What ever they did to market the regatta was perfect. 30 boats these days is a great turn out. I'd move the date to late spring, early summer or late fall. This time of year is typically hurricane or no breeze. It was great to see Northshore CSA bring so many boats over. I would also look at predicted wind and direction and set course late Friday night. If NE-SE breeze is in the forecast going to J-A or Delta and back is a miserable light air Windward leeward for the cruisers and recreational newbies. A twenty mile race with 40% being W-L adds nearly 25-25% more distance sailing your upwind and downwind angles. So a 20 mile race becomes a 25 mile race with all of that windward work and wide jybing angles. Set up the course for a large rectangle or trapezoid depending on forecast as Charlie Erikson use to do. Also do the math, most of these recreational racers are not planning on a 6 hour race in 90 degreees. If these boats are averaging less than 3 knots or so shut it down at 9 miles. I think these ideas would show up in a collaberative process in setting up the event in the future. Collaberation with folks that have put this event on for 25 years and SAILFLOW.COM are your friend.