Yacht racing is a sport involving recreational sailing boats known as “yachts” (a term derived from the Dutch word jacht (a hunt, chase) that described light, fast sailing navy vessels used to pursue pirates, also jagt (Norwegian), jaght (Middle Low German)), that race around either a simple course of only a few miles marked by buoys and other fixed navigational devices or over long distances across open water from point-to-point.
It’s believed formal racing of sailing boats started in the Netherlands in the 17th century, and the love of sailing close to the wind with speed and efficiency in competition developed over the centuries into an organized, passionate world-wide racing community. Today, the sport of yacht racing is conducted according to the Racing Rules of Sailing established by the World Sailing governing body.
Eighteen teams from around the world competed in the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) Chicago Match Cup 2017 (September 27 – October 1) on the same race course used for the 2016 Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series-Chicago just off the end of Navy Pier, Lake Michigan. A match race consists of two identical boats racing against each other in a one-on-one duel of strategy and tactics with an objective to be first across the finish line. It’s fun & fast as boats used in match races are high perfomance multihulls with top speeds of over 30 knots.
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