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 INTERNATIONAL TUGBOAT RACE RULES AND REGULATIONS

   

RACE DATE:              Saturday, June 23, 2007 

STARTING TIME: 1300 HRS when weather and shipping permit and at the direction of the Race Commander.

START LINE: Just down river from the Ambassador Bridge between the Essroc Silos and a point directly opposite on the Detroit shoreline.

FINISH LINE: Opposite Dieppe Park in the vicinity of the Bristol Bay.

RADIO: All voice communications will be on channel 14 only.

START: All vessels will approach the starting line at a speed not greater than to maintain steerage. Tugboat skippers will use their best discretion in positioning their vessels for a safe start.

Ten Minute Warning -By VHF radio channel 14
Five Minute Warning: -By VHF radio channel 14
One Minute Warning: -One minute count down by VHF radio Ch.14
Start: -VHF radio channel 14 -Flare

CONTROL:                 In the event of a collision or a person overboard, the event will be halted by the Race Chairman and restarted if conditions permit. In addition, the race may be halted at any time by the Commanding Officer USCG Group Detroit or his designated representative or the Windsor Harbour Master if the situation is not safe. 

SAIL PAST:                After crossing the finish line, tugs are invited to check down, slowly wheel to port towards Hart Plaza proceeding downriver parallel to the shoreline, give a whistle salute, and then proceed to Dieppe Park to raft up as designated on the day of the event. 

AWARDS/LUNCH:    Awards and lunch will be provided at the special Tugboat Race Tent at Dieppe Park.  

  SPECIAL SAFETY REQUIREMENTS

 It is a condition of approval of this marine event and the participation of individual vessels that the following rules established by the Race Committee will be in place: 

  1. The directions of law enforcement officers, the Windsor Harbour Master, the Captain of the Port of Detroit and the Race Commander issued in the conduct of the event will be followed.  
     
  2. The Committee shall appoint a Race Chairman with appropriate marine experience to conduct the race and to disqualify those entrants acting in an unseamanlike manner. The directions of law enforcement officers, the Windsor Harbour Master, the Captain of the Port of Detroit  and the Race Chairman issued in the conduct of the event will be followed. 
     
  3. Should possible violations of the special safety requirements be noted, vessels so identified and participating in the race will be subject to inspection by representatives of the Windsor Marine Unit, the Ontario Provincial Police, the RCMP, or the US Coast Guard to ensure that all vessels are operating in accordance with event safety requirements. 
     
  4. The Committee will ensure that there are adequate safety vessels during the race. 
     
  5. All vessels participating in the race will be equipped with operating radio equipment with channels 14 and 16. 
     
  6. Captains of vessels participating the race will submit to organizers no later than 45 minutes prior to the start of the race a list signed by the Captain of all crew and passengers on board the vessel with city of origin and their home phone number. 
     
  7. Vessels under 50 will be separated by the Committee Boat from larger vessels at the start until such time after the start as determined by the Race Chairman so that smaller tugs cannot attempt to surf on the wakes of larger boats. 
     
  8. All participating vessels shall have sufficient life jackets  for everyone on board. All persons other than captain and engineers on vessels under 60 in length will wear life jackets during the race. 
     
  9. No person aboard a vessel participating in the race will be secured to the vessel during the race. 
     
  10. No open alcohol containers will be permitted aboard participating vessels prior to or during the race and no operator or crew member shall be under the influence of alcohol. 
     
  11. In the event of a collision or a person overboard, the event will be halted by the Race Chairman and restarted if conditions permit. In addition, the race may be halted at any time by the Commanding Officer USCG  Group Detroit or his designated representative or the Windsor Harbour Master if the situation is not safe. 
     
  12. The race will start at the direction of the Race Chairman on or near the start time of 13:00.

 

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