Participants in today's scheduled Oregon Offshore Yacht Race waited this morning to start their Astoria to Victoria, British Columbia, contest as the U.S. Coast Guard re-evaluated a recommended bar closure that went into effect at 5 a.m. this morning.

The recommended closure was directed at recreational boaters, and closed the bar at Buoy 8, located at the south end of the entrance to the Columbia River shipping channel.

The race is sponsored by the Corinthian Yacht Club of Portland, and 17 boats were registered to compete.

At 8 a.m., a Coast Guard spokesperson said a crew from Station Cape Disappointment was getting underway to re-evaluate conditions so the race could begin.

This is the 33rd year for the race, which can take faster boats about 24 hours to complete, said Eric Rouzee, Rear Commodore and Oregon Offshore Chairman. Rouzee was hopeful the race would begin on time at noon from Buoy 2.

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