9:30 AM to 11:30 AM


Once teams are received from the Darby Queen, they will be placed in the holding area and instructed to prepare their gear for Poncho Raft construction. The uniform will be BRC uniform and life vest (supplied once raft is complete). Teams will have 5 minutes to arrange and secure their gear. Once the 5 minutes is complete, the team will be briefed the equipment found in their construction lane and a grader will escort them to their individual lane. The grader will list and identify the equipment/supplies for the team to use. If no questions, the grader will confirm zeros on his stopwatch, give a 3 second countdown, and begin time. The time will be continuous until the team steps away and states “Complete” at which point the grader will stop the time. If competitors fail to construct a raft, they will be assessed a 5 minute penalty along with whatever time it takes them to construct the raft. The grader is not there to establish perfect construction of the raft but to keep time as well as integrity of the team. No other equipment or supplies will be allowed for use during construction outside of what has been provided. Once complete, the grader will escort the team, with their raft, to the Orion Pathfinder to be fitted with life vests and await their turn to board the helicopter for casting.

During this period of wait time competitors will not be allowed to adjust or fix their rafts. If a competitor or team is caught doing so a 2 minute penalty will be added to your cumulative total event time.

"Your task and purpose is to conduct Helocast operations in an operational, safe, and efficient manner IOT facilitate the event. Once you are signaled to board the aircraft, move toward the helicopter at a fast, controlled gait at a 90 degree angle from the direction of travel. The first Team to reach the A/C will enter the cabin, cross onto the far side of the A/C, & assume the cast-ready position. To assume the cast-ready position, sit on the floor of the aircraft and attach your safety lanyard. Once attached, apply significant pressure to the lanyard by tugging firmly to test the hookup integrity. After securing the troop strap, conduct final checks of personal and team equipment. This includes verifying the integrity of your life vest and ensuring that the poncho raft is in the correct position and the tether is not tangled, caught, or otherwise compromised, and is not in position to become loose during flight. Do not take any commands from the AC crew unless an emergency occurs. Several standard and routine hand and arm signals occur between myself and the crew chiefs, which are of no concern to the casters. DO NOT TAKE CASTING COMMANDS FROM THE CREW CHIEF. Take all commands from myself or the assistant cast master. Upon wheels up, the approximate flight time to target is 10-15 minutes. Once hooked in with the safety lanyard and safety strap on the door, casters will place their thumbs up on the back of their heads to signify they are secured. At the 1 minute call, you will release the troop strap and hand it to myself or a crew chief. At the 30 seconds call, you will unhook the safety lanyard from your belt.  The safety lanyard must remain on the aircraft after you cast. Place your hand on your safety lanyard and prepare to unhook. Do so and re-secure the now unsecure snap link onto to the lanyard origin anchor point. Prepare to cast upon a firm tap on the back of the caster closest to the rear of the aircraft followed by this hand/arm signal."

"If a team casts into the water without re-securing the free end of the safety lanyard, a 1 minute penalty will be added to your cumulative total event time. If a team fails to leave both safety lanyards on the aircraft, a 2 minute penalty will be assessed and added to your cumulative total event time."