I don’t know if this happens everywhere, by Maryland has a tradition of Wednesday evening sailing. Either on your own boat or a club boat, groups of folks gather and sail in various classes around buoys set up out in the bay. Those buoys along with crab pots can make getting into harbors difficult sometimes.
We arrived on Wednesday about mid-day and got situated at our slip in Annapolis. Around 7, we began to see small sailboats passing us. We’d hear a horn and their boat number called. The finish line was just past our boat, right next to a bascule bridge. Tight quarters for ending a race, but most of the boats were slipped right in that area. Then more boats, and more and bigger boats. This continued until sunset.
We had a lovely view from our cockpit, sipping wine and having a few appetizers. What a lovely unexpected introduction to Annapolis.
Today, Friday morning, it has been raining. Sailboats going out, buoy boat going out. At least some boats are going to race today. They are much hardier than I!