‘No wake’ zone will not be enforced at Urbanna Cup boat races
by Larry Chowning
The Middlesex County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution Thursday requesting that the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) allow the May 17 Urbanna Cocktail Boat Races to be held in a “no wake” area on Urbanna Creek.
When race officials first asked for the “blessing” of the U.S. Coast Guard and VDGIF to hold the races, they were notified the event could not be held in a no wake zone.
This eliminated the racing area of the creek that was used last year. The no wake zone starts near the mouth of Urbanna Creek, goes past the Urbanna Town Marina, and continues up to the Urbanna Bridge.
Middlesex Sheriff David Bushey and Middlesex Economic Development and Tourism Coordinator Chris Ingram met in Richmond last week with the VDGIF chief law enforcement officer, Colonel Ron Henry, and they were able to work out details to legally hold the races in the no wake zone by getting county supervisors to approve it.
The resolution states that “the board of supervisors supports the Cocktail Boat Races as a positive activity for the town and the county in that it generates interest in the county and stimulates the economy.”
It also stated that the enforcement of the no wake zone on Urbanna Creek on May 17 would significantly and negatively affect the races.
In conclusion, the resolution stated that the “board of supervisors of Middlesex County requests that the Director of the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries of the Commonwealth of Virginia suspend all enforcement of the no wake prohibition on Urbanna Creek on May 17 during the Urbanna Cocktail Boat Race event.”
Board chair Jack Miller said, “I think this is a very good thing for Urbanna and Middlesex. Our county is all about boats and water and the races are just another way for people to visit and enjoy our waterways.”