Coast Guard San Diego establishes a special local regulation for the Thunderboat Regatta

SAN DIEGO — The U.S. Coast Guard San Diego has established a Special Local Regulation for the Thunderboat Regatta closed-course hydro, drag boat, and tunnel hull races to be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 19, 20, and 21, 2008 on Mission Bay. The purpose of the Special Local Regulation is to ensure the safety of the racers and non-participants, including recreational boaters and inform them of the restrictions placed on Mission Bay boating traffic during the event.

The Thunderboat Regatta closed-course Special Local Regulation will encompass Fiesta Bay from De Anza Point to Dana Landing. The Special Local Regulation will be in effect from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Persons and vessels are prohibited from entering into, transiting through, or anchoring within the Special Local Regulation unless authorized by the Coast Guard Patrol Commander. Portions of the Special Local Regulation maybe open periodically to allow for vessel traffic.

While on the water, boaters are encouraged to make contact with the vessels enforcing the Special Local Regulation. Both event organizers will provide vessels marked with a large orange sign “Caution – Event in Progress.” All perimeter vessels will have informational flyers indicating the length of the Special Local Regulation and event status.

The patrol commanders can be reached while the Special Local Regulation is in effect on marine band radio channel 16.

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