The Coast Guard is establishing a special local regulation and a safety zone for sailing regattas that may be conducted on the waters of San Francisco Bay adjacent to the City of San Francisco waterfront in the vicinity of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island. This rule will regulate the on-water activities associated with the ``2012 America's Cup World Series'' regatta scheduled for August 21-26, 2012; and the ``Louis Vuitton Cup,'' ``Red Bull Youth America's Cup,'' and ``America's Cup Finals Match'' scheduled to occur in July, August, and September, 2013. These regulations are necessary to provide for the safety of life on the navigable waters immediately prior to, during, and immediately after any regattas that may occur. The regulation will temporarily restrict vessel traffic in a portion of the San Francisco Bay, prohibit vessels not participating in the America's Cup sailing events from entering the designated race area, and create a temporary safety zone around racing vessels.
Agency Contact: If you have questions on this rule, call or email Lieutenant DeCarol Davis, U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Francisco, Waterways Management Division, U.S. Coast Guard; telephone (415) 399-7443, email DeCarol.A.Davis@uscg.mil. If you have questions on viewing or submitting material to the docket, call Renee V. Wright, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone (202) 366-9826.
This rule is final. Its effective date is August 21, 2012.