The Initial 2010 SEAS race was foiled by an evening calm.
The sailing vessels Tango, Commitment, L'oaa Nalu, Surprise, Lyric, and Haiku gathered near Marmion Island for the horn that would start the 2010 SEAS Cup series. A new idea was being tried this year, one where the Race Committee chair would call the race at the starting line based on the conditions.
At 1100, the boats were at the line. It was an hour past high tide, with the current racing out of Taku, Stephen's Passage, and Gastineau Channel. Taking the current and the variable direction light winds in mind, Wade Rogers, Race Committee chair, made the only sensible decision. A race around Grand Island, hoping for the more open spaces to offer more wind and a slight current help until the boats reached the breeze.