Sailing Vessels

Any vessel that has a sailing rig that is capable of being controlled to optimize performance or uses airfoils to generate primary or secondary propulsion is considered a sailing vessel. Examples of sailing rigs include the mast and sails of a sailboat, kayak sailing rigs, spinnakers and kites. Wind catching devices that do not have control or airfoil shape, as typically deployed for downwind runs on paddle vessels, are not considered sailing rigs.

All sailing vessels with a mast must start with their masts up, reach each checkpoint with their masts up, and finish with their masts up. (Unless the mast is damaged during the event and cannot be re-raised). 

Electric powered auxiliary engines will not place a sailing vessel into the motorized watercraft classification unless a generator or other onboard fossil fuel based electric generation is used to recharge batteries.

Attempting the LRR Excursion or LRR Challenge in a sailing vessel is a serious undertaking.  Participants must be prepared to travel adequate daily distances to complete the event. Weather and water conditions may have a significant impact on ability to travel distance.  The ability to safely and efficiently lower and raise the mast of the sailing vessel is required.

 To mitigate risks we require that you research the route and identify potential hazards and obstacles before attempting these expeditions. There are numerous low bridges that may require dropping the mast or opening of a drawbridge. Planning, preparation, exercising good judgment and caution are necessary. 

It is important that your watercraft is in seaworthy condition and that you have all of the required safety equipment. Along the route you will travel through a remote wilderness where cell coverage is questionable and supplies are not available. You and your watercraft must be self-sufficient between points where obtaining supplies is possible. All watercraft must have a secondary propulsion method. An example of a secondary propulsion method for sailing vessel is a paddle or oars.

All sailing vessels must have navigation lights that meet Coast Guard and SCDNR requirements for nighttime use.

Every sailing vessel must have adequate current registration pursuant to the laws of the state in which it is owned, registered or titled.

Lowcountry River Rats is not in the position to provide rescue or retrieval service. In the event you and your watercraft must be retrieved, you may have to make arrangements with a personal contact on shore to help you. 


Special Note on Sailing Vessels with internal combustion engines:

Sailing vessels may use an auxiliary engine, but use of a fossil fuel burning auxiliary engine places the sailing vessel in different class than sailing vessels that do not use an internal combustion engine.