Red Bull Air Races Safety Zones Established

DETROIT – The Captain of the Port of Detroit will establish a safety zone for the upcoming Red Bull Air Races over the Detroit River.

The established a safety zone is defined by the following: From the shore of the Detroit River on the U.S. side at 42° 19.4′ N latitude, 083° 3.3′ W longitude (southwest of the Joe Louis Arena), northeast along the shoreline to 42° 20.0′ N latitude, 083° 1.2′ W longitude (Chene Park), and extending across the Detroit River to the international boundary.
The Windsor Port Authority and the Canadian Coast Guard will enforce an adjacent safety zone on the Canadian side of the river concurrent with the U.S. Coast Guard’s safety zone. These zones will be enforced per the following times and conditions:

On Thursday May 29th and Friday May 30th (practice days), from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., no recreational vessels will be allowed to enter the established safety zones. Aircraft practice will be coordinated to allow for commercial vessel transits only.

On Saturday, May 31st (qualifying race day), from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., no vessel movement will be allowed in the established safety zones.

On Sunday, June 1st (race day), from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., no vessel movement will be allowed in the established safety zones.

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Detroit welcomes any questions or concerns as we prepare for the start of this unique event. Sector Detroit’s point of contact for questions regarding safety zone enforcement for recreational boats during the Red Bull Air Races is Station Belle Isle, 313-331-3119.

For questions regarding commercial vessel traffic, Sector Detroit’s point of contact is Commander Joe Snowden, 313-568-9491.

For a signed copy of the final rule establishing the temporary safety zone during the Red Bull Air Races in Detroit, CLICK HERE.

Coast Guard Sector Detroit directly oversees all Coast Guard missions on Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie from Alpena, Michigan to Vermilion, Ohio.

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