Participants must be at least 14 years of age at race time and registered members of Venturing Crews, Boy Scout Troops, Varsity Teams, Explorer Posts, or Sea Scouts
Each team shall consist of four to six participants except for the Beginner classes. Two participants shall handle the canoe during each leg. Each team shall have a team captain who will be the team's representative to the race meetings for communications, rule interpretations, safety, or disciplinary actions. Participants should be in good physical shape and should be conditioned for strenuous exercise and long endurance. Participants should condition and strengthen their hands to help prevent blisters. Gloves should be considered if new to paddling. BSA Class 3 physical forms are required at registration. Each team (each canoe) should have a support crew. This crew is a necessity to the success of your team. The support crew has the responsibility to set up camp, cook, clean and to transport and load/unload canoes and equipment. To qualify for the race, an adult leader must accompany, by vehicle, each team during the race. This leader is responsible for transporting the team members to the paddler change out locations during the race. This is a very important aspect of this relay type race. If crew members are not at the designated change out locations when the canoe team arrives, the team must either continue on with the race or wait for the crew members to arrive. This will cause added time which may affect your placing in the race. Co-ed units must have male and female leaders in accordance with BSA policies. Two-deep leadership must be observed. No coaching of crews by advisors or adults from boats is permitted. Safety personnel and event judges observing the race may disqualify a team for improper conduct. A unit may enter as many racing teams as desired, but they must have an advisor or adult for each team. All entries must be registered.
All canoes are subject to United States Canoe Association specifications except as noted in the Racing Divisions. More information can be found at www.uscanoe.com. The canoe used at the start of the race must be used during the entire race, unless it is damaged during the race. If it is damaged, the Team Captain must check with a race official for qualification of a replacement canoe. Each canoe will be assigned a number upon registration and inspection. The number will be placed on the bow of the canoe below the gunwale. Hand bailers are allowed, but bilge pumps are not allowed. Automatic bailers are allowed in Cruising Classes only. Any type of single blade paddle including bent shaft and curved blades will be allowed in all classes. No participant may use more than one paddle at any one time during the race. Each team should have an extra paddle in the canoe during the race. Each team member must wear a shirt, pants, shoes, and a Coast Guard approved life vest at all times while on the water. Shirts must have sleeves to prevent chaffing from the life vest. Shoes must have uppers. No sandals or flip-flops are allowed while on the water. Life vests must be worn as they were intended with all snaps, straps, and zippers secured. Teams will be required to have one liter of water in the boat and one whistle per racer.
Race observers including advisors, adults, parents, and other racers may report rule infractions to the race officials. Decisions and rulings will be made by the race officials and will be administered in accordance with the rules of the contest and common standards of sportsmanship. Time penalties may be assessed for infractions.