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US OPEN: Boats wrongly kept far offshore

Letter by Ron Kline, Tacoma on June 17, 2015 at 11:30 am with No Comments »
June 17, 2015 2:42 pm
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A Coast Guard patrol boat moves in Sunday on a sailboat cruising beyond the boundary allowed for watercraft outside of the Chambers Bay Golf Course for the U.S. Open. (Staff file)

A strange thing happened to me and my son while boating in the Chambers Bay Golf Course area Monday.

While more than 500 yards from shore, a the Tacoma Police boat came racing towards us in a attack mode. I waved at him to give way. He come around from the rear instead of cutting us off.

The first thing from the mouth of the police officer was if we didn’t move out to 1,000 yards offshore, we could be subject to thousands of dollars in fines.

Here in the boat capital of the world, golf is now more important? Don’t tread on me; I’m going boating, and I’ll be damned if the only boats to be seen on TV are police and Coast Guard. I hope to see all of the Puget sound boating community in the picture.

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