Boater Safety Information
As OpSail 2012 Virginia approaches, we know boaters will flock to our rivers and Bays as part of the events.
During the OpSail 2000 events in Hampton Roads, the U.S. Coast Guard estimated that more than 40,000 people participated by water. For a maritime event, it seems only natural to move from place to place via water, view the parades of sail from your own vessel, and enjoy a sunset over our incredible harbor.
Keeping everyone safe during OpSail 2012 Virignia is our primary goal. Here are a few reminders for everyone:
1. Make plans ahead of time! Know where you are going and let someone ashore know your float plan prior to departing.
2. Have the proper communications and navigation equipment. Know how to use them.
3. Monitor VHF Channel 16, which is used for hailing and distress. Please remember to switch to a working channel to hold a conversation with other boaters. VHF Channel 13 is used by commercial vessels for bridge to bridge communication. Monitor this channel in addition to VHF 16.
4. Respect the safety zones established by the USCG and U.S. Navy for the Parades of Sail and docking areas. Information can be found on our webpage at www.opsail2012virginia.com/boater-info/federal-rules and in the OpSail 2012 Virginia Boater Safety Brochure found below.
5. Check the weather and listen to NOAA's maritime weather broadcasts for regular updates while you are underway.
6. Remember that a boat is a vehicle. We encourage everyone to be responsible about alcohol consuption while enjoying the OpSail 2012 Virginia events on the water.
7. Remember to keep hydrated.
8. Pay attention to other maritime traffic and lend a hand to those in need.
9. Have fun and enjoy OpSail 2012 Virginia!
Click Here for the OpSail 2012 Virginia Boater Safety Brochure