The race stars 1 mile south of Valley Ford, Ca. on the Estero at the intersection of Valley Ford Estero Road and Marsh Road. Short Course racers will proceed 1/2 way out the Estero round a buoy and return. Long course racers will proceed to the beach (The mouth of the Estero / Pacific Ocean.) The whole course is very protected, but can be windy. Dress for cool February coastal weather.
It is impossible to get lost on the Estero. It is possible to become temporarily way laid due to the wandering nature of the Estero. The prudent paddler will carefully observe the landmarks, meanderings and features of the Estero as they go west, thus making return trip navigation straight forward. Note that all lands bordering the Estero are private. Please stay on the Estero, and respect landowners property.