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Everyone loves a day at the races. The excitement is contagious, and watching the boats tear across the water is sure to get your adrenaline pumping. Participating in a race is even more thrilling! These races are also great places to reunite with old friends, and to form new connections with other fans. 

Attending a boat race is different from other sporting events. Normally you’d just stay for an afternoon, maybe a day. Boat racing, however, is usually a weekend-long experience. If you’re going to participate in a boat race, the following are a few things that you should expect when you show up. 


Arrive Early

You should plan on arriving early, especially if it is your first race. This will give you extra time to scope out the location, ask any questions you need to, and just generally feel more comfortable with the new surroundings. Arriving early will also increase the odds that you will get a good pitch and access to the launch area. 


Visit the Scorer

One of the first things you do should be to check in with the scorer. When you visit them, you should have your APBA card, a club card, money for your entry fees, and your entry blanks in hand. You will need a different entry blank for every class. You will also need to sign a waiver. Then you’ll get your wristband giving you access to areas restricted to the public. 


Unpack Your Equipment

After you’ve checked in, your next step should be to unpack your equipment. Boat racing requires plenty of gear. Most competitors use trailers to haul everything, so it may take a few minutes for you to unload and get everything set up. Many people choose to bring items such as folding chairs, tables, and tents to keep themselves comfortable and sheltered from the sun. Don’t forget items like, food, sunscreen, and a first aid kit.


Do a Trial Run

Make sure you test your equipment before your race so you can discover any issues before you hit the water. Your boat should be completely ready to go. A quick test will ensure that everything is up-to-speed and you’re doing a good job maintaining your boat. 


Put on Your Safety Gear

When the time of your race is getting close, start putting on all of your safety equipment. The last thing you want to be doing is trying to make it to your boat and putting on your gear at the same time!