There are a couple lists of things that you should consider bringing onboard.
Must BringThe following list contains the absolute must haves to be in compliance with SEVENTY48 and the various requirements of the local, state, and national governments: VHF radio (and it has to be on)
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 the US and rules for their specific boat and uses. So, know the laws. Depending on your boat type you may be required to carry additional items.
Should BringIn 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
Sufficient water and food
Clothing and shelter systems that will retain heat when wet
Adequate first aid supplies
Charts and navigation equipment
Anchor and rode
Redundant systems for safety, navigation, and emergencies
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.
SPOT Tracker: You’ll be issued and trained on a SPOT Tracker the day before the race. You’ll also cough up a $50 refundable deposit that day.
Be safe, be warm , be visible.
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.