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2022FLORIDA SKIFF CHALLENGE

Participant Applications

Join the 2022 Florida Skiff Challenge

April 7 - 10, 2022

Calling all U.S. Skiff Manufacturers! Do you have what it takes to accept the ultimate endurance challenge?

The Florida Skiff Challenge began as a head-to-head battle for bragging rights and, today, has evolved into a daring feat to help shine a spotlight on Florida’s water crisis by those who’ve been directly affected by it—boat manufacturers.

Participating teams circumnavigate 1,300 miles non-stop around the state of Florida in 18-foot skiffs, putting their boats and best teams to the ultimate test for the sake of the Everglades. 100% of funds raised benefit Captains For Clean Water and our mission to restore and protect Florida’s estuaries through education, advocacy, and science-based solutions.

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MISSION STATEMENT

The Skiff Challenge is a unique platform for the outdoor and marine industries to advance the fight for clean water and healthy estuaries and provides a pathway for people to learn more, get involved, and speak up.

We believe that we can’t rely on others to protect our natural resources. We must be the ones to step up and fight for what we love—our way of life depends on it.

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APPLICATION PROCESS

If interested in joining the 2022 Skiff Challenge, first review the qualifying criteria, code of ethics, and rules below. If you qualify, please fill out the application at the bottom of the page. Applicants who do not meet the qualifying criteria will not be accepted.

CODE OF ETHICS

Each team member is expected to conduct themselves with the utmost professional courtesy toward other team members, teams, sponsors, representatives, viewers, and supporters. The Florida Skiff Challenge has the right to refuse any builder or team from participating in the event due to unsportsmanlike conduct or what may be deemed as unprofessional conduct or behavior.

QUALIFYING CRITERIA FOR ENTRY

In order to apply to participate in the Florida Skiff Challenge, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • You are a U.S. boat manufacturer engaged in the full-time pursuit of manufacturing and selling a line of boats.
  • You have a Coast Guard Manufacturer ID issued at least one year ago.
  • You are an active, state-registered business that is able to provide documentation for verification.
  • Your company currently builds the participating skiff model in production and currently offers for sale the skiff model entered. Prototypes are not allowed.
  • You are not a hobby builder. Kit boats are not allowed.
RULES

Failure to follow the established rules of the Skiff Challenge (the “Challenge”) will result in disqualification of your team and your skiff. ALL DATES, TIMES, AND LOCATIONS ARE TO BE CONFIRMED. FINAL SCHEDULE WILL BE RELEASED TO TEAMS PRIOR TO EVENT

  1. A $5,000 non-refundable entry fee is required from each approved team.
  2. Participating skiff must be 18-feet or smaller. LOAs greater than 18-feet are not permitted.
  3. Fuel tank capacity is limited to a 22-gallon tank. This must be verified by a manufacturer’s data stamp or label on the tank.
  4. Participating skiff is limited to a 70-horsepower engine or smaller. Teams can run any engine in this class. The engine must be factory standard and modifications to the engine are not allowed. Engines are subject to inspection and diagnostic testing.
  5. Participating skiff is subject to inspection by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Skiff Challenge representative, or other entity as deemed necessary by the Skiff Challenge management team.
  6. Each team must have all US Coast Guard-required safety items on board, including: VHF Radio, Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB), GPS Tracking Device.
  7. Each team will be assigned and issued a GPS tracker on the morning of the race. Each team is responsible for ensuring their GPS tracker is powered on and working properly during the entire Challenge.
  8. Teams may use additional navigational aids and safety equipment at their discretion.
  9. Each team will consist of four (4) members. Teams cannot consist of more than four (4) members. Media personnel or appointed Skiff Challenge representatives are allowed to spectate and capture content only but cannot provide support of any kind to participating team(s).
    • Two (2) members (the “Captains”) will be navigating in the skiff.
    • Two (2) members (the “Chase Crew”) will be in a “chase vehicle” providing land-based support and assistance for fueling, supplies, and repairs.
    • The Captains and Chase Crew may not switch positions at any time.
    • All teams will launch in Pensacola on Thursday, April 7, 2022, at Flora-Bama (17401 Perdido Key Dr, Pensacola, FL 32507) Skiff lineup and inspections will start at TBD. Once all teams are in the water and in position, the start of the Challenge will be announced and signaled by siren at TBD.
  10. Captains are required to wear personal flotation devices (PFDs) during the entirety of the Challenge while operating their skiff
  11. Once the skiff enters the water, it cannot be removed for any reason. If repairs need to be made to the skiff, they must be done in the water, at a dock, or on a sandbar. If the skiff is loaded on a trailer or removed from the water, the team is disqualified.
  12. If skiff breaks downs and is inoperable, teams may have a vessel tow them to a location where Chase Crew can administer repairs, then proceed with the Challenge.
  13. Captains must work with their Chase Crew to find appropriate fueling locations for their vessel. Fueling must be done from land and not from another vessel.
    • Fuel must be provided by Chase Crew and may not be provided by any other individual except while in the Lower Florida Keys. Teams can arrange to have a representative or other individual provide fuel in the Lower Florida Keys as Chase Crews aren’t feasibly able to travel there in time.
  14. Teams cannot trade or receive any items, supplies, or fuel, from another vessel to their vessel. All supplies must be received from Chase Crew on land.
  15. Captains are required to navigate the waters from Flora-Bama (17401 Perdido Key Dr, Pensacola, FL 32507) in Pensacola, around the tip of Key West, and up to Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island at the Fernandina Harbor Marina.(3 S. Front St. Fernandina Beach, FL 32034)
    • Captains are required to take a “selfie” in front of the Southernmost Point landmark as proof and text to a CFCW Employee
    • All four (4) team members are required to stop in Key Largo for media interviews at Key Largo Marriott (103800 Overseas Highway Mm 103.8, Key Largo, FL 33037) for a minimum of an hour and a half (90 minutes). No work or re-fueling can be done during the mandatory media break. Once the designated time has passed, teams may proceed with fueling, repairs, etc.
  16. Teams must comply with all local, state, and federal rules and regulations, including posted signs and markers.
  17. The first skiff to reach the dock at Fernandina Harbor Marina (3 S. Front St. Fernandina Beach, FL 32034) is the winner of the Challenge.
  18. Any protests must be submitted to the race officials within 30 minutes of race completion by the team with the objection. Must include documented video proof of accusation. All participants are subject to a polygraph.

Failure to follow the established rules of the Skiff Challenge (the “Challenge”) will result in disqualification of your team and your skiff. ALL DATES, TIMES, AND LOCATIONS ARE TO BE CONFIRMED. FINAL SCHEDULE WILL BE RELEASED TO TEAMS PRIOR TO EVENT

  • A $5,000 non-refundable entry fee is required from each approved team.
  • Participating skiff must be 18-feet or smaller. LOAs greater than 18-feet are not permitted.
  • Fuel tank capacity is limited to a 22-gallon tank. This must be verified by a manufacturer’s data stamp or label on the tank.
  • Participating skiff is limited to a 70-horsepower engine or smaller. Teams can run any engine in this class. The engine must be factory standard and modifications to the engine are not allowed. Engines are subject to inspection and diagnostic testing.
  • Participating skiff is subject to inspection by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Skiff Challenge representative, or other entity as deemed necessary by the Skiff Challenge management team.
  • Each team must have all US Coast Guard-required safety items on board, including: VHF Radio, Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB), GPS Tracking Device.
  • Each team will be assigned and issued a GPS tracker on the morning of the race. Each team is responsible for ensuring their GPS tracker is powered on and working properly during the entire Challenge.
  • Teams may use additional navigational aids and safety equipment at their discretion.
  • Each team will consist of four (4) members. Teams cannot consist of more than four (4) members. Media personnel or appointed Skiff Challenge representatives are allowed to spectate and capture content only but cannot provide support of any kind to participating team(s).
    • Two (2) members (the “Captains”) will be navigating in the skiff.
    • Two (2) members (the “Chase Crew”) will be in a “chase vehicle” providing land-based support and assistance for fueling, supplies, and repairs.
    • The Captains and Chase Crew may not switch positions at any time.
    • All teams will launch in Pensacola on Thursday, April 7, 2022, at Flora-Bama (17401 Perdido Key Dr, Pensacola, FL 32507) Skiff lineup and inspections will start at TBD. Once all teams are in the water and in position, the start of the Challenge will be announced and signaled by siren at TBD.
  • Captains are required to wear personal flotation devices (PFDs) during the entirety of the Challenge while operating their skiff
  • Once the skiff enters the water, it cannot be removed for any reason. If repairs need to be made to the skiff, they must be done in the water, at a dock, or on a sandbar. If the skiff is loaded on a trailer or removed from the water, the team is disqualified.
  • If skiff breaks downs and is inoperable, teams may have a vessel tow them to a location where Chase Crew can administer repairs, then proceed with the Challenge.
  • Captains must work with their Chase Crew to find appropriate fueling locations for their vessel. Fueling must be done from land and not from another vessel.
    • Fuel must be provided by Chase Crew and may not be provided by any other individual except while in the Lower Florida Keys. Teams can arrange to have a representative or other individual provide fuel in the Lower Florida Keys as Chase Crews aren’t feasibly able to travel there in time.
  • Teams cannot trade or receive any items, supplies, or fuel, from another vessel to their vessel. All supplies must be received from Chase Crew on land.
  • Captains are required to navigate the waters from Flora-Bama (17401 Perdido Key Dr, Pensacola, FL 32507) in Pensacola, around the tip of Key West, and up to Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island at the Fernandina Harbor Marina.(3 S. Front St. Fernandina Beach, FL 32034)
    • Captains are required to take a “selfie” in front of the Southernmost Point landmark as proof and text to a CFCW Employee
    • All four (4) team members are required to stop in Key Largo for media interviews at Key Largo Marriott (103800 Overseas Highway Mm 103.8, Key Largo, FL 33037) for a minimum of an hour and a half (90 minutes). No work or re-fueling can be done during the mandatory media break. Once the designated time has passed, teams may proceed with fueling, repairs, etc.
  • Teams must comply with all local, state, and federal rules and regulations, including posted signs and markers.
  • The first skiff to reach the dock at Fernandina Harbor Marina (3 S. Front St. Fernandina Beach, FL 32034) is the winner of the Challenge.
  • Any protests must be submitted to the race officials within 30 minutes of race completion by the team with the objection. Must include documented video proof of accusation. All participants are subject to a polygraph.

The Countdown Begins

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The challenge begins April 7th, 2022

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