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Weather postpones Flying Scot North American Championships

By A.J. Giardina – bio | email


BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Rainy weather along with thunder and lightning kept the fleet of 51 boats competing in the Flying Scot North American Championships dockside.

Sailors from throughout the United States ranging in age from 13 to 70-years-old sat underneath the Bay-Waveland Yacht Club waiting for the weather to clear up in hopes of hitting the high seas.

Bay Waveland Yacht Club Commodore Chris Trapani says safety comes first. "The squalls keep building from the South and moving towards the North, Northwest right over us." He added, "So to just put the boats on the water just to get either struck by lightning or too much wind is a little dangerous so we just want to make sure the storms are cleared before we head out today.."

Trapani along with Vice Commodore Randy Santa Cruz checked the latest radar and it didn't look good. The qualifying race was slated to get underway at one, but at 3:15 race officials decided to postpone the races.

Randy Santa Cruz said, "It's a little bit frustrating because you spend a lot of time, a lot of hours preparing your boat, preparing your equipment, getting everything right and it's kind of tough sitting around but it's a nature of the game."

Weather permitting the qualifying races will set sail Tuesday morning. Trapani said, "We'll try to get in all the races tomorrow. Right now we're separating the fleets from a Challenger to a Championship Division and we need three races to have that separation and have the future of the Regatta established so we'll get three races in tomorrow before the squalls build."


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