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REGATTA CHECKLIST

For those of us travelling interstate or overseas for National or World championships I have set out below a checklist to help you get packed for the regatta.

Good luck, go out there and sail fast and smart but above all have fun and learn heaps.

Essential stuff

□             Notice of race

□             Sailing instructions

□             Rulebook and class rules

□             Appeals book

□             Charts of racing area

□             Money/cheque book/credit cards

□             Rating/measurement certificate

□             Class membership card

□             AUS Sailing membership card

□             Your personal racing notebook 

Car and trailer

□             Trailer registration

□             Car registration and insurance

□             Spare tire for trailer

□             Trailer license plate

□             Wheel Nut spanner that fits trailer

□             Extra wheel bearings for trailer

□             First aid kit/safety items

□             Extra key taped under car

□             Road maps/directions

□             Plane tickets

Personal items

□             Water bottles to bring on boat

□             Cooler and frozen ice packs

□             Hiking pants

□             trapeze harness

□             Hiking boots

□             Sunglasses

□             Sunblock lotion

□             Hats/visors

□             Sailing gloves

□             Life jacket

□             Wet weather gear

□             Stopwatch and spare watch        

Boat preparation gear

□             Ditty bag

□             Tool box and extras

□             Spare rigging and blocks

□             Lifting bridle

□             Boat cover(s)/sail bags

□             Masthead fly

□             Extra corrector weights

□             Wet/dry sandpaper

□             2 protest flags/I flag

□             Class identification flag 

Sailing things

□             Mainsail and spare(s)

□             Jib or genoa and spare(s)

□             Spinnaker and spare(s)

□             Sheets, spinnaker pole, etc.

□             Rudder, tiller, daggerboard

□             Battens (heavy and light air)

□             Bucket, bailer, sponge

□             Required safety equipment

□             Tow Rope

□             Compass

Miscellaneous stuff

□             Roll of paper towels

□             Plastic cups, plates, utensils

□             Wet/dry hand wipes

□             Garbage bags/sandwich bags

□             Snacks (e.g. granola bars)

□             CDs/tapes for trip

□             Bug spray/lotion

I am sure there may be other items that are specific to you and your boat but the list above is a great start.

By Brett Bowden

Brett Bowden is an author, entrepreneur, business broker, and yachtsman. Brett is a competitive yachtsman and has competed in many races and championships around the world and still owns several boats.
Brett Bowden is the author of “Sailing To Win” and lives in Victoria, Australia.

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