- 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.
SAFETY PLAN and EVENT ROUTE
1. The staging area for the start of the event will be downriver from the Village of Clayton, near Washington Island.
2. Boats will be released by radio 2 to 4 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 immediate disqualification.
4. The start of the event will be 30 MPH from designated start spot, past the village of Clayton, to a spot likely equal to the head of Bartlett Point. At this point, we will have the Clayton Fireboat spraying a stream of water in the air to signal boats may accelerate as they pass. We have a backup plan for this location in case the fireboat is called out. There will be marshal boats clearing the area prior to the start.
5. There will be marshal boats stationed on the down river end of Carlton Island to be sure that participants take the channel and don’t go across Featherbed Shoals.
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 2 to 4 at a time after being cleared by a Marshall on command by an event official.
8. As boats return downriver passing by Clayton, they will again slow down at Bartlett Point where the Clayton VFD fireboat will be spraying water. Boats will fall in behind a safety boat and follow the safety boat as they get into the congested area near the Village of Clayton. This area has been designated as a maximum 50 MPH zone.
9. Boats will continue to run down river at 50 MPH after passing the village of Clayton, until they come to Rock Island Lighthouse. Upriver from Rock Island there will be a fire boat spraying water and multiple Marshal Boats to designate the slow zone. That is the start of a mandatory 30 mph slow zone through the American Narrows, continuing all the way to The Riveredge Resort in Alexandria Bay being led by a Safety Boat and or multiple marshal boats. Passing the Safety Boat in this designated slow zone is immediate disqualification.
10. Following lunch, boats will again be released 2 to 4 at a time with a radio call after being cleared by a marshal and on command of an event official.
11. The lunch restart will be down river from Alexandria Bay, not before the head of Deer Island.
12. Participants are free to run their boats all the way to the Brockville Narrows where they again slow down to 30 MPH through the Brockville narrows and then continue on to Ogdensburg where they will slow down to idle speed when they get to the marshal boats are stationed. Boats will be escorted parade style past the village 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 by radio 2 to 4 at a time after being cleared by a Marshall on command by an event official.
14. Returning from Ogdensburg boats will pass Rockport and continue up the Canadian channel until they slow at the Canadian span of the 1000 Islands Bridge.
15. Boats will go up river through the Wallace Island cut and be released to run again as they leave that slow zone.
16. At the foot of Grindstone Island [Canoe Point] 2 marshal boats will assure the left turn is made towards Picton Island. Boats will again fall in behind a pace boat/safety boat for the balance of the run through Picton Island cut and 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 again back past Clayton down bound.
21. A Pace Boat will lead all starts and restarts.
22. When boats are on plane, they shall be run no closer to each other than 100’
23. 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.
24. 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.).
25. T.I.E.R.S. is making their own plan for coordination of any rescue services needed along the poker run route.
26. 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.
27. All Boats entered will have a large entry number on both sides where easily visible.
28. 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
29. 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.