Crew member on GBR8191R British Soldier
British Soldier RB&I Race Report 2
Latest news: With the engine running and lines about to be cast off, we just heard that the race has been postponed to 0900 on Monday 11 Aug. The following was issued from the race office:
"The Race Committee have taken the decision to postpone the start of the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2014 by 21 hours. The new start time will be 0900 on the 11th August 2014. The Race Committee took this decision after receiving advice that the low pressure system known as Bertha is moving more slowly than previously predicted, with the result that the forecast winds for the start and the immediate period afterwards includes sustained winds of 40 knots with gusts in excess of 50 knots in the English Channel. The advice is that this delay will allow time for the severe winds to abate as the low pressure system moves North East. "
Therefore, the British Soldier crew are shortly relocating to the Anchor for a pub lunch! Although we will be heading out for a last practice sail this afternoon, to at least take the opportunity to put the storm sails up again. Whilst slightly frustrated at a delay, as we are all keen to get going, on the other hand there is a due sense that the postponement is probably sensible given the slightly stronger forecast.
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