Coast Guard to Monitor Savannah River Boat Races

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The U.S. Coast Guard is establishing a temporary special local regulation for the Savannah River that will be in effect during the ChampBoat race events scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.

This special local regulation establishes certain operating restrictions on vessels navigating the Savannah River, which are necessary to protect the race participants, spectators, as well as other mariners. Representatives from Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Savannah, as well as other Federal, state and local maritime law enforcement agencies, will be on-scene to enforce the terms and conditions of the special local regulation.

The regulated area of the Savannah River extends from the Talmadge Bridge to dayboard 62 and encompasses all waters from bank to bank. Dayboard 62 is roughly 1.25 nautical-miles down river from the Talmadge Bridge. The special local regulation goes into effect at 7 a.m. on Saturday and will remain in effect until 9 p.m. on Sunday.

During race events, no vessels except those participating in or supporting the race events are permitted to enter into the regulated area unless permission has been granted by the on-scene Coast Guard patrol commander.

Scheduled commercial vessels will be allowed to transit through the regulated area according to their published schedule after coordinating with the Coast Guard patrol commander.

Recreational vessel traffic will be allowed to transit through the regulated area during race intermissions throughout both days. However, these intermissions do not follow a fixed schedule. Additionally, all vessels will be allowed to transit through the regulated area in the morning and evening prior to and after the race events. In all cases, if entry into the regulated area is authorized, all persons and vessels must obey any direction or order issued through the Coast Guard patrol commander.

The on-scene Coast Guard patrol commander may be contacted by marine band radio on VHF-FM channels 23 or 16, or by telephone at (912) 210-1937.

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