A US Coast Guard (USCG) approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
A leash that attaches the paddler to their boat. Paddlers may use a paddle to boat leash.
(1) whistle (2) Marine Radio (channel 72 for race day). (3) Visual aids – flares, smoke signals, or flags. (4) Highly visible clothing. Note that race jerseys are selected for their bright visibility and we prefer you wear them on race day (5) Suitable clothing for immersion in the frigid Pacific waters. Mirrors are not recommended because of poor visibility on overcast days.
Any racer who does not complete the course must notify timing personnel at the finish line or staff at the designated safety points. This is especially important if the paddler does not cross the finish line. More information will be provided at the pre-race meeting.
Racers must abide by the decision of the race director and safety boat drivers in instances where safety is of concern, or if racers do not meet a pre-determined cut off time during the course. More information will be provided at the pre-race meeting.
Drafting is legal, and an important part of most elite racers’ strategy. It is considered good sportsmanship to not draft a faster craft than the one you are paddling. For example, a single outrigger should not draft a double ski or outrigger, or a motorboat. There are no penalties, however, for drafting.
The lead boat has the right of way on the course, and boats behind the lead boat must give way. Racers should practice good sportsmanship and judgment to prevent injury to themselves and others or damage to equipment.