Boat Racing Format

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).

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