Sydney to Gold Coast Race start postponed

Grundig Xena decides to wait and start with fleet

Saturday July 28th 2001, Author: Lisa Ratcliff, Location: United Kingdom
At this morning’s Sydney to Gold Coast Race weather briefing, the Bureau of Meteorology advised skippers and crews that the East Coast Low currently affecting Sydney’s weather will intensify further over the next 24 hours.
As a result, race organisers at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia have decided to postpone today’s scheduled 1.00pm start until 10.00am Sunday July 29.

Skipper of the radical Open 60 Grundig Xena, Sean Langman, was contemplating setting off today without the rest of the 70-strong fleet to attempt the 24-world record for a monohull yacht, however, he had since decided Xena will definitely be on the start line tomorrow.

This is the first time the start has been delayed in the race’s 16-year history and in fact, the first time the CYCA has delayed the start of a major offshore race, including the Sydney to Hobart Race, in 57 years.

Race Committee Chairman Bob Brenac said: "After considering all the factors and after consulting with authorities, the Race Committee decided there was no alternative other than to postpone the start of the Sydney to Gold Coast Race until tomorrow, when conditions are expected to ease."

"It is a yacht race after all, not a survival contest," Brenac added.

The reaction from skippers has been positive, with many having already made the decision not to start, prior to the announcement being made by the Race Committee.

There will be compulsory weather briefing at 0700hours Sunday July 29 at the CYCA where the Bureau will present skippers with a revised race forecast.

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