More than 80 racing sailboats ranging in length from 22 to 45 feet are expected to rendezvous this morning off the mouth of Middle River for the beginning of the fourth annual Northern Bay Race Week, one of the premier sailing events held in the Baltimore region each year.
The regatta hosts are Columbia Sailing Association, Glenmar Sailing Association and Havre de Grace Yacht Club.
The regatta will consist of three races, one each day through Sunday starting about 11:30 a.m., for four PHRF (Performance Handicap Racing Fleet) divisions and a J/24 one-design class, on Olympic triangle or windward-leeward courses around drop marks in the area between Middle River, Poole's Island, and Miller-Hart Island.
"It's going to be an exciting event," said race committee chairman Larry Martin, manager of Skelley Sails' Middle River loft and a respected and successful racer in many classes of offshore and one-design boats. "It's the largest turnout we've ever had for this event, and I expect it to be really competitive."