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The Atlanta Boardsailing Club
...is one of the oldest in the U.S., organized in 1978. We started off as "boardsailors" as windsurfing was a trademarked term back then. Over the years, we've evolved into an on line community of windsurfers and kite boarders, gathering on our forum when we aren't on the water. Hang out with us here, at a local beach or on a club trip. We're happy to share information and tips and love to see new faces in the neighborhood.
There are two main events on our annual calendar that you are always welcome to, whether you are new or experienced:
Our annual Fall Classic regatta, the nation's longest running windsurfing event, is held each October on Lake Lanier
Our Holiday Party is held each December is a great opportunity to catch up with friends, meet new people and mark the beginning of the deep winter windsurfing season.
If you are like us, every time you see pics of Hatteras/OBX you wish that you could have been there. Wish no more next spring, our good friend. Barrett Walker has had some rooms open up in his usually quick to fill house.
If you aren't familiar with one of Barrett's Hatteras trips, take a tip-toe through his photo album from his most recent trip: Outer Banks Trip - Fall 2015
This Fall Randy joined the Outer Banks Trip and brought along a paddle board. He’s typically the first windsurfer out on the water, but when the wind was light, he headed out on his paddle board with a kite folded up that he deployed once off shore.
When he wasn’t windsurfing or kiting, he headed out in his car, returned with shopping bags that he carried up to his room & closed the door.
Of course we were curious, and asked Randy what he was up to. He responded “I’m advancing the science of kiting”. It was all very mysterious.
The mystery deepened when Randy sought out advice from Ted’s wife, Ruth, about sewing technical stitches that shape fabric with complex curves. He also spent a lot of time on his cell phone and said that he was in contact with a designer in Denmark - very strange. We suspended disbelief when we saw Randy trying out the kite that he put together after a trip to the Dollar Tree where he bought water-resistant fabric stitched together with Ruth’s sewing advice. Note the Go Pro helmet camera documenting his scientific advancements. It was all starting to make some sense.
We like to think we are doing good. But face it, driving to Lake Lanier in our vintage Hummer while snacking on chicken raised on Monsanto corn and tons of drugs while gripping our steering wheel wrapped in luxurious baby seal fur probably isn't doing the good we had hoped.
Many of you have met and know the work that Barrett Walker does regarding climate change. Another local windsurfer, Rhett Turner, has devoted an amazing amount of time to environmental awareness. He's just finished his third documentary, Secrets of the Long Leaf Pine, which will be broadcast on Georgia Public Broadcasting on Oct. 21 at 8 p.m.
Rhett and his partner, Greg Pope, spent two years on this project which focuses on the long leaf pine forests of the coastal Southeast. Once, a dominant ecosystem, it is just 3% of its original size. It's an incredibly diverse ecosystem, the most diverse in the northern hemisphere and only rivalled by the Amazon.
We were lucky enough to see an advanced screening. It's an incredible piece of work. It gave us a great appreciation for these forests and those working to protect these habitats. And, as Rhett jokes, "it has snakes!" It really does, the Eastern indigo snake, the largest indigenous American snake. It's a treat to watch and it will make up just a little bit for all those Keeping up with the Kardashians episodes you watched (we know you did, don't deny it).
It's also being aired in our surrounding states:
Alabama Public Television (APT) Wednesday, October 21, 2015 8pm CST
South Carolina Educational TV (SCETV) Wednesday, October 21, 2015 7pm EST
WFSU Tallahassee, Florida Monday. November 16, 2015 at 10pm EST
WFSU Tallahassee, Florida Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 2pm EST
Something has to be special in the sporting world to be around this long. And, the Fall Classic is special.
It's not just about the windsurfing but the people who get together every year. Some people have been coming for a very long time. We are excited to see them and catch up. For others, it's their first time and we enjoy the chance to get to know them. The food and entertainment are always great, too.
Sometimes it is about the windsurfing, the spirit of friendly competition, a decent breeze. Other times, the wind doesn't quite cooperate so we take the chance to catch up with old friends, eye enviously somebody's new kit and just enjoy the wonderful view of the lake.
If you've thought about but the prospect of coming in last provokes anxiety, don't worry. We've done it more than a couple of times ourselves. You'll get more people cheering you on than the winners.
The Atlanta Boardsailing Club and Lake Lanier Sailing Club invite you to compete in the
37 th Annual Atlanta Fall Classic
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 16 & 17th. Please email the regatta chair if you are coming– firstname.lastname@example.org
Any group of 5 boards may compete in a trophy group including (but not limited to):
Open Unlimited • Sport (7.5 Ltd) • Kona • Formula
Don't fret. We can email you a temporary password. Go here and enter your email address. If you think your email address has changed since you've registered or the email is dying someplace, email us and let us help you.
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