But where is the risk management or risk analysis. 1 shark attack in 40+ years of OWS and triathlon and that wasn't even fatal. 0.0000001% chance of getting attacked by a shark during a race. The race director is the last person who should be making the call on whether to can the swim, because if there is an attack he goes to jail. A 1m reef shark rocks up, he's going to be jumping up and down pulling swimmers out the water, because his life is on the line. It's impossible for him to make an objective, practical and sensible decision. He's got everything to lose. All I expect is sensible decision making. We had an OWS cancelled because a 5m Great White was gnawing on a marker buoy - I have no problem with that decision. If RDs are going to do risk analysis do it properly. Hillarys sprint is a classic example, 2 years on the trot we had wet, windy weather. 5 people were hospitalised after coming off the bike at a notorious bike, the swim was cut short because it wasn't safe(?) you either cancel it or don't. Irrespectively no-one drowned or needed rescuing. The following year, similar conditions, swim got cancelled, bike went ahead, same deal more people came off the bike and were hospitalised. Taking my competitors hat off, that makes no sense at all, especially when round the corner 8/9 year olds were competing in surf life saving races.
Let the RD make the call, but remove him from any culpability if something goes wrong.