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LLOP News: Race, regatta and Sunsets at Sunset

By Jane Harrison

Lula Bridge Race

Team and recreational paddlers gathered in the fog at Lake Lanier Olympic Park March 17 for the annual Lula Bridge Race. The event, organized by the Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club, included 12K and 18K races, plus a 25K out and back to Lula Bridge. 




John Hunter Regatta 

Crews from 43 college and youth rowing programs competed March 24-25 in the John Hunter Regatta at Lake Lanier Olympic Park. Collegiate athletes opened the regatta Saturday, followed by middle and high school rowers on Sunday. The annual regatta, organized by St. Andrews Rowing Club of Roswell, has been held at LLOP for 13 years. Above, a University of Georgia Women's Novice 8 crew approaches the finish buoys ahead of William and Mary University rowers to win their heat. 





Sets at Sunset to recreate Miami Dance Vibe at LLOP
 
The vibes of waterfront Miami will hit Lake Lanier April 28 in an 18-and-older music festival sure to make waves. Sets at Sunset returns to Lake Lanier Olympic Park with nearly 12 hours of electronic dance music spun by international and Atlanta-area DJs. The gig, produced by a Lake Lanier-area native, is predicted to bring droves of young downtown ATLers to the lakefront venue to gyrate to techno, house and trance sets.
 
Producer Cody Chesneau expects nearly double the event’s debut crowd of 350. “It was a decent crowd for the first time ever. I was happy with it. The reviews were really positive,” said the tech expert who moved the party from its experimental base at his lakeside home near Buford Dam to LLOP last year.
 
He has described it as a mini-vacation for adults with Club Miami-style music and fun. Headline DJs from Miami Beach club Don’t Sit on the Furniture will crank out beats that keep tushes up and out of the stone grandstand seats.
 
Chesneau is expanding this year’s rendition to the water and beach. About a dozen boaters can rent spaces at the new LLOP courtesy dock near the tower and come ashore for the full experience. Those anchoring in the Olympic channel won’t get the same decibel levels as those on the Olympic plaza, but a ramped up sound system may send a few more waves across the water. Boat dancers beware! “We’ll have three times the sound as last year … it’s a louder, more rich sound system,” Chesneau said.
 
Across Clarks Bridge Road, festival goers can kick up some sand with beach volleyball and games, plus yoga sessions and flow dance lessons with hoola hoops and twirling props. Hot dancers can recline beachside on inner tubes to cool off.
 
A video of last year’s festival reveals the proper attire: skimpy swimsuits or cut-off denim shorts. Wear something comfortable to move around in. “We want people dancing. This is a chance to have a great time being active,” Chesneau said.
 
Another change from last year is admission of slightly younger attendees. Chesneau dropped the minimum age from 21 to 18 to get college-aged music lovers in. The event flyer advertises “18 to party, 21 to drink.”
 
Chesneau’s new production studio in Flowery Branch, Creator’s Lounge, incubates ideas from University of North Georgia students and others interested in launching video and techno projects. He expects the age drop will bring in some students. Last year’s attendees ranged from 21 to about 40, “a diverse crowd,” he said.
 
As of late March, the producer was still signing up food and alcohol vendors. A gamer truck and inflatable obstacle course are among the new offerings.
 
Chesneau is especially excited about DJs Behrouz and HOJ, from the Miami dance club. He envisions a Lanier waterfront throbbing with hot beach culture.
 
LLOP manager Robyn Lynch expressed excitement “about bringing in a market of people out of Atlanta.” She believes it will expose the 1996 Atlanta Olympic rowing and paddling site to people who don’t frequently visit.
 
The venue stands to profit, too. Lynch would not disclose the rental arrangement, but the LLOP website quotes rental cost for the grandstands, plaza and tower at $1,600, with an additional $1 per person facility. Additional fees may apply.
 
Information: Tickets $40 advance, at the gate TBD; 5-person cabanas $500-$600, plus fees. Parking: $7 paid in advance, $10 festival day. Time/Date: 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. April 28. Location: Lake Lanier Olympic Park, 3105 Clarks Bridge Rd., Gainesville. More info: www.setsatsunset.com.

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