Skippers, the US1M Series regatta last weekend encountered unprecedented amounts of weed all around the pond. The green mark on the left side of the course is completely surrounded for several feet by weed, and has been for a couple of weeks. What caused the most problem was the amount of weed that was present below the surface of the water and couldn’t be seen or avoided. Every boat got burdened with weed multiple times, to the point where sailors felt they no longer wanted to race if this was going to be the weed situation going forward. Our only recourse seems to be to find another venue.
Tomorrow, Paul Mercer and I (and possibly Herb Dreher) will be checking out a site called Buckmaster Pond in Westwood, MA. I’ve gotten permission from the Town of Westwood to use the pond, and if it looks passible we are going to try and hold our twin DF-95 Series regattas there on the 23rd of this month. I’m hoping this will be a good site and it doesn’t cause any skipper problems getting to the site. After we check out the site, if it’s “good-to-go” I’ll send out directions to the site.
Let me know if you have any other ideas.