Coast Guard, City of Chicago, Department of Natural Resources to kick off National Safe Boating Week

Thursday, 18 May 2017


The Coast Guard, Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Chicago Police and Fire Departments will kick off the annual observance of National Safe Boating Week at Navy Pier, Friday.  

The kick-off event will take place immediately following the annual Blessing of the Fleet, hosted by the International Shipmasters Association, and will provide an overview of each agency's role in promoting and enforcing safe boating practices on Lake Michigan and the river system. 

National Safe Boating Week, which runs from May 20-26, is an annual observance sponsored by the National Safe Boating Council, endorsed by the U.S. Coast Guard and promoted by multiple state and local agencies throughout the U.S. The campaign promotes safe and responsible boating, including the value of wearing a life jacket. Fatalities and accidents on the water can be eliminated through safe and responsible boating.

 

WHO:              Chief Warrant Officer Matthews James, U.S. Coast Guard

                          Sergeant Karl Hajdu, Chicago Police Department Marine and Helicopter Unit

                          Chief Ronald Dorneker, Chicago Fire Department Marine Unit

                          Sergeant Jed Whitchurch, Illinois Department of Natural Resources  

                  

WHAT:            To promote National Safe Boating Week, the Coast Guard, Chicago Police and Fire Department and Illinois Department of Natural Resources will provide an overview of each agency’s role in enforcing safe boating practices on Lake Michigan and river system.

 

                         Helicopter rescue demonstration by Chicago Fire Department

 

                         Ride along opportunities aboard agency assets

 

                        Media availabilities and one-on-one interviews with subject matter experts from the Coast Guard, Chicago Police and Fire Departments and Illinois Department of Natural Resources

 

 

WHERE:            Navy Pier’s Wave Wall – 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL

 

WHEN:              Friday, May 19, 1 p.m. following the Blessing of the Fleet

 

To arrange for interviews with agency representatives or to participate in ride alongs, contact Marine Safety Unit Chicago’s Public Affairs Officer, Lt. Lindsay Cook at (630) 986-2131 or Lindsay.N.Cook@uscg.mil. Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race

The Race That Keeps on Giving (Back)

DETROIT, MICH. (May 17, 2017) – Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race, the longest consecutively run freshwater race in the world, is proud to give back to the community and environment by supporting two organizations in 2017: Set Sail for Autism (SSA) and Alliance for the Great Lakes.

On June 15th, 20 young autistic adults and their chaperones will board five to six J/120s at Bayview Yacht Club and participate in a Thursday Night Race on the Detroit River. “Sailing is a unique chance for individuals with autism to perform difficult tasks and adapt to the ever-changing environment on the water,” said SSA’s Tom Riopelle, who added that special awards will be presented to top finishers and the race will be added to a full schedule of events that integrate with the Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race to raise awareness of autism within the sailing community.

Coast Guard, City of Chicago, Department of Natural Resources to kick off National Safe Boating Week 

The Coast Guard, Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Chicago Police and Fire Departments will kick off the annual observance of National Safe Boating Week at Navy Pier, Friday.  

The kick-off event will take place immediately following the annual Blessing of the Fleet, hosted by the International Shipmasters Association, and will provide an overview of each agency's role in promoting and enforcing safe boating practices on Lake Michigan and the river system. 

National Safe Boating Week, which runs from May 20-26, is an annual observance sponsored by the National Safe Boating Council, endorsed by the U.S. Coast Guard and promoted by multiple state and local agencies throughout the U.S. The campaign promotes safe and responsible boating, including the value of wearing a life jacket. Fatalities and accidents on the water can be eliminated through safe and responsible boating.

 

WHO:              Chief Warrant Officer Matthews James, U.S. Coast Guard

                          Sergeant Karl Hajdu, Chicago Police Department Marine and Helicopter Unit

                          Chief Ronald Dorneker, Chicago Fire Department Marine Unit

                          Sergeant Jed Whitchurch, Illinois Department of Natural Resources  

                  

 

WHAT:            To promote National Safe Boating Week, the Coast Guard, Chicago Police and Fire Department and Illinois Department of Natural Resources will provide an overview of each agency’s role in enforcing safe boating practices on Lake Michigan and river system.

 

                         Helicopter rescue demonstration by Chicago Fire Department

 

                         Ride along opportunities aboard agency assets

 

                        Media availabilities and one-on-one interviews with subject matter experts from the Coast Guard, Chicago Police and Fire Departments and Illinois Department of Natural Resources

 

 

WHERE:            Navy Pier’s Wave Wall – 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL

 

WHEN:              Friday, May 19, 1 p.m. following the Blessing of the Fleet

 

To arrange for interviews with agency representatives or to participate in ride alongs, contact Marine Safety Unit Chicago’s Public Affairs Officer, Lt. Lindsay Cook at (630) 986-2131 or Lindsay.N.Cook@uscg.mil. Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race

The Race That Keeps on Giving (Back)

DETROIT, MICH. (May 17, 2017) – Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race, the longest consecutively run freshwater race in the world, is proud to give back to the community and environment by supporting two organizations in 2017: Set Sail for Autism (SSA) and Alliance for the Great Lakes.

On June 15th, 20 young autistic adults and their chaperones will board five to six J/120s at Bayview Yacht Club and participate in a Thursday Night Race on the Detroit River. “Sailing is a unique chance for individuals with autism to perform difficult tasks and adapt to the ever-changing environment on the water,” said SSA’s Tom Riopelle, who added that special awards will be presented to top finishers and the race will be added to a full schedule of events that integrate with the Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race to raise awareness of autism within the sailing community.

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