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Rough sea cancels powerboat race

Winds needs to be below gale force five before powerboats can race

The first day of a powerboat race weekend had to be cancelled because of strong winds.

The Honda Formula 4-Stroke powerboat race series had been due to begin in Pwllheli, Gwynedd, on Saturday.

But the race was called off for safety reasons after a strong westerly wind and rough sea.

It was hoped that full racing would resume on Sunday said Commander Brian Wheeler, the Formula 4-Stroke Association officer of the day.

He added: "One of our problems is that we are supposed to have paramedics on the water and if the paramedic says he would be unable to recover any casualties safely, then we clearly can't race.

"We understand that tomorrow the wind will go out to the east and drop, and the sea states will improve, so we can do all of our racing and catch up on what we missed today."

The powerboat racing fleet had returned to Pwllheli after six years.

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