Racers & Crew
On race day, most racers have their own superstitious methods or rituals for getting ready. Whether it’s the same pre-race breakfast, wearing the same cut socks or showing up to the race 42 minutes early, every racer has their traditions. No matter the traditions and superstitions, there are a few steps that are preparations that all racers partake in.
Get to the race site early
No one wants to be stuck at the back of the pits. Arriving early assures you a good pit location and easy access to the launch or crane areas.
Check in with the scorer
Make sure to check in with the scorer on site. You will need your APBA card, a club card, money for your entry fees and your entry blank. Make sure to have an entry blank for each class you plan on running that weekend. You will also need to sign a waiver for the event and get a wrist band that allows you access to certain restricted areas.
Now that you’re checked in and ready to get going, it’s time to unpack your trailer.Many drivers keep folding chairs, pop up tents and other standard equipment in their trailer. Once you’re all checked in, then you can get comfortable and set up all of your equipment.
Test your equipment
Make sure to get your boat prepped and ready to go. You don’t want to realize that you have an issue with your boat right as the race is about to begin. Testing is a necessity to keep your equipment properly maintained.
Keep an eye on the schedule. When your class is getting close, it’s time to put on all of your safety gear. Preparation is key. You don’t want to be scrambling to your boat at the last minute while putting on your helmet.
Go Race and have fun!