See Race Organization and Management at US SAILING Home
. A race committee will normally set a starting line to accomodate the size of the fleet. In Beer Can races organized by yacht clubs, the starting line is likely determined on an ad hoc basis.
"It is not so much for its beauty that the sea makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from the waves, that so wonderfully renews a weary spirit."