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I stumbled into this when looking for a boat to go out on to see the big Battle of Lake Erie reenactment out on the Lake on Monday (Labor Day). After a few hours of Internet research and two days of phone calls, including the Toledo Coast Guard and Sandusky State Division of Water Craft Office, here's what you should know. There is a lot of misinformation out there.

Here is information on the exclusion zone around the battle event location, which is scheduled to be west of Green and Rattlesnake Islands out near the Battle commemorative buoy (approximately Latitude North 41°45.4′ and
Longitude West 82°57.75′.) , this is the Coast Guard site info:
http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007...of-Lake-Erie-Bicentennial-tall-ships-festival
If you want all the lengthy details go to this site:
https://www.federalregister.gov/art...lake-erie-reenactment-lake-erie-put-in-bay-oh

There is a group that is / was selling yellow flags or similar of some sort you put on your boat that supposedly got you a special area to view the Battle. There is no special paid viewing area. The flags or stickers are donations and do not give you any privileges out on the water. It is "open water" around the event, but you must obey the regulations and the directions of law enforcement.

At all times you must stay 500 yards from the event tall sailing ships. Within a 4,500 yard radius (over two miles) of the center of the event (a sound barge that will be anchored) you cannot anchor and your speed must not exceed no wake speed. Law enforcement boats from Federal, State, and Power Squadron will be enforcing the zone (circling the event). This exclusion area will be moving around the Lake as the ships sail to / from and maneuver during the battle reenactment.

This all means if you are planning to go fishing on Monday, Labor Day, from about 11:00am to 6:00pm in the area from South Bass Island to Green Island to West Sister Island back to North Bass Island area this event could effect you and you will need to stay out of the way.

The whole event is weather dependent, is will happen as weather and wind direction/speed allow it to happen. IF the weather is not favorable to the scheduled site, the event will be moved to east of South Bass Island between South Bass and Kelleys Islands.

Just be aware of all this and that there could be a LOT of boats around this whole event. It will be a very large area. SAFETY FIRST!

Lake Erie
Friday, August 30
 

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Labor Day Weekend
Battle of Lake Erie, RattleSnake Island & Put n Bay


The largest concentration of Tall Ships will be at Put-in-Bay the morning of September 2nd. There will be many other bicentennial related activities at Put-in-Bay as well.

When/Where will the parade of boats take place? Where can we watch this?
It will depart Put-in-Bay Harbor at 10 AM on Sept. 1st. On land at Put-in-Bay docks is the best place to watch.

Where/when will the OSU band be playing?
The Ohio State Marching Band will perform at Put-in-Bay where they will march through the village square at approximately 3:15 PM. They will perform a 60 minute concert on the Perry’s Monument grounds at approximately 8:30 PM. All events are Free.

We have a boat. Can we just go out and watch the battle reenactment? What is the
best place to go to watch the battle?

Most boats are registering with us as they will get preferred anchorage for the event. Without doing so there is no guarantee you will be able to see the battle from your boat.

Where exactly will the battle reenactment take place?
At the site of the original battle, approximately 16 miles northwest of Put-in-Bay harbor at coordinates 41° 44’ 50.00” N, 083° 02’ 00.00” W














Thursday, August 29 2013
• Tall Ships Parade of Sail in Western Basin ports: Put-in-Bay, Port Clinton, Kelleys Island, Middle Bass Island, Pelee Island and Catawba Island.
• Tom Kastle at De Rivera Park | Singer, Songwriter, teller of tales of the Great Lakes

Friday, August 30 2013
• 6pm | Concert at the Perry memorial
• Tom Kastle at De Rivera Park | Singer, Songwriter, teller of tales of the Great Lakes
• Hey Mavis at De Rivera Park | Featuring Brent Kirby – Cleveland’s Best Singer/Musician 2012/2013 – Cleveland Scene
• David HB Drake at De Rivera Park | The Gentle Troubadour

Saturday, August 31 2013
• 2pm | Color Guard
• 7pm | Concert Grammy Nominated Iris dement and featuring a national touring group
• Tom Kastle at De Rivera Park | Singer, Songwriter, teller of tales of the Great Lakes
• Bounding Main at De Rivera Park | Beautiful Harmonies with a Maritime Flair
• David HB Drake at De Rivera Park | The Gentle Troubadour
• The Hardtackers at De Rivera Park | Sea Shanties: Songs of the Sea, Rivers and Lakes





Sunday, September 1 2013
• 3:20pm | Ohio State Marching Band Parade
• 8pm | Ohio State Marching Band Parade to Perry’s Monument
• Tom Kastle at De Rivera Park | Singer, Songwriter, teller of tales of the Great Lakes
• Bounding Main at De Rivera Park | Beautiful Harmonies with a Maritime Flair
• David HB Drake at De Rivera Park | The Gentle Troubadour
• The Hardtackers at De Rivera Park | Sea Shanties: Songs of the Sea, Rivers and Lakes
• 9:30 p.m.— Fireworks.
Monday, September 2 2013
• 8am | Introduction Ceremony for those sailing on Tall Ships for Battle Re-creation at the Perry Memorial
• 8:45–9:45am | Passengers board Tall Ships at Put-in-Bay at Fox Dock and Dock C
• 10am | Tall Ships Sail to Battle
• 12pm | Battle Commences
• 2pm | Battle Concludes
• 4pm | Tall Ships return to Put-in-Bay
• 4:30pm | Reception

EVENT AGENDA FOR SEPTEMBER 2ND:

8:00 Bravo captains briefing/position assignments
9:00 Bravo boats proceed to battle engagement area
10:00 Engagement Corridor buoys set: Bravo boats move into position
11:00 Tall Ships arrival and roll call by Event Battle Command
11:30 Tall Ships move into engagement corridor
12:30 British Ships close into tight line
12:50 British ship plays Rule Britannia and move into Engagement Corridor
1:00 U.S. ships line up and move into challenge: Niagara hangs back
1:10 Close engagement; maximum safe rate of fire
1:35 Lawrence drops back; Niagara move to head of U.S. line
1:45 Admiral Perry transfers from Lawrence to Niagara by cutter
2:00 Niagara makes full sail and steers to cross the British line raking fire both sides
2:20 British surrender; two vessels attempt to run pursued by U.S. vessels
2:30 Last shot fired ; battle concluded
2:40 All Tall Ships anchor; Perry fleet and spectators vessels dismissed
3:00 Tall Ships proceed to port of call; Bravo boats dismissed
 
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