Boat racing

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Boat racing is a sport in which boats, or other types of watercraft, race on water. Boat racing powered by oars is recorded as having occurred in ancient Egypt,[1] and it is likely that people have engaged in races involving boats and other water-borne craft for as long as such watercraft have existed.


There are three broad categories of boat racing which define how the watercraft are powered. Self-propelled, human powered boats; wind (sail) powered boats; and motorised, frequently referred to as motorboats or powerboats.

Human-powered boat racing[edit]

Sail-powered boat racing[edit]

Motorboat racing[edit]

A boat race seen from the International Space Station, 2006

Race format types[edit]

Notable boat races[edit]




See also[edit]


  1. ^ Evžen Strouhal, Life of the ancient Egyptians (1992), p. 46.
  2. ^ World Professional Powerboating Association Archived May 8, 2016, at the Wayback Machine, UIM

External links[edit]

Media related to Boat racing at Wikimedia Commons