Team Racing information
What is Team Racing?
For those new to this area of the sport, races are between two teams, and the winning team is the one with the lower total points score in the race (with 1 point for first, 2 for second and so on). Each helm can improve their team's position during a race either by overtaking one of the opposition's boats (which for most of us is quite hard) or, by slowing down one of the opposition's boats so that a team mate can overtake. A team racing event comprises a number of short races (typically only 10 to 12 minutes long) with courses that maximise the opportunities for team tactics.
The most common form of team racing is with teams of three boats. Two-boat team racing, where the team with the boat in last place loses is quite popular and is tactically simpler and useful as an introduction to the sport. Individual random two-boat team racing where you are allocated a partner at random for each race is fun and sociable.
Why Team Race?
Apart from being fun, team racing is an ideal way to sharpen up boat handling skills, close quarter tactics and rules awareness that will win you place after place in tight fleet races, particularly at marks and up that final beat to the finish line.
Team racing has its own circuit of competitions. Many of the events provide the boats for you to sail, so there is no trailing your craft across the countryside. This is mostly organised by universities, where team racing is the main sailing discipline and racing is fast, furious and fun. Many Spinnaker sailors have captained their University Team.
Spinnaker also has its own fleet of top quality matched Fireflies for team racing which are available for members to use.
Last updated 15:47 on 9 March 2020