Safety is a primary consideration of the Race and the Committee is committed to ensuring that entrants are as well prepared as possible for their adventure.  As such, the A2B rules require a mandatory safety inspection of all entrants.   The official Safety Equipment Regulations for the 2018 A2Bwill be officially released January 2018.

The A2B is a Category 1 Offshore Race and generally follows the applicable US Sailing Offshore safety equipment rules.  There are some minor differences as will be highlighted once the official 2018 Safety Equipment Regulations are released.  A link to the 2016 requirements is offered below for reference.   For answers to some common questions regarding the race consult the A2B Safety FAQ or contact the Race Safety Officer.  An extensive safety seminar will be held in October 2017.

Some boats will require modifications to meet safety requirements, and some crew may require training. We strongly urge participants to begin preparing as early as possible to avoid the "spring rush" before the race when rental equipment, modifications, and training can be difficult to acquire or complete.