The Different Types of Boat Races in the World

Boat racing is one of the most exhilarating things you can do in life. There is nothing more fun than racing a boat out in the open seas. But there are many different types of boat races out there. Here are a few of the most popular ones:

Dragon Boat Racing

Dragon_boat_budapest_2010This is quite a popular form of boat racing all over the world and, perhaps, in Ireland too. It usually consists of a team of around 20 people, each comprising of a 16-18 paddlers, a flag catcher, a drummer and a helmsman. The race is 600 meters long and, in order to win, the flag catcher needs to retrieve a flag and cross the finish line. This tradition started in China, where they raced using boats that were shaped like dragons.

Yacht Racing

This is a modern approach to boat racing. Here, you will see speedy racing yachts. It is quite a popular sport and hundreds participate all over the world every year. It is an expensive sport to pursue though, since yachts can cost quite a bit of money.

Haari Boat Racing

This is one of the youngest traditions in boat racing. It began around 1990 in Hawaii, and was borrowed from a Japanese tradition. It signifies the peaceful relations between Nago City in Japan and Hilo in Hawaii.


There are many other types of boat racing activities which you can take part in, like speed boat racing. They are a little more dangerous than the ones mentioned above though, and should only be attempted by trained professionals. If you are thinking about boat racing, there’s no better time to start than right now. Sign up with your local boat club for future races at your earliest convenience and enjoy the thrill of the race like never before.