It's a Friday vacation day on a short week as the Monday of that week is always Memorial day making it tough to leave. Some well thought out decisions were made to make it easier for all.The difference in price is slight, it would have been smarter if that wasn't a selling point. I understand there's costs involved, one negative of kicking SW to the curb is incurring the costs they paid. But don't sell this event like a cost effective alternative to the SW NOOD, because it is not.
One thing that would have helped with the declining participation and costs was to make this a Saturday - Sunday event, two full days. The Detroit NOOD was mostly local with declining out of town participation. So why not let us save our vacation day on Friday and race the entire day on Sunday? Rubber stamping the NOOD format and expecting a better result or increased participation is a tenuous expectation. Changing the party format, promising closer, faster racing and allowing dinghies are minor changes.
All that being said if our crew is chomping at the bit for 3 days of racing we'll be there, if not I'll crew with some friends. Either way I'm happy B)