2020 Pan-Mass Challenge Fundraiser Running Order and Details

Here is the running order for Saturday. We’ll plan to start at 8:00 am and expect that each skier’s set will take about fifteen minutes.

Fifteen Off Group:

Ward Lennon
Cub Owen
Nick Asey
Doug Rohr
Ed Dawson
Bill Gramig

Shortline Group:

Rusty Richardson
Mike Burris
Jim Aksamit
Libby Jamison
Randolph Cooper
Caroline Cooper
Michaela Cooper
Glenn Cliborne
Darris Bradshaw

This is all very flexible, so if you would like to change your spot in your group, then please let me know.

We’ll have the boats anchored along an imaginary line from the course entrance gates (not the 55 meter pre-gates) to that point along the north shoreline. We’ll pick skiers up from their own boat then head toward that north shoreline and make a tight turn back toward the course. We’ll make quick returns at the shallow end, then wait in our usual spot at the deep end for a few minutes to let the water settle. After the sixth pass, we’ll drive by the row of boats and the skier can drop at theirs. If the skier falls on their last pass, we’ll come back to get them and pull them skiing back to their boat. So, keep your ski on if you fall on your sixth pass. After any falls on passes one through five, we’ll come back to pick the skier up and then take them to the end of the course that they were headed to, so that we can stay on the six pass rhythm.

Slalomcourse

For the boat drivers and observers, I have some limited edition masks (see below). I only have five.

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2020 Pan-Mass Challenge Fundraiser

One of our members, Robert Hayler, works for a company that participates in the annual Pan-Mass Challenge bike-a-thon as a fundraiser for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. With 2020 being what it is, the bike-a-thon has been cancelled and Robert’s company asked their employees to come up with other ways to conduct fundraisers. So, Robert came up with the idea of having an event at our slalom course. Here is Robert’s fundraiser page:
Skiers will be given six passes through the slalom course (three times up and back) to run as many buoys as they can. The event will be free for skiers and spectators, but donations will be welcome. Robert has already been soliciting donations from people to meet his event goal, so there are no obligations from the participants other than to ski and have fun! We will probably work out some details of some sort of competition, such as skiing against your personal best, and there will be awards of some type.
We will be taking precautions related to social distancing by having skiers prepare on the boat they arrived on and pulling them from that boat into the course and returning them to that boat, instead of using a common starting dock as we have for some past events.
Also, we want to keep the focus on this event as a charity fundraiser, and so we are asking that participants and spectators not wear or display anything political or election related. Anyone doing so will be asked to remove such items from view. And anyone unwilling to do that will be asked to leave.
We will need a head count of skiers participating in order to plan our day, so please RSVP to this page or send an email to smlwaterski@gmail.com and let us know if you will be joining us.
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INT Tournament

We had a small turnout for the INT tournament but great conditions which led to half the field getting into 35 off.¬† Many thanks to: Micah Gaudio and Wake ‘N Skate for sponsoring the event, Tim and Julie Richardson for bringing the INT format to the tournament and all their hard work, the volunteers for doing all the jobs to run a tournament, Rick Ries for his photography, Rusty Richardson and Gene Grimley for the use of their boats, Lori Cooper and her family for the wonderful devotional service, all the skiers for their efforts, and all the spectators for their support!

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