So I just returned this evening from a weekend aboard a newer Hunter 34 in Galveston Bay. Boy, the winds were honking on Friday night starting around 1030pm and didn't let up much until Sunday morning. We were screaming at over 7 kts on a run with the tide down the Houston Ship Channel and must have beaten a record for the sailing school in time getting down there.
Overall a great class and a great instructor (CAPT Jon). If you are interested in taking this class, you can't beat the price at $250 and can be taken a la carte, so you pay for only what you want.
The dolphins were out in full force around galveston and had one almost completely surface not more than 5 feet from our boat.