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.

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 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: www.llsc.com See also www.windsurfatlanta.org

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– 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

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RSVPing for Formula/Foildood class (as appropriate)

I think I have Langdon suckered into interested in Sport fleet. Biggrin

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Yep...you do

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BIG NEWS ! I just got word that the Neil Pryde foil demo guy will be at the Fall Classic. Details to follow, but he'll likely be coaching anybody that wants to try out their foil board... probably a small fee, but this should be an easy way to check it out!

Who said man was not meant to fly? NeilPryde is evolving the RS:X and RS:One classes with equipment that matches incredible performance with the whole new sensation of windsurfing – foiling. Enjoy this footage showcasing our RS:X Convertible one-design.

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I am SO excited...

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With enough interest, Kona charter boards will be available on site for the weekend. Here's an easy way to jump right in to One Design racing. Contact Cody directly-

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I got word from Cody on the Charter Boards. It's $75 for the weekend and includes everything– board and sail. (A sweet deal for us).

I've chartered Konas a couple of times. I have to say it's a pleasure to sail and a very clever design. Unlike other raceboards where you have a moveable mast track (mast forward for upwind, back with centerboard retracted for reaching in a breeze), the Kona mast position is fixed. As the wind picks up, the stepped tail allows you to move back to the footstraps and seamlessly transition to riding the fin only, upwind or reaching. Very cool.

I've long been a fan of One Design racing and owned several IMCOs during their heyday. Most Open Class racers have since adopted what is essentially the Raceboard Class rules. It's a "box rule" on the boards with a 9.5 limit on sails. Equipes, MegaCats, Lightnings, Exocet and others fit in the box.

The extra benefit of Kona Class racing is the range of sail sizes matched to the rider's weight. It's a great idea that levels the field in all conditions but especially in light wind where lightweights-in-light wind previously had a huge advantage. If you're a big guy, you get a big sail. Here's the breakdown of weight/size:

http://www.konaone.com/our-products/kona-one-design-sail-range/

Kilos to lbs here:

http://www.rapidtables.com/convert/weight/kg-to-pound.htm

I'm hoping we can tempt 3 more folks to commit to chartering a Kona for the weekend so that they'll bring the truck. If you're on the fence because you don't have a "competitive" long board or only have shortboards, this is as easy as it gets to give racing a shot.

If "racing windsurfers" seems lame or daunting, I'd say you might be right. But it's still FUN... and if you jump in to try it, you'll get a swell shirt, a chance at some cool door prizes, good grub & libations all weekend AND a complete distraction from whatever is troubling you. Shok

Contact Cody to reserve a Kona:

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