Boat racing is fun, and here's a guide that describes ways to improve the driver's safety and increase the enjoyment. Aimed primarily at the novice driver, it may also be considered a refresher for the more experienced driver. A legacy of numerous driver's experinces have been boiled down to simple do's and don'ts. This guide draws attention to the "decision chain," which affects the probability of a racing incident occurring, and emphasizes that attention to these decisions early on tends to minimize the risks later. Fundamental information includes facts about personal equipment,the cockpit environment,defensive driving,the anti-doping policy, and other topics. A concerted, consistent practice of adhering to these suggestions not only lowers the risk of injury but also improves performance.