There are a few lists of things that you should consider bringing onboard. The following list contains the absolute must haves to be in compliance with R2AK and the various requirements of the local, state/province, and national governments:

  • VHF radio
  • Sound signal
  • Navigation lights
  • An approved method for signaling distress at night
  • An approved PFD (lifejacket) for everyone onboard
  • A throwable floatation device

Bottom line is we want everyone to adhere to all safety requirements of both the US and Canadian rules for their specific boat and uses.  So, know the laws, depending on your boat type you may be required to carry additional items.

Here are links  for Canadian boating requirements for your size and type of vessel (yes, they are very specific!).

If you fly a flag other than Canadian:

https://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/debs-obs-quick-quick_visitor-1610.htm

If you are Canadian:

http://www.tc.gc.ca/media/documents/marinesafety/TP-511e.pdf

And here is a link to what they call, “Washington State’s Official Boating Portal”.  I feel like there should be background music every time I say that.

http://boat.wa.gov/EquipRequirements.asp

There is also great information that the racers are posting on the forum. It’s where the cool kids hang out.

SPOT Tracker: You’ll be issued and trained on a SPOT Tracker the day before the race.  You’ll also cough up a $200 refundable deposit that day.

Crossing the border: The folks at Canadian Customs have asked us to remind people that  everyone onboard will also need a valid passport to cross the borders. Also, you’re going into Canada so no weed or guns.

Be safe, be warm , be visible

In addition to what is required, prudent racers will consider at least the following list:

  • PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) -these save lives and take the Search out of Search and Rescue.  Very strongly recommended.
  • Emergency smoke signals and dye markers
  • Radar reflectors
  • Emergency shelter
  • Sufficient water and food
  • Clothing and shelter systems that will retain heat when wet
  • Adequate first aid supplies
  • Charts and navigation equipment
  • Anchor and line
  • Redundant systems for safety, navigation, and emergencies

While our litigious society prohibits us from saying what we would bring or offering any useful advice* we encourage you to talk with fellow racers, boating education institutions, other adventure races, and life saving organizations as to what you should bring.

* Legal counsel has advised us to to remind you that this could be pretty dangerous. You should probably just forget about the whole thing.

Look at what other racers have to say about gear and everything else at the Race Forum.