The Columbus Day Regatta was first originated in the 1960’s; which was created by the Columbus Day Regatta Club that helped bring together groups of cultural people for a weekend of fun. People from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Bahamas, Jamaica, and many other Caribbean Sea native, as well as our fellow Americans, come together to celebrate Christopher Columbus’s arrival to America.
The party is celebrated all over the Florida Keys, but the most popular place to celebrate the Regatta is in Elliott Key. There is a lot of dancing, music, drinking, laughter, and is full of other exciting fun festivities. However, whenever there are very large crowds of intoxicated people, an enjoyable day can turn quickly into a nightmare.
Many people have died due to lack of safety knowledge while driving a boat. We at Bass Pro Shops want to help assist as much as possible; to help enforce folks in Miami gain knowledge about how important it is to know about water safety.
Here are the top five objects (tips) that are required on a boat while sailing:
- Life Jackets: All recreational vessels must carry a life jacket for every passenger on board.
-They must be US Coast Guard-approved
-In good and serviceable condition
-Appropriate size for each passenger
- Visual Distress Signal: vessels are not required to carry day signals, but if you are traveling at night it is a must have objects.
-Recreational boats less than 16 feet in length
-Boats participating in organized events, such as races, REGATTAS, or marine parades.
-Open sailboats less than 26 feet in length that are not equipped with propulsion machinery.
-Manually propelled boats.
- Fire Extinguishers: marine-type fire extinguishers are required on boats where a fire hazard could be expected from the engines or fuel system.
4. Certificate of Documents: This only applies to “Documented” vessels.
-Original and current certificate must be on board
-Vessel name/hailing port must be marked on exterior part of hull in letters not less than 4 inches in height.
-Official Number must be permanently affixed on interior structure in numbers not less than 3 inches in height.
- Emergency Notification/Communication: emergency distress beacons are essentially specialized radio transmitters that are designed for use in situations of grave or imminent danger or when lives are at risk.
First Alert Recreational Fire Extinguisher: SKU #1638313
Bass Pro Shops® Dual-Sized Recreational Life Jacket for Adults
Bass Pro Shops® Distress Signal Flag SKU #1646435
Created by Victoria Sanchez
Special thanks to our fellow Marine Lead Associate, Ruben Mijares.