Inclement weather sees Whitby Regatta races cancelled

High winds and choppy seas have forced the cancellation of the rowing races at today's Whitby Regatta.

A safety team decided that conditions outside the harbour walls were too rough, and have postponed the races until tomorrow, when they will re-assess the situation at 9.30am. Eleven races had been scheduled.

The raft race within the harbour is still expected to go ahead at 3.45pm today.

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Other events, including the greasy pole competition, are unaffected.

The annual event had already suffered a blow when it was revealed that the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight's planned flypast over the town on Sunday had been cancelled after several of the World War Two-era aircraft were grounded over safety fears.