Florida's Gulfport Yacht Club hosted the Flying Dutchman Nationals on lower Boca Ciega Bay in their usual style of minimal on-shore amenities and great on the water racing. The fleet was smaller than some Nationals because of a scheduling conflict for the West Coast fleet. The quality, however, was very good.
A front moved into the Tampa Bay area early Sayurday morning and brought rain and plenty of wind - too much in fact and that brought on a postponement. Gusts well over 30 knots were reported on the Gulf and so plans to set of to race there were abandoned. At 1300 racing resumed in the light air that remained after the front passed through. Buzz and Kurt were the big winners in two of the three races, pulling in two firstplaces. The breeze showed much variability across the course so those teams that were practiced in boathandling and paid attention to conditions did well.
After six races on Boca Ciaga Bay Lin and Arthur have a commanding lead with 5 bullets. The rest of the fleet had good close and tight racing during which time winds were up to 14 knors gusting to perhaps 18 with the wind getting particularly shifty and gusty reaching the top mark. PRO Dave Ellis had planned to set the course to sail on the Gulf Saturday however with a front moving through and winds up to 30 knots racing was postponed and will probably sail on the bay again.
While waiting the class had the annual meeting where Tim turned over US Class President position to Buzz Ballenger.