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Around the Island race postponed

Yesterday's Rubis Around the Island Power Boat Race was postponed due to unfavourable racing conditions.

Ernie Mello, the race director, confirmed that the event did not go ahead as originally planned because of “bumpy” conditions and will now take place this coming Sunday instead.

“We postponed the event due to an advisory on the weather conditions,” he said. “Even though it's nice on land, the actual water conditions are a bit bumpy.

“These guys were standing up just trying to get out of the pylons [at Ferry Reach] yesterday. And so to err on the side of caution and not subject people to this kind of weather we decided to postpone the event.”

This year's race features 15 entries that will compete in five separate classes.

The race record for the new course was set last year by Steven Eversley and Brandon Franks, who circumnavigated the new 54-mile racecourse in 43min 22sec in their Batboat to lead the overall fleet across the finish line and clinch D class honours for the second successive year.

Eversley and Franks are back this year to defend their title.

Put back: choppy conditions forced organisers to delay the race (File photograph by Akil Simmons)

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Published August 08, 2016 at 9:00 am (Updated August 08, 2016 at 8:30 am)

Around the Island race postponed

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