At the November Member Meeting this past Saturday, members participating were asked to engage in a conversation about the format for the ERCU Gold Cup.
With rising boat counts and the club's growth continuing, we saw the 2021 ERCU Gold Cup last into the dusk hours of race day. By the time we were packing our vehicles and leaving the race site after this year's Gold Cup, it was already dark. That prompted a conversation about whether we need to make changes to the Gold Cup format.
A couple of ideas have already come out, but the club is interested in an ongoing conversation over the next month or so, in order to provide all members a chance to share their thoughts.
While everyone agrees that the Gold Cup should always be the most special event we have - featuring four flights of five-lap heats for each of our two divisions and five classes; while also respecting the Gold Cup's tradition of being the most difficult to win: A test of endurance, consistency, as well as mechanical and driving skill.
The first ideas to come into discussion include, leaving it alone and retaining the status quo; keeping a one-day format and eliminating the time trials or turning it into a two day event at the same park.
We would love to keep the conversation going for the next few weeks before we need to finalize the schedule, and hear from our members what their preference is.
Below are the two options different from retaining the status quo to help start the conversation. Please be clear that this is NOT a vote for one or the other, but instead the opportunity to begin a conversation.
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