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Old 06-21-2006, 07:49 PM
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Courtesy Boating Advisory
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I would just like to give everyone a courtesy boating advisory for the weekend of June 24th and 25th.
I am reaching out to the entire boating community from Manasquan Inlet to Atlantic City Inlet.
Be advised there will be 2 Power Boating events this weekend where the ocean, 3 inlets and the ICW will be involved.

Poker Run information:

1st event starts on Saturday June 24th. It will be a Poker Run leaving out of Toms River and heading south to Atlantic City for an overnight stay.
The Poker Run is expected to leave Toms River around 11:30 am.
It will proceed to its 1st card stop off of Forked River. At that point, the boats will be divided where some will head for Barnegat Inlet to run the Ocean and others to proceed south on the ICW. The Inside group will be venturing west to the Mullica River as well before heading on to Atlantic City.
The approximate times to reach Barnegat Inlet will be between 12:00 Noon and 12:30 PM. I know this channel to the Inlet can be tight, and to avoid any incidents, I am offering you this information in advance to allow you an opportunity to avoid the area for that short period of time.
Last year I understand the Coast Guard also issued an advisory just prior to our arrival. So stay tuned to VHF that day in case they do so again.


Offshore Powerboat Race:

Sunday June 25th. There will be the Annual Offshore Power Boat Race off of Point Pleasant Beach.
One thing that won’t be decided until Saturday night is the number of races. They can run all the boats at once or half the boats at noon and the other half at 1:30. If they have two races, there’s a delay as the helicopters need to refuel between races. It depends upon the number of entries and the sea conditions. If it’s rough, they can’t ask volunteer boats to say out too long in bad conditions.
11:00am – All Turn, Sweep, Dive, Medic and Rescue boats in position
11:00am –Race boats leave the pit area
11:30am – Race boats come through Inlet – Off plane parade of boats. It’s too busy to close the inlet on a weekend.
11:45am Racers’ salute to the flag with National Anthem in front of Jenkinson's
12:00pm – Start of 2006 AMF – Jersey Boyz Offshore Grand Prix Jenkinson’s Pavilion, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ
1:30pm – Possible second race Start
1:30pm – Winner’s Circle, Wharfside Patio bar, channel Drive, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ
I hope all of this information is a help to all of you in some way.
Sincerely,
Sharkey of www.SharkeyMarine.com
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Way to go Sharkey!
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sharkey you da man...i'll be in the pits on friday gimme a call and we'll get 2gether for a cocktail
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Way to go Sharkey!
Thanks Shane.... Someone didn't see it that way...

There is always someone that has to get offended....
I tried to be nice....

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OK, if I understand correctly you're saying "Warning!!!! Avoid Oyster Creek Channel late morning on the first weekend of Summer 'cause we'll be coming through?" What are you saying, fair warning?

I don't care what kind of contest you're running. Please remind your players that they are completely, fully, and legally responsible for any injuries or damage caused by their wakes. It doesn't matter if they are just going through the channel ... they own their wake. Oyster Creek Channel is fished by many people in small boats, easily swamped by wakes from larger boats and it's going to be crowded on Saturday, no avoiding that. Why not declare the entire channel, from the entrance to the Lighthouse to be a "No Wake Zone" for contestants? Nobody gets an advantage, everyone gets to enjoy the scenery. And you get to set an axample that maybe others will start to follw.

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No Jack, You are not understanding me correctly...
I am simply reminding the boating community that this is the weekend that 60 boats will be running together on Saturday. I am not telling anyone what to do or where to be. I would hope they can make their own decisions on what is best for them for 30 minutes of that day.
This is no different than me sitting at the mouth of the inlet 1st thing in the morning when all the Charter Boats head out or let's say a Fishing Tournament starts. I make the choice to wait for all the traffic to pass rather than get in the middle of it. But that's just me....

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We cover all the Rules at our Driver's Meeting. We remind everyone that they are responsible for adhering to the "Rules of the Road" especially No Wake Zones.
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sharkey you da man...i'll be in the pits on friday gimme a call and we'll get 2gether for a cocktail
I should be there after 3PM to PSP..........................

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I dunno Sharkey, your list of events seems fine to me.

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You know Sharkey, if more people took the time to make others aware of things like this, I'm sure any number of conflicts could be avoided. It seems like some are unhappy with something that might have an impact on THEIR world. I would classify your post as more of a public serive announcement instead of a warning. Posting something like this at the marinas for a few weeks ahead of an event could be extremely beneficial. But then, that's just my poor little opinion...
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Thanks CBR...

I have done this pre-event advisory before and posted on many message boards especially the Fishing Forums.

Because there is a narrow channel leading up to Barnegat Inlet it can get crowded easily. There are always a few people who are drifting or even anchoring in the channel to fish. Which to my knowledge is illegal to do anyway.
So I try to give them all a heads up when we will be coming through. This way they can either plan to be there or not.
If they are there, it is by their choice. We adhere to the no wake zones, but if one cruiser passes us and swamps someone, they want to blame the performance boaters.
I usually try to get as many pics in that area as possible. I need the proof!
Last year someone tried to say we went through at hi speed. I posted the photo of our entire group at idle speed in the area they were accusing us of being in.
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You know Sharkey, if more people took the time to make others aware of things like this, I'm sure any number of conflicts could be avoided. It seems like some are unhappy with something that might have an impact on THEIR world. I would classify your post as more of a public serive announcement instead of a warning. Posting something like this at the marinas for a few weeks ahead of an event could be extremely beneficial. But then, that's just my poor little opinion...
Thanks Ange! I think I may use that line!

The funny part of it all is, we are talking about 30 minutes if that, out of the day. Once we pass, we are gone for the rest of the day. Is it that much trouble to stay out of the channel for that length of time...?
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Thanks Shane.... Someone didn't see it that way...

There is always someone that has to get offended....
I tried to be nice....



My response to him:
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I just don't get it ( some people) , I think a courtesy boating advisory is very helpful. It's impossible to know of every event going on (boating, swimming, sailing, etc..). With an advisory you can plan accordingly. I think it's a great idea and helps keep the water safe for everyone.
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