Watercourses clogged this summer

Whilst the glorious summer is bringing joy to coastal sailors everywhere, some inland clubs are dealing with their worst season of weed growth in years.

According to the RYA, the very cold winter followed by a hot summer has provided the ideal growing conditions for weed in inland water bodies leading to serious disruption to the sailing season for a number of clubs, as dinghies are unable to sail through the plant mass at more than a snail’s pace.

Managing weed
There are a number of ways of dealing with weed including ploughing the lake floor to disturb the root systems, various ways of cutting the weed as it grows and applying dye to the water to block out the light thus slowing weed growth.

If your club has a successful management plan, why not share it by typing in the comments below this story.