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Corinthian Yacht Club’s Wednesday night series include probable one-design starts, a professional race committee, and set-up, and good competition. Coached by Club race coaches, members competitively race on the J/105s and J/80s from April through September. Coaches instruct crew throughout the series to help improve skills and gain confidence on the racecourse.

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Guide to running sailboat races

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John Palizza, a Regional Race Officer and Club Judge from Lake Bluff, Illinois, shares this practical guide to acting as a Principal Race Officer:

The best race committees are transparent, races start on time, courses are clearly designated, the starting sequence runs smoothly and scoring is done quickly and accurately. The competitors come in after racing and they don’t even think about the race committee. Alas, in the real world, it ain’t necessarily so.

As a competitor, how many times have you headed out to the course area ready to start racing only to be forced to sail back and forth for what seems to be an interminable period while you waited for the race committee to do its thing? Or how many times on weeknight beer can races has the starting line been so skewed that there is a pileup at one end because you can barely lay the line on the other tack?

Or it’s your turn to run your club’s weekly races, which everyone has to do once a year, and although you’ve been racing for many years, you only have a vague notion of what occurs on the race committee boat?

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What I hope to lay out in this article is a practical guide to acting as a Principal Race Officer so that you won’t embarrass yourself and to help you can avoid some of the mistakes I’ve made over the years. It won’t make you ready to run the Olympics, but it should allow you to competently run most club events.

If I’m lucky, I may even persuade a few of you to give back to the sport, take US Sailing’s Club Race Officer certification and to take on a regatta or two.

Step One: Do the Paperwork All races are governed by a Notice of Race and the Sailing Instructions. These two documents form the blueprint of what the race committee has to do.

Important things such as a requirement to check in with the race committee, the starting sequences for the classes of boats sailing, the class flags being used, the courses that can be sailed, what the marks and the starting and finishing lines look like, time limits, and scoring are all covered in these documents.

If you have been asked to run a regatta, you should be intimately familiar with them, as you should have either written or reviewed them.

With season long series, it’s a little different, as the Notice of Race and the Sailing Instructions are usually posted to the club’s website at the start of the season and often thereafter forgotten. Competitors who have been sailing in the season series for years are often guilty of not re-reading the Sailing Instructions each year.

So here’s Practical Tip Number 1: Just because a competitor hasn’t read the Sailing Instructions doesn’t mean the race officer can skip them. It is absolutely crucial that the race officer knows the content of the Notice of Race and the Sailing Instructions.

The ideal is that you know them off the top of your head, but practically, it’s enough to know where to look when a question arises. So take 10 minutes to give a close read to these documents, and have them with you on the RC boat. It can save you a lot of heartburn later.

Step Two: Get Your Ducks in a Row When I was a Boy Scout, I was taught to “Be Prepared”. The same holds true for a race officer when it comes to equipment. At a primitive level, you can run races with just a piece of string on a stick, a good sense of direction, and a watch. However, if you want to do things right, there is a lot of equipment that is needed.

This is complicated by the fact that you are never quite sure what is going to be provided by the club. Some venues do a great job.

For example, at the Houston Yacht Club when I first started working on race committee, the harbor master prepared a bag with all of the flags, zip ties, score sheets, and everything else you needed. You just went to his office and picked it up. If the bag was zip tied shut you knew that he had checked it and you were good to go.

Many clubs, especially smaller clubs, are not as well organized and will have some, but probably not everything you should have, scattered around the club and the RC vessel.

The very best race officers I have known assume nothing will be provided and show up at regattas with their own flags, GPS, startbox, and assorted paraphernalia they need to get races off. As this is not practical unless you are planning on doing a lot of race officer work, here’s Practical Tip Number 2: Work from checklists to see what they have, what may need to be gathered up, and what you need to bring. Click here for checklists for both the RC vessel and mark set vessels.

Step Three: Let’s Get Things Going There is an easy, but commonly overlooked way to insure that races start on time and it occurs when you set the schedule well in advance of race day. This is because most schedules leave inadequate time between the competitors’ meeting and the first warning. This results in sailors being forced to sail around under a postponement flag and wait for the race committee to get the course set up.

Now it’s time for Practical Tip Number 3: When writing the schedule in the Sailing Instructions, leave adequate time between the competitors’ meeting where the race officer is expected to speak, and the first warning.

The amount of time will vary depending on the venue, how far you have to go to set up the course, whether you are using drop marks, and other factors. But, I guarantee that the 30 minutes you often see in SIs is not enough time to get things ready to go.

None of this means that you have to delay the start of racing for the day. There is no rule that says that the competitors’ meeting has to be after the skippers have rigged their boats and are ready to go. Simply hold the competitors’ meeting earlier in the day and then let the skippers go back and rig their boats.

If you are race committee for a season long series where there typically is no competitors’ meeting, the solution is even simpler: leave the dock with enough time so that you are not rushed in setting up the course.

Step Four: Getting Things Set Up Race officers should always keep one important maxim in mind: The competitors did not come out to watch the race committee set up courses; they came out to race. Therefore, setting the course quickly and efficiently goes a long way towards making for successful races. This means you get to the race course well in advance of the racers and decide where the start line should be and then start taking wind readings.

After 15 – 20 minutes you should have a pretty good idea of what the wind is currently doing. That, combined with the forecasts you have looked at and, if you are lucky, local knowledge, should allow you to formulate a plan for the race(s). Now you can set your windward mark and start line, announce the course and get the starting sequence going.

Wait, you say, don’t all of the marks need to be in the water and the course completely set before you start the sequence? The answer is no. As a matter of fact, although I don’t recommend this, the windward mark doesn’t even have to be set before you start the race and you can be moving a starting mark up until the preparatory signal.

So if you really want to move things along efficiently, I recommend you get your upwind mark set, get your start line done and start your first sequence. Your mark set vessels can worry about setting the other marks while the fleet is headed up to the first mark. This will save the fleet from sitting around waiting for everything to be set up and it really speeds things up if you are working with limited resources, such as only one mark set vessel.

Step Five: Things Change As sailors we all know that the wind is not constant; it changes speed and direction with some frequency. This is just as true for race committees as it is for sailors. It is a rare occasion when the wind direction remains constant throughout the day. And on inland lakes? As they say in New Jersey, “fuhgeddaboudit”.

A corollary to the maxim listed in Step Four is that most sailors would rather be racing on a course that is slightly off than waiting around for a perfect race course. If the wind is oscillating, find the median of the oscillation and get your race off before things change dramatically. If the wind is shifting persistently, try and anticipate where it is going and set your course a little ahead of it.

I’ve worked inland lake regattas where we were getting oscillations of up to 60 degrees. If we had waited to set a perfect course, we would have made the fleet wait all day. Sometimes you just have to pick a course you think is reasonable and fair, given the conditions, and go with it.

If you are running multiple races, you may find that the wind has shifted enough during a race that you want to reset the course for the next race. Here’s Practical Tip Number 4: Don’t wait until all boats have finished to reset the marks.

Have your mark set vessel waiting at the windward mark to move it to its new position as soon as the last boat rounds the mark. Then you can reset the start line, get the fleet off and worry about the other marks. Obviously, if you are using a combined start/finish line, you can’t move the line until the last boat finishes the race.

Step Six: Starting and Finishing As a race committee, the two areas you can get into trouble are the starts and the finishes. Racers may grumble that the course was not perfect, but there is no rule that says that it has to be. But, if the race committee doesn’t get the start right or screws up the finishing order, you may be spending time in the protest room as a competitor may ask for redress for those errors.

The standard five minute starting sequence is relatively simple; two flags and four horns. There is simply no excuse for getting it wrong, yet I have seen it done multiple times at beer can races. Charitably, I put this down to inattention.

The person who is responsible for the horn or the flag is chatting with a friend or otherwise distracted and is late with the horn or the flag. Don’t let this happen!

The principal race officer or timer should be counting down to each action, for example, “30 seconds to P flag up and one horn.” Never assume that people know how the sequence works or where they are in the sequence. A little attention to detail here can save a lot of pain later.

The opportunities for distractions or missing something are even greater at the finish, as competitors may be sailing up to the committee boat and informing you of their intent to protest, just as a bunch of boats are approaching the finish line or five or six boats all finish at the same time and your scribe simply can’t keep up.

So here is Practical Tip Number 5: always have the scores taken down by at least two sources – the race officer dictating into a recorder (almost all smart phones have voice recorder functions these days) and a scribe writing things down.

I can’t tell you how many times this has cleared up things post race, when you discover that a finisher did not get written down in the heat of action. Having a voice recording to go back to sure beats tracking down competitors and asking them who finished around them.

Step Seven: Work from a Playbook Commercial airline pilots still utilize a checklist every time they take off. There is no rule that says you have to remember everything that you have to do to run races and when to do them. With the multitude of things that should happen to run a good race, it makes sense to work from a checklist. For people who don’t run races all of the time, using a checklist will insure that all of the bases are covered. Click here for the PRO checklist.

Step Eight: It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over Once the races are over, the race committee needs to record the time and publish the time limit for filing a protest or request for redress. The rules state that this is two hours last boat finishes, however, this is often changed by the Sailing Instructions.

Commonly used at events are when the committee boat docks or when the last competitor reaches the shore or docks. Once you’ve done this, it’s time to score the event. Finally, put away all the RC stuff and strive put it away better than you found it – DONE!

Reprinted courtesy of US Sailing Race Management Committee, [email protected] .

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If you’ve ever considered taking part in a sailboat race, whether professional or recreational, you might not have thought that there are a number of different types of sailboat races.

My first experience was an informal “I bet we can beat you to that island”, so nothing too sophisticated the first time around for me. Of course, there are more serious and exciting races for sailboats out there!

So what are the different types of sailing races? The most popular type of sailing races include:

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Whether you’re just starting to learn how to sail or you’ve had some experience already on the water, taking part in a race can be quite fun.

Making sure you tack at the right moments, trim the sails so they’re fully grabbing the wind, and communicate effectively with the rest of your crew is crucial to winning a sailing race .

Fortunately, the sailing community can be one of the friendliest out there so getting your feet wet (no pun intended) with sailing races is not only fun but a great way to hone your sailing skills by learning and doing in clutch situations.

And a great first step into joining that next sailing race is to find out the different types of sailing races, which we’ll dive into now!

8 Types of Sailing Races

1. fleet racing.

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The most common type of sailing race that you can compete in is a fleet race. Put simply, a fleet race can be from a handful to hundreds of sailboats racing around a specified course. The course is usually a set of landmarks and can be as small as a lake and as large as an ocean (e.g., the Volvo Ocean Race).

Fleet races have two major distinctions: one-design and handicap. A one-design fleet race indicates that all of the sailboats competing in the race must be of the same design, sail area, etc.

This is the go-to style of a fleet race for Olympic sailing competitions. A handicap fleet race occurs when the competing sailboats are designed differently resulting in giving them a different rating so their final times can be adjusted accordingly.

2. Match Racing

Another very common type of sailing race is match racing, which is when two sailboats that are exactly the same in terms of design, brand, and anything else race each other in a course race. Similar to fleet racing, the match race also takes place in a so-called course with specific locations to reach.

A match race can be very exciting and full of pressure because there are only the two identical sailboats with the only difference being the crew.

That means precision and execution are extremely important! Also, match races always take place in a windward-leeward course, which consists of an upwind and a downwind leg that are lapped 1-4 times depending on the race.

3. Team Racing

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Team racing can be one of the more exciting types of racing since it involves two teams of 2-3 sailboats racing a course similar to a fleet and match race.

While quite similar to a match race in terms of having two teams, the added bonus of having multiple sailboats gives it a bit of nuance. Just like a match race, the sailboats tend to be identical, however, team races don’t often last as long and thus are quite short.

A team race works by divvying up points to each team based on the sailboats that cross the finish line in a certain order.

For example, the first sailboat receives one point, the second sailboat receives two points, and so on. After every single sailboat has crossed the finish line, the points are tallied up per team and the team with the lowest number of points wins.

4. Regatta Racing

Probably my favorite type of sailing race is a regatta race simply because it’s generally more relaxed (but, surely, not always) than the previous races mentioned and they can last several days.

Plus the format of regatta races can vary widely when it comes to the types of sailboats used, the course, and the number of participants.

Since a regatta race can span multiple days, you’ll always tie your sailboat somewhere during the afternoon or evening and enjoy the company of your team and the rest of the competition.

In my opinion, the social aspect of a regatta race is probably what draws most people to them in the first place. The combination of multi-day sailing, competition, traveling, and social interaction is hard to beat!

5. Offshore/Oceanic Racing

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If you’re looking to get out into the Ocean and participate in longer races, look no further than offshore/oceanic racing.

Similar to regatta racing, offshore racing is longer than your average race and can span days and even weeks. The sailboats that compete in offshore racing can either be of the same design (one-design style) or different (handicap style).

Offshore racing requires good experience in operating and navigating a sailboat in open waters as well as having the right sailing gear and endurance to sail day and night.

Most offshore races exceed 800 miles in length as well, so the amount of time sailing should come as no surprise. It’s not uncommon for sailboats to compete in a trans-Atlantic sailboat race with one of the more notable races being from the Canary Islands to the Caribbean.

6. Paralympic Racing

No one should be deprived of sailing and that includes sailing races. Paralympic racing is a type of sailing race that encourages those with disabilities to compete in sailing races.

The types of races can vary between the types we’ve already covered while most are fleet or team races. Based on the abilities of the crew member, teams are matched up and allowed to compete with one another.

7. Twilight Racing

Twilight sailing

One of the more relaxing and fun types of sailing races is twilight racing since it wraps up toward the end of the evening and includes a social gathering.

There can be any number of sailboats that participate in a twilight race as long as they finish the course and get to a common location for a nice social evening for all the competitors.

Almost without exception, twilight racing happens in the summer months and is quite enjoyable.

After giving it your all during a race, finishing with the sun going down and a drink (or two) in-sight can be a great feeling. Twilight races oftentimes include the use of two sails and sometimes allow for the option of using a genoa or spinnaker sail.

8. Club Racing

If you’re a member of a club or association that’s aimed at sailing, more likely than not you’ll have the opportunity to join in on some club racing.

While this is more of a situation form of the previous types of sailing, they can be a tad bit more competitive since you’re competing with people you’re often in contact with. Who doesn’t want that nice, shiny club trophy!

The Different Types of Sailboats for Racing


If you end up taking an active part in racing sailboats, you’ll quickly become acquainted with a number of different types of sailboats.

Depending on the sailing race you’ll be a part of, they’ll either allow for a diverse set of sailboats (handicap style) or a specific type of sailboat (one-design style).

A sloop sailboat is the classic single mast, double sail setup. The types of sails on a sloop consist of a mainsail and a headsail.

The headsail can be different types of jibs, including the genoa, spinnaker, or gennaker sails. The headsail is connected to the forestay on the mast and runs all the way to the top of the mast.

A catamaran is a sailboat that has multiple hulls (usually two) and no keel. Instead of a keel, a catamaran gets its stability from having a very wide beam.

As a matter of fact, catamarans are usually faster than monohull sailboats, especially when in the running and broad reach points of sail.

A cutter is an interesting setup since it’s similar to the sloop, but instead of one forestay it has two. With two forestays on the mast, cutters are able to house two headsails.

This can be a preferred setup because it allows for easy cruising due to it offering a diverse combination of points of sail for different strengths of wind.

Just like a sloop, it has a mast that allows for a mainsail and headsail with a full range forestay, but it also has a smaller-sized mast between the mainmast and the stern of the sailboat.

This mast configuration was commonly used in Northern European freighter and fishing boats and is called the mizzen mast.

Related Questions

What kind of sailing gear do I need in a sailing race? You’ll need a good set of deck shoes, clothes that match the weather, a good sailing watch , and gloves.

Are sailing races dangerous? Just like any other sport, there are dangers to sailing races including running into other sailing boats, falling overboard, and being hit by the boom. Unless you’re crossing the Ocean, sailing races are relatively safe compared to other sports.

Do I need to be an experienced sailor to race? You don’t need to be an experienced sailor to join a sailing race as most sailboats are commanded by a captain who has experience already. As a matter of fact, many sailboats need more crew members to participate in races, so being a volunteer crew member is a great way to learn more about sailing.

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The 2024 calendar of major sailing races and regattas

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2024 will be the year of solo round-the-world races. It begins with the start of the Arkéa Ultim Challenge - Brest and ends with the start of the Vendée Globe. But it will also be the year of the one-designs, with the Olympic Games being held in Marseille, France, and the America's Cup taking place on our doorstep in Barcelona. A rich year for sailing, for which we present you with the most exhaustive calendar possible!

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Boat shows 2024 per month :

Arkéa Ultim Challenge âeuros Brest

  • Departure January 7
  • Location: Brest
  • Circuit : Ultim

The Ultims, those big flying trimarans, are about to embark on a first: a solo round-the-world race. There will be 6 of them on the starting line for this brand-new race, a true initiatory experience.

Sail GP - Abu Dhabi Sailing Grand Prix

  • January 13 to 14
  • Location: Abu Dahbi
  • Circuit : Sail GP

The Sail GP circuit continues its expansion with a grand prix in Abu Dhabi in mid-January. The nine-stop circuit will conclude in San Francisco on July 13 and 14, 2024.

The Ocean Race

RORC Caribbean 600

  • Departure February 19
  • Location: Antigua
  • Circuit : IRC, CSA, MOCRA and Class40

This 600-mile race is one of the most renowned on the Caribbean circuit, with an eclectic mix of over 70 participating boats from all over the world. Starting and finishing in Antigua, crews must complete a course between the various Caribbean islands.

RORC Caribbean 600

Armen Festival

  • March 9 to 17
  • Location: Saint-Tropez
  • Circuit : OSIRIS-rated modern sailboats, Habitable, IRC

The Festival Armen brings together some 70 yachts for two weekends of regattas. The first from Saint-Tropez to Cavalaire and back, and the second in the Gulf of Saint-Tropez. There will also be a Friday ski race in Auron on March 15. The name "ARMEN", a contraction of ARt MEr Neige, is of course also a nod to the lighthouse of the same name.

St Maarten Heineken Regatta

  • February 29 to March 03
  • Location: Saint-Martin (Caribbean)
  • Circuit : Maxis, monohulls, multihulls

Originally a small event, the Heineken brand has made it one of the West Indies' must-see gatherings for over 40 years. Every year, some 150 sailboats - professional and amateur - come to race over 4 days, all in a convivial atmosphere.

Primo Cup - Credit Suisse Trophy

  • March 7 to 10
  • Location: Monaco
  • Circuit : M32, Diam 24, Melges 20, J/70, Star, Smeralda 88

Since 1985, the Primo Cup has been held in Monegasque waters, marking the start of the Mediterranean season. It brings together some 800 sailors of 15 different nationalities for a one-design regatta. The special feature: a mix of amateurs and professionals.

Florence Arthaud Challenge

  • Location: Marseille
  • Circuit : All boats homologated in category A, B or C (for earlier units, minimum 5th navigation category), IRC, OSIRIS

Known as the Winter Challenge, the race has been renamed in tribute to the late yachtswoman. Groups will race on tactical or coastal courses in Marseille's Rade Sud and Rade Nord.

Arcipelago 6.50

  • Location: Italy
  • Circuit : Mini 6.50

It's the start of the Italian season in Livorno with this 220-mile course around the Tuscan archipelago: Livorno - Gorgone - Capri - Giannutri - Livorno.

Spi Ouest France - Banque Populaire Grand Ouest

  • March 29 to April 1
  • Location: La Trinité-sur-Mer
  • Circuit: habitational yachts , monohulls and multihulls, one-designs and IRC and Osiris production yachts .

A major French sailing event, the Spi Ouest-France Destination Morbihan takes place every Easter weekend in Quiberon Bay. Organized by the Ouest-France newspaper and the Société Nautique de La Trinité-sur-Mer, over the years the Spi Ouest-France Destination Morbihan has become Europe's biggest springtime regatta for live-aboard yachts , bringing together amateurs and professionals, monohulls and multihulls, one-designs and IRC and Osiris production yachts .

Spi Ouest France 2022

  • Circuit : IRC 2019-rated monohulls and one-designs (if 10 boats entered in the series)

This flagship Mediterranean regatta can be run as an IRC, ORC International or one-design event.

Plastimo Lorient Mini - PLM 6.50

  • Departure April 4
  • Location: Lorient

This is the first Atlantic race of the season for the Minis. A 250-mile warm-up between the Pointe de Penmarch' and Ile D'Yeuen, double-handed since the 2023 edition. In just a few editions, the Plastimo Lorient Mini (formerly the Lorient Bretagne Sud Mini) has become one of the most popular events on the circuit.

  • Departure April 7
  • Location: Le Palais, Belle-Ile
  • Circuit : Class40

2024 sees the first edition of the Niji 40, a transatlantic race reserved for Class40s on a course inspired by Laurent Voulzy's song, linking Belle-Île en Mer in Morbihan to Marie-Galante in the Guadeloupe archipelago. Raced in 3-person crews, the race takes crews to America, where they will be lining up at the start of the Québec Saint-Malo race on June 30.

Course Croisière Edhec

  • April 12 to 20
  • Location: Les Sables-d'Olonne
  • Circuit : J70/J80, Grand Surprise, OSIRIS Habitable

The Course Croisière Edhec is Europe's premier student regatta. Organized for 55 years to democratize sailing, the Course Croisière Edhec welcomes more than 1,600 professional and amateur sailors who come to compete or simply have fun. This race is accompanied by two other trophies: land and sand.

Voiles de Saint-Barth

  • April 14 to 20
  • Location: Saint-Barthélemy (French West Indies )
  • Circuit: Supermaxis, Maxis, and Minimaxis under the IRC rule, monohull Racings under the CSA > 0.800 rule, multihull Racings under the CSA multi rule, and Offshore Multihulls under the ORC mh rule

The 2024 edition is cancelled for lack of a sponsor. The 2025 edition is already scheduled for April 13 to 19, 2025, if the organizing team finds the funds...

Caribbean Maxi Challenge

Spi Dauphine Challenge

  • April 12 to 19
  • Location: Mediterranean
  • Circuit : OSIRIS class 21 to 28

Every year, the Spi Dauphine brings together student sailing enthusiasts from all over France, as well as from neighboring countries such as England and Italy . Nearly 40 boats race on two courses, coastal and banana, in two host ports, with a ferry link between the two. The race is also open to people with disabilities, and embodies strong values.

Cap Martinique

  • Departure April 14
  • Circuit : Solo and Double, IRC Class

Created in 2022, the Cap Martinique is a single-handed or double-handed transatlantic race open to boats from 30 to 40 feet, with a TCC coefficient of 0.977 to 1.081 in the IRC rule. Aimed at amateurs of all ages, unlike the Transquadra, the race is non-stop. The yachts set off from La Trinité-sur-Mer, leaving Porto Santo in Madeira to starboard before reaching Fort-de-France in Martinique . A cargo return will enable those who wish to have their boats in France for the summer circuit.

Gasgogne 45/5

  • April 18 to 21
  • Location: La Rochelle
  • Circuit : Solo/Duo IRC, OSIRIS, crew

A simple race whose start and finish port is La Rochelle , over a 2 to 3-day course that includes a single passage mark: the weather buoy anchored at 45°N and 5°W. New for 2024, the course will pass the Port Bourgenay safe-water buoy or the BXA at the entrance to the Gironde, depending on weather conditions.

Hyères Olympic Week - SOF

  • April 20 to 27
  • Location: Hyères
  • Circuit : Light sailing

During the French Olympic Sailing Week, a traditional springtime event in the Var region of France, some 1,000 international athletes compete in ten light sail disciplines.

Dames de Saint-Tropez 2022

The Transat CIC

  • Departure April 28
  • Circuit : IMOCA , Class40 , Ocean Fifty

The Transat CIC will set sail from Lorient before heading for New York in the United States. On the menu: a demanding 3000-mile course across the North Atlantic between the European and North American continents. The Transat CIC is open to solo sailors in IMOCA , Class40 and Ocean Fifty classes, as well as Vintage monohulls and multihulls. For 2024, cargo sailboats will be on display.

Solo Maître Coq

  • April 28 to May 5
  • Circuit : Figaro

The first event of the Figaro Bénéteau Class season, the Solo Maître CoQ is raced single-handed on Figaro Bénéteau 3 yachts . Departing from Les Sables-d'Olonne, the Grande Course takes skippers around the islands of Ré, Yeu and Belle-Île.

Pornichet Select

  • Departure May 4
  • Location: Pornichet

Competitors set off from Pornichet on this selective 300-mile single-handed course. Traditionally, the first few miles are the most tactical up to Belle-Île, before a long descent to Les Sables-d'Olonne, then an equally long climb, often upwind, to Groix. It's here that fatigue makes itself felt the most. A few minutes of sleep are gained, but we have to hold on before entering the bay of La Baule. A hard, splendid race which, for many, sets the tone for the season.

  • Departure May 6

Loop around the Balearic Islands from Barcelona to Mallorca, for solo sailors on the Mini 6.50 circuit

Belle-Île Tower

  • Location: La Trinité
  • Circuit : All boats over 6 m in the Grand Surprise, First 31.7, J80, J70, Pogo 8.50, Classe 6.50, Classe Open 7.50, Easy to Fly, Diam 24, Mini 6.50 (Protos and Series boats), Figar'one, Figaro 2, M34, Class 40, Multi 50, IMOCA handicap system, OSIRIS, IRC, Multi 2000 and Jauge Classique classes. All monohull or multihull yachts over 6 meters not belonging to one of these categories are grouped together in a class called "Classe Libre".

500 boats gathered on the same 3 km starting line in Quiberon Bay for a regatta on two courses: the Grand Tour, open to boats equipped for offshore sailing, a 42-mile course, and the P'tit Tour, about 37 miles, open to sailboats equipped for coastal sailing. Both consist of a loop starting and finishing in La Trinité, around Belle-Île-en-Mer .

Mini in May

  • Location: Quiberon Bay

The second leg of the French Single-handed Offshore Racing Championship, the Mini en Mai has become a fixture in the Mini 6.50 class. The course, starting and finishing in La Trinité-sur-Mer, takes racers around a marker north of Sein, then down around a buoy off the Gironde before heading up towards Quiberon Bay, passing under the Ile de Ré bridge.

Mini en mai 2022

Tahiti Pearl Regatta

  • May 8 to 11
  • Location: Tahiti
  • Circuit: all types of sailboats, with no size limit (monohulls, catamarans, trimarans, private sailboats, charter boats, transpacific stopovers, sailing pirogues, follower boats, etc.)

A regatta in the middle of the Pacific, a 4-day sailing festival in the Leeward Islands of French Polynesia . Over the years, the "TPR", as the sailors call it, has become the finest regatta in the Pacific islands, and has established itself as an international nautical event. Every year, it attracts local and international crews in search of an extraordinary experience. The course changes with each edition. It takes in the islands of Raiatea, Tahaa, Bora-Bora and Huahine. An unforgettable voyage through the blue shades of the South Pacific.

ArMen Race and ArMen Race Uship Night

  • May 9 to 12
  • Location: La Trinité sur mer
  • Circuit : Large Multihulls, Multi 50', Imoca , Class40 , One-designs, IRC Cruisers and Osiris Habitable

The Armen Race is a 360-mile non-stop offshore loop, which can be broken down into a shorter 120-mile course through the Nuit de l'Armen, which can be raced double-handed or with crew .

SNSM Var Trophy

  • Location: Bandol
  • Circuit : Monohull yachts up to 16 m long

Three days in the Mediterranean for sea rescuers, with a large gathering of 80 yachts for a regatta of 3 one-day coastal courses, crewed over the Ascension weekend. The Trophy is not open to solo sailors.

Grand Prix de l'Ecole Navale (GPEN)

  • May 9 to 11
  • Location: Crozon-Morgat peninsula
  • Circuit : One-design French Championship (J80, Diam 24, Open 5.70, Corsaire, Seascape 18, J22, Longtze, Mach 650, Monotype 750)

The Grand Prix de l'Ecole Navale takes place every year on Ascension Day weekend. It's the perfect opportunity for all sailors who love equal-opportunity matches to come face-to-face at an event offering unique sporting and logistical facilities! More than 1,000 sailors from all over the world, as well as from a dozen European Union countries, are ready to do battle on six exceptional stretches of water, vying for the titles of French Champion and National Criterium.


Banque Populaire Grand Ouest BPGO Trophy

  • May 15 to 25
  • Location: Concarneau

The BPGO Trophy is a double-handed race reserved exclusively for Figaro-Bénéteau boats. A unique 800-nautical-mile format showcasing the know-how of the little-known territories of the 15 Ponant islands.

Transmanche double-handed or crewed

  • May 17 to 21
  • Location: Aber-Wrac'h
  • Circuit: double or crewed, multihull or monohull

For 37 years, the Transmanche has been a race for sailors organized by sailors from the Yacht Club des Abers, at the tip of Brittany . The Transmanche allows sailors to cross the English Channel and back non-stop, racing 220 miles off the coast of Aber Wrac'h and Plymouth: 110 miles to round the breakwater at Plymouth and as many to return to Aber Wrac'h, without setting foot on British soil. The average duration of the race is 35 hours. between 30 and 50 boats take part each year. The Transmanche is open to all, mixing amateurs and professionals on all types of boats. It's an original fleet: Pogo, Figaro Bénéteau , small and large production boats, 6.50 prototypes...

Paprec 600 Saint-Tropez

  • May 20 to 26
  • Circuit : IRC

Renamed "Au large de Saint-Tropez" in 2017, 2018 and 2020, this event was open to crews, then to solo sailors since 2015, and to double-handed crews since 2016, with a choice of 400 or 600 nautical mile courses. In 2023, PAPREC becomes the title partner of this beautiful ocean race offering a unique 600 nautical mile course in the Mediterranean. The event is thus renamed "Paprec 600 Saint-Tropez".

Voiles d'Antibes

  • May 29 to June 2
  • Location: Antibes
  • Circuit : Vintage Yachts (built before 1950), Classic Yachts (built before 1976), Spirit of Tradition Yachts , Metric Classes (6 MJI, 8MJI and the 12 MJI competing in the America's Cup from 1958 to 1987)

Since 1996, Les Voiles d'Antibes, organized every year around the first week of June, marks the opening of the Mediterranean circuit for Traditional Yachts and Metric Classes. The event features a selection of the finest Vintage Yachts (built before 1950), Classic Yachts (built before 1976) and Spirit of Tradition Yachts , as well as the Metric Classes (6 MJI, 8MJI and the 12 MJI competing in the America's Cup from 1958 to 1987), which have shaped the great history of international yachting since the end of the 19th century.

Transat New-York - Vendée - Les Sables-d'Olonne

  • Departure May 29
  • Location: New York
  • Circuit : IMOCA

The last qualifying race for the Vendée Globe 2024, this event is a real dress rehearsal for the IMOCA boats before the round-the-world race, which departs from the Vendée town six months later.

Marie-Agnès Peron Trophy - MAP Trophy

  • May 30 to June 1
  • Location: Mer d'Iroise

A success since its creation, this competition in the Iroise Sea and Southern Brittany is recognized by the ministries as a very technical and tactical race. The relatively short course means that this race is sailed at a sprinter's pace. The Douarnenez âeuros mer d'Iroise âeuros Bretagne sud âeuros Douarnenez course is 220 miles long.

Le Havre - Allmer Cup

  • May 31 to June 8
  • Location: Le Havre

Held every even-numbered year, this race brings together all the Figaro solo sailors. The 2022 event was won by Tom Laperche .

CIC Normandy Channel Race

Rolex Giraglia

  • June 8 to 12
  • Circuit : Traditional Swan, ultra-modern Wally , Maxis, Beneteau 40.7, 47.7, Corel 45, Farr 40

The Rolex Giraglia Cup is truly a Mediterranean classic, bringing together around a hundred boats of different sizes and professional and non-professional sailors from all over the world.

The Bol d'Or Mirabeau

  • June 14th to 16th
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland), at the far western end of Lake Geneva
  • Circuit : Multihulls (M1 and M2 classes), Monohulls (Surprises, Grand Surprises, ACVL-SRS-rated Monohulls, ACVL-SRS-rated Monohulls)

It's the world's biggest closed basin regatta, showcasing Swiss sailing expertise. Over a round-trip course of around 123 km, amateurs and professionals compete for prizes and trophies. Each year, more than 500 boats are present at the start, with nearly 1,500 crew and 150 volunteers on shore.

Mini Fastnet

  • Departure June 9
  • Location: Douarnenez

It's the oldest, most prestigious and unmissable double-handed race on the Mini circuit. The 600-mile race starts from Douarnenez and circumnavigates the Fastnet lighthouse .

Ticket To Wight

  • June 21 to July 6
  • Location: Cherbourg
  • Circuit : IRC and OSIRIS Habitable

The Ticket to Wight is a journey from Cherbourg to Cherbourg, bypassing the Isle of Wight in the direction they want.

Old Port Sails

  • Dates to be determined for the 2024 edition in June
  • Circuit: classic yachts

Every year, classic yachts , some of them hundreds of years old, come to race in the Bay of Marseille on the eve of summer, in wind conditions that can sometimes be sustained.

  • June 26 to July 14
  • Location: Dunkirk to ?

Formerly known as the Tour de France à la Voile , the Tour Voile was created in 1978. Originally raced exclusively on inhabitable monohulls, the 2015 to 2021 seasons saw the birth of a new Tour formula, in Diam 24. In 2022, the FFV, in collaboration with the Figaro Bénéteau Class, wanted to relaunch a crewed ocean racing competition (coastal and offshore races), to re-establish a bridge between the various sailing disciplines and Ocean Racing. The chosen boat is the Figaro Bénéteau 3, and crews are made up of 4 sailors, including at least one woman and two young people aged between 16 and 26.

Transat Québec Saint-Malo

  • Departure June 30
  • Location: Quebec City
  • Circuit : Class40 , Ocean Fifty , Open Mono 45'-65', Open Multi 45'-60'

The Transat Québec Saint-Malo (TQSM) is a non-stop, crewed, west-to-east transatlantic race. Every four years since 1984, the ocean racers set out on the St. Lawrence River , between Quebec City and Lévis, before crossing the Atlantic by the North, to finally enter the English Channel. The Transat 2024 will mark the 10th edition of this legendary race.

La Trinité-Cherbourg by Actual

  • Location: Trinité-sur-Mer
  • Circuit: open to all classes authorized by the Rorc to race the Cowes-Dinard, in particular IRCs, Class40s, Multis...

Formerly Trinité-Cowes, the Trinité Cherbourg by Actuel is a 350-mile race starting from La Trinité-sur-Mer and finishing in Cherbourg via a port on the Isle of Wight, double-handed or crewed.

Drheam Cup 2022

Tour des Ports de la Manche

  • July 7 to 12
  • Location Granville
  • Circuit : OSIRIS

Celebrating its 40th edition in 2024, the Tour des Ports de la Manche is a regatta that links different marinas in the English Channel and Channel Islands every July: Granville, Barneville-Carteret, Jersey, Guernsey, Port-Diélette, Cherbourg-en-Cotentin and Saint Vaast-la-Hougue. Bringing together some 100 crews and 650 sailors, this regatta is one of the biggest sailing races in France and the most important in Normandy.

  • July 11 to 21
  • Circuit: All classes are invited

After a prologue in Cherbourg, the big race reaches La Trinité-sur-Mer, with three different courses depending on the speed of the boats. An opportunity to pit your cruising yacht against an Ultim Class trimaran or a Vendée Globe IMOCA ...

Les Sables âeuros Les Açores âeuros Les Sables

  • Departure July 19

A major offshore race for Mini 6.50s, this event starts in Les Sables-d'Olonne and makes a stopover in the Azores at Faïal before returning to the starting port. This event counts towards qualification for the Mini Transat .

Olympic Games

  • July 28 to August 8

France hosts the Summer Olympics for the first time since 1924. That year, the sailing events were held on the Seine at Les Mureaux and Le Havre. For 2024, the Marseilles harbor has been chosen. Two events never before seen at the Olympic Games will see the light of day in 2024: IQ foil windsurfing and formula kite.

Sailing around Finistère

  • July 29 to August 3
  • Location: Depart from Roscoff and head for Port-La-Forêt
  • Circuit : Osiris, IRC, double or solo (boats from 7 to 14 m)

This emblematic Finistère regatta brings together around a hundred boats racing over 190 nautical miles between Roscoff and Port-La-Forêt. This national event is governed by the Racing Rules of Sailing published by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), represented in France by the Fédération Française de Voile (FFV). It is open to boats from 7 to 14 meters.

Le fameux Tour'duf

Solitaire du Figaro

  • August 19 to September 15
  • Location: Course to be announced

In 2024, the 55th edition of the Solitaire du Figaro will take place. This legendary race is run single-handed on the Figaro 3 one-design boat. An ocean racing event that has marked every generation of skippers.

Louis Vuitton Cup Challenge

  • From August 22
  • Location: Barcelona
  • Circuit : America's Cup

The America's Cup holders are Emirates Team New Zealand representing the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, but they face stiff competition. The unique Cup format sees the defender of the trophy automatically allowed to race in the final "Match", while the Challengers will undertake a series, the Louis Vuitton Cup Challenge, to find the best to take on the New Zealand team. Confirmed entries are : Alinghi Red Bull Racing from Switzerland, Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli from Italy , American Magic New York Yacht Club from the USA and Orient Express Racing Team from France.

Azimuth Challenge

  • September 10 to 15

Every year, the program includes speed runs, a 48-hour race and a tour of the island of Groix. A winning combo, as the event grows from year to year, attracting ever more competitors.

CIC Normandy Channel Race

  • September 13 to 22
  • Location: Caen

The Normandy Channel Race sets itself apart with a course of around 1,000 miles in the English Channel and Celtic Sea, starting and finishing in Caen, Normandy. This is a double-handed Class40 race. The course is varied, half coastal in France, the UK and Ireland, and half offshore in the English Channel and Celtic Sea. It's a demanding course, with complex navigation zones that allow for all kinds of tactical games, at a very high race pace, a real week-long sprint.

Mini Transat

Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez

  • September 28 to October 6
  • Circuit : Wally , traditional yachts , modern yachts and Maxis

Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez is over 20 years old! For two decades now, the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez has been offering sail lovers a rare and unique opportunity to enjoy the many pleasures of the sea, every year before autumn. For two weeks, 300 boats, both classic and modern, and almost 4,000 sailors will once again celebrate a certain way of experiencing the sea, both on land and on the water, in a spirit of sharing and conviviality.

Vire Vire Banque Populaire Méditerranée

  • October 6th
  • Location: Rade de Marseille
  • Circuit : IRC, old rigs, barquettes

Organized by the Société Nautique de Marseille since 1948, the Vire Vire Banque Populaire Méditerranée brings together some 150 boats each year to compete on a 13 nautical mile coastal course, passing buoys at Cap Pinède, Pomègues and La Madrague before returning to the starting point under the Corniche Kennedy, between Marseille's northern and southern roads.

America's Cup

  • From October 22

After the Louis Vitton Cup Challenge, it's now time for the winner of the challengers to face off against Team New Zeland, winner of the previous edition.

Rolex Middle Sea Race

  • October 21 to 28
  • Location: Malta
  • Circuit : IRC Solo and Duo and Class40

In the heart of the Mediterranean, the Rolex Middle Sea Race course is reputed to be one of the most beautiful in the world. It is often compared to the Rolex Fasnet Race, or the Rolex Sydney-Hobart, legendary races all run under IRC rules. Over 100 boats take part each year. Starting and finishing in Malta , the course is 606 nautical miles long, winding counter-clockwise around Sicily. The fleet aims for the Strait of Messina, passing the marks of the Aeolian Islands and the Stromboli volcano, heading west to the Egadi Islands, then south to Pantelleria and Lampedusa before reaching the finish in the port of Marsamxett.

Transat Jacques Vabre 2021

  • Departure November 10

Held every 4 years, the Vendée Globe is the legendary race for solo offshore sailors. On their IMOCA boats, the almost 40 competitors will race around the world without being allowed to make a stopover or receive assistance.

Rolex Sydney Hobart

  • Departure December 25
  • Location: Sydney
  • Circuit: all classes of offshore boats

Over the past 75 years, the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race has become an icon of summer sport in Australia , ranking alongside national events such as the Melbourne Cup, Australian Open tennis and the Boxing Day cricket test. No regular annual yachting event in the world attracts such media coverage as the Boxing Day start on Sydney Harbour.

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7 Global Sailing Races to Follow

By: Zeke Quezada, ASA Destinations , Event , Inside Sailing , Sailing Fun

As American Sailing evolves our curriculum to offer more racing options through North U, I am attempting to learn more about sailboat racing. If you are following along with my journey to become a racer, you know that I am a neophyte when it comes to racing. I am a cruiser. I am a self-described “lazy sailor” that does not focus on trimming my sails and instead works on not dropping my chips and salsa while sailing.

You can get an idea of my journey in my last two pieces on sailing and racing:



I plan to find out more about the serious and not-so-serious side of sailboat racing. Many people, even non-sailors, know what the America’s Cup is, and may have even turned on a sports network to catch a SailGP race. But there is far more to sailing races than those two.

Here’s an overview of seven of the big races, regattas, and race series that occur regularly around the world. These are iconic events, both old and new, that shape the world of racing and have inspired sailors for generations to challenge themselves to new heights, both on and off the water.

Cowes Week is one of the oldest and most prestigious sailing regattas in the world, held every August in the Solent waters off Cowes, UK. The event has been around since 1826, and it’s known for attracting some of the best sailors from around the globe. It’s the largest sailing regatta of its kind in the world, with up to 1,000 boats and 8,000 competitors taking part in the 40 daily sailing races.

Whether you’re an Olympic or world-class pro, or just a weekend sailor, Cowes Week is an event that has something for everyone. And even if you’re not into sailing, the regatta is still a spectacle to behold – with stunning views of the coastline and plenty of festivities both on and off the water. 

Once you discover the allure of racing it appears that Cowes Week might be worthy of a sailing vacation that includes either participating in a race or just being involved as a spectator. I am not there yet, but it could happen.

Next Race Date: July 29 – Aug 4, 2023 Cowes Week Website

The Ocean Race

I do know about The Ocean Race only because prior to the new owner taking over, it was the Volvo Ocean Race for twenty years and that is how they got me to buy a Volvo. I walked into the dealership and saw some mesmerizing sailboat pictures and I signed the contract and drove away.  I am a sucker.

The Ocean Race is a round-the-world yacht race that occurs every three years. It’s known as one of the most challenging sailing races globally, spanning over 45,000 nautical miles. The race consists of multiple legs and lasts about nine months. The race starts in Europe and ends in Asia or Oceania. The exact route changes with each edition of the race.

Both professional sailors and amateur sailors can participate in this race. The teams are composed of eight sailors, all racing on the same boats. These boats are specially designed to be fast and robust, capable of enduring the tough conditions of the open ocean.

This race used to be known as the Whitbread Round the World Race until it was renamed the Volvo Ocean Race and now is known as The Ocean Race.

Next Race Date: Currently in progress at the time of the post! The Ocean Race Website

America’s Cup 

My first foray into sailing racing was when Dennis Conner won the America’s Cup.  I was a kid watching the news and learned about sailing through this huge event on the vessel, Stars and Stripes. Years later I took a ride on what I was told was the same boat. I was skeptical about the origin of the vessel I was on but that day I learned a lot about how much I loved the idea of sailing. A couple of years later I bought a boat.

The America’s Cup is held every few years on dates agreed between the defender and the challenger. There is no fixed schedule, but the races have generally been held every three to four years. The most recent America’s Cup match took place in March 2021. 

The 37th America’s Cup Official Opening Ceremony will be held in Barcelona on 22 August 2024. The Final Preliminary Event and the Challenger Selection Series will follow, leading up to the America’s Cup Match that will start on 12 October 2024. During 2023/early 2024, there is potential for up to three preliminary events. By June 2023, all the teams will have their base set up and be training in Barcelona.

The competition takes place between teams representing different countries or yacht clubs. The event involves a series of races where high-tech racing yachts, known as America’s Cup Class boats, compete in head-to-head races that test their speed, agility, and teamwork.

The competition dates back to 1851 when a schooner called America won a race around the Isle of Wight. The trophy, now known as the America’s Cup, was donated to the New York Yacht Club and has since become one of the most prestigious prizes in sailing.

Next Race Date: October 12, 2024 The America’s Cup Website

Vendée Globe

If I was a racer I am sure that The Vendée Globe would be the race that would inspire me to go hard into this type of adventure. The Vendée Globe is a single-handed (solo) non-stop yacht race around the world without assistance. It takes place every four years and is an extreme form of sailing.  It is said that more people have been into space than have finished the Vendee Globe. First held in 1989, the race starts and ends in Les Sables-d’Olonne, a small town on the west coast of France, and covers a distance of approximately 45,000 km.

Sailors must navigate their way through some of the most treacherous waters on the planet, including the Southern Ocean and the Cape Horn. Sailors must rely solely on their own skills, knowledge, and experience to complete the race. They face extreme weather conditions, sleep deprivation, and the constant threat of danger as they navigate their way around the world. 

The boats are designed specifically for the event and are some of the most advanced sailing vessels in the world, capable of speeds of up to 30 knots.

Next Race Date: November 10, 2024 The Vend é e Globe Website

St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

I must confess that I had a very nice t-shirt from this regatta that I purchased at the St. Maarten airport. I was leaving the country and realized that I had not bought any souvenirs so I found this shirt in the terminal and wore it like a proud sailboat racer. I was an imposter, I had never even seen any of the race and I did not know it existed.

The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is a massive sailing event that takes place on the island of Sint Maarten in the Caribbean. It’s actually the biggest regatta in the Caribbean and the largest warm water regatta in the world.

The event attracts top sailors from 37 countries, who compete in a series of races over four days. The competition draws in sailors that are both professionals and passionate amateurs who just love to sail.

Next Race Date: Feb 29 – Mar 3, 2024 St. Maarten Regatta Website

Transpacific Yacht Race (Transpac)

If you live and sail in Southern California, you will hear about Transpac. I have heard about it, and I did not realize it was a race. I always figured it was a group of sailors who sailed across the Pacific to Hawaii in a large caravan, like a large flotilla, without any daily stops. I will confess that when I sailed my Catalina 27 five times a week, I had a few fantasies about tagging along in my boat and stopping over in Hawaii with the Transpac crowd. But, unfortunately, I was misguided.

The Transpacific Yacht Race (Transpac) is a biennial offshore yacht race held in odd-numbered years starting off the Pt. Fermin buoy in San Pedro, California, and ending off Diamond Head in Hawaii, a distance of around 2,225 nautical miles (2,560 mi; 4,121 km). It is one of the world’s oldest major ocean races for sailing yachts. The race was first held in 1906 and made a biennial event in 1939 to alternate with the Bermuda Race.

Next Race Date: June 27, 2023 TransPac Website

Now in its 4th season, SailGP is a newer series race held as a competition between nations on identical F50 catamarans. Currently the nations competing include Australia, New Zealand, Emirates Great Britain, France, Canada, Denmark, United States, Switzerland, and Spain. The race is held on weekends in iconic locations around the world modeled in a grand prix format similar to Formula 1 in which points accumulate throughout the season based on winnings from each race and contribute toward a championship. 

The race series has a really great app you can use to follow along and watch live, or on YouTube, and they are doing wonderful work expanding the sport’s impact initiatives through their second championship leaderboard that tracks the positive actions the teams make to reduce their overall carbon footprint and help accelerate inclusivity in sailing. The coverage of this series is great to watch – it has a high production value including live mics on the sailors and post race interviews with the sailors. The commentators do a good job educating the audience as to the basics of sailboat racing as well as explaining the racing rules.

Season 4 Opening Race: June 16-17, 2023 Chicago Sail GP Website

So which race strikes your fancy? Here’s hoping you enjoy some of these and find some new inspiration in your sailing journey!

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A Deep Dive into the World's Most Exciting Sailboat Races

A Deep Dive into the World's Most Exciting Sailboat Races

10 Must-See Sailboat Races around the World

The america's cup.

 Known as the oldest international sporting trophy, the America's Cup is an iconic yacht race and a gem in the sailing crown. It started back in 1851 and has held onto its reputation ever since. This race involves an intense competition between two sailing yachts – one defending the title and the other challenging it. A blend of history, tradition, and fierce competition, the America's Cup never fails to enthrall.

The Vendée Globe

If there ever was a race that tested the limits of human endurance, it's the Vendée Globe. Known as the 'Everest of the Seas', this single-handed (solo), non-stop yacht race takes sailors around the world without any assistance. It's a testament to the tenacity of the human spirit and a must-see for anyone intrigued by extreme sailing feats.

Volvo Ocean Race

Taking place every three years, the Volvo Ocean Race is a round-the-world yacht race that pushes sailors to their limits. Over the course of nine months, competitors battle it out across some of the most treacherous seas on the planet. This race is not only a test of sailing expertise but also of resilience, endurance, and team spirit.

The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

Hosted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race is a highlight of the yachting calendar. It starts in Sydney on Boxing Day and finishes in Hobart, Tasmania. The race is known for its challenging weather conditions and fiercely competitive field, attracting yachtsmen and women from all over the world.

The Fastnet Race

The Fastnet Race is a classic offshore yacht race that offers a thrilling combination of inshore and offshore racing. Starting in Cowes on the Isle of Wight, England, the race takes competitors around the Fastnet Rock off the southwest coast of Ireland before finishing in Plymouth, England. The race is renowned for its tough conditions and strategic challenges.

The Newport Bermuda Race

Established in 1906, the Newport Bermuda Race is a 635-mile ocean race that runs from Newport, Rhode Island to Bermuda. Known for its tactical demands and changeable conditions, it's a race that tests sailors' skills, perseverance, and navigational prowess to the maximum.

The Transpacific Yacht Race (Transpac)

Held every two years, the Transpacific Yacht Race is an offshore yacht race from Los Angeles to Honolulu, spanning a distance of around 2,225 nautical miles. The race is a test of navigation and sailing skills, with competitors having to contend with a range of conditions as they cross the Pacific Ocean.

Clipper Round the World Race

Unique in its concept, the Clipper Round the World Race is a two-year event that offers amateur sailors the chance to experience the thrill of circumnavigating the globe. Led by professional skippers, the participants are ordinary people who have undergone training to take on the challenge of the high seas.

Rolex Middle Sea Race

Beginning and ending in Malta, the Rolex Middle Sea Race is a 606 nautical mile adventure that takes competitors around Sicily and the surrounding islands. The race is known for its stunning scenery, tactical challenges, and warm Mediterranean hospitality.

The Barcelona World Race

The Barcelona World Race is a non-stop, round-the-world yacht race designed for sailing duos. It starts and ends in the vibrant city of Barcelona, Spain. This race not only tests the sailing prowess of the participants but also their ability to work seamlessly as a two-person team. It's a thrilling spectacle of teamwork, strategy, and sailing skill.

The Final Buoy: 

A swift journey through the top sailboat races in the world. Each race, with its unique challenges and historical significance, contributes to the vibrant tapestry of the sailing world. From solo voyages like the Vendée Globe that push the limits of human endurance to the test of tactics and teamwork found in the Barcelona World Race, the diversity of these races is a testament to the myriad forms of courage and skill found among sailors.

The races we've discussed span the globe, crossing different seas and oceans. From the Pacific's vast expanse in the Transpacific Yacht Race to the treacherous, unpredictable nature of the Bass Strait in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Yet, despite the diverse locales and sailing conditions, they all share an undercurrent of passion for sailing, adventure, and a desire to push the boundaries of what's possible on the open sea.

Sailboat racing is not just about getting from point A to B the fastest. It's about mastering the elements, navigating by the stars, and becoming one with the wind and sea. It's about the moments of calm when it's just you, your boat, and the endless blue. It's about the rush of adrenaline as you surge with the waves, racing neck-and-neck towards the finish line. But above all, it's about the sailing community, a band of individuals who share a profound respect for the sea and a love for the thrill of sailing.

So, whether you're an experienced sailor feeling the pull of the open sea or a landlubber dreaming of hoisting the sails, remember, there's a whole world of sailboat races out there. Each one offers a unique adventure and a chance to be a part of the rich history and thrilling future of sailing. Until our next nautical journey, may you have fair winds and following seas!

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Colorado's sailing regattas prove once and for all that you don't need a coastline to ride the waves of summer adventure.

1 Western Shootout Regatta

Grand Lake Yacht Club

Since 1902, Grand Lake Yacht Club has been the nexus for sailing enthusiasts nationwide, who convene on Colorado’s largest natural lake for activities and events all summer long, with the 2023 regatta taking place June 24–25. To elevate your experience, grab a ticket to the 100- Year E-Scow Celebration dinner on Saturday so you can mingle on the lawn and enjoy the live entertainment at the pavilions.

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Aspen Yacht Club

Against the striking backdrop of the snowcapped Rocky Mountains, this high-elevation regatta sets colorful sail on a lake known for its wild and unpredictable conditions on July 15–16. While the action unfolds on the water, the party thrives on the shore. Head to Ruedi Reservoir to pitch your tent or park your RV, and soak up good times at the marina. Warm winds, sensational sailing, and a bevy of beverages await.

3 Dillon Open Regatta

Dillon Yacht Club

On Aug. 25–27, reach new heights at the 52nd annual edition of what’s billed as the world’s highest regatta , some 9,017 feet above sea level. Sailing this lake can pose a challenge to even the most experienced navigators, as the elevation, mountain peaks, and capricious winds can lead to unpredictable conditions—which makes for some spectacular spectating, particularly when done from one of the pontoon spectator boats.

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+ Immerse yourself in the watersport with Community Sailing of Colorado ‘s clinics at Cherry Creek Reservoir or Boulder Reservoir to hone your sailing skills.

+ Explore the social side of sailing by joining the Denver Sailing Association and attending its crew mixers and awards banquets.

+ Ready to float your own boat—or perhaps a trimaran? Richard Allen at the Denver-based 180 Marine is your guy.


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Find RC Sailboat Racing Near You: A Guide to Clubs and Races

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  • Posted on April 30, 2023 June 2, 2023
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Remote-controlled (RC) sailboat racing is a hobby/sport that has been gaining traction in recent years. Enthusiasts build and race intricate model boats using sails and electronic controls. While it may seem like a niche activity, there is a growing community of people who are passionate about RC sailboat racing. Participating in RC sailboat racing can be a great way to relieve stress, improve coordination, and connect with others who share similar interests. Those who want to explore this hobby further may wonder where they can find RC sailboat racing near them. From local clubs to online resources, this article will provide information on how to get started with RC sailboat racing in your area.

Benefits of Joining an RC Sailboat Club

Joining an RC sailboat club brings many advantages, both social and recreational. Some of these benefits include:

  • Access to a supportive community of like-minded individuals who share the same passion for RC sailboat racing
  • Opportunities to network, build friendships and improve your skills through shared knowledge and experience
  • Access to boats and equipment for racing and practice
  • Participation in club events such as regattas and races
  • Potential for discounts or benefits from sponsors or partnerships with local businesses

If you’re interested in finding a club near you, there are several online resources you can utilize. Some popular websites include:

  • The American Model Yachting Association (AMYA)
  • RCGroups Forum

You can also visit your local hobby shop or marina to ask about any RC sailboat clubs in your area.

What are the benefits of being in a yacht club?

  • Access to exclusive events and social activities
  • Networking opportunities with like-minded individuals
  • Discounts on dockage fees, repairs, and supplies
  • Access to club-owned boats and equipment
  • Training and educational programs on boating and safety
  • Participation in racing, cruising, and other group activities

If you’re interested in joining a yacht club, check out the websites of clubs in your area for more information on the benefits and membership options.

Researching Local RC Sailboat Clubs

When researching local RC sailboat clubs , it’s important to take your time and find the right club that suits your needs. Here are some tips to help you find the right club for you:

  • Check websites like AMYA , RCGroups forum or for local clubs in your area.
  • Reach out to the clubs listed on these websites to inquire about membership and whether they are accepting new members
  • Ask about the club’s racing schedule and locations
  • Check if the club supports your preferred sailboat class
  • Ask about fees or dues for club membership
  • Consider attending a race or club event to see if it’s a good fit for you and your skill level

Here’s an example of what you might find when researching local RC sailboat clubs:

How do I choose a sailing club?

  • Location: Choose a sailing club that is close to where you live or work.
  • Facilities: Look for a sailing club that has good facilities such as changing rooms and storage facilities.
  • Instructors: Check if the sailing club has experienced and certified instructors
  • Boats: Look for a sailing club that has a variety of boats to choose from and well maintained.
  • Membership Fees: Find out the membership fees and if there are any additional costs for lessons or equipment rental.

If you’re interested in learning more about sailing clubs in your area, check out websites such as or for more information.

Attending a Local RC Sailboat Race

If you’re interested in watching or participating in a local RC sailboat race, there are a few things to keep in mind to fully enjoy your experience:

  • Dress for the weather, as races take place outdoors on the water
  • Check the racing schedule and arrive early to secure a good spot for viewing
  • Bring your own chair or blanket for comfort
  • Consider bringing a camera and binoculars for close-up views of the action
  • Introduce yourself to other attendees and racers to engage with the community
  • Volunteer to help with race duties if you’re interested in getting more involved

For more information on attending or getting involved in an RC sailboat race, check the websites of local clubs or the national organization of the American Model Yachting Association (AMYA) . AMYA has a comprehensive racing calendar available on their website that lists events across the country.

Preparing for an RC Sailboat Race

Whether you’re watching or participating in an RC sailboat race , it’s important to be prepared in advance. Here are some tips to ensure a great experience:

  • Charge all boat batteries fully the night before
  • Bring extra batteries
  • Test all radio equipment beforehand
  • Practice sailing your boat before race day
  • Bring a tool kit for quick repairs
  • Pack food and water for yourself if participating in a day-long event

If you’re competing in the race, review the particular rules and regulations of the race, such as the course layout and starting procedure. Also, practice maintaining proper boat positions and sailing tactics to maximize your chances of success on the water. RC sailboats and racing equipment can be found on websites such as Amazon, Tower Hobbies , and Horizon Hobby .

How do I prepare for a sailing race?

Preparing for a sailing race requires proper planning, preparation and practice. Here are some tips to help you get started:

  • Check the weather forecast to ensure that the conditions are suitable for sailing.
  • Make sure your boat is in good condition and is equipped with all necessary safety equipment.
  • Know the race course and rules of the race.
  • Practice sailing and maneuvering your boat under different conditions.
  • Get plenty of rest and stay hydrated before the race.

For more information on sailing and racing, you can visit websites such as World Sailing or Sail Groove . There are also various books and sailing guides available on Amazon that can provide in-depth information on sailing techniques and racing strategies.

Choosing an RC Sailboat for Racing

Choosing the right RC sailboat for racing can make all the difference in your success on the water. Here are some key considerations to keep in mind when selecting a boat:

  • Choose a design that’s specifically suited for racing , such as a one-meter boat or a Dragon Force 65 .
  • Opt for boats with strong, lightweight materials that will help you gain an advantage in the water, such as carbon fiber masts and Mylar sails.
  • Consider the boat’s turning radius , speed , and maneuverability in difficult spots on the water.
  • Look for quality components and excellent build and finish quality , so you can be sure that your boat will be reliable and last for races to come.
  • Consider the price and availability of replacement parts, as well as local support and technical assistance if you run into issues with your boat.

Whether you’re purchasing a boat for the first time or looking to upgrade your racing equipment, there are many online retailers that offer a variety of options for RC sailboats built specifically for racing. Among the popular options are boats sold by Kyosho , Joysway, and Thunder Tiger .

If you’re interested in RC sailboat racing , there are many opportunities available to get involved and explore this exciting sport. Whether you’re new to the hobby or have been racing boats for years, using the information in this article, you can find local clubs, attend races, and choose the right equipment for your needs. Remember, the key to success in RC sailboat racing is practice, patience, and persistence. So, get out there and enjoy the thrill of racing your own sailboat!

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Introduction to Sailboat Racing [Rules and Classes Explained]

True, when you first witness a sailboat race, you might believe it’s too confusing and chaotic (it can be both). But, like with anything new, you may ease into it gradually. This is intended to allow you to take several actions at once.

Racing a sailboat is a lot of fun. It blends the excitement of sailing your own boat with the raw rivalry of trying to beat another boat of comparable size. Racing also teaches you boat handling and sail trim in a manner that cruising cannot: by comparing your speed and handling to those of other boats.

Let us jump into the article to learn more about sailboat racing.

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Basic Insights Into Sailboat Racing

Sailboat racing may be separated into three parts: start , headwind , and tailwind . During a sailboat race, it is important to ensure that the beginning of the race must be strong. The start determines the overall outcome of the race and thus is considered very crucial for the race. It brings great advantage to the competitor and this is often very underrated.

As soon as the countdown is complete, it is necessary to make sure that the competitor has crossed the starting line effectively. Generally, warnings are given at 5mins and subsequently at 4mins and 1min .

Another very important aspect to consider is the path . The competitor must be able to determine a clear path to sail through and the direction of the race course must also be perceived correctly to ensure a favorable outcome. Free lanes enable the competitor with ideal angles to the wind with which they can easily navigate without having to go against disturbed wind or wind shadows from rival boats.

Sailboat Racing Rules and Classes - Small sailboat racing

The Starting Line

Oftentimes, the first leg of the race will be upwind, after the starting line is crossed. At this point again, it is important to note that starting strong is crucial for an upwind race as more free lanes are accessible the further ahead the competitor is in the convoy.

The necessary determinants to be noted and kept in consideration throughout the race for effective upwind sailing strategies are the following factors: wind direction, wind speed, and rivals. But the last aspect can be tricky as everyone’s goal is ultimately to win.

Competitors need to base their choices for sailing downwind on the same findings, but with a few minor variations. Being at the forefront and tagged by rivals can be seen as a mode of suffering when the competitor must keep sailing in the wind shadows of all the boats behind. Here, there’s an advantage to be thought of if the competitor can position themselves at the rear. Any lane can be chosen at proper intervals to make up for the lost ground.

However, usually, down winds result in shorter wins and losses than up winds . This is because there is less transverse separation during down winds when compared to up winds.

Sailboat Racing of the same class maneuvering near the start line

Different Types of Sail Racing Classes

Sailboat racing can be done in different ways. Each race lasts for about 45min to 1hr and is conducted on a course marked by buoys mounted by the racing committee. One can also take part in “ distance races “. In this case, the “ natural ” surroundings will typically provide the race course.

‍The points of sail during the race depend on the predominant wind direction factors on the day of the race, which is the other major variation besides the length. While racing on the course, the race committee places the buoys in such a manner that the race course is adapted to the wind , this mostly enables the competitors to accurately identify which sail has to be deployed for the upcoming leg .

At the race course and during the distance races, the sailboats that participate are usually of various types and are commonly very diverse. As a result, the organizing committee frequently employs intricate “ handicap ” mechanisms to even out variations across boat types . The system is often country-based and it has been developed based on the most common types of boats in a country. The RC , ORC , and IRC systems are the most widely used on an international scale .

These systems compute a factor that should be multiplied by the exact time required to sail one nautical mile using complex formulas . They are based on the dimensions of the boat’s length, weight, sail size, types, and design of the boat along with the materials used .

To find the adjusted race time that can be used to compare with other competitors, this f actor is multiplied by the amount of time it took you to complete the race and the distance of the race .

It is very necessary to remember that these systems are not entirely accurate and they cannot be completely relied on. They can only be used to a certain extent for performance comparison . Hence it is advised that one must compete in races where the competing boats are similar to accurately assess the racing skills of the competitor.

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Main Rules in Sailboat Racing

These races are administered and authorized by the International Racing Rules of Sailing . It lays down rules and safety measures to sail safely across the race course along with the entire fleet, whose goal is to sail successfully during the race as well.

A rulebook is laid down with fundamental rules providing explanations and specimens about ensuring how to maintain and regulate according to the laws during a variety of circumstances that can arise between competing sailboats during the course of the race.

The most fundamental rule is that vessels with their starboard side windward must give way to vessels with their port side windward . This implies that the port-tack boat must either tack or bear away to pass behind the stern of the starboard-tack boat when two boats on opposite tacks come together . The leeward boat always has the right of way over the windward boat when there are two boats on the same tack.

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Although this is the case, it is essential to note that the boat with the right of way must always ensure to leave other sailboats adequate space and time to avoid collision and accidents . While trying to maintain contact with other competitors, one must be very safe and secure as a significant level of rule interpretation can be enforced.

Violation of any rule can cause you to self-forfeit from the race . Hence it is advised to make amends and surrender upon having committed a conscious foul. Most admitted fouls are looked over following a penalty turn of 360 degrees or 720 degrees . Sailing instructions can be seen as a guide in all circumstances to find more detailed information about the same. A few rules can also be helpful when it comes to knowing what to be worn during the race apart from obvious determinants like the weather and climate conditions.

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Main Equipment Used In Sailboat Racing

The sport of sailing is generally very physically taxing and hence requires e xtraordinary energy throughout the course of the race especially while rounding marks and sailing downwind.

When the atmospheric temperature falls due to wind-chill effects , it makes much colder winds frequently. In such circumstances, making use of a windproof outer layer will guard against the wind chill and this material is also breathable . Such measures must be ensured to avoid being cold and clammy. Wearing boots can also ensure to keep yourself warm and comfortable.

Looking into the technical aspects , sailboats need to ensure they are fully equipped with communication and navigation devices such as VHF, GPS, Sat Phones , and so on.

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Different Types Of Sailboat Races

Sailboat racing is a diverse and dynamic sport that encompasses a wide range of different race types , each with its own unique rules, tactics, and strategies . Understanding the different types of sailboat races is crucial for sailors looking to compete at a high level and succeed in this exciting sport.

One of the most common types of sailboat racing is fleet racing, which involves a large number of sailboats competing in a single race. In fleet racing, the sailboats start together and sail a predetermined course, with the first boat to cross the finish line being declared the winner. Fleet racing often requires a high degree of tactical maneuvering, as sailors must navigate around other boats and adjust their tactics to account for wind shifts and other factors.

Another popular type of sailboat racing is match racing, which involves two sailboats competing head-to-head in a series of races. In match racing, the emphasis is on tactical maneuvering and outsmarting your opponent, rather than simply being the fastest boat on the course. Match racing typically involves a complex set of rules and regulations governing how boats can interact with each other on the course, and sailors must be highly skilled at reading wind shifts, controlling their boats, and outmaneuvering their opponents.

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Team racing is another type of sailboat racing that involves multiple sailboats competing against each other in a team format. In team racing, each team consists of multiple boats, and the team with the best overall performance across all of its boats is declared the winner. Team racing often requires a high degree of coordination and strategy, as sailors must work together to achieve a common goal and coordinate their tactics to maximize their chances of success.

In addition to these main types of sailboat racing, there are also a variety of specialized race types that are popular in different parts of the world . For example, ocean racing involves sailing across the open ocean over long distances and requires a high degree of skill and endurance. Inshore racing , on the other hand, takes place in protected bays and harbors and often involves short, fast races with frequent wind shifts and other challenges.

Regardless of the type of sailboat racing, one thing remains constant: the need for skilled and experienced sailors who can navigate their boats through a wide range of conditions and challenges. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a beginner just getting started, mastering the different types of sailboat racing can be a highly rewarding and exhilarating experience, and can lead to a lifetime of excitement and adventure on the water.

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Classes Of Sailboats Commonly Used In Racing

Sailboat racing is a highly competitive and dynamic sport that encompasses a wide range of different classes of sailboats, each with its own unique characteristics, strengths, and weaknesses. Understanding the different classes of sailboats used in racing is crucial for sailors looking to compete at a high level and succeed in this exciting sport.

One of the most common classes of sailboats used in racing is the dinghy , which is a small, lightweight boat typically sailed by one or two people. Dinghies are highly maneuverable and responsive and can be sailed in a wide range of conditions, from light winds to strong breezes. Popular dinghy classes include the Laser , the 420 , and the Optimist , each of which has its own unique rules and specifications.

Keelboats are another popular class of sailboats used in racing, and are typically larger and heavier than dinghies, with a fixed keel that helps to provide stability and control. Keelboats come in a wide range of sizes and designs, from small one-design boats like the J/24 to larger performance-oriented boats like the TP52. Keelboats are often sailed by a crew of several people and require a high degree of coordination and teamwork to sail effectively.

Multihulls are another popular class of sailboats used in racing and are characterized by their multiple hulls providing greater speed and stability than traditional monohull sailboats. Multihulls come in a variety of different designs and sizes, from small catamarans to large trimarans , and are typically sailed by a crew of several people. Multihulls can be highly competitive and exciting to sail, but also require a high degree of skill and experience to handle effectively.

In addition to these main classes of sailboats, there are also a variety of specialized classes that are popular in different parts of the world. For example, in Australia and New Zealand, the 18-foot skiff is a highly competitive and popular class of sailboats, characterized by its large sail area and high speed. In Europe, the Dragon is a classic one-design keelboat that has been popular for decades and is known for its elegant design and excellent performance.

Regardless of the specific class of sailboats used in racing, one thing remains constant : the need for skilled and experienced sailors who can navigate their boats through a wide range of conditions and challenges . Whether you’re racing a dinghy, a keelboat, a multihull, or some other type of sailboat, mastering the unique characteristics and challenges of your boat is key to achieving success on the water.

To become a successful sailboat racer , it’s important to not only master the technical skills needed to sail your boat effectively , but also to develop a deep understanding of the rules, tactics, and strategies that govern sailboat racing . By immersing yourself in the world of sailboat racing and learning from experienced sailors, you can build the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in this exciting and challenging sport.

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In conclusion, participating in a race can be very enjoyable in both cases. The first case is where someone is learning the art of sailing or like in the second case where one could be trying to gain some prior expertise on the sea.

If winning the race is one’s main aim then the key thing to remember is to make sure that you tack at the right moments. To trim the sails to completely catch the wind and last but not least, to communicate well with the rest of the crew.

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Hundreds of sub-postmasters caught up in the Horizon IT scandal have today edged closer to having their convictions overturned after MPs backed proposed legislation to do just that.

The Post Office (Horizon System) Offences Bill received an unopposed second reading on Wednesday, with Business Secretary Kemi Badenoch insisting the state must act "as quickly as possible".

The legislation seeks to exonerate those convicted in England and Wales on the basis of the faulty Horizon accounting software, which made it appear as though money was missing at their branches.

But there are calls for victims in Scotland and Northern Ireland to be included too, rather than leave it to their devolved governments.

Post Office minister Kevin Hollinrake assured MPs subpostmasters across the UK would all have the same access to compensation, no matter how their convictions were overturned.

He said: "We are keen to expedite it wherever it is in the UK, and we have got work to do." 

The bill now heads to its committee stage, where more detailed examination takes place.

But it's expected to pass swiftly given the public outcry about the scandal prompted by TV drama Mr Bates Vs The Post Office.

 We're closing out the show with the always fun spectacle of a Lib Dem election campaign launch.

Today, party leader Sir Ed Davey kicked off the local election campaign in Harpenden by flipping a giant hourglass.

As the sand ran out, the top of the prop read: "Time's running out Rishi!"

Sir Ed said: "He might have bottled the May election, he might be hoping the tide will turn as he squats in Downing Street for a few months more, but even the prime minister can't deny voters across England the chance to cast their vote in the local elections on 2 May."

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That's all for tonight's Politics Hub programme, but stay with us here for more news and analysis from Westminster.

Beth is now speaking to Daniel Mulhall , Ireland's former ambassador to the UK and the US, about the resignation of Leo Varadkar.

"It was a huge shock," he says.

"I remember him telling me years ago he was not going to be a lifer in politics, and you have to remember he started in politics at 27!"

Mr Varadkar is now 45.

"He's had a pretty long innings by most people's standards," says Mr Mulhall.

"I don't think he was under any immediate pressure to go.

"I think he genuinely decided it was time to go after an extraordinary career and doing a decent job during a very difficult time - COVID, Brexit, and the impact of the war in Ukraine.

"This is not an easy time to be an incumbent in any country in Europe and the same applies in Ireland."

Leo Varadkar's resignation today was a bombshell, says our Ireland correspondent Stephen Murphy .

But some signs had been there.

Mr Varadkar was handed a humiliating defeat in twin referendums earlier this month, when the Irish people voted against redefining marriage and removing "sexist" language from the constitution.

His government's proposals weren't just rejected, they were trounced. The latter referendum received a massive 74% No vote, the highest in Irish history.

Grumblings within his Fine Gael party - which had been simmering over an exodus of sitting TDs (members of the Irish parliament) at the next election - were amplified hugely by the referendum fiasco.

With local and European elections just seven weeks away, many feared the black eye given to the government - over perceived arrogance and complacency - would translate into real danger for Fine Gael.

Then there's the general election, expected late this year, although the government could cling on until early 2025.

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Perhaps the biggest political news of the day came from Ireland, where Prime Minister Leo Varadkar announced he was standing down.

In an emotional statement delivered this afternoon outside Dublin's Government Buildings, Mr Varadkar said his reasons for leaving were "both personal and political".

He said he believed a new leader "will be better placed than me" to gain seats for his party Fine Gael in the next general election.

Mr Varadkar, 45, has led the Fine Gael party since 2017 and served as Taoiseach twice.

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The government's Rwanda bill has suffered a bruising night in the Lords.

You might remember that earlier this week, MPs voted to reject 10 amendments to the legislation proposed by the Lords.

But this was far from definitive - it instead kicked off a period of "parliamentary ping pong".

This sees the bill passed between the Commons and the Lords until one backs down, and it can move on to becoming law.

Tonight, the Lords didn't go quite as far as 10 amendments - but did vote for seven of them again.

  • Amendment one:  Seeks to ensure bill is fully compliant with rule of law - Rejected 271 to 228;
  • Amendment two:  Removes claim that Rwanda is a safe country until treaty it signed with UK in December is fully implemented - Rejected 285 to 230;
  • Amendment three:  Provides mechanism for parliament to be informed about treaty - Rejected 276 to 226;
  • Amendment six:  Restores ability of courts and tribunals to consider if Rwanda is safe - Rejected 263 to 233;
  • Amendment seven:  Courts can consider review claims regarding removals of children - Rejected 249 to 219;
  • Amendment nine:  Seeks to protect victims of modern slavery from being deported - Rejected 251 to 214;
  • Amendment 10:  Exempts armed forces personnel, their dependants and families from removal - Rejected 248 to 209.

These seven will now have to go back to the Commons for MPs to vote on once again - but probably not until after the Easter break, which begins next week.

It means the government may well struggle to get flights in the air in the spring, as the prime minister has committed to.

A bruising night for the government's Rwanda bill is over.

The House of Lords has inflicted its seventh and final defeat by voting in favour of another amendment to water down the bill.

This one would exempt armed forces personnel, their dependants, and families from being removed from the UK.

Peers backed the amendment by 312 votes to 255.

It means MPs will have to consider it again, as they will with the other six amendments peers have voted for tonight.

We'll sum all of these up for you in a post after the programme.

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The House of Lords has inflicted a sixth defeat of the night on the government's Rwanda bill.

Peers are looking to add amendments to the proposed legislation, despite their previous efforts having been rejected by MPs earlier this week.

The latest amendment they have backed tonight seeks to protect victims of modern slavery from being deported.

Peers backed it by 251 votes to 214.

One of Beth's panellists tonight is Tory MP  Rehman Chishti , who attended the meeting of Conservative backbenchers addressed by the prime minister this evening.

"Everyone was absolutely united to doing everything we can to get a Conservative government elected again," he says of the mood there.

Despite Rishi Sunak's poor poll numbers, he insists he has "delivered" regarding the economy - pointing to news this morning that inflation is now down to 3.4%.

"The biggest issue facing our country was the economy," he says of when the prime minister came to power.

"If we look at what the PM has delivered… he's taken the economy forward and delivered on that."

Josh Simons , the director of Labour Together, does admit that Mr Sunak may not be completely toast.

"There's always a route back," he says.

"Polls can move very, very fast."

But despite the show of unity tonight, he says it's clear that Mr Sunak's own party doesn't think he's the best person to lead.

He's seen as "a drag on their vote", he adds.

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Top 5 sailing races in the world

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The yachting industry is full of competitions - professional and amateur. The racing of boats first started in Holland before being introduced in England and America in the 17 th century. Since then, yacht clubs and marine institutions have organised all sorts of competitions for social and recreational purposes. Sailboat races come in a variety of different styles, such as single-handed, around the world, coastal and fleet racing.

Many people might want to attend one of these races, so Yachting Pages has put together a list of top 5 significant sailing races in the world:

1. Cowes Week

Cowes Week

One of the oldest and largest annual sailing regattas of its kind in the world, Cowes Week is an iconic feature of the British sporting calendar. It takes place at Solent with 8,000 competitors, from world champion professionals to amateurs. It is also worth mentioning that Cowes Week has onshore events and parties. It is extremely famous for its iconic fireworks finale on the last day.

2. Volvo Ocean Race

Volvo Ocean Race

Formally known as the Whitbread Round the World Race, the Volvo Ocean Race has taken place every three years since 1973. Starting in Europe in October, it’s known as the longest and the most challenging professional event worldwide as its duration is almost nine months and the competitors face strong weather conditions.

3. America’s Cup

America's Cup

The America’s Cup is one of the oldest international sailboat racing events, dating back to 1851. Its prestigious reputation attracts the top professional sailors, yacht designers and the majority of wealthy entrepreneurs and sponsors. The competition is not only focused on sailing skills but also on sail design.

4. Vendée Globe

Vendée Globe

The Vendée Globe is named after the Département of Vendée, France, where the race starts and ends. A single-handed, non-stop round the world race, it’s widely known as one of the most challenging and extreme sporting events. Its duration is more than three months and it takes places every four years. The Vendée Globe puts sailors under great amounts of pressure and it tests their ability to deal with various technical elements during challenging moments.

5. Barcolana


Barcolana is one of the largest and most popular regattas in the Mediterranean. Its first race was in 1969 and it takes place every year in the Gulf of Trieste, Italy. The race attracts thousands of participants with approximately 25,000 sailors and 250,000 spectators who can enjoy the race from plenty of stands in Trieste. The participating boats are divided into several categories depending on their LOA. The competition allows sailors as young as eight years old to participate, including kite surfers and windsurfers.

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It has sat at the bottom of Maine’s coastal waters for more than 100 years, a simple schooner that transported granite from the state’s quarries until its untimely demise in the 1890s.

And now there’s a warrant out for its arrest.

JJM, an LLC out of Southwest Harbor, filed a maritime claim last week in U.S. District Court in Bangor seeking ownership of “one abandoned and submerged vessel” found about six nautical miles off the coast of Bar Harbor.

It’s not a treasure hunt, according to an attorney involved in the case. But those hoping to explore the wreck won’t say exactly what they’re looking for – or its specific coordinates.

“This is not a sunken World War II submarine, or buried treasure,” said Ben Ford, the attorney representing JJM LLC . “This is granite pavers. … It’s not particularly sexy cargo.”

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Nor has JJM said what it plans to do with the salvaged ship, how the company found out about the wreck and why it’s so important. Advertisement

“It is something that people in the general vicinity have known about for a while,” said Gregory Johnston, a co-manager of JJM.

There are many legendary wrecks around the coast of Maine , said Nathan Lipfert, an expert in Maine’s shipbuilding history and a retired curator for the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath.

“But I’ve never heard of a stone ship that people are hot to find,” Lipfert said.


Adhering to maritime law, JJM lists the vessel as a “defendant” in court records and filed a proposed warrant for her arrest by the United States Marshal for the District of Maine.

The judge signed the warrant Tuesday morning, starting a 14-day clock for anyone claiming an interest to announce themselves. They then have 21 days to respond to JJM’s claim. Advertisement

That’s not to be confused with a criminal arrest warrant, Ford said. It simply means JJM will turn over the artifacts it seized during a November scuba diving search for the court to keep while it waits to see if anyone responds to a public notice regarding the vessel’s existence and JJM’s request for ownership. 

Maritime laws over salvaging sunken ships were created to help the original and rightful owners, said marine archaeologist Warren Riess, who is a retired professor from the University of Maine’s History Department.

In claims like these, where one party is seeking ownership of a century-old vessel, it’s not unusual for people to come out of the woodwork contesting that claim.

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In the 1980s, a famed treasure hunter from Columbus, Ohio, said he had successfully located a steamer off the Carolina coast that sank in the 1850s, carrying tons of gold. Upon that announcement, insurance companies who had paid claims after the ship sank challenged that treasure hunter in court, arguing the gold was theirs. A judge agreed they had some rights to gold, but The Columbus Dispatch reported they were awarded less than 10%.

In 2003, the Historic Aircraft Recovery Corporation filed a maritime claim to get ownership of a set of World War II fighter planes at the bottom of Sebago Lake. A federal judge dismissed the case after the state of Maine said the lake was state property. The court also heard objections from the United Kingdom, which owned the planes and argued that the company was seeking to “exploit” a “military gravesite.”

The fighters were flown by two Canadian pilots stationed at the Brunswick Naval Air Station. They crashed over the lake on May 16, 1944, and the wreckage still sits on the lake bottom at a depth of about 200 feet. Advertisement

The stone pavers aboard JJM’s mysterious schooner – the same kind of rock used to fill gaps in cobble streets – likely won’t raise the same objections, Riess said.

Riess said the judge’s order will most likely come down to historical significance. If there’s archaeological or public value, sometimes federal law will bar commercial entities from salvaging a boat.

But the boat described by JJM in court records is hardly remarkable, at least according to the people who want to bring it up.

Johnston wrote in a statement to the court that the ship “was not in any way unique or materially distinguishable from other, similar coasting schooners of the 19th century, many of which continue to sail the waters of the Maine coast today.” Johnston doesn’t believe there were any injuries or losses of life in the wreckage, so the company wouldn’t be disturbing a submerged gravesite.


The nameless vessel is believed to be a two-masted ship with a wooden hull, about 100 feet long and 20 to 30 feet high, according to court records. Advertisement

When JJM sent a diver down to explore, he found the ship sitting about elbow-deep in the mud, but loose enough that he was able to remove artifacts without tools. That included a 28-inch plank of wood with holes drilled into it, a piece of the ship and a stone paver from the ship’s cargo.

There were thousands of schooners like these off the coast of Maine in the 1800s used for cargo, historians say. They weren’t particularly sustainable. Their lifespans were usually about 15 years. They stayed local and didn’t go on long voyages.

“Granite was a major cargo out of Maine, but pavers are kind of the least fancy of all the granite products,” said Kelly Page, curator for the Maine Maritime Museum. She said this particular style of ship was basically the “box truck” of its era.

Neither Page nor Lipfert could imagine why this particular vessel matters to JJM.

Perhaps, based on how well preserved the ship is, Page speculated it would have scholarly value. Most submerged wrecks disintegrate in saltwater. If there were still significant pieces of this boat intact, historians could learn more from the type of wood that was used and its fasteners.

What’s even more mysterious is how the vessel came to JJM’s attention. In court records, Johnston mentions conducting historical research and reviewing records. Advertisement

Page said there’s no central database for documents like these. To even start looking for a small boat’s enrollment papers or business records, you have to have a few candidates in mind.

A schooner like this one likely didn’t have a lot of shareholders, and therefore would have fewer records, she said.

However, if there was a wreck, it’s possible there would have been local news coverage of the event or records from emergency responders.

“It isn’t easy,” Page said. “It’s not like the information is just compiled somewhere and easy to find. It takes legwork to find out.”


Johnston said in a brief interview last week that the company was formed by himself and several others who have long been interested in this shipwreck. Court records describe JJM as an “exploration venture.” Advertisement

He declined to describe who else is involved in the business. He said the company’s acronym title was “arbitrary.” He wouldn’t discuss any ultimate endgame for the salvage without knowing what is down there and how the court process will go.

JJM became an LLC around the same time they say they located the wreck’s coordinates via sonar and visited the site with a certified diver in November. An affidavit from the diver detailing what he discovered and the exact whereabouts of the vessel have been sealed from the public.

In court records, Johnston said the company has the equipment and expertise necessary to salvage the vessel.

Ford and Johnston said they look forward to sharing more information about the vessel and its story in time.

“We’re curious to explore further,” Johnston said.

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