Leg two delayed
The start of the Velux 5 Oceans' second leg from Cape Town to Wellington has been postponed due to adverse weather conditions off the South African coast. Gale force winds and huge seas led to the race committee taking the decision to delay the start because of concerns about the safety of the skippers and their yachts.
Race Director David Adams said: “The race committee has taken the decision to postpone the start of ocean sprint two [leg two] of the Velux 5 Oceans. Currently there are 35 to 40 knot southwesterlies and big swells off the coast of Cape Town. The local weather forecast is for the wind to build through the day. The Cape Town harbour master has stopped all shipping movements after midday because of the weather.
“It would be unsafe to send seamen into a known storm. If they were already at sea and a storm hit there is nothing we can do about it but to knowingly send the skippers into a storm is irresponsible.”
The race had been due to start at 1400 from Cape Town, the first stopover of the 30,000 mile singlehanded round the world yacht race. The race committee will constantly monitor the weather and restart the race when they feel it is safe to do so.