USCG Auxiliary Operations in 23rd Annual New York Grand Prix – Tribute To 9-11

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

New York City, New York – The crew of the Amigo IV keeps watch over the race perimeter as super boats jet through the Hudson River with the New York City skyline in the background. Photo by Auxiliarist James Chin.

New York City – The Coast Guard Auxiliary was on regatta patrol Sunday to protect the public and racing super boats during the Super Boat International 23rd Annual New York Grand Prix – Tribute to 9-11 on the Hudson River.

Article and Photos by Auxiliarist James Chin

Numerous U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary vessels reported in to assist the U.S. Coast Guard and New York City Police Department in the safety and security of the race. The Hudson River was closed to all private maritime traffic during the race.

There was no confusing where the super boats were once the race started. Giant plumes of water flew from the race boats’ powerful propulsion as they zipped past the New York City skyline. On-board USCG Auxiliary Vessel Amigo IV, Coxswain Peter Talamo estimated that the boats were traveling at 80 knots (roughly 92 miles per hour).

U.S. Coast Guardsman Boatswain Mate Chief Krotz has a clear shot of the race competitors on board the Coast Guard Auxiliary facility Amigo IV. Photo by Auxiliarist James Chin.

As an added bonus for the Amigo IV crew, U.S. Coast Guard Boatswain Mate Chief Krotz joined the Amigo IV for patrol. Along with capturing close-up photos of the race, he explained how life was like as an active duty Coast Guardsman to the Auxiliary crew. Chief Krotz’s insights and friendliness helped deepen the bonds between the local Coast Guard unit and Auxiliarists.

The high powered race concluded without incident. For U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliarists, it was another day of teamwork, professionalism, and fun.

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