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Old Man Winter Just Dropped One

My GoPro was lucky enough to be in Mexico this week

Princess (left) had my GoPro

Unless you've been lucky enough to have been in Mexico for the last week, you've noticed that the temperatures - to paraphrase Bob Dylan - have been "a changin'". And, the changes haven't been good. From our perspective as windsurfers and kiters, Old Man Winter just dropped a giant frozen turd block of ice into Lake Lanier.

Of course, this isn't the first time this season the day time temps haven't broached freezing. Last fall (all two weeks of it), the temperature in early November freakishly didn't do so. But, at the time, the water was still relatively warm. Two weeks prior to that, we'd been racing in shorties. November wasn't only abnormally cold but both November and December offered surprisingly few opportunities to sail. Cold weather usually means the jet stream is in town and, with it, a steady supply of fronts and systems. There should be plenty of chances to get on the water. Instead, we got cold, rainy, windless days one after the other.

This past weekend, we finally got out on the water after a prolonged absence and at the end of the session, someone pointed out the beautiful full moon rising over the trees in the direction of Aqualand. Read more »

Happy Cat-mas

You are looking at me because there's no wind. Happy Holidays.

Happy Cat-mas, season's greetings and happy holidays. We wish you well and hope that your family and friends are safe, prosperous and in good health.

For those of you not familiar with Cat-mas, it marks the end of one windsurfing year and the beginning of another. Its origins are lost in the murkiness of a time long ago but it has been said that great sailors of long ago - perhaps, Vikings, ancient Greeks or even Polynesians - may have started many of the Cat-mas traditions we have today. Others claim its inception was in the murkiness of a tequila haze but historical scholars are divided on the point.

In Atlanta, Cat-mas is celebrated with particular fervor. Since we live in a place where there isn't much wind and we participate in a sport that requires a fair amount of it, we spend much of our time on the subject of cats. It's not that we have special affection for cats (in our household, we are "dog people"), but it's how we attempt to keep a sense of humor in the dark times between periods of wind.

In cultures that don't celebrate Cat-mas, statistics show that when it's not windy, crimes of domestic violence increase. Usually, it's a spouse, friend or family member who tires of the whining about the lack of wind and pops an unfortunate windsurfer or kiter over the head with a skillet. But let's not dwell on the negative during this holiday period. A very happy Cat-mas to you and yours and may the New Year bring you warm winds. Read more »

Save the Date - Dec 7th: Holiday Party

The annual Atlanta Boardsailing Club will host the Holiday Party again this year at the Grogan's Bluff Subdivision Clubhouse. Starting at 6:30 PM on Sunday December 7th.

A few things to remember and more details and directions will follow:

  1. A main course dish will be provided (ham, turkey or the like) by the Club, as will soft drinks and beer. So don't eat before hand. There will be plenty of food.
  2. Please bring 1 covered dish with either a dinner or desert item (e.g. salad, cookies, chips, dip, casserole, soup, fruit.) The item need not be complicated and can certainly be picked up at the store on the way to the party.
  3. Family members, kids, relatives, friends, spouses, lovers (but not both at the same time) and your entourage, or groupies are all welcome. As are kiters, landsailors, or anyone interested in wind related sports.
  4. The White Elephant Gift Exchange will be held again, as always. Bring a gift and you can participate. It may be something windsurfing, kiting, sailing, sports related that just didn't work for you, or that stupid necktie you got last year for Christmas that you want to regift or just about anything. Each person in your party may bring one gift.

Downtime this weekend 11/15-16

We may be offline a bit this weekend. Webguy sprung for some more memory for the server and, since he's pretty much useless otherwise, he's asked me to pop it in for him.

Since I lack opposable thumbs, it may take me a few minutes. But, not to worry, I can grasp Vise-Grips and a mallet with my tail. We'll get those buggers in, one way or another.

Fall Classic No. 36 Notice of Race (all the juicy details)

The Notice of Race (NOR) for the Fall Classic (36th edition) is now available here (.pdf format). For those unaware, NOR is the fancy term for the entry form, all the details, times and other particulars.

The Fall Classic is the weekend of Oct. 17-19 (racing Saturday and Sunday). We can't emphasize this enough, it's always a great weekend even if you don't race. Go for the company, food and spectate. The Fall Classic is the longest running continuous windsurfing race in the U.S. Support it, your club and the sport by participating.

If you are interested in racing, typically long boards do best here if that sort of thing matters to you.

If you have any questions, you can post in the comments or email Chris Voith

Fall Classic 2014 Notice of Race

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