Current and Upcoming Sailing Races to Follow

At this transitional time of the year, the seasons begin to change and some local and international sailing races are coming to an end, whilst others are only beginning to heat up. No matter what time of the year it is, there will always be a number of gruelling sailing events taking place. If you are an avid regatta follower, you will know that a few significant races on the sailing race calendar are happening as we speak. Sailing enthusiasts, as well as people who are interested in the sport, should take note of these current and upcoming races.

One of the most exciting and action-filled sailing races that is happening at the moment is the Clipper Round the World challenge. What makes the Clipper challenge so unique is the fact that not all the sailors participating are professionals. 450 people on ten yachts take part in this around the world sailing race. The participants sail 40 000 miles past six continents over a period of ten months to a year. Participants currently sailing the globe are expected to return next year July. There is the opportunity for anyone to take part in this race, all you need to do is complete the sailing course training and then you are set to take on what Clipper calls “the challenge of a lifetime” This sailing race is a fantastic opportunity for people from different backgrounds to sail as a unit around the world.

A sailing race with a difference is the Exercise Transglobe 2009 – 2010. This race sees the three major UK armed forces taking to the sea. The Royal Navy, the Army and Royal Air Force all compete in this year long racing adventure and the crew is changed at every destination for optimum diversity. Over 500 service personnel take part in the race. The combination of service ethics and sailing adventure makes this race a one-of-a-kind event.

More exciting sailing races coming up are the China Cup as well as the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, which is set to take place in December of this year. This much anticipated event draws some of the best sailors, and the sailing race itself is no laughing matter. This sailing race is the pride of Sydney, and is always highly covered in the local and international media.