Posted by: wlsc1979 | 2013-07-26

The Dam Picnic & Raft-up, August 3rd

Ahoy Sailors!
I hope everyone has found time to enjoy these two no-rain days…quite rare this summer!  Let’s also hope that the rain will finish early next week so that we’ll have sunny skies for our next activity….The Dam Picnic!
Bill Murdoch has again volunteered to lead the Club as we venture over to explore the Watauga Lake Dam.  If you’ve never participated in this event, now’s your chance to see the lake from a whole new perspective and to learn a little bit of history about the area.  For those who’ve done it before, come see the lake and the valley again in all its glory!  Last year we had over 13 boats participate…quite a show!
Bill will be setting up a buoy line so that we can bring our boats over and raft-up.  If you would like to participate, but don’t have a boat, please let me know before next Saturday so that we can arrange transportation over to the dam and back for you.
Here’s more information, provided by Bill:
Dam Picnic and Overnight Raft Up

On Saturday August 3 after noon we’ll take the yellow ropes to the cove nearest the dam and set up a buoy line.  As soon as the rope is up come over, raft up, and chill out.  If you can get your hands on a dinghy bring it.  At 5:30 we will pile in the dinghies and go to a spot on the shore near the Appalachian Trail. From there we’ll walk the quarter mile trail to the top of the dam.  You’ll need to bring a picnic blanket and something to eat and drink.  (Remember the dam is TVA property, and we have been cautioned about alcoholic beverages.)  There is no shade on the dam, so you will need sunscreen and a hat.   The views from the top of the dam are great.  Downstream, you can see the river disappear into the power tunnel only to emerge from the two turbines at the power house on the headwaters of Wilbur Lake.  Upstream, you have Watauga Lake spread out before you.  The dam top is not easily accessible from the Visitor Center, so going with us will save you a few miles of hiking on the Appalachian Trail.  We will keep the buoy line up for the night for those who choose to stay.  Pack something for breakfast and spend the night with us.  Come on.  It’ll be fun.  It’s a place few people get to see.

Bill Murdoch
Hope to see you all there!
Commodore Gayle
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