Following the Notice to Competitors yesterday regarding concerns over cyclone Iris there have been some decisions made by skippers overnight and courses in some cases altered accordingly.
Some competitors such as Allegro have decided to head further east, keeping an eye on things and hopefully getting north of the cyclone. Quite a number, such as Nexba, Maverick and Mr Lucky have turned to find a safe haven. There are others of course in the earlier group, who are clear of the weather to the north and others such as Utopia 2001 and our recently started Chinese Whisper ,who are still a fair way south. They will no doubt keep a close eye on things as they proceed.
It’s not as simple as picking any Port either when it comes to deciding where to shelter. Depending on whether a crew decide to get off the boat or find a safe place to anchor, they will need to choose an official “Port of Entry” such as Southport. That way they can clear customs if they need to.
Following is a list of our 19 competitors and their known status by the Race Director as of the 07:00 schedule this morning.
|Allegro||Continue racing||21 40S 156 18E|
|Bartolome||Continue racing||13 31S 156 22E|
|Blue Water Tracks||Repairs Sydney|
|Chinese Whisper||Continue racing||33 54S 151 35E|
|Electra||Continue racing||29 57S 153 20E|
|Force Eleven||Continue racing||28 42S 155 32E|
|Kraken||Heading to Southport||27 43S 154 12E|
|Lord Jiminy||Not indictaed||27 25S 154 13E|
|Matrix Reloaded||Not indicated||28 17S 153 44E|
|Maverick||Heading to Southport||27 56S 154 09E|
|Mr Lucky||Heading to Southport||27 36S 154 33E|
|Morning Star||Continue racing||06 01S 154 19E|
|Nexba||Heading to Gladstone||24 32S 154 03E|
|Red Jacket||Heading to Mooloolaba||26 46S|
|Runaway||Not indicted||25 34S 154 55E|
|Spirit of Downunder||Not indicated||26 38S 153 38E|
|Surfdude||Heading to Southport||28 18S 154 22E|
|The Edge||Continue racing|
|Utopia 2001||Continue racing||30 51S 153 05E|