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Beer Can Racing

Urban legend has it that casual, weekday racing earned its name because most of the participants didn’t know how to read the race rules and couldn’t tell a windward mark from the starting line; they simply followed the empty beer cans tossed overboard by the leading boats. It’s probably apocryphal, much like the story of the submarine surfacing in the middle of the racing fleet on San Francisco Bay, but it does emphasize the informal character of the Friday night races.

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