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Re: Lake Michigan Sailing dinghy race?

Yeah that seems like a good idea, after talking to a few sailing friends I am thinking rather than a point to point race maybe a race to somewhere round a mark and back. I figure that would give less distance for safety boats to cover and a greater chance of other boats being in the area in case of an emergency. Also it provides more entertainment at the start/ finish. I am wondering if anyone can give some advice of required safety gear and rules to keep this a relatively safe endeavor. Heres the list I have so far.

Required on board:
PFD's worn at all times
VHF Handheld radios (JIS 7 or above)
Handheld GPS
Cell Phone (In water tight enclosure)

Boat Requirements:
Must be positively buoyant
Must be able to be righted by the crew that will be on board
Anchor and 100' of line
Lights for night (can be battery powered dinghy lights)+ fresh batteries

Race Rules:
Race officiants can make the call for any boat to suspend racing and remove crew or boat from a situation (weather or compromised safety for some reason)
Boats must call or radio in at a given time interval
Boats must not cross an exclusion zone set to be some number of miles off shore (about 5 miles)

Does anybody have any other ideas or modifications, I really would appreciate input. Thanks.
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