Slated for Saturday, Sept. 22, the National Power Boat Association-sanctioned Race Around Long Island in New York has been rescheduled for Saturday, Oct. 6. According to a press release from the organization, the postponement was required because the United Nations General Assembly is in session and the United States Coast Guard has imposed a 25-knot speed limit on New York Harbor from the Throgs Neck Bridge to the Verazzano-Narrows Bridge. The speed restriction will be in place through Oct. 1.
“I requested they let us run just a few boats by at speed—denied,” said Billy Frenz, the head of the NPBA, in the release. “I requested parading from Manhasset Bay to the Statue of Liberty at 25 knots and then starting at the Statue heading to the Verazzano Bridge at speed—denied, Tough political scene.”
Set earlier this summer by Stuart Hayim and John Tomlinson in a solo-boat run sanctioned by the NPBA, the current Around Long Island Record stands at 2 hours and 11 minutes.