Skippers in the ARC cruising divisions have been offered two start dates; one as planned on Sunday 25, and one on Tuesday 27 November.
For the first time since 1989, the start of the ARC in Las Palmas has been delayed due to predicted high winds. A low pressure system is predicted to bring winds of 25 knots or more on Sunday night, making uncomfortable conditions in the wind acceleration zone south of Gran Canaria. The majority elected to wait until Tuesday 27, remaining in habour in Las Palmas while the winds blow through. Stronger winds do provide ideal conditions for the racing fleet, and these boats are expected to take the start on Sunday, as planned.
25 November 2012 9:50 GMT