A fluke miscommunication is being blamed for delaying the start of the 2015 Dauphin Island Race, a postponement that was disastrous and possibly fatal for some participants.
An official at Fairhope Yacht Club, which hosted the event, said Tuesday that concerns about stormy weather had nothing to do with the delay in the start of Saturday’s race, and that organizers had no idea that the day would bring a sudden blast of gale-force conditions.
Many sailors have reported that the start times for Saturday’s race were delayed by about 90 minutes. Some have said they heard the race initially was canceled, then reinstated. According to a race official, the confusion stemmed from an erroneous cancellation announcement posted to Fairhope Yacht Club’s website.