IMPORTANT NOTICE TO RAFT
Raft Racing is fun, but for obvious reasons of
safety the Raft Race Committee draws your attention to the following
points and asks you to acknowledge your understanding of and agreement
to them to your RaftMaster. Our Motto is: 'Who Cares Who Wins'. Please
help us make sure that everyone has a fun, but safe, day on
1. Paddling around Port Vauban on home made rafts
wearing fancy dress is tiring, and can be dangerous unless you look
after yourself, and your RaftMates, and treat other people (RaftRacers
and General Public) with consideration.
2. As a RaftRacer, you will certainly get wet, and
most probably end up in the water so you must be able to swim. If you
can't - don't be too upset - the committee have lots of other jobs you
can help with which do not involve falling into the water.
3. The Antibes Raft Race is well organised by a
committee who have been Raft Racers over the years. They know the
problems. They have Safety Boats, Divers, Medical Teams and Marshals
on hand to look after you if you get into trouble, or are just feeling
exhausted. They can only assist if you are obviously in distress (like
floating face down in the water) or if you tell them. To call for
assistance - wave both arms from your side to over your head, and keep
doing it until you see that assistance is heading for you. If you see
another person in need of assistance, wave your arms then point to the
person in distress. If your Raft is sinking, call for assistance at
the earliest opportunity. It is much easier to embark the Safety Boat
from even a sinking raft than it is from the water.
4. Make sure that you wear your lifejacket at all
times when near or on the water. This is especially important when
launching the Rafts - a frequent cause of bodily immersion.
5. Expect to be hosed down by fire hoses from
yachts in the Port. If it is getting too severe, shout STOP and they
will do. Wear appropriate protective clothing with this in mind.