A few discussions today about running a "back up"date , this is a logistical nightmare (but NOT impossible),!st we need fire & resue ,Medic , tech inspectors , admin , permits ,etc etc.It will take a few days to sort all this info out.
I am (and have always been),for a "rain out"date,this idea has been shot down more than once ! Now the members have had enough,we have $100's of thousand's of machinery ready and waiting to run.Also think of our international vistors(racers and spectaters) that have invested(and wasted) many many dollars to not race(or even spectate).
IT IS TIME FOR CHANGE!!!
Now i will do some "trumpet blowing". I did my time as a civil engineer,and have shown people like Tony Cooke (Cookie),Peter Noy (Old Timer),Rob Carrol,what to look for on the lake surface(and underneath).
When i got the call from Tony on friday,i knew exactly what he was talking about,the lake was FUBAR.
I'm not a 'Salt-oligist', but think i'm reasonably knowledgable and qualified to say that "MAYBE"the surface can heal in 6 to 8 weeks,but with the local knowledge saying that thunder storms are predicted this coming Wed,that may (only may) put a meet in 5 weeks out of contention.
What happens is,when the wet/rains happen ,an amount of silt/dirt gets washed down onto the lake,covered by a layer of water,the sun/wind dries out this water leaving a layer of salt.The lake is like a chocolate layer cake.Mud,salt,mud,salt,mud,salt,etc etc.
Where there are 'high'spots(the lake is NOT level),ie the pit area,we have quality salt (the silt will settle in the low spots),at about the 2 1/2 mile mark we have a creek running across the lake (low spot),the lake then rises and down toward the 'deep end' then slopes downward.At about the 8-9 mile mark we are getting wet salt again as ít is a low point. Under these 'low points' is where the silt has settled and the salt is very thin. But this year it seems we have an extremely thin layer of WET salt above the mud.
Thats my two cents worth , this is still a democarcy? , so have YOUR say!!
Cheers,Bob ,#202 ,