The Best Sailing Races in the UK

The UK’s geographical nature makes it an ideal place for water sports, and people here particularly love sailing. Many people love spending their weekends and free time either sailing or watching sailing events.

Sailing competitions in the UK attract massive crowds both for the action and the atmosphere in the bright weather.

Cowes Week

This is one of the longest-running sailing races in the world. It attracts many spectators and competitors from across the globe. The competition comprises around 40 races daily, with hobby sailors and world-class professional sailors participating in the event.

This event is electric both offshore and onshore. Fun activities include live music, impressive fireworks, and cocktail parties. Attendees can bring their own boats or hire from the many that are available at the venue.

Yorkshire Pudding Boat Race

This is of the unusual sailing boat regattas held in the United Kingdom. It involves world-renowned chefs baking gigantic Yorkshire pudding of flour, water and eggs and sailing them down a river.

The practice began in the early 90s and has been practised ever since. Boats participating in the event are coated with varnish to prevent them from getting wet, and there is space for a member of the racing team.

Three Peaks Yacht Race

Regarded as one of the toughest races in the UK, the Three Peaks brings together four or five-member teams to race for charity. Each team must produce two members to scale England, Wales, and Scotland’s highest mountains as part of the competition.

There are designated spots along the Barmouth to Fort William racecourse from where spectators watch the action.

Dragon Boat Racing

This is another unusual kind of boat race. Each team comprises around 20 paddlers operating a 40-foot boat. The unusual bit is that the team is kept in rhythm by a drummer. This racing type is popular all over the UK throughout the year.