Round Britain Race 2008 -Second leg abandoned

Severe seas off Lands End and North Cornish coast moves race to Milford Haven

Severe weather warnings and high seas along the course round Lands End and Severn Estuary forced the organisers to abandon the second leg of the Round Britain Race between Plymouth and Milford Haven this morning (Sunday.

“This is a great disappointment,” said race Director, Mike Lloyd. “Although the weather took its toll on the opening leg yesterday, most of the causalities have caught up. However with SW winds in excess of force eight reported for the Severn Estuary and South Welsh coast it would be foolhardy to send the fleet to sea.”

Competitors were informed of the decision at a special briefing held at the race base in Mayflower Marina Plymouth at 9.30am this morning. Those with back-up teams ashore with trailers were told to transport boats by road to Milford Haven in readiness for the start of tomorrow’s third leg to Bangor NI. Those without trailers will leave Plymouth by sea on a heading for Milford Haven at 6.30am Monday when sea conditions are expected to moderate.

Those who arrive overland will be start the third leg at 8.45am Monday while those competitors arriving by sea will be refuelled in Milford Haven before joining a second start some time later.