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YACHT RACING is a form of sport reserved for yachts and larger sailboats. Yacht racing usually refers to sailboat racing in a variety of forms with large racing yachts.

A MATCH RACE is a race between two competitors, going head-to-head. In sailboat racing it is differentiated from a fleet race, which almost always involves three or more competitors competing against each other, and team racing where teams consisting of 2, 3 or 4 boats compete together in a team race, with their results being combined.

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  • AMERICA'S CUP - since 1851. Affectionately known as the "Auld Mug", is a trophy awarded to the winner of the America's Cup match races between two sailing yachts. One yacht, known as the defender, represents the yacht club that currently holds the America's Cup and the second yacht, known as the challenger, represents the yacht club that is challenging for the cup. The timing of each match is determined by an agreement between the defender and the challenger. The America's Cup is the oldest international sporting trophy, predating the Modern Olympics by 45 years.
  • Antigua Sailing Week - since 1967. "Where sailing comes first." Yacht regatta held at Nelson's Dockyard, St. Johns, Antigua. It is one of Antigua's most notable events. It is cited as one of the top regattas in the world and attracts an average 150-200 yachts, 1500 participants and 5000 spectators on average annually.
  • Candy Store Cup Superyacht Regatta - hosted and organized by Newport Shipyard and Bannister's Wharf, Newport, RI, U.S.A.
  • COWES WEEK - started in 1826. "At the beginning of August, Cowes plays host to this world famous premier sailing regatta. With over 1000 yachts ranging from high-tech racing boats to classic day boats and with 8,000 people taking part, it's no wonder that Cowes Week is the longest running regular regatta in the world."
  • Fastnet Race - since 1925. Famous biennial offshore yachting race organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club of the United Kingdom. Generally considered one of the classic offshore races, 'Fastnet' is a difficult contest testing both inshore and offshore skills, boat and crew preparation and speed potential. From its inception, the Fastnet Race has proven highly influential in the growth of offshore racing, and remains closely linked to advances in yacht design, sailing technique and safety equipment.
  • Giraglia Rolex Cup - Mediterranean keelboat regatta, named after the island of Giraglia, which has been held annually since 1953. The regatta consists of a week-long set of races, beginning with inshore races in the St. Tropez Bay followed by the primary event which begins in St. Tropez, France, passes through the Îles d'Hyères near the island of Giraglia, and then finishes off in Genoa, Italy, a total distance of 243 nautical miles (450 km).
  • Louis Vuitton Cup - yachting competition connected with the America's Cup. The Louis Vuitton Cup is used as the selection series to select the team to sail as the challenger in the America's Cup. Four out of the six winners of the Louis Vuitton Cup have subsequently won the America's Cup itself.
  • Louis Vuitton Trophy - was a series of four match race regattas in International America's Cup Class boats, held between November 2009 and November 2010.
  • Newport-Bermuda Race - since 1906. Biennial sailing yacht race from Newport, Rhode Island to the island of Bermuda sailed in even-numbered years. The sailing distance is 635 nautical miles (1175 km) across open ocean and the Gulf Stream.
  • Race To Mackinac - since 1898. The Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac is hosted and managed by the Chicago Yacht Club. The "Mac" (as it is known)was first run in 1898. At 333 miles (289.4 Nautical mile) It is the oldest annual freshwater distance race in the world. The race hosts several hundred competitors each year and over 3000 sailors.
  • SUPER BOAT INTERNATIONAL - "Boat Racing Of The Rich And Famous."
  • Superyacht Cup - since 1996. "The Superyacht Cup Palma has the ideal combination of professionally managed yacht racing and a relaxed, informal social programme enjoyed by everyone."
  • Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - since 1945. Annual event hosted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, starting in Sydney on Boxing Day and finishing in Hobart, Tasmania. The race distance is approximately 630 nautical miles (1,170 km). The race is run in co-operation with the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, and is widely considered to be one of the most difficult yacht races in the world.
  • The BOAT RACE - first boat race: 10 June, 1829. Annual event since: 15 March 1856. A rowing race in England between the Oxford University Boat Club and the Cambridge University Boat Club, rowed between competing eights each spring on the Thames in London.
  • Velux 5 Oceans Race - since 1982. Round-the-world single-handed yacht race, sailed in stages, managed by Clipper Ventures Plc since 2000.
  • VendÉe Globe - since 1989. Round-the-world single-handed yacht race, sailed non-stop and without assistance. Since 1992 has taken place every four years. As the only single-handed non-stop round-the-world race (in contrast to the VELUX 5 Oceans Race, which is sailed in stages), the race is a serious test of individual endurance, and is regarded by many as the ultimate in ocean racing.
  • VOLVO OCEAN RACE - since 1973. "Around the world." The Formula One of sailing! Yacht race around the world, held every three years.
  • WORLD CRUISING CLUB - global sailing event organisers World Cruising Club (WCC) are best known for the ARC, the world’s largest annual trans-ocean sailing event. The Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, to use its official title, is the originator of the many WCC cruising rallies now taking place around the globe.
  • WORLD MATCH RACING TOUR - professional sailing series, featuring 9 World Championship events across the globe, sanctioned by the International Sailing Federation with "Special Event" status. The tour currently spans 3 continents.
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