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Stiff breeze fills sails for first day of Gulfport Regatta

A nice breeze and light chop on the Mississippi Sound greeted sailors in today's opening races. (Photo source: WLOX) A nice breeze and light chop on the Mississippi Sound greeted sailors in today's opening races. (Photo source: WLOX)
Four different classes of boats are competing in the regatta. (Photo source: WLOX) Four different classes of boats are competing in the regatta. (Photo source: WLOX)
The sailing races continue through the weekend. (Photo source: WLOX) The sailing races continue through the weekend. (Photo source: WLOX)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

More than two dozen sailboats from eight Gulf Coast yacht clubs are competing on the water at the Gulfport Regatta.  

A nice breeze and light chop on the Mississippi Sound greeted 29 boats and competitive teams from eight different clubs; all carrying on a rich Gulf Coast tradition.

“This is the GYA offshore challenge cup, and Gulfport yacht club is the host this year. We're always proud to host it,” said race official, Michael Hage.

Hosted by the Gulfport Yacht Club, four different classes of boats are competing; from 40 footers all the way down to 22 feet. Pride is on the line as the Gulf Coast's best-of-the-best sailors go head-to-head.

“It can be a lot of work. And today we've got a good breeze here, so I'm sure the guys will get a workout. We've got three races planned today, so I'm sure they'll be pretty tired after today,” said Hage.

The first day of racing was hot, but competitors say wind is what matters most in the competition.

“You can't predict the wind and so as the wind changes, we have to adjust the course. And that's kind of the challenge for us, the race committee, to give the sailors a good course to sail," said officials. 

The teams will race Friday and Saturday, with an awards presentation to follow at the yacht club on Sunday.

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