Boat racing

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Boat racing is a sport in which boats 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 vehicles have existed.


There are three broad categories within boat racing that define how the craft is 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]

  • Team racing, also known as teams racing, is a popular form of yacht racing
  • Yacht racing, the sport of competitive yachting

Motorised powerboat racing[edit]

Types of race format[edit]

Notable boat races[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Evžen Strouhal, Life of the ancient Egyptians (1992), p. 46.