Coast Guard to restrict waterways in Cleveland Harbor for Tall Ships Festival parade

Coast Guard to restrict waterways in Cleveland Harbor for Tall Ships Festival parade

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The U.S. Coast Guard and other local agencies are scheduled to restrict waterway usage near Cleveland Harbor prior to and during the Tall Ships of America Parade of Sail from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday.

To maintain safety for all recreational boating traffic and spectators during the Parade of Sail, there will be a 100-yard safety zone in effect around the perimeter of the participating tall ships.

To maintain the safety of vessels operating in the vicinity of the Parade of Sail, vessels must request permission from the Coast Guard patrol commander using VHF radio Channel 16 to enter the 100-yard safety zone around the tall ships while underway.

Any vessel authorized to enter the safety zone must remain 25 yards from any tall ship and operate their vessels at the minimum speed necessary to maintain a safe course (no wake speed).

The tall ships will be moored at the Port of Cleveland following the Parade of Sail and depart in the morning on July 15.

While the tall ships are moored, if there are navigational constraints that require a boat to pass within the 25 yard safety zone around a tall ship, operators shall remain as close to the middle of the channel as practical and at minimum speed (no wake speed).

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