Coast Guard Puts Bay Off Limits During Air Races

U.S. Coast Guard officials have set boundaries for a safety zone surrounding the course of the Red Bull Air Race, to be held the weekend of May 1-4.

The safety zone will encompass the navigable waters of central San Diego Bay around the course, and will be enforced by Coast Guard vessels.

People and vessels are prohibited from entering into, transiting through or anchoring within the safety zone unless authorized by the Coast Guard.

The Red Bull Air Race involves high performance aircraft flying one-at-a-time through a tight course at low altitudes over the water. Coast Guard offiicials said the safety zone is for the safety of the all mariners, the Red Bull Air Race participants, rescue personnel and maintenance crews.

Seven barges make up the race course and will be anchored within the safety zone area just outside the navigation channel, officials said.

The safety zone spans the entire waterway from a line between G Street Pier and the Naval Base Coronado Carrier Basin to a line between Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal and the area just north of Coronado's Tidelands Park.

The safety zone will impede vessel traffic into or out of the South Bay as well as marinas and docks within the safety zone area, a Coast Guard news release states.

The safety zone will include all waters within the area marked by the following coordinates, for diagram Click here

32°42'41.00"N, 117°10'33.06"W, 32°42'26.40"N, 117°10'55.69"W, 32°41'45.04"N, 117° 9'54.28"W, 32°41'57.22"N, 117° 9'33.05"W

This safety zone will be enforced during the following days and times:

Thursday, May 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, May 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 3, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 4, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mariners are reminded that anchoring within the navigational channel is prohibited, the news release said.

Coast Guard officials said the safety zone and any required revisions will broadcast on event dates over VHF Channel 16.

Any directions given by the Captain of the Port, law enforcement, or designated patrol craft must be obeyed, officials said. Failure to comply could result in civil penalties of up to $5,500.

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