America's Cup 2013 Regulated Areas on San Francisco Bay
§ 100.T11-0551B Special Local Regulation; 2013 America's Cup Sailing Events.
The following is the official regulation surrounding regulated areas on San Francisco Bay during the 2013 America's Cup races. We have edited the official Coast Guard regulation for brevity.
(a) Location. This special local regulation establishes regulated areas on the waters of San Francisco Bay located in the vicinity of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, the City of San Francisco waterfront, and the Bay Bridge. Movement within marinas, pier spaces, and facilities along the City of San Francisco waterfront is not regulated by this rule.
(1) The following area is the Primary Regulated Area for the 2013 America′s Cup sailing events: All waters of San Francisco Bay bounded by:
- A line beginning at position 37°48′12″ N, 122°24′04″ W located on the foot of Pier 23
- Running northeast to position 37°48′41″ N, 122°23′16″ W
- Running northwest to position 37°49′41″ N, 122°24′30″ W located east of Alcatraz Island
- Running west to position 37°49′41″ N, 122°27′35″ W
- Running southwest to position 37°49′02″ N, 122°28′21″ W
- Running south to position 37°48′32″ N, 122°28′21″ W, and
- Running eastward along the City of San Francisco shoreline ending at position 37°48′12″ N, 122°24′04″ W located on the foot of Pier 23.
(2) The following area is the Contingent Regulated Area for the 2013 America′s Cup sailing events: All waters of San Francisco Bay bounded by a line connecting the following coordinates: 37°50′56″ N, 122°24′37″ W; 37°51′24″ N, 122°23′39″ W; 37°51′23″ N, 122°22′58″ W; 37°50′07″ N, 122°22′05″ W; 37°49′54″ N, 122°22′43″ W; 37°49′35″ N, 122°22′46″ W; 37°48′51″ N, 122°22′20″ W; 37°48′52″ N, 122°23′56″ W; 37°49′02″ N, 122°24′43″ W; 37°49′48″ N, 122°24′47″ W; and 37°50′55″ N, 122°24′37″ W.
(b) Enforcement Period. The following regulations will be enforced between the hours of 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on designated program days between July 4, 2013, and September 23, 2013. The enforcement period may be curtailed earlier by the Captain of the Port (COTP) or Patrol Commander. Notice of the specific program dates and times will be issued via Broadcast Notice to Mariners and published by the Coast Guard in the Local Notice to Mariners and in the Federal Register.
(c) Definitions—(1) Patrol Commander. As used in this section, “Patrol Commander” or “PATCOM” means a Coast Guard Patrol Commander, including a Coast Guardcoxswain, petty officer, or other officer, or a Federal, State, or local officer designated by the Captain of the Port San Francisco (COTP) to assist in the enforcement of the special local regulation.
(2) 2013 Race Area. As used in this section, “2013 Race Area” means an area within the Primary Regulated Area bounded by America's Cup support vessels, which will be marked by prominently displayed banners.
(3) Contingent Race Area. As used in this section, “Contingent Race Area” means an area within the Contingent Regulated Area bounded by America's Cup support vessels, which will be marked by prominently displayed banners.
(d) Special Local Regulations—(1) 2013 Race Area Restrictions. The 2013 Race Area is closed to all unauthorized vessel traffic, except for those permitted by the COTP or PATCOM.
(2) Contingent Race Area Restrictions. In the event the race area must be altered to accommodate a north-south wind direction or other shifts in weather, the restrictions in paragraph (d)(1) of this section will apply to the Contingent Race Area. In deciding whether to conduct races in the Contingent Race Area, the COTP will consider commercial shipping traffic that intends to operate in the Central Bay Precautionary Area west of Treasure Island. The COTP will issue Broadcast Notices to Mariners to publicize the use of the Contingent Race Area.
(3) Requesting Transit through Race Areas. Vessel operators who desire to enter or operate within the 2013 Race Area or the Contingent Race Area while those areas are restricted must contact the COTP or PATCOM to obtain permission to do so. Vessel operators given permission to enter or operate in those race areas must comply with all directions given to them by the COTP or PATCOM. Persons and vessels may request permission to enter a race area on VHF Channel 23A or through the Coast Guard Sector San Francisco Command Center via telephone at 415-399-3547.
(4) Area Closed to All Motorized Vessels and Vessels Greater Than 20 Feet. Within the Primary Regulated Area, the following area is established for swimmers, rowers, kayakers, and non-motorized vessels of 20 feet or less: The area bounded by a line beginning at position, 37°48′32″ N, 122°26′24″ W, running west to position 37°48′32″ N, 122°28′00″ W, running northwest to position 37°48′40″ N, 122°28′21″ W, running south to position 37°48′32″ N, 122°28′21″ W, running eastward along the City of San Francisco shoreline, and ending at the beginning position 37°48′32″ N, 122°26′24″ W. All coordinates are North American Datum 1983. This area is closed to all motorized vessels and all other vessels greater than 20 feet. All vessels are prohibited from anchoring in this designated area.
Note to paragraph (d)(4): This area contains an existing National Park Service Wildlife Protection Area (WPA), along Crissy Field extending 300 feet from shore, which is closed to all vessels. The WPA is established in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area's 2012 Superintendent's Compendium of Designations, Closures, Permit Requirements and Other Restrictions Imposed under Designated Authority. The Coast Guard regulation described in this paragraph does not supersede the National Park Service's existing regulations for this WPA.
(5) No-Loitering Area. No vessels may anchor or loiter in the navigable waters south of the 2013 Race Area, east of the area defined in paragraph (d)(4) of this section, and west of Aquatic Park, except with the permission of PATCOM.
(6) Transit Zone. Within the Primary Regulated Area, a transit zone, approximately 200 yards in width, is established along the City of San Francisco waterfront. The transit zone will begin at the face of Pier 23, run westward along the pier faces to the Municipal Pier, and continue westward to the northern boundary of the area defined in paragraph (d)(4) of this section. This transit zone is bounded by the following coordinates: 37°48′40″ N, 122°28′21″ W; 37°48′32″ N, 122°28′00″ W; 37°48′32″ N, 122°26′24″ W; 37°48′39″ N, 122°25′27″ W; 37°48′23″ N, 122°25′13″ W; 37°48′41″ N, 121°24′30″ W; 37°48′28″ N, 121°24′04″ W; 37°48′17″ N, 121°23′54″ W; 37°48′21″ N, 122°23′49″ W; 37°48′33″ N, 122°24′00″ W; 37°48′36″ N, 122°24′07″ W; 37°49′15″ N, 122°24′00″ W; 37°49′21″ N, 122°24′05″ W; 37°48′48″ N, 122°24′40″ W; 37°48′49″ N, 122°25′16″ W; 37°48′37″ N, 122°26′22″ W; 37°48′37″ N, 122°28′00″ W; 37°48′47″ N, 122°28′21″ W; (NAD 83). This transit zone is for vessels that need to access pier space or facilities at, or to transit along, the City of San Francisco waterfront. It may be marked by America's Cup support vessels. No vessel may anchor, block, loiter in, or otherwise impede transit in the transit zone. In the event the eastern sections of the transit zone are temporarily closed for vessel safety as races finish, vessels must follow the procedures in paragraph (d)(3) of this section to request access.
(7) Anchorage 7 Restrictions. No vessel may anchor in Anchorage No. 7, delineated at 33 CFR 110.224(e)(4), except with the permission of the COTP. Vessels encountering emergencies that require anchoring in Anchorage 7 should contact the Sector San Francisco Vessel Traffic System (VTS) on VHF Channel 14.
(8) Closure of Shipping Lanes. Eastbound and Westbound San Francisco Bay Traffic Lanes will be closed to all vessels greater than or equal to 100 gross tons. Vessel traffic will be permitted to operate during the America's Cup sailing races using the Deep Water (two-way) Traffic Lane established in 33 CFR 165.1181. Vessels of 100 gross tons or greater that need to enter or operate within the closed traffic lanes shall obtain permission from the COTP by contacting the VTS via VHF Channel 14.
(9) Control of Vessel Movement to Ensure Safety. (i) The COTP, or PATCOM as the designated representative of the COTP, may control the movement of all vessels operating on the navigable waters of San Francisco Bay when the COTP has determined that such orders are justified in the interest of safety by reason of weather, visibility, sea conditions, temporary port congestion, and other temporary hazardous circumstances.
(ii) When hailed or signaled by PATCOM, the hailed vessel must come to an immediate stop and comply with the lawful directions issued. Failure to comply with a lawful direction may result in additional operating restrictions, citation for failure to comply, or both.
(iii) The COTP may delay, shorten, or terminate any America's Cup race at any time it is deemed necessary to ensure safety.
(iv) After termination of the America's Cup races each day, the Coast Guard will issue a Broadcast Notice to Mariners to publicize the decision to resume normal operations.