Today was distance race day at Southern Bay Race Week. It over an hour of pounding into waves under motor to reach the starting area just North up the bay from the mouth of the James River.
The first leg was a beat out and up into the bay. We picked a pretty good layline from 5 miles out and rounded with the leaders. Downwind some of the longer boats with bigger downwind sails were able to grind past us and we had to settle for a 7th.
After racing I wore my best pirate costume and spent a couple hours walking through the Blackbeard Festival going on in Hampton this weekend. Some of the costumes were pretty amazing and they kept firing cannons all afternoon.