The Portland race that was initially shortened to Apollo bay and back to the Heads has now been cancelled.
It is with great regret that the ORCV has had to cancel this weekend's racing. The ORCV was certainly committed to run the race but after a careful assessment of the weather conditions, the risk profile for boats and crew was deemed unacceptable
Following discussions with Richard Carlisle from the Bureau of Metrology a trough was expected to reach the Heads at 2300 tonight and to bring with it west to south westerlies to 25 knots. Following that is an imbedded low which will reach the Heads at 6am tomorrow with 25 to 35 knots, with embedded rain and wind squalls behind the front with even stronger winds than the usual 40%. The presence of several squalls are apparent in the satellite picture.
The other big issue for the committee was the sea state which by the middle of the day would be reaching an average of 6 metres with a significate wave height of 8 to 10 metres.
For boats that have entered the race, the ORCV will credit their entry fee to the next race the boat sails in. For those boats who wish to qualify for the Christmas races, the ORCV will consider entrants based on demonstrated past boat and crew experience. For boats that are stepping up to these races, the ORCV is very open to considering alternative options.