Boat Racing


Boat Racing

Boat racing is one of the most popular watersports in the United States. It as a sport began in the 18-th century in London, although there were racings of boats in the ancient Egypt. Most people consider this watersport very fun. They enjoy driving a racing boat across the water. Many people currently organize several competitions of boats races.

There are several types of boat racings and the most important are:

  1. Canoe racing: It is the official sport of Hawaii and the national watersport of Thailand. It has become a popular watersport in the last decades. Racers use voyageur canoes to practice this sport. They look like the traditional canoes, but they are much larger and have the enoughspace for 6 to 24 paddlers sitting two to a seta, side by side.
  2. Drag boat racing: They are similar to car drag races. This king of racings of boats is characterized for taking place on the water rather than land. The boats run individually against the clock or in pair on an elimination basis. It has three official races courses length: 1320 feet, 1000 feet and 660 feet. The race starts when lights turn green. A rope pulls the boats before the starting line to make sure they will begin in a straight line. Hydroplanes are the boats that drivers sue to participate in this race. They usually face off against each other until one is crowded champion.
  3. Dragon boat racing: It is an ancient and colorful paddling sport that originated over 2,300 years ago in China. It is also called Asian Long-boating. Dragon boat racing is currently a fastest growing team sport in America. It is originated to celebrate the sacrifice of Qu Yuan, a famous statesman and patriotic poet. His death is seen as an act of patriotism and courage. This race consists of teams from 18 to 22 paddlers who to the beat of a drum located at the bow of the 12-metre long, teak wood canoe-like boat.It is paddled over a course of approximately 500 meters in length. The boat should feature during the race the head and tail of a dragon, a creature regarded by Chinese people a symbol of dominion over waters.
  4. Hydroplane racing: It is one of the most spectacular boat racings. It is characterized by incorporating the latest racing technology and hull design. This kind of race involves racing hydroplanes on rivers and lakes.
  5. Circuit boat racing: It is organized and controlled by the NZPBA. Participants use powerboats such as tunnels, vees race, hydroplanes and flatties. These races take place on lakes and rivers.
  6. Jetsprint boat racing: This boat racing involves jet boats. They race along twisting courses at breakneck speeds against the clock. If one wants to participate in this king of races, one should count with a powerful jet boat.

Offshore powerboat racing: It is the most exiting kind of boat racings. Many watersport organizationspromote different events and races annually. It involves any kind of boats while they are powerful.