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Sail races will go on despite Gulf oil spill

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill won't spoil sailing this weekend on Pensacola Bay as the Subway SailFest South Regatta is to go on as planned at Pensacola (Fla.) Yacht Club, event organizers said.

"We have been carefully watching the oil problem," event chairman Bruce Partington said in a statement. "Looking at possible conditions through the weekend, we think it will be safe to run our Gulf Coast opti championship and the US Sailing Junior Olympic Sailing Festival on Pensacola Bay. Our decision to hold the event, even with reduced entry numbers, demonstrates the resiliency and fortitude of the Pensacola community."

"Due to wind and currents, every day is a new day when it comes to this oil spill," added club commodore San Foreman. "We should always try to put on our regattas until we simply can't for health and safety reasons. The uncertainty of it is hard for some to deal with, but the alternative would be to just cancel all of our on-the-water activities. Even if BP caps that well tomorrow, we will be having this oil situation for many years to come."

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