Sailors prepare to race at the 94th Australian 16ft Skiff Championships at Hervey Bay. Maryborough Sailing Club hosted the event. Photo Matthew McInerney / Fraser Coast Chronicle
Sailors prepare to race at the 94th Australian 16ft Skiff Championships at Hervey Bay. Maryborough Sailing Club hosted the event. Photo Matthew McInerney / Fraser Coast Chronicle Matthew McInerney

Second day of Australian 16ft Skiff Champs cancelled

UPDATE: BOTH races set for today have been cancelled.

Strong winds forced organisers to cancel the second day of the Australian 16ft Skiff Championships, with extra races over the next two days for make up for the gap in the calendar.

Sailors prepare to race at the 94th Australian 16ft Skiff Championships at Hervey Bay. Maryborough Sailing Club hosted the event. Photo Matthew McInerney / Fraser Coast Chronicle
Sailors prepare to race at the 94th Australian 16ft Skiff Championships at Hervey Bay. Maryborough Sailing Club hosted the event. Photo Matthew McInerney / Fraser Coast Chronicle Matthew McInerney

EARLIER: A STRONG wind warning has wrecked havoc with Australian 16ft Skiff Championship organisers.

The 94th national championships attracted some of the country's best sailors, though the weather has so far proved to be unkind.

Yesterday's first race was abandoned due to rough conditions.

One boat suffered a broken mast and organisers opted not to risk more serious issues.

Two races are scheduled for today but a strong wind warning could mean both are cancelled.

Carnival organiser Rollo Nicholson said a decision on the first race, scheduled for "after 11am", would be made later this morning.



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