U.S. Coast Guard approved PFDs need to be carried on boats

Be prepared with your U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation device.

In accordance with Rule 1.5 on both the NOR and Sailing Instructions, all competitors are required to wear a personal flotation device. In addition, if you are not wearing a U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation device, you must carry one on your boat for each person.

1.5 RRS 40 is replaced with: “All competitors shall wear personal flotation devices while racing, except for brief periods while changing or adjusting clothing or personal equipment. Wet suits and dry suits are not personal flotation devices.”  Flag Y will not be displayed.  In the United States all boats must carry one U.S. Coast Guard approved personal floatation device for each person on board.

We do not want you caught off guard by this rule. There are many chandleries, boat yards and a West Marine near the Yacht Club. You may want to order ahead of time if you do not have one.

Sail Fast! Sail Safe! Have fun!

Julie Wiard & Steve Fentress
2017 Etchells Worlds Co-Chairs