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INSIDE THIS ISSUE Lake Lanier court ruling It’s official. Lake Lanier can be used as a source of drinking water for Georgia. So says the U.S. Supreme Court in an announcement on Monday, June 25. Page 2
Shoup swims Lanier Chris Shoup knows Lake Lanier as no one else does. The 50-year-old swim coach from Buford swan 43.4 miles roundtrip between Buford Dam and Thompson Bridge the first weekend of summer. Page 54
UYC junior sailing camp It was hard to contain their excitement as the youngsters, ages 6 through 14, took to the water on the first day of the second session of the University Yacht Club junior sailing camp. Page 48 Also inside: Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Break from the lake . . . . . . . .Page Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Captain’s comments . . . . . . . .Page Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page COE column . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Cruising Wilsons . . . . . . . . . . .Page Dining guide . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Fishing column . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Glenn Burns . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Lake Lanier Olympic Venue . . .Page Lake levels . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Lanier map . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Marinas information . . . . . . . .Page Outdoor activity calendar . . . .Page Power Squadron column . . . . . .Page Recreation guide . . . . . . . . . .Page Sailing calendar . . . . . . . . . . .Page Shore Lines . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Steve Johnson . . . . . . . . . . . .Page UCR column . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page US Coast Guard Auxiliary . . . . .Page Vanderford’s travel . . . . . . . . .Page
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Brent Rogers of New Wave Cable Park displays his talent at the new cable wakeboarding facility located at Aqualand Marina. The park allows wakeboarders of all skill levels to be pulled across the water by a 25-foot cable above a cove. Rogers and Will Kurhanewicz opened the park last month.
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U.S. Supreme Court: Ruling that Lanier was authorized for drinking water stands Originally published online 6/26/2012
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By Pamela A. Keene It’s official. Lake Lanier can be used as a source of drinking water for Georgia. So says the U.S. Supreme Court in an announcement on Monday, June 25. The court issued a statement that it would not hear appeals filed by Florida and Alabama on an earlier 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling. “This virtually puts an end to the legal issue that’s been at the heart of the Tri-State Water Negotiations for more than two decades,” said Lake Lanier Association Executive Vice President Val Perry. “We are elated.” The high court’s announcement in essence upheld the ruling by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals late last year. The 11th Circuit overturned a decision by District Court judge Paul Magnusson two years ago, when Magnusson disallowed water supply to be an approved purpose of Lake Lanier. Georgia, Florida and Alabama have been in numerous legal wranglings since the early 1990s over water supply and downstream water flows. However, the issue of water levels in Lake Lanier is not com-
pletely resolved. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been tasked with developing a water control plan for the AppalachiaChattahoochee-Flint river basin. Part of that directive from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals includes a June 28 deadline for determining what amount of Lake Lanier can be dedicated to water supply storage. The document due at the end of June will determine the scope of responsibility of the Corps regarding the management of water in the ACF Basin. The plan itself may be several more years in development. That being said, the Corps is currently operating the basin and its dams using a Revised Interim Operating Plan, in part to ensure water flows in keeping with the Endangered Species Act. According to the RIOP, flows at the Florida state line must be a minimum of 5,000 cfs unless drought contingency operations are triggered, in which case the minimum required flow is reduced to 4,500 cfs. “While that is an issue that could spawn another round of legal battles, it clearly does not carry the magnitude of the more fundamental issue of whether
storage may legally be allocated to water supply at all,” said Lake Lanier Association Attorney Clyde Morris. “And there is still another phase in this bifurcated litigation that has not yet come before the 11th Circuit: the portion dealing with the Endangered Species Act and the volume of flows required to be sent to Florida for their protection.” The U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service four weeks ago issued its final Biological Opinion regarding some changes in the Corps’ Revised Interim Operations Plan. Florida had appealed Judge Magnuson’s Phase 2 ruling – that the RIOP does not violate the ESA – to the 11th Circuit nearly two years ago, but the appeal has been held in abeyance pending issuance of FWS’s new Biological See Ruling, page 14
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Catch fish all summer long on Lanier The grocery store has watermelons on sale and it’s too hot for walking behind a lawn mower during the middle of the day. Those signs can only mean that summer is here in full force. This is the time of year when many fishing rods occupy garage corners gathering dust and cob webs. Some won’t see use until next spring. Despite the heat, summer is a terrific time to put a bunch of bass in the boat. Fish are feeding heavily and often school in large groups making for fast action. By fishing smart, anglers can have plenty of fun without a sweltering experience packed with tube riders and jet skis. I have always been a fan of starting early and finishing early this time of year. In fact, the pre-dawn hour can be excellent. Classic night fishing patterns are a rule of thumb during this period. Presenting a finesse style plastic worm on rocky points and reef markers is always a good tactic. Choose a dark color such as June bug or even solid black. It sounds odd, but these present a better silhouette in the darkness. Adding a sound dimension will attract more fish. Slender fi-
just off the bottom down to deeper depths of around 25 feet. You should be able to feel the big Tommy blade thumping along. Be preWilkinson pared for some arm jolting strikes when using this technique. Casting Clear plugs are a clear choice Lanier OK, you had some pretty respectable action before dawn and now you can tell that daylight is nesse worms are far from ideal only a short time away. This is the for inserting rattle chambers. Intime for a change in strategy. The stead, use a brass or tungsten first hour of the morning is a key sinker along with a bead to protime of fishing during the sumduce a clicking sound. When it mer. It seems that predator fish comes to beads, avoid the plastic take full advantage of this transispecimens and shell out a little tion period. If you enjoy topwaextra cash for the faceted fired ter fishing like most anglers, have glass versions. They will produce two rods rigged and ready for aca far more distinct click. If you’ve tion. You may already be in a pronever tried a spinnerbait at night, ductive area or you may need to you should. Be sure to tie on one make a short drive. Ideal locathat’s designed for night fishing. tions to find schools of bass chasYou’re looking for a heavy weight ing baitfish to the surface include model of three quarters to a full points and submerged humps near ounce. It should be dressed with a major creek channels. Having a skirt that is mostly black and rapid transition from shallow to sport an oversized single spin deep water is always a plus. Colorado style blade. Often the It’s a good idea to have a coublade will mirror the black color ple of back up holes lined up in theme. case the primary spot doesn’t pan Fish this on heavier tackle out. Remember that this window again targeting points and reef of opportunity is limited so avoid areas. Slow roll your night bait long runs. There’s a high proba-
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bility that several productive spots are close by. Small to medium size plugs seem to attract more attention as baitfish are smaller at this time of year. Some savvy anglers swear by clear topwater baits. These can work extremely well when bass are chasing smaller prey. Small in line spinners such as Rooster Tails are also quite effective in this situation. If you would like to match a small baitfish size, try this old school trick. Tie a monofilament dropper about a foot or so in length on the rear treble hook bend of a topwater plug. At the terminal end, tie on a small white crappie jig. When working the plug, the jig resembles a very small baitfish darting erratically. Be forewarned; it is very possible to catch two fish at once using this method. We wouldn’t want to catch two at once in front of our fishing partner now would we? This trick works best with chug baits. Action can suffer when using some baits so experiment with your topwaters to discover the perfect partner for this set up. Another old school technique is the popping cork. This rig creates a surface disturbance
much like feeding fish while a small jig or fly darts erratically behind it. In the fly fishing shop you’ll find Gummy Minnows and these are great choices for pairing with popping corks or tying on behind a chug bait for that matter. Shake things up OK, you’ve had some good topwater action and the bite has definitely faded. It’s time for the third tactic of the day. Go to deep brush. Most impoundments in our area have been sweetened for many years by anglers sinking brush piles off points and submerged humps. Schools of bass gravitate to these deep water sanctuaries especially if concentrations of baitfish are nearby. When you locate one of these close to a steep drop into an old creek or river channel, you’ve typically uncovered a hot spot. In fact, the bass you were chasing on the surface 30 minutes ago may have reoriented to a brush pile deeper on the same piece of structure. Actually, that’s a pretty common scenario. The fish roam and feed during the daylight transition and retreat to the deep once the sun is up in earnest. The best See Fishing, page 7
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• Fishing Continued from Page 6 depths for summer brush piles are 25 to 35 feet deep. Scouting with electronics is a great way to locate deep cover. Once you’ve located a few brush piles, it’s time to see if anyone is home down there. When fishing a piece of submerged cover, I recommend making your approach with the electric motor. Dropping a marker buoy off to the side once you locate the object is always a good idea. This will make it much easier to stay oriented. Most brush pile fishing involved vertical presentations with soft plastics. As with most situations, a finesse worm is the staple lure of choice. While many colors will work, you won’t go wrong with something that’s green looking. These days, the most popular technique is rigging the worm shakey head style. This is nothing more that rigging the plastic bait weedless on a specialty long shank lead head. There are several good heads on the market. Choose one with premium hooks for a higher strike to hook up ratio. Most of the time, dropping to the bottom and maintaining a light intermittent shaking action will entice a fish to strike. Alternatively, you can often get strikes by making your presentation off the bottom up to the tops of brush piles. I’ve seen days when nearly all bass were caught out of brush tops. Beat em’ with an Ugly Stick Striper fishing is typically red hot dur-
ing the summer. You won’t be catching any fish on the surface but you’ll be very pleased by the numbers you can land. Fishing live baits on down rods is a mainstay this time of year. When angling for linesides, it pays to invest in top quality rod holders. The Driftmaster models are tops in our area. If you’re just getting set up, spend a little extra for the heavy duty half-inch diameter models. They’re worth it. Most boats will easily accommodate four rod holders. Through the summer, search for striper schools near major creek mouths and main lake areas. As always, you will be focusing on points and submerged humps. When it comes to live bait, blue back herring are hard to beat. You’ll need a well aerated bait tank to ensure these stay lively through the morning. If you’re tank is filled with tap water, be sure to use a product such as Bait Saver to eliminate the effects of chlorine. There are a number of methods used to keep bait in good shape. A couple of paragraphs could be written on bait alone. For your down rod, rig a two-ounce sinker ahead of a leader of six feet in length. Be sure the leader breaking strength is several pounds less than your main line. This will save you time and money when you encounter snags in submerged timber. You’ll want to use a 1/0 kahle or similar sized circle style hook on the end. You don’t want a hook See Fishing, page 14
Lanier Fishing Report Lake level: Just over 1064 or almost seven feet below full pool. Surface Temp: Low 80s. Clarity: Clear in most areas as normal with a little color up the tributaries. Bass fishing has been very good. You should go. Anglers have been scoring very well on topwater plugs throughout the day. Sometimes they are encountering bass chasing baitfish to the surface and sometimes gangs of bass are charging up to crush topwater plugs blind cast across points and humps. Finding areas with deep submerged brush has been the key. With the current heat wave, it’s anybody’s guess how long this through the day bite will last. The Sammy and Chug Bug have been hot plugs to cast. Swim baits have also been very productive, especially when fish are not swarming up to topwater plugs. Again, blind cast theses over brush piles on points and humps. At the intermediate depth, the Fish Head Spin rigged with a Super Fluke Junior has been getting a lot of attention. Fishermen are slow rolling these down to the level of brush piles to fool bass. Choose the white pearl color and you’ll be in business. Drop shotting smaller plastic baits has also been effective when the aforementioned tactics are slow. As always, submerged brush on a key piece of structure is what you’re looking for. Striper fishing has been quite good as well. Anglers are actually picking off surface feeding linesides as they are casting for spotted bass. This bonus will likely be short lived with summer high temperatures warming the lake surface zone to a bathwater feel. The hottest ticket in town has been the down line bite. Anglers are scoring with blue back herring dropped down to 35 feet over bottom depths of around 80 feet or so. Expect the fish to move out over deeper depths very soon. There have been no reports of trolling but it’s time to try this productive technique. Bucktail jigs weighing in at 1.5 ounces trolled behind nine colors of lead core line can be extremely effective this time of year. Separate your lure from the lead core with about 15 feet of monofilament testing lighter than your main line. Before your lead core purchase, ensure you’ve got the proper size trolling reel matched with a good rod and sturdy rod holders outfitted on your boat.
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Slots filling fast for 4th annual Pirates of Lanier Poker Run By Pamela A. Keene Lake Lanier’s boating event of the season is less than a month away and there’s still time to register for the Reliable Heating & Air Pirates of Lanier Poker Run. Set the weekend of July 21, the on-the-water Poker Run will be limited to 300 boats; slots are filling up fast. “We’ve set quite a pace for registrations and we’ve signed up
a record number of sponsors,” said Rea Williams with Lanier Partners of North Georgia, organizers of the annual fund-raising event. “It’s all about having a great time and raising money for the kids.” This year’s goal is to raise $130,000 for children’s charities. Groups that will benefit from this year’s event include Children’s shine and US Navy Seals AmerHealthcare of Atlanta, Camp Sun- ica’s Team. Through sponsorships and advance registration to date, more than $90,000 has been raised. “We still have a ways to go toward our goal,” Williams said. “With all the activities slated for the three-day event – entertainment, silent and live auctions, food and festivities – we’re hoping to surpass our goal.” The kick-off Meet and Greet will be held at Gianni’s Italian Bistro & Pizzeria at Lake Lanier Islands Resort on Thursday night, July 19. Plan to take Friday, July 20, off from work to enjoy a Cheeseburger in Paradise raft-up luncheon, sponsored by Norman’s Landing of Cumming. Boats will meet at the dam at 11 a.m. to cruise en mass to the raft-up loca-
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Captains, crews and friends will gather at Lake Lanier Islands Resort after the event for the Winners’ Party. At that time, trophies will be awarded for the Most Patriotic Boat, Best Decorated Boat, Best Dressed Crew, Worst Dressed Crew, Best Dressed Buccaneer, Best Dressed Wench, and Best Dressed Pee Wee Pirate. Poker hand winners will be awarded cash prizes. The evening will be capped off by Ed Roland and the Sweet Tea Project (of Collective Soul fame), followed by a fireworks display and laser light show. MORE INFO: www.lanierpartners.org
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Nighttime boating dangers hit home on Lake Lanier On Lake Lanier we have just recently experienced two tragic boat collision accidents within the last several months. Both occurred at night. Believe me when I suggest that nighttime boating is a challenge for the most experienced boaters, especially on dark nights with no moon. Several years ago I was on a routine safety patrol when we got a call from a disabled sailboat. The engine had quit and the wind had died. It was nearly dark, a time we southern people sometimes refer to as “bullbat time.” By the time my crew and I got the sailboat safely docked, it was dark. My dock was 15 miles away up the Chestatee River. I slowly headed upstream from near Holiday Marina and could only make out Brown’s Bridge when cars would cross it and I could see their headlights. As I made my way up the Chestatee, I used a spotlight only to pick out markers along the way. That experience was no fun. The nautical term for this type of boating is boating with “impaired visibility,” with fog the most common form, but other
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a red light on the port (left) bow, a green light on the starboard (right) bow and a white stern light. Navigational Rules state that nav lights are to be turned on from sunset until sunrise and during times of limited or impaired visibility. We teach in our safe boating courses that when you see a white and a green light you are the stand-on vessel and have the right-of-way, but remain alert in case the other skipper does not see you or does not know navigational rules. When you see only a white light, you are overtaking a vessel or the other vessel is anchored, and you may pass on either side. When you see a green
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Marine groups donate to Prince Memorial Fund The Marine Trade Association of Metro Atlanta has donated $10,000 to the memorial fund for the Prince brothers, Jake and Griffin, who were killed in a boating accident last month. “Their family is one of us,” said Scott Cunningham, president of the association. The Prince family has owned Grass Shack boat dealership on Lanier Islands
Parkway for two decades. The dealership is a member of the association. Members held a moment of silence during the meeting. A few days later, the National Marine Manufacturer’s Association (the group that holds the annual Atlanta Boat Show) announced it would contribute $1,000 to the fund, according to Larry Berryman of NMMA.
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Safety class on ‘Rules of the Road’ set for July 21 Safe Boating Lake Lanier presents “How to Learn and Remember Rules of the Road” on July 21. Learn memory graphic and other easy to understand methods taught by Steve Johnson, USCG (ret), and a professional USCG licensed instructor and ship navigator. The class will teach participants how to easily recall “Rules
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Seafood, prime rib buffets highlight weekends at Windows By Pamela A. Keene Succulent prime rib may be the main course on Saturday nights at Windows at Legacy Lodge, but you don’t need to be a beef-lover to enjoy a wide selection of good food that often includes fish, chicken and a pasta station. And at $29.95 per person it’s a great value. “Our goal is to serve really good food so that people will
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New courtesy docks now open at Islands The new courtesy docks at Lake Lanier Islands are now open for business. The docks, containing more than 100 slips, were built by Boat Dock Works of Gainesville. They are located at Big Beach in Sunset Cove on the Islands. All of the attractions offered by Big Beach are nearby: Gi-
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LCKC youth train in Europe By Jane Harrison About a dozen youth members of the Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club are spending much of the summer training and racing in Europe. The group, led by Coach Claudiu Ciur, was paddling in Romania at an Olympic Training Center camp in late June. Chris Miller, Stanton Collins, Aaron Mullican, Tommy Wade, Ben Hefner, Ian Ross, Robert Finlayson, Cannie Ash, Macy Dwyer, Alex McLain, Kasi Paul, Karenna Paul and Lydia Skolrood began the European tour May 20. They trained in Magdeburg, Germany before traveling to Duisburg for World Cup 2 to see Tim Hornsby become the first LCKC athlete to make the U.S. Olympic Team. Finlayson, Hefner and Ross also competed in World Cup 2 canoe races. In other racing, Collins won a bronze medal in the Junior Men’s single kayak 200 meter event in the Madgeburg Sprint Cup featuring some of the best German kayak and canoe sprint athletes. LCKC members won 16 medals in another regatta which attracted German 28 clubs and 433 racers. Gold medalists included Miller in Senior Men’s K1 200 meters and Finlayson, Hefner, Ross and Ciur in Senior Men’s C4 200 meters. Silver medals were won by Ash, Finlayson, Hefner, Ross, Dwyer, McLain,
By Jane Harrison Atlanta kayaker Tim Hornsby will always have a very special place in his heart for Lake Lanier. It was at the North Georgia lake where Olympic paddlers raced in 1996 and through the Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club that he discovered the sport that would send him to the Hornsby London 2012 Olympics. Hornsby, who clinched an Olympic berth last month in single kayak 200 meters, talked by phone about his link to LCKC, his plans prior to heading to London, and his outlook about a potential spot on the podium. His responses, edited and paraphrased for clarity, reveal the commitment and self-reliance of the 25-year-old whose passion to become an elite athlete was ignited by the Atlanta 1996 Olympics. He spoke to Lakeside News from Arkansas, where he was visiting his girlfriend, elite pole vaulter Becky Holliday, prior to her Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon. Q: The community around Lake Lanier is thrilled with your accomplishment. What part did it play in your Olympic quest? A: I am so lucky to have come up with LCKC and the people surrounding the club. I don’t see myself evolving as I did without them. The Lanier Olympic Venue is definitely a very special place to me. Q: Has it sunk in yet? A: There are times in the day when I think, “Oh my gosh is this really happening!” Other times, dealing with the logistics prior to going to London it feels like the rest of the year. It’s something I’ve been doing a long time. The Olympics were a dream since I was a kid. Q: What are your training plans? A: I am hoping to go to Canada to train with their
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Thirteen LCKC athletes and Coach Claudiu Ciur pose at a regatta in Germany. The team raced and trained in Europe this summer.
Collins, Mullican, Kasi Paul, and Miller in individual and/or team boats. Collins, Miller, Ross, Ciur and Finlayson also took bronze medals. The team planned to race in the Bochum Regatta before traveling to Romania. The trip came about partly as the result of hospitality LCKC shared with a nine-member German club who trained at the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue in March. German paddlers invited the LCKC team to train with them at their Olympic Training Center. The Romanian training opportunity sprang from Ciur’s background as a Romanian Olympic canoeist and his continued relationship with the paddling community in his native country.
Q & A with Olympic-bound Tim Hornsby Originally published online 6/7/2012
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Olympic team (in mid June). I trained with them in Georgia and Florida and built a good relationship. I hope to continue training with them in a preOlympic camp in France. That’s kind of what I’m working on. I have to make arrangements to get to Canada with the same boat I’ll take to the Olympics. It can be a logistical nightmare. Q: What kind of support do you get from USACK, which lost significant funding from the US Olympic Committee for coaching and was displaced from the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Ca.? A: This year I’ve been on my own. I’ve had no actual coach. It’s been one step at a time all year. It’ll be nice when all the plans are lined up and plane tickets bought. I hope to attend the Opening Ceremonies. What makes this all possible are some very special friends, family, LCKC. Financial support has come from my sponsors (affiliated with kayaks, sunscreen, sunglasses), a non-profit with LCKC paddler Morgan House, and private donations. Q: Does having to deal with a logistical nightmare distract from your training? A: No, not really. There’s something I work on on the water every day, every session, every stroke, every piece for that goal. I’ve gotten better and better each year. I know I’ve got to better some key things in my technique. I know as I perfect those things, I can go fast. Q: How did you feel about your racing prior to qualifying for the Olympics? A. I don’t feel I raced my best. I was overly concerned about results and placing. I just need to ask myself, “How do I allow myself to go fast. How do I use my legs? How does my top arm need to feel?’ If I focus on those things I will go fast. In a 30 second race, there’s a lot of technique on the line. I race four or five times a year, so I have about four chances a year and to determine if I can say, “Yep See Hornsby, page 17
Contact: John Martiniere Phone: 770-287-0077 Email: LLRC@mindspring.com Address: Lake Lanier Olympic Venue 3105 Clarks Bridge Rd., Gainesville, GA 30506 Website: www.LakeLanierRowing.org Club offerings: Recreational and competitive rowing for ages 13 to 80+. Beginner to elite offered through regularly scheduled practices, classes, and camps hosting of local, regional, national and international rowing regattas. Calendar of events: (complete list on website) July 14-28 - Learn to Row Class 2
Lake Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club Contact: Office Administrator Brenda Miller, LCKC President Doug Smith Phone: 770-287-7888 Fax: 770-287-3444 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.lckc.org Address: Lake Lanier Olympic Venue 3105 Clarks Bridge Rd., Gainesville, GA 30506 Club offerings: Recreational and competitive canoe and kayaking for ages 12 and up. Beginner to masters programs offered through regularly scheduled practices, classes, and summer camps. Also hosts local, regional, national and international competitions. Calendar of events: (complete list on website) July 6 - Moonlight Paddle July 17, 19, 24, 26 - Adult Learn to Kayak Class July 28 - Summer Sprints Regatta Aug. 3 - Moonlight Paddle Aug. 13 - Junior Olympic parent meeting/registration Aug. 13, 17, 20, 24 - Adult Learn to Kayak Class Venue seats about 2,000 with parking capacity of about 400 cars. The boathouse and tower are available to rent for meetings and special occasions.
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• Hornsby Continued from Page 16 that was a successful year.” Q: So, you can say that this year? A. Before the Olympic trials, I was extremely happy. I worked really hard. I’ve been smarter. It had been a very successful year. This is icing on the cake. Q: What was it like racing against Ryan Dolan, your former K2 200 boat mate? A. I’ve trained with him a lot and we have risen to the top of the group. Just me and him had a good time in Europe (dueling for the Olympic slot in Poland and Germany), despite knowing that tomorrow will be the biggest race in our lives. There was no drama or interpersonal issues. I don’t want to sound really cocky, but I knew in my mind I could win. Q: What was it like before World Cup 2, knowing either you or Dolan would get the Olympic nod based on the B Final? A: I was pretty stressed. I had to win (against Dolan), there was no other result for me. My girlfriend was there. She brought her dog. We walked the dog, made dinner, hung out. It made me feel as if things were normal. Q: Who are your biggest competitors on the world stage? A. Great Britain has huge funding for single and double boats. Ed
LLRC ATHLETE McKeever, who won the World Cup 2 K1 200 meters will likely be on the podium. Ronald Rauhe, from Germany is one of the greatest sprinters ever, but he didn’t have the best World Cup. There’s a French guy, a Russian guy and three Canadians who are really amazing. It could be anybody. Q: Many young LCKC paddlers say their ultimate goal is to race in the Olympics. What advice do you have for them? A. I think the biggest thing is you’ve got to love it, love the sport, love the hard work. That is the bare minimum of what it takes. You have to be extremely devoted and have a natural gift as well. You have to train really hard, go to those morning sessions at 5 a.m. Do your school work in the car and on the road. And they have to see what it takes on the world stage. You can win at Lanier, you can win in Georgia, you can win in the U.S., but when you go to Europe, you see how big, strong and devoted the European competitors are. It was a huge eye opener for me. It’s a totally different level. It takes a long time to aspire to be at that level. LCKC Coach Claudiu Ciur is giving them exposure to European competition this summer.
The club has a big future with Claudiu and Morgan House, (who also pursued the Olympic dream in 2008 and 2012).There’s no place in the country that has the experience and depth of LCKC. Morgan is a great individual. Q: What does the pursuit of an Olympic dream mean for you? A. The people I’ve met around the world are incredible. It’s part of a lifestyle. I may not remember a personal record I set or what place I came in World Cup 2005, but I definitely will remember the experiences and the people. The Olympics will be ingrained in my memory forever. Note: Olympic Men’s single kayak 200 meter heats, semi-finals the medal race are scheduled Aug. 10 and 11. NBC plans to air every event online via YouTube at www.nbcolympics.com. Heats and semi-finals are set for Aug. 10 at 9:30 a.m. (4:30 a.m. local time) and 11:02 a.m. (6:02 a.m. local); the medal race is scheduled Aug. 11 at 9:30 a.m. (4:30 a.m. local). Results will be posted at www.usack.org, Facebook.com/usacanoekayak and Twitter @usacanoekayak, www.london2012.com, and at Lakeside: www.lakesidenews.com.
Jansen exudes confidence By Jane Harrison Zac Jansen got into rowing by chance. In six months, the 16-year old Gainesville High School rising junior went from a neophyte to rowing his own boat with the Lake Lanier Rowing Club. It was Jansen’s quick knack for the sport that impressed LLRC Junior Coach Brian Ransom, who nominated him for athlete of the month. Family background: The Jansen family of six lives on the lake. Zac said he and parents, Bridget and Martin, brothers, Dustin, 19, Jake, 5, and sister Lea, 22, enjoy swimming, boating and spending time on the water. How he started rowing: “We’ve always been lake people,” Zac said. So, when his dad heard an announcement about LLRC youth rowing while visiting the school office, he immediately tuned in. “He got me into it” in February, Zac said. “I’ve been loving it ever since.”
Why he does it: “There are a lot of reasons,” Zac said. “One is that it is a sport you can do with a team that involves water.” Specialty: His current favorite event is the single 500 meters. Accomplishments: Learning to row a single shell was no easy task, Zac said. He considers his first time rowing in a boat by himself a big accomplishment. “It was realy hard to balance. I know I flipped a few times. But by the end of practice, I had it down pat,” he said. He was able to row steady and keep the pace set by his coach. Goals: Zac’s short term goal is to get his 2000 meter pace down to six minutes, 30 seconds. A longer term goal could be the Olympics. “Every athlete wants that,” he said. Comments from Coach Ransom: Zac is “a quick learner and a strong rower. He exudes confidence and has a certain swagger about him that makes him a great rower.”
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Get ready for ‘fireworks’ in July After a relatively quiet June, storm season is about to crank up again in July. Summer storms are much different than the springtime supercells. Summer storms are called “pulse type” storms because they pulse up quickly and die quickly. However, in that brief hour of life, they can wreak havoc! On a typical July day, the sun will rise and begin baking the ground. The ground in turn, heats the air above it. The hot air will then begin to rise. Depending on the environment of moisture and temperature surrounding the column of air, it can build to great heights, sometimes up to 50,000 feet or more. More often than not, the temperatures in the upper atmosphere are well below freezing. The colder the surrounding air, the faster the column of warm air rises. Then moisture will condense to form a cloud, which will continue to expand. Inside that cloud are tiny ice crystals, rain drops, and super-cooled water droplets that exist as liquid, even though the air is at or below freezing. As the different particles begin to collide, electrical charges begin to build. Raindrops fall from the cloud and are blown back into the cloud from strong updrafts below the base of the cloud. These water drops freeze and begin to fall, colliding with rain on the way down. They may fall or be blown back up into the cloud to freeze again. Hail is forming and the cloud may turn a slight “greenish” color due to the ice.
As the storm continues to evolve, intense lightning will be the Glenn rule. Hail the size of Burns quarters may begin to fall. Rain can be very Lanier heavy, depending on the Outlook amount of moisture in the air. Rainfall amounts of three inches per hour are common with slow moving summer storms. As the rain and hail continue to fall through the air, the air will become cold. An hour after it began, the storm will begin to die as the cold air continues to overwhelm the warm updrafts of air that created the storm. The end of our storm is near. However, it will not go quietly in to the night. The rain and hail cooled air is thick, heavy, and dense. It will fall from the cloud to the ground like brick on concrete, at speeds from 50 to 120 miles per hour. This is a microburst. Having witnessed several in person, they have the roaring sound of a tornado. When hitting the ground, the wind fans out in all directions. Damage can be very similar to a weak tornado but on a smaller scale. You do not want to be under a collapsing thunderstorm, especially in an aircraft. So, an hour after it began, it is over. In that hour there could be significant hail damage to cars and roofs. Lightning may have ignited several fires. Runoff from the heavy rain may have caused ponding on roadways and significant run-off into creeks and streams, polluting them with See Burns, page 67
SOLUNAR TIMES FOR LAKE LANIER
LAKE LANIER WATER LEVELS NOV 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 AVG MAX MIN
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1058.31 1058.28 1058.33 1058.33 1058.30 1058.32 1058.50 1058.58 1058.55 1058.61 1058.65 1058.58 1058.54 1058.55 1058.54 1058.52 1058.53 1058.55 1028.51 1058.52 1058.58 1058.77 1059.02 1059.12 1059.19 1059.26 1059.57 1059.66 1059.73 1059.77 1059.83 1058.35 1058.78 1059.41 1059.83 1057.91 1058.28
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1062.60 1062.66 1062.71 1062.78 1062.85 1062.88 1062.90 1062.92 1062.96 1062.98 1062.99 1063.03 1063.01 1063.10 1063.07 1063.13 1063.16 1063.24 1063.29 1063.33 1063.39 1063.39 1063.41 1063.45 1063.48 1063.52 1063.49 1063.56 1063.59
1063.63 1063.73 1064.24 1064.36 1064.45 1064.51 1064.57 1064.64 1064.77 1064.83 1064.86 1064.90 1064.98 1065.02 1065.16 1065.16 1065.24 1065.31 1065.36 1065.40 1065.40 1065.44 1065.47 1065.50 1065.51 1065.53 1065.55 1065.56 1065.57 1065.60 1065.68 1063.13 1065.03 1063.59 1065.68 1062.60 1063.63
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JUN 1064.82 1064.81 1064.75 1064.77 1064.79 1064.77 1064.77 1064.71 1064.70 1064.73 1064.73 1064.72 1064.73 1064.69 1064.65 1064.63 1064.59 1064.54 1064.47 1064.44 1064.41 1064.34 1064.33 1064.29 1064.22 1064.16 1064.11
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are golden. Many people who think they can’t afford a lake house are finding that they can.” She said the most popular area is Cumming because people are coming up Ga. 400 from Alpharetta and Roswell. But many are ending up in the Gainesville area because pricing is more competitive. Dawsonville is also seeing renewed sales. Davis said that homes under $500,000 are showing well, but that inventory is low. She also
speculates that many homes for sale just haven’t made it back onto the market yet. “If you’re unaffected by the lake levels, now is the time to be in the market,” she said. “And you Davis should be using a lake specialist to sell your lake home. There’s also more to buying on the lake than water levels. Remember that you’ve got great
topography and spectacular views.” Docks are still an important part of the formula for lake sales. “People want to come to the lake to play, boat and fish and if they can have a dock, so much the better,” Bailey said. “A dock, especially in deep water, can be a real focal point of a sale.” Million dollar homes are moving more than in previous years. Currently the most expensive home on the lake is off Gaines
Ferry Road on the old Atlanta Athletic Club property. With 80 acres, a home and several additional buildings, the listing price is more than $19 million. Bailey said that she’s seeing homes in the $400,000 to $600,000 range picking up the purchasing pace. “People who are willing to adjust prices based on the new market will see results; they’re just not getting the top dollar we saw in 2007 and 2008.”
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A tale of two screws or minor maintenance becomes major Bob and Carolyn Wilson, aboard Sea Island Girl, continue Lakeside's long running series of cruising adventures which began in the mid-1990s. To date we've had the Johnston family, Jean and Bill Bayman, and Mechelle and Bill Cooksey all contribute to the series. Bob and Carolyn boated on Lake Lanier until leaving for their adventure in 2002. The first month or so is always a little hectic after returning to the home port following seven months at sea. I like to keep a list of those little things – the ones that will not sink the boat – small projects that can be done at my leisure. The list is usually short, but as the boat gets more years under her keel, it seems to keep growing. I have learned over time that the most simple boat project can take forever, and they wind up costing more than anticipated. Invariably things never go the way they were planned – it’s either a tool you don’t have, a part that has to be ordered, or you break something else during the process. A case in point, our 50 amp electrical cord was becoming extremely difficult to unplug from the boat. Twisting and turning had
When we arrived in Brunswick I noticed that the Bimini-top was sagging a bit. Once we were setBob & tled, I went up top for a closer inCarolyn spection and discovered that one Wilson of the zippers had partially unzipped. The pull-tab had broken Cruising loose. It would have been a simWilsons ple task of re-zipping it with the second pull-tab, however the zipper was stuck. When coaxing it very little effect, as did reposialong the track didn’t work, I tioning the cord to relieve the strain the heavy cable was putting drove to the hardware store to get a can of lubricant. The lubricant on the inlet plug. Nothing was worked well, but as I reached the working, so I decided to remove end of the zipper track, everythe plug to get a better look. It thing disintegrated in my hand. It turns out that the wiring on the back of the plug wasn’t quite long will take two weeks and another $100 to replace the zippers. enough, so I decided to unscrew The electrical plug arrived on the wire connections and release them from the back of the plug al- time and there were only three together. Again, a simple process, wires and four screws to properly mount it properly. I wanted to get five minutes tops. it installed before Tropical Storm While backing out the last of Beryl, which had been brewing three screws, the head of one of out in the Atlantic, reached the screws broke off in the plug housing, making it impossible to Brunswick. The batteries were getting low and until the plug was remove. Cah-ching! Only on a installed we would need to conboat would the head of a screw pop-off! It would take a week for tinue cranking the generator twice the local marine store to receive a daily to run the refrigerator, to cook and keep the lights burning. new one, and the replacement Well you may have guessed, plug would cost $170. With the Beryl took an unexpected turn, simple five-minute project delayed, I moved on to the next one. headed our way, and it poured for
two days. When the sun finally appeared things improved. The installation of the new plug was uneventful, the power was restored to the boat, and we could enjoy a morning cup of coffee and eat something more than peanut butter and banana sandwiches. The next morning, with a sense of accomplishment, I once again looked over my short list of projects. The bilge pump had awakened me in the middle of the night, continuously running until I flipped off the automatic switch. It didn’t take long to find the culprit. It was the Super Auto-Float Switch that was replaced six
months earlier. An ironic name for a less than dependable switch, don’t you think? By good fortune the float switch had a five-year warranty and West Marine replaced it willingly. I gathered my cutters, screwdriver, connectors and flashlight and planned how I would attack this easy project. First thing would be to remove the screw holding the switch in place. It was a small screw, and after three turns of the screwdriver a steady stream of water began gushing into the bilge. $#!**!!! - Until next time, Bob & Carolyn Wilson
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Sailing Club Events 2012 SAILING EVENTS ON LAKE LANIER Club
JULY 2012 LLSC BF AISC BF SSC AISC BF AISC BF/SSC
Firecracker Cup Sun Fair Winds #4 Sat AISC Summer 2 - #1 Wed Evening Breeze #1 Sat Newcomers Race Sun AISC Summer 2 - #2 Wed Evening Breeze #2 Sat AISC Summer 2 - #3 Wed Moonlight Scramble/Firefly #2 Sat
07/01 07/07 07/11 07/14 07/15 07/18 07/21 07/25 07/28
Club LLSC AISC LLSC AISC SSC AISC BF LLSC LLSC BF UYC LLSC
Vern Pickering Commodores Cup Sun 09/02 AISC Summer 2 - #9 Wed 09/05 Old Goat - Thistle Regatta Sat/Sun 09/08-09 AISC Summer 2 - #10 Wed 09/12 Special Olympics Regatta Fri-Sun 09/14-16 AISC Awards Party Wed 09/19 Dorton Cup Sat/Sun 09/22-23 C22 “Gone with the Wind” Sat.Sun 09/22-23 Daylight Saving Time Race #1 Wed 09/26 Fall Squall #1 Sat 09/29 UYC Fall 1 Sat 09/29 Junior Regatta Sat/Sun 09/29-30
AUGUST 2012 AISC BF AISC AISC BF AISC AISC
AISC Summer 2 - #4 Evening Breeze #3 AISC Summer 2 - #5 AISC Summer 2 - #6 Evening Breeze #4 AISC Summer 2 - #7 AISC Summer 2 - #8
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SEPTEMBER 2012 LLSC
Vern Pickering Commodores Cup Sat 09/01
OCTOBER 2012 LLSC BF LLSC LLSC SSC LARC LLSC
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There will be other activities and events during the four days, including fishing seminars, scavenger hunts, and a concert. The 2012 Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart will consist of 46 pros and 46 co-anglers. As of presstime the final FLW tour stop was taking place and therefore the Lanier event’s field had not been set. The top 35 ranked pros and as many coanglers from the FLW Tour Majors, along with the top five in the rankings from the 2011 FLW Tour Opens, will qualify for the See Forrest, page 56
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UYC Junior Sailing Camps train new generation of sailors By Pamela A. Keene It was hard to contain their excitement as the youngsters, ages 6 through 14, took to the water on the first day of sailing camp. All morning the wind was non-existent, so when the breeze kicked up in the afternoon, it was time to rig and launch the 11 Optis and two Sunfish on the Monday of the second session of the University Yacht Club junior sailing camp. Thirty-six kids, six instructors, two junior assistants and a handful of adults immersed themselves in sailing at the camp, held at University Yacht Club. Two oneweek sessions resulted in the training of a new generation of sailors, both in classroom and onthe-water sessions. Kids were there from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, and they never got bored because there was so much to do. Students learned to tie at least a half-dozen knots used in the sport, how to rig sailboats, who has the right of way on the water and how to work in teams. “Every single one of the kids got something out of this,” said camp manager Susan Reddaway, who grew up in a multi-generational family of sailors on Lake Lanier. She’s a past commodore of Lake Lanier Sailing Club and a sailor with national racing credentials. “You could see and feel each one of them gaining confidence and growing as the week progressed.” The camps, held the second and third weeks of June, were a repeat of last summer’s singlesession camp. The UYC Maritime Foundation and various club members sponsored the boats – 10 Optimist Prams – that were
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hand-built by club members and volunteers last year. John Hopkins spearheaded the group that met almost every weekend in his garage to build the small boats. The 11th Opti was donated to the club for the camp. For the students, some of whom returned from last summer’s program, the week was about learning points of sail, sailing in teams from the beach to “Turtle Island” and finally soloing around the island. On-the-water coaches watchfully encouraged students as they learned the ropes. “We had a full team of six instructors, all of whom are US Sailing Level I certified to teach small boat sailing,” Reddaway said. “We also had two assistants, who would have been certified to teach, but they were not old enough. In all, it was as rewarding for the instructors as it was for the students.” Many of the young adult instructors grew up either in University Yacht Club or at Lake Lanier Sailing Club, known for its own junior program that still takes place for one week in early June each summer. “Because of their love of sailing and their passion in sharing the sport with youngsters, they were each willing to spend two weeks with us at the UYC camp,” she said. “It was amazing to see many of the kids I knew as youngsters now teaching these students how to sail and how to enjoy the sport.” Jasmine Leetzow, 9, is a 4th grade student at Lakeview Academy. This was her first sailing camp, although her parents Joel and Jennifer Leetzow are avid
Opti boats lined up along the shoreline.
sailors on Lanier. She was excited to learn her sailing knots on the first day. “It’s really fun and we’re getting to do a lot of fun things here, like swimming and learning to tie knots like bowlines and figure eights,” she said. “It’s also really fun to hang out with friends and meet new ones.” Kelly Fisher, 9, said she wanted to come to the camp because her mom Gail Fisher had sailed as a youngster. “She loved to sail and wants me to do it, too,” Kelly said. Hayden Marshall, 8, had sailed with his grandparents and also attended the camp last year. Laine Dyess, 9, said that her friend told it the camp would be really fun. Many of the kids were friends of Connor Davis, 9, whose mother Jane Davis recruited 13 of the students who took part in the second week. The kids all stayed at the UYC cottage and Davis houseboat on the UYC property for the week. Rick Smith, UYC Boating Chairman and camp program chairman, was on hand every day to oversee instruction and give words of encouragement to the students. “We dish out full doses of positive reinforcement here,” he said. “Not only are these kids learning about sailing, they’re experiencing teamwork and responsibility.” At the end of the first week, students selected Abbe Piccolo for the Sportsmanship Award. The recipient in week two was Kelly Fisher. The second week, the coaches also awarded recognitions: Most Improved, Henry Haverstick; Best Effort, James Haverstick; and Best Attitude, Jasmine Leetzow. The 36 students who partici-
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Youngsters, above, create a "Human Opti." A volunteer, right, shows how to tie a knot.
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pated in this year’s programs will not stop learning about boating once the summer ends. UYC hosts monthly boating programs – sailing in the warmer months and power boating in the cooler months – for the youngsters, who come to the club Sundays to expand their knowledge both in the classroom and on the water. When they’re sailing, they use the
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Lake Lanier Marinas Info AQUALAND MARINA Hours of operation: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for tenants, 8 a.m. to sunset for visitors Phone: 770-967-6811 Website: www.aqualandmarina.com Location: 6800 Lights Ferry Rd., Flowery Branch Types of slips available: Houseboats, covered cruisers, & all types of open slips plus covered & open dry slips, totaling 1,725 wet docks and 460 dry docks Store: Yes Store/Dock hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon.-Thurs.; 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Fri.-Sun. (8 p.m. on some days) Types of fuel: Non-ethanol, 90 octane Price of fuel: (as of 6/23/12) $4.79 On-site eatery: Dockside Grill Take-out menu: Sandwiches Restaurant description: Casual Menu: Famous “Docker Burger,” sandwiches, salads & seafood grilled & fried. Phone: 770-363-2318 Security: 24/7, gated Additional amenities: Self service work yard with deep draft well & marine travel lift, houseboat launching ramp, pump-out station, bathhouses with showers, laundry facilities, wet slips with private gated parking. Sales of new boats by Coast to Coast Yacht Sales, brokerage services by Marine Max, rental boats & cabins by Lanier Aqua Rentals. AQUAMARINA LAZY DAYS Hours of operation: : Office/Dock, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Mon.-Fri.; 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat., Sun. & Holidays Phone: 770-945-1991 Website: www.lazydaysmarina.com Location: 6700 Holiday Rd, Buford Types of slips available: Wet docks for 75-150 foot covered & 100-foot open slips; 554 dry stack; New 125' x 24' & 150 x 26' HB slips now available. Types of fuel: 90 Non-ethonol and ValvTect diesel marine fuel Price of fuel: (as of 6/23/12)) $4.99 premium; $4.39 diesel Security: Holiday Marina security patrols marina Full Maintenance, Repair and Service: Marine Max, 770-614-6968 Additional amenities: Free pump/porti-potti station for members. Wet slips: private gated access, golf cart valet service, free dockside pumpout. New gas dock easy access for houseboats. New courtesy docks for dry stack customers. Boat sales: Marine Max. BALD RIDGE MARINA Hours of operation: Office, Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., marina has 24/7 access. Phone: 770-887-5309 Website: www.baldridgemarina.com Location: 1850 Bald Ridge Marina Rd., Cumming Types of slips available: Covered & uncovered. Store: Sandwich shop; some boating supplies Store hours: Seasonal Types of fuel: 90 Non-ethanol; diesel Price of fuel: (as of 6/23/12) $4.79; $4.19 diesel (Dock open 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Mon.-Thurs.; 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri.; 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat.; 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun.) On-site eatery: Dockside Sandwich Company Eatery hours: 11-6 M-F and 10-6 Sat/Sun - Seasonal Menu: Grilled & cold sandwiches, snack foods, drinks Restaurant description: Casual Phone: 770-889-5177 Security: 24/7 security, gated
Additional amenities: Full-service department, parts department, boat body work, yacht repair & Marine Max Stovall sales dock. Boating supplies/commissary/dry goods/retail clothing items. GAINESVILLE MARINA Hours of operation: Office, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 7 days a week Phone: 770-536-2171 Website: www.gainesvillemarina.com Location: 2145 Dawsonville Hwy., Gainesville Types of slips available: 600 slips, dry stack covered up to 25', wet covered & uncovered up to 80'. Types of fuel: 90 recreational, non-ethanol Price of fuel: (as of 6/23/12) $4.59 (Dock open 9 a.m.-6 p.m., 7 days a week; Pay-at-the-Pump, 9 a.m.- ‘til dark, 7 days a week) On-site eatery: Skogies (Seasonal Wed. thru Sun.) Menu: Barbecue, seafood and American fare. Phone: 678-450-1310 Security: 7 days a week Additional amenities: Parts department, land service shop, recreational room, bath house, pumpout station. Sales of new, used and brokerage boats. Bennington Pontoon Boats, Four Winns Deck/Sport Boats and Yamaha Outboards. HABERSHAM MARINA Hours of operation: Office/Store, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 7 days a week Phone: 770-887-5432 Website: www.habershammarina.com Location: 2200 Habersham Marina Rd., Cumming Types of slips available: 650 slips for dry storage up to 27’ Store: Yes Types of fuel: 90 Recreational fuel, non-ethanol Price of fuel: (as of 6/23/12) $4.32 (Dock open 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon.-Fri.; 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat./Sun.) Security: Yes Additional amenities: Repair services, detailing and bottom cleaning. Also bathroom and shower facilities are available. HIDEAWAY BAY MARINA Hours of operation: Office: 8:30 a.m5:30 p.m., 7 days; Marina: 24/7 Phone: 770-967-5500 Website: www.hideawaybaymarina.com Location: 6334 Mitchell St., Flowery Branch Types of slips available: Wet (510) Dry (150) Showroom: Atlanta Marine Store/Gas Dock hours: : 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Mon.Thurs.; 8:30-7 p.m., Fri.-Sun. Types of Fuel: 90 octane, non-ethanol Price of fuel: (as of 6/23/12) $4.39 On-site eatery: Fish Tales Security: 24/7 manned security Additional amenities: Restaurant-Seasonal, complete boat/motor repair, new bathhouse w/ locked showers and AC, laundry, pump out, trailer storage. HOLIDAY MARINA Hours of operation: Office/Store/Dock, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Mon.-Thurs.; 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri.-Sun. Phone: 770-945-7201 Website: www.holidaylakelanier.com Location: 6900 Holiday Rd., Buford Types of slips available: 22-100' Uncovered including 80, 90, and 100' Breakwater Slips; 26-85' Covered Slips totalling 1238 Slips
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Farm markets growing in popularity in Lanier area By Jane Harrison The floodplains of the rivers and streams in the watershed of Lake Lanier historically yielded bountiful harvests for Native Americans and early settlers in agrarian communities. That rich agricultural heritage seems to be experiencing a rebirth in the current boom of farm markets striving to meet demands for locally grown produce. “The interest has snowballed,” said Hall County Cooperative Extension Coordinator Michael Wheeler. “People are interested in where their food comes from, who’s growing it, and how it’s grown.” As a result, he said, “there’s a lot going on” to get fresh crops from farm to table. This summer, farmers’ markets, Community Supported Agriculture co-ops, and traditional produce stands at area farms are drawing thousands of shoppers weekly to get their fresh tomatoes, peaches, green beans, squash and a plethora of other fresh picks. Nada Bunnell was one of more than 200 shoppers at the Historic Downtown Gainesville Market on the Square on a Friday afternoon in June. “I’ve been coming four years and have only missed a week,” said Bunnell, relishing her cache of zucchini, tomatoes and blackberries. She said she enjoys “talking with the people” who grow the food she takes to her kitchen. “It’s like a little community here on Fridays,” she said. The weekly gathering mixes farm fresh fare, plus salsa, fruit popsicles, organic body scrubs, and flowers with cooking demonstrations and chef cook-offs. Market manager Steve Thomas estimated the lunch crowd on a late June Friday at around 280 people. Plenty of folks filtered in during the afternoon when Thomas chopped up his raw beetroot and carrot salad, which vanished in about 20 minutes. Tomatoes take center stage in July, when Thomas plans to prepare his Mothership Tomato Salad, tomato sandwiches, and gazpacho. Response to the market, which has grown from a handful of vendors in 2008 to a capacity of 24, has been “excellent,” Thomas said. Kade and Kyler Bloom, from Bloom Organics near Chestnut Mountain, manned the family’s first booth at the Gainesville market last month. By late afternoon,
they had just about sold all the blueberries, green beans, yellow squash and cucumbers they brought from their parents’ eight acre farm. The boys, age 12 and 13, help out on the farm which produces crops without chemical fertilizers and pesticides. David White, who operates “It Began with a Seed Farm” in Lula has been selling his harvest for 11 years at the Hall County Farmers Market on Jesse Jewell Parkway. On a June morning, he answered questions about five varieties of green beans and advised flash heat for a quick side dish of skinny French beans. He and other farmers shared their knowledge with shoppers eager to put locally grown food on their plates. White, who says he’s “real intimate” with tomatoes, will offer 25 varieties of his beloved fruit from about 1,000 plants he staked by hand. Not only does he sell from markets in three counties, he also offers his harvest to customers through his Community Supported Agriculture partnership, or CSA. Many pick up their weekly baskets at the Tuesday morning Farmers Market. According to White’s brochure, CSA farms sell memberships to shareholders who purchase a share of the farm’s anticipated harvest at a preset price. The consumer finances the farm, keeps the farmer out of debt, and picks up a weekly supply of produce at a delivery point. Some farmers take weekly orders via internet or phone. Others pack up a weekly basket of what’s on hand or offer customers a chance to come by the farm and bag up what they want. Numerous other CSAs have sprouted around Northeast Georgia at farms in Cleveland, Clarkesville, and Cumming. Lynn Pugh, who operates Cane Creek Farm in West Forsyth County, sells organically grown fruits and vegetables to CSA shareholders who get their fresh picks at the
David White, left, assists a customer buying produce at his stand at the Hall County Farmers Market.Locally grown peaches are expected to be available at farmers markets through the end of July.
farm on Wednesday mornings. Pugh, a 10-year farmer, has seen a growth of interest in local produce, especially in organic products. That awareness has grown in the last five years, she said, “especially among young mothers who don’t want to subject (their children) to pesticide exposure.” Glen Cook sells produce from his family’s Cedar Hollow Farm to customers in his 25-family CSA and at Hall County and Gainesville markets. On a June afternoon, his customers picked up potatoes, cabbage, beets and all the sweet corn he could offer at the downtown market. People are craving locally grown food, he said. Carlysle Cox, of Gainesville, was one of the regular “localvores” shopping recently at the Hall County Farmers Market. He said he comes every week with a list from his wife. He checked off zucchini, white half runner beans, and cucumbers. Like a growing number of satisfied customers, he’ll be back.
Nada Bunnell, center, purchased a week's worth of fresh fruits and vegetables at the Gainesville Market on the Square.
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A sample of outlets selling locally grown produce: Farmers’ Markets • Gainesville Market on the Square: 2:30-6:30 p.m. Fridays through September. www.hallfarmers.org. • Hall County Farmers’ Market: 6 a.m.-sell out Tuesdays, 7 a.m.sell out Saturdays through October, corner East Crescent/Jesse Jewell Pkwy. (770) 531-6988. • Spout Springs Library Farmers’ Market: 4-7 p.m. Thursdays, Spout Springs Library Parking Lot, 6488 Spout Springs Rd., Flowery Branch, email@example.com. • Jaemor Farms: 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat. June-Aug; 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept.-May; 5340 Cornelia Hwy (Ga. 365), www.jaemorefarms.com., (770) 869-3999. • Cumming Farmers’ Market: 7 a.m. Wed. & Sat. through Sept., Castleberry Rd. across from Cumming Fairgrounds, (770) 8872418. • Brookwood Farmers Market: 4-7 p.m. Fridays. through Sept., Caney Creek Preserve, Caney Rd., www.brookwoodfarmersmarket.com. Community Supported Agriculture Farms and Co-ops • It Began With a Seed Farm: 365 Lula Farm Road, Lula, (706) 869-7467 • Cedar Hollow Farm: 361 Ray Pardue Rd., Cleveland. (706) 2193032 • Cane Creek Farm: 5110 Jekyll Rd., Cumming, www.canecreekfarm.net • Cumming Harvest: 106 Colony Park Dr., Suite 100, Cumming. www.cumming.locallygrown.net. • Northeast Georgia Locally Grown: Pick-up sites in Tiger and Cleveland, www.northeastgeorgia.locallygrown.net. “Locally Grown” Events • Georgia Mountain Farm Tour: Tour sustainable farms in White, Habersham, Rabun and Stephens counties, lunch/dinner options, June 30-July 1, $35 per car, $30 if pre-registered by June 16, www.northeastgeorgia.locallygrown.net, www.soque.org. • Farm to Fork: Farm market, music, guest speakers, children’s activities, demonstrations, 2-7 p.m. Aug. 11, North Georgia Technical College, Currahee Campus, 8989 Hwy 17 South, Toccoa, $10 per vehicle. (706) 754-7714. Other events: Most farmers markets previously listed also schedule special activities. See websites or contact information for details.
Outdoor Activity Calendar July 2012 See Lake Lanier Olympic Venue Calendar for canoe/kayak and rowing activities Aqua Activities Tri2Remember, Crow’s Lake, Jefferson. 400 yard swim, 15 mile bike, 5K run, 7:30 a.m. July 15, 155 Crows Lake Dr. Individual $83 by July 1, $102 after; relay $125/$145. USAT member discount. www.gamultisports.com, 770 926-2367. Gold Digger Super Sprint & Kids Triathlon, Dahlonega. Super sprint-250 yard pool swim, 12 mile bike, 2 mile run 8 a.m.; kids triathlon-distances/start times vary per age group, July 22, Lumpkin County YMCA, 365 Riley Rd. $50 individuals/$85 relays; kids $45/$75. www.active.com, www.fivestarntp.com. 770 633-5511. Tri The Mountains, Blue Ridge. 600 yard swim, 18 mile bike, 5K run 7 a.m. July 22, Lake Blue Ridge Marina, 335 Marina Dr. Individuals $97 by July 9, $117 after; relays $125/$145. USAT member discount. www.gamultisports.com, 770 926-2367. Peach Kids Triathlon, Gainesville. Run, pool swim, bike for ages 6-14. Distances and start times vary by age group: seniors ages 12-14 7 a.m., intermediates ages 9-11 8:15 a.m., juniors 6-8 9 a.m. July 29, Frances Meadows Aquatic Center, 1545 Community Way. $40. www.gamultisports.com, 770 926-2367. Chopped Oak Super Sprint & Kids Triathlon, Clarksville. Super sprint-250 yard pool swim, 12 mile bike, 2 mile run, 8 a.m.; kids triathlon-distances/start times vary per age group, Aug. 18, Ruby Fulbright Aquatic Center, 120 Paul Franklin Rd. Super sprint $45 individuals, $80 relays; kids $40/70. www.active.com, www.fivestarntp.com. 770 633-5511. Tri to Beat Cancer, Athens. 400 meter swim, 14 mile bike, 5K run 7 a.m. Aug. 19, Sandy Creek Park, 400 Bob Holman Rd. Individuals $82 by Aug. 5, $97 after; relays $125/$150. USAT member discounts. www.gamultisports.com, 770 9262367. Kid Fit Triathlon, Flowery Branch. Run, bike, pool swim for kids, various distances/start times per age group, Aug. 25, Sterling on the Lake, 7004 Sterling Lake Blvd. $35. www.active.com, www.fivestarntp.com, 770 633-5511. Just Tri It Adult & Youth Triathlons, Gainesville. Adults-500 yard swim, 13 mile ride, 5K run; kids age 17 and younger, 100 yard swim, 5K ride, .5 mile run, 7:30 a.m. Sept. 1, American Legion Park, 2343 Riverside Dr. Adult triathlonindividuals $70, relays $120; youth age 17 and younger-$35/$60. No race day registration. www.active.com, 678 316-6262. Tugaloo Triathlon, Lavonia. 1.5 K swim, 42 K bike, 10K run 8 a.m. Sept. 8, Tugaloo State Park at Lake Hartwell, 1763
LAKESIDE 53 Tugaloo State Park Rd. Individuals $87 by Aug. 26, $107 after; relays $125/$145. USAT member discounts. www.gamultisports.com, 770 926-2367. Bootlegger Super Sprint & Kids Triathlon, Dawsonville. Super sprint-250 yard pool swim, 12 mile bike, 2 mile run, 8 a.m.; kids triathlon-distances/start times vary per age group, Sept. 9, Veterans Memorial Park, 186 Recreation Rd. Super sprint $45 individuals, $80 relays; kids $40/$70. www.active.com, www.fivestarntp.com. 770 633-5511. Tri2Remember, Gainesville. 400 meter swim, 12 mile bike, 5K run 7:30 a.m. Sept. 15, Laurel Park, 3100 Old Cleveland Hwy. Individuals $82 by Sept. 1, $102 after; relays $125/$145. USAT member discounts. www.gamultisports.com, 770 926-2367. Lake Lanier Islands Triathlon, Buford. 400 yard swim, 13 mile bike, 5K run 7:30 a.m. Sept. 30, Lake Lanier Islands Resort, 7000 Lake Lanier Islands Pkwy. Individuals $77 by Sept. 16, $97 after; relays $125/$145. USAT member discounts. www.gamultisports.com, 770 9262367. Brenau Masters Swim Team, Gainesville. Practice and competitive program for masters swimmers of all levels, high school age and older. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays 6-7 a.m., Brenau University Natatorium, Washington/Prior St. $60 month. 770 5326279, firstname.lastname@example.org. Note: Triathlons fill up quickly. Early registration is encouraged. Grounded pursuits Multisport Workouts, Gainesville. Swim, bike, run training opportunities at Baxter’s Multisport, 2480 Limestone Pkwy. Call for info about group rides, swim clinics, runs. 770 532-2453. Wednesday Evening Bike Rides, Gainesville. Road bike rides with Chicken City Cyclists, 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Frances Meadows Aquatic Center, 1545 Community Way. email@example.com, 770 5347075. ISI Cycling, Gainesville. Group bicycle rides all speeds and levels, 6 p.m. Thursdays, Dewberry Church Saturdays, corner Clarks Bridge and Glades Farm; multiple distances and speeds, 7:30 a.m. Saturdays, Corinth Baptist Church, Thompson Bridge/Mount Vernon Rd.; fast pace ride 7:30 a.m. Sundays, Corinth Baptist Church. www.isicycling.com. Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals, Helen. Children accompanied by adult fish in stocked lake. 8 a.m.-noon, every third Sat. through Sept. 15. Call for directions to Buck Shoals, near Smithgall Woods State Park. $5 parking. 706 878-3087. Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals, Helen. Children accompanied by adult fish in stocked lake. 8 a.m.-noon every third Sat. through Sept. 15. Call for directions to Buck Shoals, near Smithgall Woods State Park. $5 parking. 706 878-3087. Firecracker 5K, 10K, Fun Run, Dahlonega. 7:30 a.m. July 4, North Geor-
gia College & State University, 82 College Circle. 5K/10K $30, fun run $15. www.active.com, www.fivestarntp.com. 770 6335511. Trail Crew Work Day, Gainesville. Bring water, lunch and gloves for trail maintenance work, tools provided, ages 18 and older, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. July 7, Aug. 4, Elachee Nature Science Center, 2123 Elachee Dr. Call to register. www.elachee.org, 770 535-1976. Full Moon Hike, Tallulah Falls. Strenuous guided night hike in gorge to suspension bridge over Hurricane Falls, 8:50-10:50 p.m. Aug. 1, 9:15-11:15 p.m. Aug. 2, Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Dr. $5, plus $5 parking. Register in advance. www.gastateparks.org, 706 754-7981. Junior Ranger Camp, Winder. Day camps focus on outdoor skills, hikes, crafts. Limit of 15 children per week. Age 7-9 camp July 10-12; age 10-12 July 1719, Fort Yargo State Park, 210 S. Broad St. $60. Register in advance. www.gastateparks.org , 770 867-3489. Thursday Night Mountain Bike Time Trials, Gainesville. Gainesville SORBA hosts time trials on Coyote Loop, 5:30 p.m. Thursdays July 12-Aug. 2, Chicopee Mountain Bike Trails, Elachee Dr. Must be SORBA member to race. $10 per race, $30 series, free to age 18 and younger. www.gainesvillesorba.org. Mad Science Camp, Helen. Discover scientific principles in nature, conduct experiments, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 17-20, Smithgall Woods State Park, 61 Tsalaki Trl. $75. www.gastateparks.org, 706 8783087. Fun at the Fort, Winder. Candlemaking, bread baking and other traditional experiences at the historic fort, 7-8 p.m. July 20, 27 Fort Yargo State Park, 210 S. Broad St. $3, plus $5 parking.www.gas-
tateparks.org, 770 867-3489. Georgia State Mountain Bike Championship, Helen. Kids to pro races, various distances/times/registration fees, July 22, Unicoi State Park, 1788 Hwy. 356. $5 parking. www.goneriding.com, www.northstarbicycle.com. Georgia Cycling Grand Prix, Gwinnett/Newton. Circuit races, criterium, road races for junior to pro cyclists, various times/locations, July 25-29. Registration costs vary. www.bikereg.com, www.georgiacycling.net. Twisted Trail 5K Obstacle Course, Buford. Obstacle course, including a zip line, on woodsy trails, 7 a.m. July 28, Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center, 2020 Clean Water Dr. $35 age 19under; $45 adults. www.active.com, www.twistedtrail5k.com, 678 387-2727. Botanical Preparations, Helen. Make medicinals using seasonal plants, 9 a.m.noon July 28, Smithgall Woods State Park, 61 Tsalaki Trl. $30 by July 14, $35 after; $5 parking. www.gastateparks.org, 706 878-3087. Green Bean Festival 5K, Blairsville. 9 a.m. July 28, Blairsville Farmers Market, 148 Old Smokey Rd. www.active.com, www.greenbeanfestival.com, 706 8972629. First Saturday Hike, Gainesville. Natuaralist-led hike focusing on stream life in Chicopee Woods, 10-11:30 a.m. Aug. 4, Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Dr. Adults $5, 2-12, $3, younger than 2 and Elachee members free. www.elachee.org, 770 535-1976. Button Down Dash 5K/10K, 7:30 a.m., August 11. Start location: Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, 6500 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth GA 30097 Contact: Rachel Jeffers at 770-232-3000 or Rachel@gwinnettchamber.org, www.buttondowndash. com. - Compiled by Jane Harrison
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Cleanup near Laurel Park almost complete
The last of the debris from several boats docked at a private home near Laurel Park is being loaded onto a barge. According to the company who is handling the cleanup, Boat Dock Works, only the steel hulls remain. "They will be cut into pieces small enough to legally transport on the road and hauled to be recycled," said Brad Weigand, company owner. He said the shoreline "will be restored to its original, pristine condition."
Buford man swims 'lap' around Lake Lanier Shore Lines
From the fascinating to the remarkable, Lake Lanier harbors many personalities and places along its shores. Lakeside presents “Shore Lines” – stories about people who live, work and play around the lake and the places that make the area special. By Jane Harrison hris Shoup knows Lake Lanier as no one else does. He knows the lake stroke by stroke, breath by breath beneath a blazing June sun and star-studded night. The 50year-old swim coach from Buford swan 43.4 miles round-trip between Buford Dam and Thompson Bridge the first weekend of summer in an endurance feat unfathomable by hundreds of boaters who obliviously roughed up his journey. Shoup, a Gwinnett County high school art teacher and swim instructor, set out from a small sandy beach near the base of the dam at 1:54 p.m. June 22 with a support crew of neighbors in a kayak and sport boat. His only apprehensions were for his neighbors taking turns in the kayak and about the penetrating rays of the sun. He emerged from the water at the beach by 1 p.m. the next day after nearly 23 hours in the lake where he fought boat wakes, hunger pangs and old sol. The solid 6’1”, 185 pound vet-
eran triathlete and 24-hour adventure racer described the trip as “100 times harder than an Ironman, mentally and physically.” He said the round-trip Lanier tour, which was his second ultraswim on the manmade North Georgia lake, boosted his confidence about his ultimate goal: to swim 153 miles around the Hawaiian Islands. Shoup trained for his Lake Lanier ordeal by swimming 10-15 miles per day, departing sometimes twice daily near Lower Overlook Park, about a mile from his home. “It’s great to have the lake in my backyard,” he said. His first Lanier ultra, in July 2010, was a one-way 21-mile swim to the dam. From that experience, in which he got disoriented and swam an extra two miles, he learned he needed to get more familiar with the Lanier beyond his home waters. The former collegiate swimmer and U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal once had Pearl Harbor for backyard training waters. His website
A large boat cruises by Chris Shoup and his kayak escort Scott Edwards.
www.swimshoupswim.com describes how his Hawaii dream formulated from open water successes on Marine and Navy swim teams years after a college coach tried to get him to quit. (He trained even harder, loved it, and led the Indiana State University’s distance squad to a 10-year record). He relates that while on a Marine infantry field operation on the side of Mount Haleakala, his vision rose with the sun over the Hawaiian Islands. “As I enjoyed the view I thought how great it would be to swim to all of the Is-
Chris Shoup, second from right, poses with support crew Mike Foley, Jordan Smith, and Scott Edwards prior to the swim, left. Chris Shoup downs an energy drink near the gas dock at Port Royale, below.
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Chris Shoup pauses a moment on a sandy beach below Buford Dam before he begins his round-trip journey, left.
Chris Shoup and kayaker Mike Foley pose for a photo with 9year-old Noah Richards, whom Shoup coaches on the Wild Timber Team Extreme.
lands,” he wrote. Training for that quest brought him to the longest swim of his life: the Lake Lanier round-tripper. The First Leg: Buford Dam to Port Royale Shoup and his good neighbor support staff of boat owner/captain Jordan Smith and alternate kayakers Mike Foley and Scott Edwards loaded up the motor boat and kayak at East Bank Park and shuttled to the starting point just below the dam. There, another neighbor Robbie Richards and his 9-year-old son Noah, a swimmer on the Wild Timber Team Extreme that Shoup is coaching this summer, were on hand to watch the journey begin. “I’ve trained for this … I’m just worried about the kayakers keeping up,” joked Shoup, clad in his “funky looking” outfit, a sunblocking long john swim suit paired with cyclist’s sleeves. His advice for the crew: “Go the shortest line possible!” The guys manning the boats seemed more confident in Shoup’s ability than in their own. “This is the first time for us,” said Edwards, as they loaded the swimmer’s stash of carbohydraterich Cytomax and Carbopro, PowerBar chunks, and turkey sandwiches. The crew brought their own supply of Red Bull. Shoup had originally planned a midweek swim to avoid heavy boat traffic, but nixed that for a weekend when his supporters were off work. On the sunny 90-degree Friday afternoon with boats churning the water beyond the dam, Shoup inserted his earplugs, pulled on an orange swim cap, and strapped on his goggles. A few cheers of bon voyage accompanied his first easy strokes toward the goal. He esti-
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mated that at an average speed of just over two miles per hour, he’d be back at the dam before noon the next day. At 6:15 p.m. as diners began to fill the restaurant patio at Port Royale marina, a yellow kayak and pair of arms came into view just south of the gas dock. Shoup swam steadily through waves of houseboats and yachts cruising nebulously close to him. He had already navigated rough water traveling north of Lake Lanier Islands through the main broad body of the lake. As he tread water for a quick interview at Port Royale, he showed no fatigue and declined an invitation to stop in for a bite to eat. “A burger would be good right now,” he quipped before heading toward the quarter-distance mark at Browns Bridge, where there seemed more boats on the lake than cars crossing the bridge. Foley later reported, “Once we left the marina, it was crazy out there.” Thompson Bridge after midnight The first words heard by a reporter standing on the bridge at 12:55 a.m. were Shoup’s “I feel like my tailbone is sticking to my backbone!” Racked by hunger pangs (he admitted to mistakenly going three hours without eating), Shoup otherwise seemed unfazed at the half-way point after swimming 21.6 miles. His crew, in their lit up boats, whooped it up celebrating the turn-around. Foley said they were holding up alright “hopped up on Red Bull and peeing a lot!” A strong head wind had slowed the pace about a mile from the bridge, but smooth glossy blackness lay ahead for a few hours. Shoup relished the reSee Shore Lines, page 55
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lief from the sun, long set on the western horizon. He downed a couple of turkey sandwiches and PowerBar chunks under the bridge and headed back toward the dam, only a couple of boats in sight. By 7:15 a.m., he was passing Port Royale again. Back to the dam “We’re getting beat up by boats,” a tired Foley said by phone as Shoup swam through a throng of vessels not far from Lake Lanier Islands. “He’s doing fine, a little slow, but making progress,” he said. He estimated big wakes would delay the swimmer’s arrival back at the dam by about an hour. At about 12:45 p.m., those arms came into view between the yellow kayak and Smith’s white Moomba. Boats crisscrossed the blue between a small island and the shore. Shoup appeared to stop momentarily, but resumed his steady stroke. Just before 1 p.m., he put his feet down and strode ashore looking like he’d just completed a little training session. Only his water-withered white hands and feet looked worn out. “There was wind and a lot of boats … I got my goggles knocked off twice,” he said, sitting on a rock and drinking a soda. “I kept thinking ‘keep going, keep swimming,’ ” he said. He felt his training had
prepared him well, but the boat traffic slowed him down. Without it “I would have had a better time,” he said. “It was absolutely amazing,” said Edwards, who beached the kayak just before Shoup arrived so he could cheer his final strokes. Foley dove off the boat and swam a few meters to congratulate his friend. “We had no doubt he’d finish it,” said Foley, who had been assured day and night by Shoup’s rhythmic “splash, splunk, splash, splunk.” “He asked us if we wanted to do another lap,” laughed an exhausted Edwards. Shoup credited his friends for bringing his longest swim to fruition. “None of this would have happened without my crew. Without them there would be nothing. They are the catalyst that made this happen,” he said. Two days later Monday morning Shoup said his recovery was going well. “A little tightness in the shoulders but feeling good,” he said via email. The target date for his Hawaiian journey is “still up in the air” and will entail “a lot more planning.” When he goes, at least one member of the Wild Timber Team Extreme wants to go with him. Noah Richards has already asked his dad if he can go watch Coach Shoup in Hawaii.
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Coast Guard Deputy Director to speak at Barefoot Sailing Club July meeting By Pamela A. Keene US Coast Guard Captain Pauline F. Cook will share her seagoing experiences at the July 23 meeting of the Barefoot sailing Club. The program is open to the public. “We’re very excited about Captain Cook coming to Barefoot,” said Barefoot Sailing Club Vice Commodore Lee Cook (no relation). “With her vast experience, I’m sure she’ll have some great stories to tell. And this is a great opportunity for people to come and learn more about all that Barefoot has to offer.” The meeting will be held at Nemoe’s Tavern & Grille, 6025 Peachtree Parkway, Norcross. Socializing begins at 6 p.m., buffet dinner is served at 7, and the program begins at 8. A 1987 graduated of the Coast Guard Academy with a degree in marine engineering, she has worked on the Great Lakes and in Alaska. She also served as commanding officer on the cutter Sturgeon Bay, a 140-foot ice breaking tug located in New York City. While on Sturgeon Bay, she was responsible for facilitating shipping on the Hudson River in the winter, and conducting recre-
ational boating safety and fisheries law enforcement along the New England coast in the summer. She logged shore time in Washington, DC, where she also earned a master’s in engineering management from George Washington University. She also taught at the US Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., and various other assignments including service in New Orleans. In June 2010 she began her current assignment as deputy director of the Marine Transportation Systems Management Directorate at US Coast Guard Headquarters. Captain Cook’s decorations include three Meritorious Service Medals, four Commendation Medals, two Achievement Medals, the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation, and Unit and Team Commendations. Barefoot Sailing Club offers training and sailing for socializing and racing on Lake Lanier. Membership is open to the public. MORE INFO: (RSVP required for meeting) www.barefootsailing.org
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How commercial activity takes place on the lake The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers gets several calls per week from local entrepreneurs who have an idea for a business on the lake. The folks who call are on the right path – they know they need permission to conduct commercial business on the lake. Corps rules and regulations are found in Code of Federal Regulations Title 36. Chapter 327.18 addresses commercial activities and states that you must obtain permission before engaging in these type activities. So the question is, “How do I get permission to conduct business on Lake Sidney Lanier?” Rather than have the lake operated like a giant flea market with businesses of every type everywhere on the lake, the Corps strategy at Lanier is to channel all business ventures through “commercial areas.” The commercial areas at Lanier are typically marinas. Other areas, like Lake Lanier Islands, can also be considered, and some of the other parks leased to local governments. Here is how it works. A person
The potential business will also have to meet state and local Chris regulations to conduct business. Arthur Counties or cities may require business licenses and the state has US Army requirements for registering busiCorps of nesses as well. Depending on the Engineers service offered, some businesses need to have EPD or Coast Guard approval prior to the Corps apcomes up with an idea for a busi- proval of the sublease. A sublease should contain a ness on the lake. They do their statement describing a percentage homework and put together a business plan. Next, the potential or rent that the business owner business is pitched to one or more will pay the marina. This is reof the marinas. If the marina likes ported to the Corps by the marina the idea of offering this type busi- as part of their gross receipts. The ness to their customers, the busi- marinas pay rent to the Corps based on a percentage of their ness owner and the marina will gross receipts from their operadraw up an agreement know as a tions as a cost of doing business sublease or license agreement. (Please note that up to this point, on public property. The rent the Corps has not been involved.) amount agreed upon between marina and the sub-lessee cannot be The marina will forward the signed agreement to the Corps for labeled as a “Corps Tax,” “Corps acknowledgement and consent. If Surcharge,” or any variation thereof to act as a pass through the local Corps office at Buford Dam has no objections, it will be See COE, page 67 forwarded to the Mobile District office Real Estate branch for final MORE INFO: 770-945-9531 www.sam.usace.army.mil/lanier
Important words on the water: no wake There’s a tremendous amount of importance to those words! A wake by definition is; the region of re-circulating water flow immediately behind a moving or stationary solid body, caused by the flow of surrounding fluid around the body. The effects of this type of water comes in many different sizes and shapes depending on factors such as the mass and location of the weight on the vessel, speed, shape of the hull, and type of engines. Navy destroyers and Coast Guard cutters sometimes create extensive and unique wake patterns. At top speeds it not only powerfully cavitates and foams, plus the high velocity and the pitch of the propellers, the wake will jet out of the water and rise above the surface, something we call the “rooster tail.” At night while underway, a large area behind the transom will glow and shimmer with millions of bright phosphorescent plankton. Deep laden and extremely heavy ships additionally push a gigantic bow wake that adds even more volume of rushing water rapidly passing down the sides of the vessel. In large, busy commercial ports such as Galveston, Houston,
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New Orleans, and many others, the wake from a passing big ship going too fast will actually suck the water off the banks and then back flow with great force, reminiscence of a small tsunami. When it comes to good things about water in this condition on the lake, wakeboarding and water skiing are amazing sports to watch and enjoy. Even more popular, jet skiers attracted to wakes for the thrill of the ride. Other than for sport, a wake is something to contend with and frequently the cause of trouble for boating. Wakes impact us greatly here on the lake in so many ways. A weekend of extreme traffic volume leaves its mark on the water surface with confused waves and chop, most of which originated by wake action. The following website provides some information as to how destructive some wakes can become to shorelines
and structures: http://boatwakes. homestead.com. The first navigation marker that greets you when you depart the marina is the No Wake buoys. White in color, with clear and very visible markings in plain language should be followed at all times. When returning to the dock, sometimes at a high rate of speed, slowing down at the demarcation line still produces a wake. A rapid reduction in speed actually can cause a greater push of water as the bow begins to sink causing increased volume of water displaced, resulting in a higher, short period, wake. To help moderate this problem and potential risk to other mariners; recommend you slow to “No Wake” speed before you cross the boundary marked by the buoys to ensure you are not creating one. Boaters moored or anchored nearby really appreciate the consideration when you apply No Wake speed when needed, also providing additional benefits by expanding boating safety and your experience in a positive way. Steve Johnson, US Coast Guard (ret). is with CPO Johnson, Inc. MORE INFO:
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Lakeside’s Dining Guide Lakeview Dining Big Creek Tavern - Lunch, dinner and breakfast at 10 a.m. on Sundays. Open year around. Featuring the “Best” Angus Beef, a step up from old-fashioned American food. Billiards, video games, beer, wine, liquor. Buford. B-3, 678-482-1662. Bullfrogs Bar & Grille - Located at Legacy Lodge & Conference Center at Lake Lanier Islands Resort. Open for lunch and dinner daily. Dine poolside or indoors. Selections include salads, sandwiches, entrees, desserts and a variety of drink options from full-service bar. Guests may arrive by boat or car. Buford. B-3, 770-945-8787. Castaways - Holiday Marina. Offering fish, chicken and burger baskets; hand-cut potato chips with special toppings; casual dining. Full bar servic, tropical and frozen drinks. Mon-Sat 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun 11a.m. to 9 p.m. C-3 678 765-0424. Dockside Grill - Offering full lake views of Lanier in a casual outdoor setting under large covered deck. Featuring the famous Docker burger, sandwiches including grouper, tuna and mahi and expanded seafood and salad offerings. Aqualand Marina, Flowery Branch. C-3, 770-363-2318. Fish Tales Lakeside Grille - Casual lakeside dining featuring grouper fingers, signature salads and much more. Full service indoor and outdoor bar with live music. Expanded patio and new TVs. Open for lunch and dinner everyday during spring & summer, weekends fall & winter. Hideaway Bay Marina. C-3, 770-967-3775. Pelican Pete’s - Picturesque dining right on the water at Port Royale in an open-air thatched-roof building. Selection of sandwiches, burgers, fish and more. Sun-Thu 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. B-2, 770 887-5715 ext. 5. Pier 29 - Located on Lake Lanier at lake marker 29 opposite Browns Bridge. Newly renovated family friendly restaurant with a separate bar and dining patio with live music. Open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week. Offering fish, shrimp, steak, burgers, wings, and hand-spun milkshakes. Every Monday, buy 10 wings get 10 free. Dockside delivery available at restaurant’s courtesy dock as well as delivery to Port Royal Marina. www.pier29onlanier.com, 770-781-2242. (Former Lantern Inn location.) Dockside Sandwich Company - Offering sandwiches, lahvosh, salads, chips, and snacks. Baldridge Marina, Cumming. Seasonal. 770-889-2185. Skogies - Specializing in seafood and American fare. Open 7 days a week. Gainesville Marina, C-1, 678-450-1310. Sunset Cove Beach Club - An open-air eatery on a quiet stretch of beach near Chattahoochee Rapids at Lake Lanier Islands Resort. Open for lunch and dinner. Views of the lake during the day or dine under the stars in the glow of firelight from the fireplace. Come by car or boat. Also at Sunset Cove, Dog and Draft features 12 beers on draft, plus hot dogs, brats and sausage in pretzel buns. Fire and Ice kiosk offers smoked barbecue and burgers. On the waterpark side, Gianni’s Italian Bistro serves pizza, subs and pasta. By water, Sunset Cove is between buoys 7SC and 5SC. www.lakelanierislands.com. Buford. B-
3, 770-945- 8787. Windows Restaurant - Located at Legacy Lodge & Conference Center at Lake Lanier Islands Resort and overlooks Lake Lanier. Provides breakfast buffet, and menu options daily and special dining events every Saturday night throughout the season. Guests may arrive by boat or car. Buford. B-3, www.lakelanierislands.com. 770-945-8787. American Antebellum – Southern contemporary cuisine including fried catfish with pimento dumplings, grilled wild salmon, thyme roasted pork chop, ribeye with buttermilk mashed potatoes and more. Weekend brunch features biscuits and gravy, ham steak and eggs, buttermilk pancakes, shrimp and grits, and more. Located in Historic District of Flowery Branch, 5510 Church St. C-3.770-965-8100. www.antebellumrestaurant.com. Austin’s Steak and Seafood - Specialties include seafood, premium aged steaks and chops, baby-back ribs, chicken and pasta. Open daily, lunch and dinner. Full bar. Cumming. A-3, 770-844-0902. Braise - Open for lunch and dinner tues-sun. Brunch buffet will be starting on Easter Sunday. We also feature fried green tomatoes, BBQ shrimp, oyster pot' boys , braised short ribs and a pot roast. Dessert for 2 we offer apple cobbler and brownie a la mode. Comfort food redefined! Live weekly entertainment downstairs at the coo-coo's nest with an extended bar menu and drink specials. A-3 Coastal Breeze Seafood Grill - Offering seafood, steaks, ribs, oysters on the half shell, salads, burgers and more. Lunch and dinner, full bar. Daily 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Located at 5390 Lanier Islands Parkway, C-3. www.coastalbreezega.com; 770-945-9181 Collegiate - Old-fashioned hamburgers, hot dogs and milk shakes served in 1940s setting. Gainesville. C-2, 678-989-2280. Foster House - Lunch and dinner served family-style featuring casual dining at lunch and fine dining in evening. Lunch served 11-2:30, Mon.-Fri. Dinner served 5-8:30 p.m., Thurs.; 5-9:30 p.m. Fri./Sat. Cumming. A-3, 770887-9905. Norman’s Landing - Specializing in fresh seafood, hand-cut steaks, Canadian baby-back ribs with Kansas City barbecue sauce. Cumming. Casual. A-3, 770-886-0100. Two Dog Café – Classic small town diner with an emphasis on fresh food and fast service for lunch and dinner. Located at 317 Spring St. Gainesville. C-2, 770-287-8384. Wild Wing Café – Offers casual dining, live music, special Monday Trivia Night and 2 Fer Tuesday nights (buy a dozen, get a dozen wings free). Located at 311 Jesse Jewell Pkwy., Gainesville. C-2, 770-536-9177. Yahoola Creek Grill – Features Southern-inspired, made-from-scratch cooking from our outdoor deck, cozy dining room and loft. Full beer and wine list. Lunch and dinner, Wed.Sat. Open for brunch and supper on Sunday. Closed Mon./Tues. Located on S. Chestatee St., Dahlonega. 706-482-2200; www.yahoolacreekgrill.com. Continental/Fine Dining Adam’s - Offering American Mediterranean cuisine including Rack of Lamb, Calf’s Liver Anglaise, Mediterranean Chicken Penne, Oysters Rockefeller, and Seafood Pastilla Rolls.
Full bar. Dinner Mon.-Sat. 5-10:30 p.m. 15 East Main St., Buford, B-3. 678 754-0379. Aqua Terra Bistro - European fusion cuisine served daily. Open for lunch, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Mon.-Fri.; noon-2:30 p.m., Sat.; dinner hours are 5-10 p.m., Mon.-Sun. Located on Buford’s historic Main Street. No reservations. B-3, 770-271-3000. Blue Bicycle – a bistro touting “great food in a place not to feel rushed.” Open for lunch Thurs./Fri.; open for dinner Tues.-Sat. Reservations are suggested. Located at 671 Lumpkin Campground Road, behind the Outlet Mall on 400. Dawsonville. 706-265-2153. Corkscrew Café - Fine dining featuring varied menu choices, open lunch and dinner. Hours: 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Tues.-Thurs.; 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri./Sat.; noon-9 p.m., Sun. Reservations suggested. Located on 51 West Main St., Dahlonega. 706-867-8551. Dominick’s Italian Restaurant - Features cuisine from the north of Italy, with veal, chicken and seafood dishes. Favorites include chicken saltimbocca and garlic bread appetizer. Half-price bottles of wine on Monday nights, half-price appetizers from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and endless pasta and salad on Wednesdays. Dominick’s is open Monday thru Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch and dinner from 5 until 9:30 p.m. Located at the corner of Buford Hwy. and Hamilton Mill Rd in the Buford Village Shopping Center. 770-614-0019, Buford. B-3. Luna’s - Continental cuisine, romantic atmosphere. Gainesville. C-2, 770-531-0848. Oar House in Dahlonega - Specialties: handcut steaks, seafood dishes and homemade desserts. Located Hwy 52E, 4 miles east of Dahlonega. Reservations suggested. 706-8649983. Poor Richard’s - Specializing in Prime Rib, steaks, ribs and fresh seafood. Casual dining, dinner only. Full-service bar. Gainesville. C-1, 770-532-0499. Scott’s on the Square - Upscale casual ambience with specialty sandwiches for lunch
and gourmet entrees for dinner. Gainesville square. C-2. 770-536-1111. Barbecue/Country/Home Cooking Johnny’s BBQ - Real Pit BBQ pork, chicken & ribs. Brunswick stew. Minutes from Clark’s Bridge rowing venue. Gainesville. Casual. D1, 770-536-2100 Old McDonald’s BBQ - Real Pit BBQ, Brunswick stew, ribs. Minutes from Lake Lanier. Casual. Buford. B-3, 770-945-3431. Deli Common Grounds Coffee Shoppe - Light breakfast, lunch and dinner and desserts followed by fresh roasted coffee. Flowery Branch. C-3, 770-967-4080. Italian Piazza - Features traditional Italian dishes, homemade raviolis, pizza, chicken, veal and seafood specialities. Open seven days a week: 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun.-Thurs.; 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri./Sat. Located on 24 East Main St., Dahlonega. 706-867-9881. Vinny’s New York Pizza & Italian Grill New York style pizzeria known for generous portions and reasonable pricing. Specialties include Philly Chicken and Cheese sub, New York Pizza, Chicken Caesar Salad, Sausage & Pepper plate, baked pasta, and Lasagna. Seafood entrees are available as well. Entrees come with garlic rolls. Desserts include Cannoli, Tiramisu, Italian Funnel Cakes, or cheesecake. Wine and beer available. Hours Mon-Fri 11-10, Sat noon-10, Sun 5-10. 4977 Lanier Island Pkwy. Buford. C-4, 678 4829966. Mexican La Cazuela - An Atlanta area landmark that’s expanded to two locations around Lanier. Features fajitas, selection of combination platters and more. Cumming, 678-947-0718, Buford, 770-614-6871. Oriental Little Tokyo - Japanese dining - hibachi grill, sushi. Dine in, take out. Open Tues. - Fri. 10:30 am - 10:30 pm; Sat-Sun 12 pm-10 pm; Closed Mon. Buford. B-4, 770-945-3350.
Once snared by Wall Street, entrepreneur now screens mosquitoes By Jane Harrison Kurt Jordan’s venture from the money suckers on Wall Street to his mission running interference against bloodsucking insects “was not without a lot of fear.” So says the former Jordan Lehman Brothers bond salesman who ditched his desk job to make comfy on the porch … or deck, boat dock, houseboat or almost any outdoor setting where folks want to ward off pests that buzz and bite. Jordan expects his family business, Mosquito Curtains, will make about $1.9 million in sales this year, 14 years after he and wife, Elizabeth, made their first prototype in a room over their home garage in Sandy Springs. Their innovation, fine mesh curtains that attach to outdoor living spaces, led Jordan to a new outlook on life and work. “She came up with the idea six years before I decided to leave Wall Street,” Jordan said. His company website details how necessity led to an invention that brought bug-free solace to the family porch where mosquitoes and flies once preyed on the couple and their two kids: “My wife loved our time on the porch but was adamant that permanent screening would ruin the look of our home. I had to
Lakeside applications of the curtains include boat docks and pontoon boats.
agree that paying thousands of dollars for a permanent eye sore was not very appealing. There had to be another solution – Mosquito Curtains! “Our Mosquito Curtain has turned our porch into our sanctuary where we can enjoy all the beautiful months outside dining, singing to dad's guitar, playing games, and telling tales.” The curtains, now spun on a specialty loom, first sprung from a bolt of mesh cloth from Hancock Fabrics that the Jordans took to a tailor. Kurt, miserably ensnared by Wall Street, initially tried to snuff out the entrepreneurial spark that ignited on their porch. “I had white collar bills and two dirty faced kids in private schools,” he said. He said for 19 years, he had endured a job that he couldn’t stand, where “a bunch of prima donnas are always saying, ‘look at me.’ It never was me.” “Trying to stay in a (Lehman) branch was like musical chairs … every year there was one less chair. Eventually they closed the agency in Atlanta and moved to New York.” That’s when Jordan got out. Shortly afterward he found himself standing on the top of his car trying to hoist a 12-foot roll of fabric to his wife through a window above the garage at 11 o’clock on a Sunday night. “I was scared to death think-
Mosquito curtains can turn your outdoor porch into a sanctuary.
ing, ‘what am I doing?” he recalled. The first year, the Jordans sold $125,000 worth of mosquito curtains. “It was promising, but I had to go into savings to make my life happen,” Kurt said. He described the ordeal as “terrifying” for individuals who had little experience actually making and marketing a physical product. He said he began production with a “dedicated (tailor) that muscled through the hard times with me” and together they clocked 95 hours a week for 13 weeks straight. During the mosquito and bug months, March through August, he now employs 12 people who work in a facility about a mile from his home. Eight employees fill orders in the offseason. Jordan’s website pays comedic tribute to each employee in the “About Us” section. A pass of the curser over each worker’s photo reveals an alter ego. Kurt’s is Fabio; Elizabeth’s, Scarlett O’Hara. Images of Donald Trump, Little Rascal Alfalfa, and Shaggy from Scooby Doo also appear. Jordan’s joy in his work is not only evidenced by the company site. He speaks of the rewards his hands-on enterprise has reaped. “My whole personage has changed by making a good product I am proud of, getting it produced and moving forward together” with family, he said. “It teaches the kids (Isabella, 13, Patrick, 15) that work is good.” “It shows that you can find something in society that is of value, make it and get paid for it,”
he said. Jordan markets Mosquito Curtains through the website, which provides step-by-step instructions for choosing the type of fabric, color, attachments, plus how to self-install the curtains. After customers order on-line, tailors “custom make them to the inch,” Jordan said. He promises shipment within three days. Jordan said that out of a total of almost 18,000 orders, there have been only 29 returns. The company does much of its business in the Southeast, but also has brisk business in California and Canada. Many customers opt for curtains that thwart mosquitoes, but the company offers a finer
Mosquito curtains work well on an outdoor porch. They can be pulled back when not in use.
mesh product that also keeps out no see ‘ums. Jordan said he continues to diversify with new products such as clear, vinyl outdoor curtains and shade curtains for glass observatories. He added that government agencies have contacted him about the potential for making commercial aircraft screen doors and underwater torpedo targets. Lakeside applications include houseboats, boat docks, decks, gazebos, and places where, Jordan says, “there is a love of sharing quality time with friends and family outdoors.” MORE INFO: www.mosquitocurtains.com
Adventure and natural beauty in Kentucky Even for an adrenaline junkie like me, the thought of crossing 2,000 feet of zip line from hundreds of feet above a gorge at speeds exceeding 60 miles per hour was thought provoking to say the least! The actual ride was even more thrilling when the cross winds at the center of the gorge pushed me sideways enough to feel the sway before having to brake heavily with my glove as I approached the catch tower! This was just one of 11 exciting zip lines that cover more than two miles in two hours on the canopy tour at Black Mountain Thunder just outside Harlan, Kentucky, which is part of the Black Mountain Off-Road Adventure Area. For reservations to Kentucky’s highest, fastest, and longest zip line call 606 8373205. This area is also the home of the 500-member Harlan County Ridge Runners ATV Club which has been instrumental in reclaiming thousands of acres of used coal mining land for off road trails. They are some of the friendliest people you will ever meet, and readily accept folks with ATVs, UTVs, dirt bikes, trucks, Jeeps from anywhere. The club also has plans for horse trails and hiking trails. For more info, contact club president, JD Troutman at: email@example.com or call 877-737-0778.
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Kids and cats find lots to do at the Kentucky State Parks. Double zipping the gorge, right.
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MORE INFO: 770-289-1543 JFish51@aol.com www.fishinglanier.com Another stimulating and gorgeous canopy tour is the Red River Gorge Zipline with five lines that vary from 350 feet to 1,900 feet in length and 250 feet above the gorge. This attraction is located less than an hour drive from Lexington in the Daniel Boone National Forest and has some spectacular views. It even has two dual racing ziplines over the gorge so that couples or friends can zip more than 50 miles per hour side-by-side. For information on these ziplines, call toll-free: 888-605-2609, or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. The 26,000 acres of the Red River Gorge Geological Area is world-renowned as the best rock climbing place in the eastern USA and offers thousands of climbs for all ages and skill levels. Therefore, after zipping or
rock climbing for several hours in the morning, nothing could be better than the great variety of pizzas for lunch offered by Miguel’s Pizza and Rock Climbing Shop in Slade, Kentucky near Natural Bridge State Resort Park. This unique eatery is owned and operated by Miguel Ventura and his family and caters to rock climbers who drift in from all over the world to camp on his land. In fact, a pizza box nailed to a tree states, “Climbers Only!” However, everyone who steps through the door gets treated well with mouthwatering pizzas, cold beverages, and fruit from Miguel’s garden. To learn more about this famous place, give them a call: 606-663-1975. The beautiful Hemlock Lodge at Natural Bridge State Resort Park is the best and most central place to stay in the area for all activities in the Red River Gorge. It is also near the famous skylift up to Natural Bridge and is the beginning of the .75 mile long walking trail to Natural Bridge. Another 20 miles of trails through this geological area start at the lodge and range from the short (.25 mile) Lakeside Trail to the (7.5 mile) Sand Gap Trail. For more information or reservations, call 606 663-2214. Often called the “Niagara of the South” because of its 68-foot sheer drop and 125-foot width, Cumberland Falls is certainly an awesome sight, Though not as large as Niagara, Cumberland offers a unique occurrence on clear nights during the full moon that
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Natural Bridge State Resort Park in Kentucky, top. Whitewater rafting below Cumberland Falls.
draws thousands of spectators. A band of light generated by the moonlight refracting through the mist of the crashing waters below the falls creates a moonbow. The only similar phenomenon on the globe occurs at Victoria Falls on
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Viewing the beautiful mountains around Natural Bridge, above. A Kentucky state park lodge, right.
the Zambezi River in Central Africa. Another way to enjoy Cumberland Falls and the lower Cumberland River is by going on a rafting trip with Sheltowee Trace OutfitSee Travel, page 55
Filling the water gap in metro Atlanta Local governments and some businesses in metro Atlanta are leading in initiatives to conserve water in the region; however, state efforts are unfortunately minimal in terms of helping communities achieve measurable and permanent reductions in their water use. As the decades-old water conflict with Alabama and Florida grinds on through the court system, we must do more to demonstrate to our downstream neighbors that we are doing all we can to reduce our demand on Lake Lanier and the Chattahoochee River, as good water stewards. The metro region has made progress, but not nearly enough, especially given the serious droughts that occur at least twice every decade. Using our limited water resources as efficiently as possible also makes good economic sense in tight financial times. Saving through conservation A year ago, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK) released a report entitled “Filling the Water Gap: Conservation Successes and Missed Opportunities in Metro Atlanta.” We concluded that the
ments in: • water loss reduction targeting Sally just four metro utilities, Bethea • retrofitting old homes through direct installation of new Upper plumbing fixtures, Chattahoochee • limiting the sale of clothes Riverkeepers washers and dishwaters to Energy Star models, • more effective multi-tiered region can save substantial conservation pricing for residenamounts of water per day by intial and commercial customers, vesting in just three conservation and measures: fixing system leaks, re• large-scale rainwater harvestplacing outdated plumbing fixing at homes and businesses. tures and pricing water right. A serious commitment to Additional savings can be water reuse in the next decade achieved by reducing outdoor could more than double the powater demand, increasing reliance tential water savings in the reon water reuse, promoting pervi- gion. ous paving and other green infraBest in class structure, and investing in energy In 2011, CRK singled out four efficiency. local water conservation proThis summer, an update to our grams in metro Atlanta and recogreport will be released to evaluate nized them as “best in class” – progress made in the past year City of Atlanta’s Care and Conand recognize local success stoserve Program, Cobb County’s ries. Our preliminary conclusion Green Industry Partnership, is that there is still close to 150 DeKalb County’s Old Home million gallons of water per day Retrofit Program and Douglas (MGD) available to the Atlanta County’s Water Source Protection region in the near term through Program. smart and cost-effective investThis year’s “Filling the Water
Gap” report, to be released in August, will focus on the private sector, honoring significant initiatives and firm commitments to reduce water use. With two-thirds of Georgia currently in severe to exceptional drought conditions, we have no time to waste in doing all we can
to reduce our water footprint. To see CRK’s 2011 Filling the Water Gap report: www.ucriverkeeper.org/filling-the-water-gapreport.php. MORE INFO/TO JOIN: 404-352-9828
Continued from page 64 ters: 800 541-7238. They offer a number of different trips that will fit anyone’s schedule and sense of adventure from mild to Class IV and V whitewater. The European-style Dupont Lodge at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park was rebuilt with local hemlock beams, large stone fireplaces, and a stone patio with a spectacular view of the Cumberland River after a fire destroyed it in 1940. Walking trails from the lodge lead to other nearby falls and vistas through gorgeous forested areas. The restaurant and lodge service is excellent, but reservations are required by calling toll-free: 800 325-0063.
Visiting just a small part of Eastern Kentucky opened my eyes to a new world of excitement that I never knew existed. I found the people of this area to be both friendly and helpful, the natural beauty spectacular, and the outdoor adventure possibilities practically endless. For more detailed information on this area, visit their website at: www.kentuckytourism.com/explore/regions/dani el_boone_country.aspx. Bill Vanderford has won numerous awards for his writing and photography, and has been inducted into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame as a Legendary Guide.
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Provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers The Corps of Engineers welcomes you to beautiful Lake Sidney Lanier. Located just 35 miles northeast of Atlanta, the lake offers some of the finest camping opportunities in the South. The Corps operates 7 campgrounds at Lake Lanier. Camping enthusiasts may enjoy the luxuries of fully developed areas with water and electrical hookups or “rough it” at designated primitive areas. Most campgrounds have park attendants on duty to assist our visitors. Camping in undesignated areas such as on the lake’s shoreline and islands is prohibited.
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Day Use Parks The Corps operates 35 day use parks at Lake Lanier. Facilities range from parks with boat ramps to those with designated swimming areas, picnic tables, shelters and playgrounds. All day use parks close daily at 10 p.m. Boat launching is allowed at all hours unless otherwise posted. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in all parks. Picnic Shelters Picnic shelters are available at several Corps’ parks around the lake. They can be reserved for a fee. Call the Lake Lanier Management Office at 770-945-9531. Day Use Fees Day use fees are charged at some park areas which have boat ramps or beach areas. FEES (per day) Boat launching $3/$4 Vehicles $3/$4 Pedestrian/bicycle $1 Annual pass $30 Rules, Regulations and More Guidelines are not intended as restraints to the enjoyment of park visitors, but as aids for orderly operation, visitor safety and for the protection of the environment and public property. Complete rules and regulations are posted at the entrances to all campgrounds and copies are available at entry stations. To view annual opening and closing dates and rates for campgrounds and picnic shelters, visit http://lanier.sam. usace.army.mil/.
STATE, COUNTY & CITY PARKS 7 SHOAL CREEK 11 BIG CREEK 14 CHESTNUT RIDGE 33 CLARK’S BRIDGE 79 MARY ALICE PARK 86 FLOWERY BRANCH PARK 52 LUMPKIN COUNTY PARK 56 WAR HILL 71 CHARLESTON 74 SHADY GROVE 75 YOUNG DEER 87 LANIER POINT 88 LONGWOOD PARK 89 HOLLY PARK 90 LAUREL PARK 91 RIVER FORKS 96 LAKE LANIER ISLANDS
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Lanier sailors take on the Gulf of Mexico at the Regata al Sol By Pamela A. Keene A rainy start didn’t dampen spirits of Lanier sailors at the Regata al Sol, a bi-annual regatta from Pensacola to Isla Mujeres, Mexico, near Cozumel. After three days on the water, Lake Lanier skipper Phil Eastman and his crew brought home first place in the non-spinnaker division with sixth place overall. Eastman sailed his 42-foot Sabre Ciao. “The field was smaller because of the economy, but the racing was every bit as challenging,” Eastman said. “It was a very exciting start with 20-plus, 35- to 50-foot boats on a very short line, and the rest of the race proved to be quite an experience. Safety was paramount. Attendance was required for a Safety at Sea course and each boat was mandated to be equipped with life rafts, ditch bags, jack lines, EPIRB, transponder and satellite phone. We also had twice daily radio check-ins.” For Eastman and his crew – that included Joey Duran, Warren Doyle, Larry Cost, Taylor Cost and Tony Feliciano –strategy was focused solely on the Gulf Stream, called the “loop current”
in the Gulf of Mexico. “The loop flows north past Isla Mujeres to Tampa’s latitude and turns due south before exiting the gulf past Key West,” Eastman explained. “Our strategy involved entering the current on the southerly leg and avoiding the northerly until last minute when you try to cross at either a 90 degree angle (with greater distance sailing, but less current flow) or a 45 degree angle (with less distance sailing, but greater current flow) … or something in between. Because loop speed and location fluctuates, strategy required regular analysis of loop current position, wind and sea state and weather patterns … in advance of the race. Once the race started, you were basically blind. It’s quite a bit different than sailing on Lake Lanier with no currents and no waves.” When the crews arrived at Isla Mujeres, the skippers were made honorary citizens by the local assembly. More than 100 golf carts with trinkets and beads comprised a Mardi Gras type parade in celebration of the completion of the race. “The customs work was per-
haps the most challenging part of the event,” Eastman said. “Even though we hired an agent to assist us, we had to submit about 150 pages of documents to at least five difference agencies. One of our crew – Tony Feliciano – was fluent in Spanish, so we were even interviewed by the local paper. We made the front page.” Eastman’s crew included Pam Eastman, Larry and Tracy Cost, and Tony and Anita Feliciano. The event was sponsored by Southern Yacht Club and Pensacola Yacht Club.
(L-R) Tony Feliciano, Taylor Cost, Larry Cost, Phil Eastman, Joey Duran pose with their plaque following the Regata al Sol in Mexico.
• COE Continued from Page 60 for rental consideration. Some typical questions that we get: Q. “Can I sell hot dogs, burgers and sno-cones from my boat?” A. You can if you get a sublease as described above, however, you will be limited to sales within the confines of the leased area which you have a approved sublease. If your sublease is a specific marina, you could not leave that location to sell at other areas around the lake. Q. Can I sell ice cream in one of the Corps Day Use Parks? A. No. You may only conduct business in one of the more tradi-
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Q. I have a liquor license, can I enter an agreement with a marina to sell beer from my boat? A. The Corps would not consent to a sublease agreement of this type due to concern for public safety. Q. Are marinas obligated to see me and enter a sublease with me for my business? A. No, the marinas are not under any obligation to enter agreements with potential businesses. If you have any questions regarding commercial activities at Lake Lanier, please contact Myles Barton of the Real Estate Branch at 770-945-9531, ext. 253.
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