The Seaford Yacht Club in Seaford, Virgina holds an annual New Years Day Race on the lower Chesapeake Bay. This year the weather was sunny, about 44 degrees F with winds 14 gusting to 20 knots out of the SW. Located on the south west of the Chesapeake Bay meant the fetch was short and more importantly the waves were too. Just about a perfect day for a sailboat race. Pictures were taken aboard "Molly Waldo" the Committee Boat where we will start the race and time the finishes.
All boats have a PHRF handicap. This allows smaller boats to compete against larger boats. The handicap is multipled by the total miles in the course and the result are the seconds deducted from the elapsed fish time of that boat. Todays race is about 11 nautical Miles. All boats start at the same time.