Boaters, be aware. There will be no anchoring of boats in Red Brook Harbor during the annual BassAckwards Race on Saturday, July 26.
Bourne Department of Natural Resources director and town harbormaster Timothy W. Mullen announced the ban this week. Mr. Mullen said there is to be no anchoring of vessels in the waters known as Red Brook Harbor, including all waters surrounding Bassetts Island. The ban will be in effect from 6 AM to 11 PM on June 26, he said.
“This action is in response to the raucous gathering of vessels that has historically taken place the same day as the BassAckwards Race,” Mr. Mullen said.
He added that the ban will also apply “to any other waters in Bourne on July 26, 2014, should the need arise and the Harbor Master deem [it] appropriate and in the interest of Public Safety.”
The 17th BassAckwards Race and Poker Run kicks off tomorrow at noon, with the start outside of Red Brook Harbor in Cataumet. About 400 participants will be racing and cruising aboard 100 sail and powerboats. The annual event has become a Buzzards Bay tradition, as sailors of all abilities and experience levels compete for trophies and bragging rights as the winning team.
The highlight of the awards party is the presentation of the BassAckwards Perpetual Trophy, presented to the yacht club that is home to the winning boat in the race. The trophy will reside at the winning club until next year’s event.
The BassAckwards Race is a fundraiser, raising money for the Buzzards Bay Coalition. Last year, $3,000 was raised for the coalition.