A sport that consists of yachts and large size sailboats is referred to as yacht racing. It is made up of multiple yachts, all heading in the same direction to compete with one another. Yacht racing takes place on the water and will either be racing on a course that has been marked with buoys, or some other type of navigational device. There are also races that go longer distances, and they go over open water, from one point to another point to point. It can also be in a series of different races of multiple legs or buoy racing from one point to another. After yachting became more popular and their designs were being developed to be more diverse it became necessary for a system of measurements to be established, having time allowances because of so many differences in the boat designs. Since longer yachts were so much faster than the shorter one and due to interests in fairness, the primitive system consisting of time allowance was introduced in the 1820’s. Even though the larger yachts would get a handicap, the biggest vessels were having an issue with this allowance system. This resulted in the one-design competition being developed.


Always have a clear idea on making those key decisions, whenever you are yacht racing and you are approaching something it is important to take into consideration the stability of the wind, wind shadows, wind shifts, the winds acceleration zones, and what the predictable wind shifts are when sailing, and knowing the changing tidal streams. It is also significant to view each leg like it was a short print. Though the tactics needed may seem to be complex, you will need to break the decisions down, making everything more simple. The rating systems are dependent on formulaic analysis, generally, a specific yachts design parameters, which is its length, displacement, sail area, and the hull shape. A formula was established between the 1920’s and the 1970’s by the Cruising Club of America, and most of the racing and cruising boats that were designed during this period of time were designed with the use of this formula.


It was Thomas Middleton who invented the one-design racing, back in 1886 in a small place called Killiney Bay, not too far from Dublin City, and the Republic of Ireland. Whereas Middleton was worried that only those having a more reliable and more expensive yachts would be able to win any of the yacht races, rather than someone who has a less expensive yacht, but what it finally came down to was that it was the yachtsman skills that really helped to win, and those who possess these skills had a better chance at winning than those who owned expensive yachts. The one-design yacht racing was being conducted, having the exact sail area and rig, the same amount of crew members.


It was in the Netherlands during the 17th century that it is believed that formal racing of boats got started using the sailboats. It was not long afterwards that England was custom building racing yachts, which had begun to emerge, and then there was the Royal Yacht Squadron, which was established during 1815. Charles II, who was the King of England owned one of these vessels and even steered on occasion. However, the King lost the race.