5 Types of Boat Racing Anyone Can Get Into
We all know about yacht racing, and most of us have come across the sport of rowing at least once in our life, but there’s actually an exciting variety of boat races from around the world. Most of them don’t get a lot of attention outside of their home countries, but this doesn’t mean that they’re not exciting sports that could someday blow up internationally. If you’re interested in getting involved in a boating sport, here are a few that are easily accessible to people without a lot of boating experience.
Canoe racing: Canoeing is relatively easy to pick up. All you have to do is learn the proper rowing techniques, and start practicing. The two main types of canoe racing are canoe sprint and canoe marathon, which are exactly what they sound like. Both games are popular around the world, and canoe sprint has been in the Olympic Games since 1936.
Dragon boat racing: Dragon boat racing is a team sport originating in East Asia, but with a long tradition also in Africa and the Pacific islands. The standard crew for a dragon boat in international competition is 22, which includes 20 paddlers, one drummer (who sets the rhythm), and a helmsman. Of course, if you want to get involved in dragon boat racing, you’ll either have to join a team or assemble a group of friends who are equally interested in getting involved.
Catamaran races: Catamarans are multihulled boats originating in India, but they have recently became popular elsewhere in the world due to their incredible stability, which provides an interesting racing experience, as it allows participants to reach higher speeds.
Sailboard racing: You probably know it by the name of windsurfing, but serious participants in this highly competitive sport prefer the term “sailboard.” A sailboard is essentially a one-person floating board with a sail attached. It has been an Olympic sport since 1984. If you want to learn sailboarding, you’ll find it’s a little difficult at first, but once you get good at it, it becomes one of the more thrilling types of boat racing.
Skiff racing: Skiffs have traditionally been used to get around calm canals and lakes, but high-performance versions have been put to use in racing, especially in central Europe, where skiffs originate. Non-racing skiffs are often propelled either by motor or by paddle, but racing versions generally use sails.