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Boating Spectators Get New Restrictions For HAPO Columbia Cup

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Anyone trying to watch the Water Follies from the water will need to anchor their boat a little further away than usual. Anyone trying to watch the Water Follies from the water will need to anchor their boat a little further away than usual.
KENNEWICK, WA. - Anyone trying to watch the Water Follies from the water will need to anchor their boat a little further away than usual.

This year the Coast Guard and other patrol boats will be monitoring the clearly marked perimeters of the hydro course that have been pushed back a few hundred yards on each side for safety reasons. Organizers tell NBC Right Now the water follies permit this year through the Coast Guard enforces the new restrictions to ensure fans are a safe distance away from all the action.

They want boaters to keep an eye out for those markers out on the water.

"Members from the Coast Guard will all be out patrolling the no wake zones and the anchor lines, so we just ask that if you're coming to the races to watch from your personal boat to watch for those and just be mindful that you'll be further away from the event this year," said  Michael Hendricks, Water Operations Director.

Some boat race fans know the nearby island as Hydro Island. In previous years boaters have anchored along the small strip of land right up to the tip closest to the course. This year they will not be able to get close enough to do that.
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