The 59th annual Dauphin Island Race, scheduled to take place on Saturday, has been postponed due to forecasts for rain and windy conditions.
“They are just trying to do what is best for everyone involved,” said Dauphin Island Mayor Jeff Collier. “While we hate to see it postponed, the safety of participants is first and foremost.”
While the race is scheduled not to take place, this year’s hosts – the Buccaneer Yacht Club – posted that the “party is still on with live music, libations, and food being available.”
While the Yacht Club’s intention is for the race to be rescheduled, no make-up date has been set.
Collier said that Dauphin Island’s two other events, the 8th annual Gumbo Festival and Cook-Off, and the 15th annual St. Francis Episcopal Church Arts and Crafts Festival, are still on.
The National Weather Service is forecasting a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms mainly occurring after 1 p.m. on Saturday. Southeast wind gusts could be as high as 25 mph.
Collier said the race’s postponement shouldn’t create major disruptions for the city.
“It’s not a big deal,” he said. “We hate to see it happen, but we understand decisions going into this are being made for the right reasons.”