Flares - and where to find them

Wednesday, 30 November 2005 19:25 | Written by 
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pencil_flare.jpgThe safety rules for the Cape Point Challenge state that "all competitors shall carry flares or a cell phone in a waterproof pouch..."  SAMSA also mandates that all small craft should carry them.

But where can you buy them and do they really work?

Pencil Flares like the ones pictured here are one option (a smoke flare is another).  Where can you find them?  

Do pencil flares work?  Yep, I can personally vouch for their efficacy (see "Pencil Flares DO Work" in Rob's Tales). (But don't try bringing them to the race on the plane. Airlines take a Dim View of passengers carrying explosives in their luggage.)

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