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Coast Guard Sets Regulations for Boat Races

Map shows boating regulations that will be in effect Sunday duiring the boat race. A larger version of the map can be downloaded by clicking on the link in the story.The U.S. Coast Guard has established a special local regulation for Charlotte Amalie Harbor. The regulation will be effect from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday during the Watersport Activities high speed boat and jet ski races

Approximately 50 high-speed boats and jet skis will participate in the races.

"It is critical that spectators and boaters observe the boundaries of the Special Local Regulation area established for the safety of race participants, spectators and the general public during the event," according to Ricardo Castrodad, a public information for the Coast Guard, based in Puerto Rico.

The Special Local Regulation includes two areas where all people and vessels are prohibited from entering, transiting through, anchoring in, or remaining within. A map of the areas can be downloaded here.

These zones are: Zone 1 – Power Boat Race Area; and Zone 2 – Jet Ski Race Area.

The other two areas are Zone 3 – Buffer Zone Area, where all people and vessels, except authorized participants are prohibited from entering, transiting through, anchoring in, or remaining within; and Zone 4 – Spectator Area, where all vessels are prohibited from anchoring and from traveling in excess of wake speed.

People, boaters or licensed mariners found in violation of a Special Local Regulation may be subject to civil penalties, which comprise but are not limited to termination of voyage, suspension and revocation of license, and fines as high as $5,000.

More information can be obtained or authorization to transit the zones requested by calling 1-787-289-2041, or via VHF radio on channel 16.

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