites 800-456-4000. / Comfort Inn 770-287-1000. / Jameson Inn 770-533- 9400. / Exit 8 off I-985: Renaissance Pine Isle Resort 770-945-8921. / Lake Lanier Lodges (cabins w/hot tubs) 770-967-1804 For a more complete list see:

Entry Fee Includes– Friday munchies & brews • Continental Breakfast and Lunch on Saturday & Sunday • Dinner on Saturday • Commemorative shirt (or other thing) • Door Prizes • Trophies three deep in each division.

Directions to Lake Lanier Sailing Club– From Atlanta: North on I-85 then I-985 to Exit 8 • Left on Lanier Islands P’way continue ~1.5 mile to traffic light (past West Marine) • Turn Right on McEver Rd continue 4 miles to • Left on to Jim Crow Rd. (this becomes Old Federal Rd.) It’s 2.3 miles from McEver Rd. to LLSC entrance on the left. From Charleston: Go to Atlanta, then see above.
For more information: Contact Chris Voith 404-386-8505 or