The Gulfport to Pensacola Race began Friday south of the Gulfport Yacht Club.
The race began 2 miles east-southeast of the Gulfport Yacht Harbor. Forty-one boats started out the 100-nautical-mile course by rounding Ship Island and were expected to reach Pensacola about midnight.
“We had a really good clean start,” race committee official Bill Wright said. “Winds at the start were light to moderate. We're hoping the wind will build in the evening and overnight.
“The fastest boats were only going about 6 or 7 knots this afternoon. We're hoping it'll pick up this evening. We expect the first boat to finish before midnight tonight. The rest of the fleet will finish by midday tomorrow.”
The Gulfport Yacht Club, Long Beach Yacht Club, Pass Christian Yacht Club and Bay-Waveland Yacht were among the Coast boats in the annual offshore race.
The Southern Yacht Club, New Orleans Yacht Club, Mobile Yacht Club and Pensacola Yacht Club also had boats in the race.
The race began in the 1960s with Southern Yacht Club, New Orleans, Gulfport Yacht Club, and Pensacola Yacht Club participating.