2008 Crystal Coast Super Boat Grand Prix

The Coast Guard along the Crystal Coast is setting up a safety zone for this weekend's 2008 Super Boat Grand Prix.

The zone will be around the port in Morehead City, from 9 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The Coast Guard says the safety zone is necessary for the safety of participants and spectators of the event. No boats will be allowed to enter, remain or transit in the area.

According to the Coast Guard, the safety zone encompasses all the waters of Bogue Sound from Morehead City Channel lighted buoy 20, near Fort Macon, N.C., east to Bogue Sound light four approximately 1/2 mile west of the west end of Sugar Loaf Island, and includes the Atlantic Intra-Coastal Waterway from mile 204 to mile 206.

Officials say an important change from previous years is that no vessels will be allowed to anchor along the shorelines of Brant Island and Radio Island that lay inside the safety zone. Mariners intending to view the race must be out of the zone prior to its establishment.

The Grand Prix is sponsored by Fountain Powerboats in Beaufort County. This is the third year for the event. The super boats involved in this event can go more than 120 miles per hour. See related link below for more information.

For additional information about the safety zone, contact the Coast Guard at (252) 247-4570.


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