RACE RULES & SAFETY PROTOCOL

 

Spectators: Spectators are not allowed on the boats or in the taxis. Please discourage your friends and family from going out on their boats or vehicles to observe the race.  Family members who wish to volunteer as an experienced kayaker, please reach out to [email protected]

 

Sunscreen: While it is vital for you to protect your skin, we ask that you wait to apply sunscreen to your arms until you complete race marking so the marker will stick.

 

Water/Gatorade: Will be available from the boats (not from the kayakers).  There will be a boat every mile so plan your liquids accordingly.   This is a warm weather swim so hydration is important. Please pass the water bottles back to the boat crew.

 

Swim Caps:  must be worn.  This helps the safety crew see you.

 

Race distance: You may not change your race distance on race day.   The last chance to change your distance is on Saturday during the mandatory race check in. 

 

Saturday Race Check in/course talk: Is Mandatory to attend.  Anyone not checking in during race check in will automatically be scratched from the race.

 

Equipment: Only swimmers entered in the assisted division are allowed to use fins, snorkel,etc.  Swimmers entered in the unassisted division may only wear swimsuit, goggles, and swim cap. Neither division can use noodles, kickboards, or other flotation devices. All swimmers may use an open water swim buoy if they choose.

 

Time Limits: Five Mile: first turn: 1.5 hours (1.8 miles), 3 hours and 40 minutes to complete the race.   Two Mile: 1.5 hours to complete the course, One mile: 1 hour to complete the race.

 

SAFETY PROTOCOL:

 

·  There are kayaks for safety in the water.  If you are having trouble, stop and wave your swim cap and one will approach you.  If you elect to not finish the race, you must advise Suzanne at the finish line as soon as possible that you have withdrawn.

·   If you are pulled from the race you will need to stay on board the boat until the race is over, as the boats are not allowed to leave the race course until the last swimmers have finished.  Once you get on shore, you must immediately report to Suzanne, located at the finish line on the Mermaid Beach.

·  Swimmers are not allowed to touch the  kayaks.  This will result in a disqualification.  Swimmers may hold onto an anchored boat at drink station provided they do not propel themselves forward.