Boat racing is the racing of boats on water. The racing of boats powered by oars is recorded as having occurred in ancient Egypt, and it is likely that people have engaged in races involving watercraft for as long as such vehicles have existed.
There are as many types of boat racing as there are boats.
Man-powered boat racing
- Canoe racing, competitive forms of canoeing and kayaking
- Dragon boat racing, a type of human-powered watercraft racing
- Kayak racing
- Outrigger canoe racing
- Rowing (sport), a sport in which athletes race against each other on rivers, on lakes or on the ocean
Sail-powered boat racing
- Team racing, also known as teams racing, is a popular form of yacht racing
- Yacht racing, the sport of competitive yachting
- Drag boat racing, a form of drag racing which takes place on water rather than land
- Hydroplane racing, a sport involving racing hydroplanes on lakes and rivers
- Jet sprint boat racing
- Offshore powerboat racing, racing by large, specially designed ocean-going powerboats
- F1 Powerboat World Championship
- Classic Outboard Runabout, outboard pleasure craft circle boat racing.
Kinds of race formats
- Circuit boat racing, a race consisting of up to 15 boats going head to head for the win
- Kyōtei, parimutuel boat racing in Japan, referred to as "BOAT RACE"
- Match race, a race between two competitors, going head-to-head
Notable boat races
- The Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge Universities
- The Welsh Boat Race between Cardiff and Swansea Universities
- The Northumbrian Water University Boat Race between the University of Durham and the University of Newcastle
- The Harvard–Yale Regatta, also known as "The Race"
- Snake Boat Race, the traditional boat race in Kerala, India
- Nehru Trophy Snake Boat Race in Alleppy, Kerala, India
- 24 Heures Motonautiques de Rouen. a 24 hour circuit boat race in Rouen, France
- Archer eade memorial, an unlimited outboard race consisting of six laps
- Gothuruth Boat Race, started by the British in the year 1938 in their colony called Cochin,Kerala. It is still going on in September.
- Evžen Strouhal, Life of the ancient Egyptians (1992), p. 46.