Coast Guard Cutter Eagle to be featured in Parade of Sail

LOS ANGELES – The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle is scheduled to participate in the 2008 Parade of Sails here. The Eagle will lead 12 other ships as they sail into Los Angles Harbor through Angels Gate.

The Festival of Sail will begin at 10 a.m. August 15, and will sail through the gate into the Port of Los Angeles. A 100-yard moving safety zone around each vessel participating in the Festival of Sail will be established, and will be enforced by the Coast Guard from 10 a.m. through 12 p.m., or until the conclusion of the event.

The boating public is reminded that passing through or anchoring within these safety zones is prohibited, unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port, or his designated representative. While enjoying time on the water during the event, all mariners are reminded to have properly fitting Coast Guard approved lifejackets for all persons onboard, as required by law.

The Eagle, one of the fleet’s best known cutters, as an underway seamanship and leadership classroom for approximately 175 cadets and instructors from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., as well as for officer candidates from Officer Candidate School. Sailing on Eagle, cadets and officer candidates assist the permanent crew of 55 enlisted women and men, and six officers as they handle more than 20,000 square feet of sail and five miles of rigging. More than 200 lines must be coordinated during a major ship maneuver. The sails provide the equivalent of several thousand shaft horsepower and can propel the Eagle at speeds of up to 17 knots.

For more information on the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle visit http://www.cga.edu/display.aspx?id=2558.

For more information on the Festival of Sail, visit http://www.festivalofsail.org/.

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