Boat racing is thought to date back to Ancient Egypt and has been enjoyed throughout the centuries.
A Regatta is a series of boat races and means “contest”, typically involving rowed or sailed boats.
Popular regattas include:
- Henley Royal on the River Thames, England.
- Cowes Week in Cowes England.
- Cumberland Cup.
- Port of Dartsmouth
- Port of Pylmouth
- Quidi Vidi Lake
Racing Rules of Sailing
The RSS (Racing Rules of Sailing) govern yacht and sailing contests and are as follows…
- Boats on a port tack shall keep clear of boats on starboard tack (Rule 10).
- When boats are on the same tack and overlapped, the boat to windward (the boat closest to the wind) shall keep clear of a leeward boat (Rule 11).
- When boats are on the same tack and not overlapped, the boat that is astern shall keep clear of the boat ahead. (Rule 12).
- When a boat is tacking (changing tack) it shall keep clear of boats that are not tacking (Rule 13).