- ZERO ALCOHOL TOLERANCE. Zero alcohol will be allowed before or during the event. Any alcohol consumption instantly disqualifies the boat and they forfeit their entry fee, their chance to win prizes and their evening event.
- All participants are to be in U.S.C.G.-approved flotation devices. Drivers to be tethered at all times while under power.
- All boats will carry all items required to be compliant with all USCG and Canadian Coast Guard regulations.
- All boats are to have a VHF radio and be tuned to the same frequency. Channel 8 has been determined for all participants and an additional alternate channel is assigned for all officials, law enforcement, medical and marshal boats.
- All Drivers and Navigators will be required to attend the Saturday morning drivers meeting.
- Multiple planning meetings are held (in person, by teleconference or communicated by email) leading up to the event, they are followed by a briefing meeting prior to the day of the event are held with US Coast Guard, NY State Police, NY Park Police, US Customs and Border Patrol, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canadian Border Services Agency, Local Police, Fire and Emergency Rescue.
• An International boater emergency extraction plan has been constructed and coordinated by Thousand Islands Emergency Rescue (Clayton’s local Ambulance Service). Local fire and rescue, from both Canada and the US, will be alerted and at the ready throughout the entire 140-mile course.
• Multiple safety boats will be deployed throughout the course (at times traveling with the participants), equipped with Paramedic as well as multiple two (2) person dive teams.
• Slow and No Wake Zones will be clearly marked on the course map, will be clearly pointed out in the mandatory drivers meeting and will require participants to follow the pace boat in those designated areas.
• 20 plus Marshal Boats are strategically staged throughout the entire course, equipped with colored flags that represent a required action for that given area of the course.
• Three local volunteer fire departments (Clayton VFD, Wellesley Island, and Alexandria Bay) will have their fire rescue boats strategically stationed throughout the course.
1. The staging area for the start of the event will be upriver from the Village of Clayton, near Bartlett Point.
2. Boats will be released by radio in their assigned groups at a time after being cleared by a Marshall.
3. No boat is to pass the Pace Boat/Safety Boat until after the end of the 30 MPH zone. Passing the Pace Boat in a designated slow zone is grounds for immediate disqualification.
4. The start of the event will be 30 MPH from designated start spot just downriver of Bartlett Point, past the village of Clayton, to a spot likely equal to the head of Round Island. At this point, we will have the Clayton Fireboat spraying a stream of water in the air to signal boats may accelerate to 60 MPH as they pass. There will be marshal boats clearing the area prior to the start.
5. There will be marshal boats stationed as the boats travel down river towards the 1000 Islands Bridge, as the boats approve Rock Islands Lighthouse. At this point, participants are required to travel at speeds no greater then 30 MPH as they traverse the American Narrows subsequently passing by Boldt Castle and Alexandria Bay.
6. Upon arrival near Cape Vincent, boats will of course decelerate as they get to the 2 marshal boats and pass the Village dock in single file. Boats will be held inside of the break wall in Cape Vincent until all have arrived, thus almost eliminating oncoming traffic. There will not be a card picked up in Cape Vincent for safety reasons.
7. Boats will be restarted in the same fashion leaving Cape Vincent. Boats will be released by radio in their assigned groups after being cleared by a Marshall, on command by an event official.
8. As boats return downriver passing by Carlton Island, they will again slow down as they approach Bartlett Point, passing once again by Clayton. This area has been designated as a maximum 50 MPH zone.
9. Boats will continue to run down river traversing the Picton Island Channel, as the boats approach Eel Bay, the fleet will head north across the foot of Grindstone Island, then head East, down the Northside of Wellesley Island. In this part of the course, there will be multiple Marshal Boats to designate the slow zones. Passing the Safety Boat in this designated slow zone is immediate disqualification. As you arrive at the foot of Wellesley Island you will re-enter the American Channel and continue East to our International lunch stop in Brockville, Ontario Canada.
10. Following lunch, boats will again be released in their assigned groups after being cleared by a marshal and on command of an event official.
11. The lunch restart will be just upriver in front of the City of Brockville.
12. The Brockville Narrows are a designated 30 MPH zone. From there participants are free to run their boats all the way to Ogdensburg where they will slow down to idle speed when they get to the marshal boats stationed at the entrance to the Port of Ogdensburg. Boats will be escorted parade style past the city docks and the port for public viewing. There will not be a card picked up in Ogdensburg for safety reasons.
13. Boats will idle and stage just down river from the port and wait for yet another restart. Boats will be released in their assigned groups after being cleared by a Marshall, on command by an event official.
14. Returning from Ogdensburg boats will pass through the Brockville Narrows, the narrows are designated as a 30 MPH zone. Once clear of the Brockville Narrows boats a free to run until they reach Sunken Rock Lighthouse in front of Alexandria Bay.
15. Boats will go upriver through the American Narrows, this is a 30 mph zone all the way under the American span of the 1000 Islands Bridge to Rock Island Light House and be released to run again as they leave that slow zone.
16. Heading upriver this is the last short leg of the run before returning back to Clayton.
17. Anytime there is a Pace boat/Safety boat leading in a designated slow zone, anyone who passes it will be instantly disqualified. Same as above, they forfeit their entry fee, evening event, and the ability to win any prizes.
18. After the slow zones all boats are allowed to pass the Pace boat/Safety boats and Law official boats.
19. The Pace/Safety boats will each have a large Black flag on board which will be raised to signal all boats to stop. Otherwise the Pace boat is only to be followed.
20. The Pace Boat will lead at the start of the event and at all restarts.
21. When boats are on plane, they shall be run no closer to each other than 100’
22. One safety boat will run in the middle of the group and one will run last, to be best positioned in the event of an incident.
23. 1000 Islands Charity Poker Run will have 2 Safety boats lettered on both sides in bold block letters minimum 2’ high and 20’ long. Both boats will carry a paramedic or EMT from Thousand Islands Emergency Rescue Services (T.I.E.R.S.).
24. T.I.E.R.S. is making their own plan for coordination of any rescue services needed along the poker run route.
25. 1000 Islands Charity Run will provide the USCG and The NYS Park Police an excel spreadsheet with the registration numbers of all vessels that are participants.
26. All Boats entered will have a large entry number on both sides where easily visible.
27. A communications page will be created, laminated and given to all participants, marshal boats and officials with VHF instructions to monitor Channel 8 at all times and 16 for emergencies. Phone numbers will be listed for the NYS Police, NYS Park Police, USCG, Canadian Coast Guard, OPP, Local Fire Departments, TIERS, Dock Master for Riveredge lunch stop, Tow Boat US, Area Gas Docks, Cell numbers of Marshal boats, Pace boats, Safety boats and all event officials
28. NYS laws # 102.1 and # 102.4 will be enforced from Rock Island Light House to Sunken Rock Light House and in the Harbor zones where applicable.
The 1000 Islands Charity Poker Run has met with the USCG, the NYS Park Police, and the NYS Police to review and amend the safety plan as needed.