St Mary's Gov Cup / other Chesapeake Bay races
I grew up in Upstate NY and sailing on lake Ontario and we have been in Virginia 8 yrs now (how time goes by) and sailing on the Chesapeake for about 2 1/2 yrs. I am trying to get back into racing, specifically distance racing but have limited experience offshore (additionally, my S2 is not design for offshore) so would need to be within the Chesapeake Bay. I have a S2 11.0a, not exactly a racer but we purchased specifically for family cruising but notice that she sails nice and even with a slightly heavy displacement, I can get her up to 7k quickly in 12k to 14k winds, has a good balance and not too much weather helm.
I have read and followed the St Mary's Governor's Cup, and appears to be early Aug. Also I have read of the Down the Bay but seems less popular.
Any thoughts on these two races?
Are there any more similar races that might be of any interest?
S2 11.0A 36'