Types of Racing Served

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  • Fleet Racing
    • In Fleet Racing, individual boats compete against each other either all in one “Division” or in separate Divisions based on boat size.
    • Fleet Racing is the most common form of racing for offshore keel boats.
    • High School and Collegiate Fleet Racing is most often conducted with two “Fleets” at each regatta. This means that each competing school has an “A” Fleet team and also a “B” Fleet team. “A” Fleet teams compete separately from “B” Fleet teams and the scores from the two divisions are combined to calculate the overall scores.
    • Scott serves as the Principal Race Officer with Lisa assisting for lots of Fleet races each year for all the different audiences we serve.
  • Team Racing
    • Team Racing involves races where multiple boats from each team compete against multiple boats from another team. Most commonly, each team consists of 3 boats who work together to finish the race with a lower combined score than the opposing team’s 3 boats.
    • The rules for Team Racing are slightly different than for Fleet Racing, which puts an emphasis on boat-to-boat tactics and overall team strategy.
    • Team Races are short and the regatta format can require as many as 60-90 races be completed each day or by the end of an event.
    • We serve as Principal Race Officer and RC for several Team Race regattas each year for High School and Collegiate audiences during the Fall and Spring seasons. Most of these are national qualifiers and Conference Championships. We own and utilize signal boards specifically designed for Team Racing. We also own two sets of Team Race Umpire flags.
  • One-Design Racing
    • In One-Design Racing, all the boats competing are identical.
    • Boat designs can be big or small, modern or traditional, singlehanded or crewed.
    • This has become one of the most common and popular forms of racing over the past decade.
    • Scott has served as a Principal Race Officer and both he and Lisa have served as part of the Race Committee at numerous One-Design Regional or National Championships.
  • Match Racing
    • Match Racing is similar to Team Racing except that Match Racing is one boat versus another boat of identical design. The boat designs typically used range in size from 20-30 feet.
    • The Americas Cup is a good example of Match Racing. Boats race in “round-robins” or “flights” with their win/loss records determining which boats advance to play-off rounds and ultimately the final match.
    • The World Match Race Tour is a series of events where primarily professional and some amateur sailors compete in qualifying regattas to earn the opportunities to compete at the top level events on the tour.
    • Scott and Lisa have served in supporting roles on the Race Committee for a handful of Match Race regattas.

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