RACE DAY TRAFFIC PATTERN
- Pick up and apply the shell color flash stick-ons at the Beachmaster Tower.
- Launch at least 30 minutes before race time.
- Keep to the left of Crescent and Bowling Pin Islands. Stay to the right of buoys marking the Wildlife Refuge and Shallow Areas.
- As you pass the stern of the check-in boat, clearly identify your crew, event number and lane number, and receive acknowledgement.
- Continue and turn left into the warm-up area. Stay left of the buoys. Do not row past the line of buoys with red flags.
You may move into the “On Deck” area when the race preceding yours has loaded into the Stake Boats. The “On Deck” area is marked by four round red buoys.
RACE WEEK TRAFFIC PATTERN
Traffic through the Long Bridge (A) moves West to East Only
Traffic through the Short Bridge (B) moves East to West Only
Traffic pattern begins Monday of race week at 4 a.m. and ends after the last Crew Classic event on Sunday.
Mind the Do Not Enter Areas and use caution in Heavy Traffic areas (Start/Finish Lines, Launch/Land Area, and when crossing the course toward the Short Bridge)
Barring unforeseen circumstances, the racecourse will be in place by Thursday.
During the week before the Crew Classic stay clear of motorboats installing the course, and refer to the published traffic pattern available in Coach’s Packet and posted at the Beachmasters’ stand.
On the weekend, the course will be available for practice on Saturday evening from one half-hour after racing to one half-hour after sunset.
Traffic Pattern Each crew is responsible for obeying all publicly posted or provided traffic patterns for this event. Coxswains should carry a copy of the Mission Bay Traffic Pattern Map for the Crew Classic, available in Coach’s Packets, at the Information Booth, and posted at the Beachmasters’ stand.
Saturday and Sunday Mornings No course practice Saturday or Sunday morning or Sunday evening. At these times and during racing, crews may practice in North Pacific Passage. Shells returning to San Diego boathouses or practicing elsewhere are subject to traffic control during racing, and must have an escort to cross the course. The Beachmaster will have updated information, and all crews practicing during racing should check out with the Beachmaster.
When is the bay “closed”? It must be clearly understood that only the Fiesta Bay portion of Mission Bay is under the control of the San Diego Crew Classic and only from 6 am to 7 pm Saturday March 24th and Sunday March 25th. Crews are responsible for their own actions or omissions and must be alert to general boat traffic at all times.
Safety Each crew must adhere to all water safety laws and safety practices. Flagrant safety violations will jeopardize a crew’s chance to participate in the Regatta. Rowing against the traffic pattern, disobeying directions of course monitors and practicing on the racecourse one half-hour after sunset are considered flagrant safety violations.