Tim Mullen, director of the Bourne Department of Natural Resources in Bourne, Massachusetts, said that his department is prohibiting anyone from anchoring in Red Brook Harbor or near Bassetts Island from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 27, 2013.
The move is being made in response to unruly and dangerous behavior that took place last year on the same day as the annual BassAckwards Race. The race, organized by the Kingman Yacht Center, has become the impetus behind an annual gathering of boaters, many of whom have nothing to do with the event, on and around Bassetts Island. The 16th annual BassAckward race will take place on Saturday.
According to the Cape Cod Times, Mullen said that last year’s debauchery at Bassetts involved “drugs, drinking, brawling and boats ramming into one another and nearly running over swimmers.”
Scott Zeien, owner of Kingman Yacht Center, points out that the BassAckwards Awards Party at Bassetts Island has not existed since 2010. “All event-related activities were moved to the Kingman Yacht Center property in 2011, but the boating community learned over the previous 14 years that there was a gathering on Bassetts on the last Saturday in July, and the boaters that were just there for the party continued to come,” Zeien said.
The BassAckwards Race has become the largest boating event on Upper Cape Cod, with about 400 participants racing and cruising aboard 100 sail and powerboats.