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Tony CastaneiraAnalyst IFebruary 13, 2009

The sport of yacht racing is one of exhilaration and strategy. Not only are you competing against the times of other boats, but you are also up against the wind and your own sailing knowledge and abilities.

Basically yacht racing is the sport of competitive yachting. There is a broad assortment of types of races and sailboats used for racing. The most popular form of yacht racing is done around buoys or similar marks in protected waters, while some longer offshore races cross open water. All kinds of boats are used for racing.

Everything from small dinghies, catamarans to purpose-built race-boats are used.  The Racing Rules of Sailing govern the conduct of yacht racing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, model boat racing, dinghy racing and virtually any other form of racing around a course with more than one vessel while powered by the wind.

A new revision is published every four years (after the Olympic Games) by the International Sailing Federation, the sport's world governing body.

Racing on sailboats is embodied in teamwork. Everyone depends on everyone else performing at their peak. And all aboard depend on the sailboat and it’s equipment being in top condition.

Over the course of articles I will endeavor to explain and bring a bit of the excitement that is Yacht Racing!  These will include; Olympic Sailing, Offshore Racing, Match Racing, Fleet Racing and the most famous Yacht Racing, the America’s Cup.

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