Regatta is a term for a series of boat races held at a single event lasting one or more days. While individual races are specific to type, for example, sailing, rowing, and occasionally motorized boating, a regatta event may include separate competitions in multiple classes. However, the most common type of regatta is sailing, which has a long, distinguished tradition.Held across the world, sailing regattas take place on small lakes, rivers, inland seas, and the ocean. The largest among the sailing regattas is Cowes Week, held in Cowes, England. The event hosts close to one thousand boats. The oldest sailing regatta is the Cumberland Cup held by the Royal Thames Yacht Club, also in England.In recent years, groups such as the International Laser Class Association (ILCA) have formed to organize sailing competitions for a specialized class of single-handed racing dinghies, leveling the advantage of crafts and testing competitors’ sailing prowess alone. Each year, the ILCA hosts qualifying and world champion events in men’s, women’s, and youth categories, with separate competitions for standard and radial crafts.About the Author: Brodie Cobb, a lifelong sailing enthusiast and winner of the 2006 Laser Master World Championships in Seoul, South Korea, continues to support Olympic sailing hopefuls and teaches sailing to children and young adults.