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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.


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

Any group of 5 boards may compete in a trophy group including (but not limited to):
Open Unlimited • Sport (7.5 Ltd) • Kona • Formula
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. Courses may be modified to suit the classes entered and wind conditions. The courses will be illustrated in the Sailing Instructions, available at check-in. 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 course 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.
IMAGE(<a href="https://windsportatlanta.com/w/images/thumb/4/45/LLSC_start.jpg/500px-LLSC_start.jpg" rel="nofollow">https://windsportatlanta.com/w/images/thumb/4/45/LLSC_start.jpg/500px-LLSC_start.jpg</a>)Schedule–
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
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 clubhouse, and with the usual expectations.
Live lake cam looks SW from clubhouse

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: www.lakelanier.com.

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–
On our wiki
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 voithphoto@gmail.com.

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.

The 38th Annual Fall Classic, Oct 22-23

The longest continuous windsurfing event in the U.S., the Fall Classic is more than just a race. It's a weekend of food, fun and seeing friends from around the Southeast. This year's running will be October 22-23 at it's traditional home, the Lake Lanier Sailing Club and hosted by Chris Voith. It's a regatta and more. If you have any sort of competitive streak in you, it's fun. Nobody is super serious and racers are split into groups according to weight, equipment, experience, etc. so there's something for everyone including the "I can barely sail in a circle" crowd. Once every ten years, conditions favor shortboards but this is Atlanta - you'll almost always go faster on something long and with a centerboard. Many of us keep an old longboard in the garage for just this weekend.

If you don't race, you are still welcome - and encouraged to come. It's great just to hang out with windsurfers and the meals are worth the price of admission alone. Especially, if you are just starting out, it's a fantastic place to hang because you'll learn more in a weekend here than any other in Atlanta.

Barrett's Nags Head Trip

Fall (and Spring) are the best times to head to North Carolina's Outer Banks. The OBX is known world-wide for ideal conditions for windsurfing and kiting with steady breezes, shallow Sound-side sailing and waves for the more adventurous. The real attraction though is the availability of housing right on the water. Typically the houses are big enough to share and with off season rates the whole week is very affordable. Your gear stays rigged downstairs and each day you wake up ready to sail out the back door. Last spring, I sailed in planing conditions ten straight days - my whole trip.. I think Barrett's streak was around fourteen.

Barrett plans to be there the weeks of October 8-15 and 15-22; and he still has openings. PM him for more information.

Fall Opener TBA

Also keep an eye out for an informal, impromptu get together. If the weather looks good for a weekend session while it's still pleasant, we'll announce a casual picnic. Nothing fancy but a reason to sit and talk between sailing sessions. Just one more reason to check in here regularly.