Boat racing

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.

Types

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

Sail-powered boat racing

Motorboat racing

Race format types

Notable boat races

Human-powered

Wind-powered


Motor-powered

  • 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

See also

References

  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

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