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6 March 2001, 10:25 pm
Strong Winds Hamper Racing
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Bacardi Cup

For the second time in two days strong winds have forced the postponement of racing at the Bacardi Cup.
Unlike Monday, when there was no attempt to race, Tuesday saw a start. At first, weather conditions on Miami's Biscayne Bay were ripe for racing, but midway through the race it became apparent to the race committee that the conditions were rapidly deteriorating.

"We went out there and the conditions looked favorable for a race. The winds were 16 knots on average and then during the race they jumped dramatically to an average of 24 knots" explained principal race officer Dr. Bill Smoak. In the opinion of the race officer, the conditions became hazardous for the majority of the sailors and the safety of the fleet is most important.

Officials announced that two races would be held Wednesday, March 7, with the first warning flag scheduled for 10:50 a.m., weather permitting.
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