Coast Guard halts racing off San Francisco

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The Coast Guard called a temporary halt Thursday to oceangoing boat races in the Bay Area in the wake of the April 14 accident that killed five crew members of a racing yacht off the Farallon Islands.

The Coast Guard said the order would affect Saturday's Offshore Yacht Racing Association Duxship Race and a second event, the Singlehanded Sailing Society Farallones Race, scheduled for May 12.

"This temporary safety stand-down from offshore racing will allow the Coast Guard and the offshore racing community to further our common safety goals," Capt. Cynthia Stowe, the Coast Guard's commanding officer in San Francisco, said in a statement.

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