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VIDEO: Shipwreck sinks annual yacht race

New Zealand’s annual Auckland-to-Tauranga yacht race, which was scheduled to run this weekend, was canceled Wednesday after the Rena shipwreck released another surge of debris in a pounding sea.

Click play for a news report on the damage.

Race organizers deemed the 130-nautical-mile run — held annually on Easter weekend — too dangerous after seas on Tuesday pummeled the two halves of the 780-foot cargo ship on Astrolabe Reef, about 15 miles from Tauranga, releasing an estimated 10 containers and other debris.

Click play for scenes from the wreck site.

Rena ran aground last October and broke apart in January. The stern sank Wednesday in 40-foot seas. The two sections had been resting on the reef until this week.

Click here for previous Soundings coverage of the disaster.