No wake request debated in Irvington

Madison White Franks

by Madison White Franks

IRVINGTON—The Irvington Town Council wants more information regarding a proposed no wake zone on Carter Creek.

Bruce Sanders of Rappahannock Yachts explained some changes related to an application to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) for the no wake zone. Applicants are Tom Chapman of Rappahannock River Yacht Club, Sanders of Rappahannock Yachts and Carroll Davies of Crockett’s Landing.

The reason for the proposed no wake zone is for marina workers’ safety and productivity, said Sanders, noting that workers at the top of masts have to hold on until a wake passes and workers on rafts in the water performing maintenance have to be extra careful.

Sanders said marina slip holders claim Carter Creek is a rough creek and wakes make on-board dining difficult and it can be uncomfortable to be on-board, especially on holiday weekends.

It would also be safer for paddle boards, kayaks and sailing dinghies and it would protect against shoreline erosion, he said…