Team Racing

What is Team Racing?

Team Racing, like most team sports, involves strategy, advanced skill, and teamwork. However, unlike other sports, team racing pits a team of three boats against another team of three. This added dimension forces players to have tremendous boat-handling ability and quick reactions. Being a good sailor is essential to becoming a team racer. A keen understanding of the rules, along with good speed and solid tactics, are necessary to be competitive in this sport. Those sailors who have not yet reached this level should strive to it. Team racing is the best place to test and improve your skills as a sailor.

A typical team race involves six boats of the same design and condition. Team size varies depending on the boat type selected. Recently, most team races have used small dinghies with two people per boat, six people per team of three boats. However, team racers and races should not be limited to this framework. The number of racers per boat is completely dependent upon the event organizers, who have selected the boats to race. As long as all the boats are the same, team racing can be the most enjoyable sailing around.

Once the boats and teams have been selected for the event, a round robin format should be sailed. The Round Robin allows all teams to race each other. Depending on the event, a final four or eight tournament format can be used to determine the winner. However, the tournament is not a necessity since the round robin has also selected a clear winner. The tournament portion adds another exciting dimension to the event and is therefore a bit more enjoyable than the straight round robin. The ideal format is a double round robin, with a silver fleet and gold fleet elimination bracket of eight. Nevertheless, we racers leave this completely in the hands of the event organizers.

The course also varies from event to event. Standard Courses now being used in most team races have been added to this site. This standard greatly simplifies the work for which event organizers are responsible. In addition, newcomers and the experienced racers can be aware of what to expect before they arrive at an event. Knowing the courses allows teams to practice before arriving, which has and will continue to raise the level of team racing.

The Rules of racing remain constant. They are also the most important part of any team race. This importance is based on the fact that a good team will use the rules to its advantage to overcome the other teams. By using the rules, a team may force control over another allowing its teammates to pass the opponents, leading to a winning Combination. Without knowing the rules, a team race can become very frustrating. Naturally, the more practice, the more you learn. Team racing is guaranteed to increase your understanding of the rules, which will help in all areas of your sailboat racing.

So the boats, teams, format and courses have been selected. Now you know what a team race is all about. Once these factors have been solidified, the racing can begin. A team of three boats strives to defeat the other team. Winning or losing the race depends on each boat's finish on the team. If you finish first and your teammates finish fifth and sixth, your team loses. If you and your teammates finish second, third and fourth, your team wins. This nature of the sport creates the need for strategy and skill that can propel you to victory. That's why it's called TEAM racing.

Now you are ready to plan your first team race or your hundredth. Browse the other sections of the site to learn more about the Moves that create the Combinations, which lead to victory. Don't forget a look at the call book in the Rules section.


Team Racing Courses
Winning Team Racing Combinations
Avoiding Protests
Team Racing Moves
Winning the Pin
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