The Homer Yacht Club sails primarily on Kachemak Bay, on the west side of southcentral Alaska''s spectacular Kenai Peninsula. Approximately twenty miles long, Kachemak Bay encompasses several islands, bays, and coves flanked by towering mountains. The Homer Yacht Club''s cup races are generally about 6 to 10 nautical miles long, and most use permanent buoys and/or small islands for the race marks. The racing fleet is relatively small and comprises a variety of designs, many intended for cruising rather than racing. Due to these factors and the disparate experience levels among crews, a golf handicap system is used for the cup races.