In a statement this evening announcing the cancellation of all races on what would have been the event’s final day, ICRA Commodore Simon McGibney said the decision “was only taken after extensive discussions on any way to save the event.
“The Harbourmaster has just informed us this evening that the extreme weather has led to a delay of a vessel due in to the docks tonight. This means the vessel can only access the docks tomorrow morning, and once in, the gates have to remain closed until almost 9pm tomorrow night.
“With fairness to all competitors, this means we have insufficient time to run the required races in a fair manner, and provide safe refuge as the weather deteriorates tomorrow night.
“The extreme weather for this time of year, and its impact on commercial shipping, has unfortunately created the perfect storm and led to these events. We share the deep disappointment and regret that this has led to no racing and the championships not being sailed in 2018.”
As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the fleet of more than 50 boats has been gathered in Galway Docks awaiting a break in the weather after strong Atlantic gales set in midweek.
The conditions also impacted the WIORA Championships that were set to begin on Wednesday, with racing called off due to gusts in excess of 30 knots.Facebook update post from organisers: