Security Zones Established for Annual Boat Race on Hudson River

NEW YORK- The U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port of New York and New Jersey is establishing a safety zone for the 18th Annual New York Super Boat Grand Prix race on the Hudson River from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008.

The safety zone will cover all waters on the lower Hudson River from Pier 64 to Pier A in Manhattan and Pier 15 to the Old Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal at Liberty State Park in New Jersey.

Recreational vessels are prohibited from entering the safety zone without permission from the patrol commander onboard the Coast Guard Cutter Thunder Bay. Violations of this safety zone are punishable by a fine of up to $50,000 and/or five years imprisonment.

The Coast Guard has devised a system to allow minimal impact on the flow of commercial traffic. The Coast Guard has handed out official race flags that must be flown by commercial vessels transiting the area. The designated vessels may only transit along the Manhattan side of the river and must maintain a 100-yard separation from the race course and participating vessels at all times.

Considering the possible remnants of Hurricane Hanna impacting the Port of New York and New Jersey on the day of the race, Super Boat International, the Coast Guard and the New York Police Department have agreed to cancel the race if adverse weather conditions include visibility of less than one mile and wind speeds above 25 mph.

“The U.S. Coast Guard Sector New York Waterways Management Office will closely monitor the Dept. of Commerce, National and Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports from the National Weather Service to determine a final decision whether conditions are safe for the race,” said Capt. John Healy, the Sector New York deputy commander.

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