Coast Guard Establishes Temporary Special Regulation for Sail Virginia 2007

NORFOLK, Va. – The Coast Guard has established a temporary special local regulation for the Sail Virginia 2007 marine event to provide for the safety of life on navigable waters before, during and after Sail Virginia 2007 activities.

Planned events in the Port of Hampton Roads include:

  •   The arrival of more than 20 tall ships and other vessels at Lynnhaven Anchorage on June 7 and 8, 2007;
  •   A Parade of Sail of approximately 20 tall ships and other vessels from their respective anchorages to Town Point Park, downtown Norfolk, on June 8, 2007;
  •   A fireworks display adjacent to the Norfolk and Portsmouth seawalls on June 9, 2007; and
  •   The scheduled departure of the majority of vessels on June 12, 2007.

The Coast Guard anticipates numerous spectator craft for these events. To provide for the safety of participants, spectators and transiting vessels the temporary special local regulation restricts vessel traffic in the vicinity of the tall ship parade as the parade transits the Chesapeake Bay, Hampton Roads, and Norfolk Harbor.

Operators should expect significant vessel congestion along the parade route and viewing areas for the fireworks display. Vessel operators are also reminded that Norfolk Naval Base will be strictly enforcing the existing restricted area defined at Norfolk Naval Base during all Sail Virginia 2007 activities.

Vessel operators are reminded to:

  •   Operate their vessels in compliance with the Inland Navigation Rules.
  •   Avoid excessive speed and the creation of large wakes in areas with a large number of recreational boaters.
  •   Immediately comply with the direction and orders of any law enforcement vessel during Sail Virginia 2007 events.
  •   Avoid the consumption of alcohol.
  •   Wear a personal floatation device while underway on board small vessels or when working on deck aboard commercial vessels

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