Call for Artists

April 6, 2009 at 9:58 pm 1 comment

Going Coastal, Inc. is holding a poster contest to promote safe and sober boating in New York Harbor. Organizers are looking for innovative artists to create an exciting and unique image. Top prize earns a $500 grand prize, and the design will be featured in Boat Sober NY posters, postcards and used as part of citywide outreach.

“As New York State celebrates the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial, all eyes are focused on our waterways,” said project coordinator, Zhennya Slootskin. “It is the perfect moment in time in our state, when so many events and activities are centered on the theme of the waterfront, to speak to the critical issue of boating under the influence.” 

New York Harbor is one of the busiest waterways on the Eastern Seaboard. The world’s largest cruise liners, monster containerships, tugs, barges, sightseeing boats, dinner cruises, commuter ferries, water taxis and control vessels navigate federal channels and share city waters with thousands of pleasure boats. Tides and tidal currents unlike any other harbor increase the complexity of recreational boating here.

Boat Sober NY aims to raise awareness and promote a more secure boating experience for the tens of thousands of recreational boaters plying local waters during warm weather months when resident boaters are joined by intercoastal navigators and thousands of pleasure craft from around the globe converge to experience the exhilaration of sailing into New York Harbor. 

About 50 percent of fatalities in the state’s waterways are linked to alcohol. According to the Coast Guard, a boat operator with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) above 0.10 is more than 10 times as likely to be killed in a boating accident as an operator who has consumed no alcohol. Many boaters may not realize that drinking while operating a boat is even more dangerous than drinking and driving. Research shows that a few hours of exposure to sun, glare, wind, noise, vibration, and other motion on the water produces a kind of fatigue known as “boater’s hypnosis”, which slows reaction time almost as much as if you were legally drunk. Adding alcohol to boating intensifies these effects. 

“Going Coastal goes one-on-one with boaters and marina operators throughout the Harbor. We have been at it for five years” said Barbara LaRocco, Going Coastal president. “The message of boating sober is vital to help stem a rising tide of alcohol-related accidents in the region.”

All area graphic artists and doodlers are encouraged to enter by designing one or several posters. The artists name will appear on the poster. All entries will be posted at and may become part of a national campaign.

Visit for submission rules. Deadline: May 15, 2009. Questions? Please contact Going Coastal, Inc. at

The contest is the product of a 2009 BoatU.S. Foundation Boating Safety Grant, which Going Coastal has received to develop outreach materials that will be displayed at marinas, boat ramps, boating clubs, tackle shops, retailers and citywide to reach boaters.


Going Coastal, Inc. is a nonprofit formed to connect people and urban coastal resources, encourage a sense of community and common history and promotes active conservation. Through the efforts of volunteers and information initiatives, they encourage adults and children to appreciate, enjoy, and preserve the coastal environment. Going Coastal is highly effective for its size implementing a steady stream of effective programs, such as publication of the 2009 NYC Water Trail Map for kayakers. One major effort is the shoreline access guide, “Going Coastal NYC.” The book John Waldman called “the primer on the aquatic Big Apple” is slated for publication by Fordham University Press fall 2009.  More info:


BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is a national 501 ©(3) nonprofit that has promoted safe and clean boating outreach for over 25 years. The Foundation awards local volunteer organizations grants for the promotion of boating safety education. Over the past 20 years the Foundation has awarded over $800,000 to local community organizations, yacht clubs, flotillas and squadrons. For more information, please visit



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