Ocean Racing Club of Victoria
Steb Fisher

2018 Stanley race start postponed

Bad weather

From Nicholas McGuigan, Stanley Race Director

As Race Director for the 2018 Melbourne to Stanley Yacht Race, I have considered the latest weather forecast and taken the decision to delay the start of the race to the next slack in the Heads. The new start time will be 0930 on 3 November and other related times, Sign-on Schedule, Shipping Advice Broadcast and the Warning, will be adjusted accordingly. A Notice to Competitors has been posted detailing all the required timing changes.

As the weather system passes through, conditions are expected to abate over the period of the race. Delaying the start will avoid the worst of the conditions although wave height and sea state remain a concern. However, we expect the wind to be abaft the beam ensuring a fast and enjoyable reach to Stanley and this played a major part in our thinking.

Finally, I remind you all of Fundamental Rule 4 (Decision to Race) which states: The responsibility for a boat’s decision to participate in a race or to continue racing is hers alone.

For the official notice, click 2018 Stanley NTC 03


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