The history of modern regattas has its roots in the fight against seafaring piracy. During the 17th century, pirates infested the routes of the East Indies, Africa and the Americas and Dutch ships, which moved valuable goods between the Netherlands and their colonies. To respond to this threat, the Dutch crafted agile and fast sailing ships called jachtschips - from the Dutch jacht, which means to search, to hunt - with the task of chasing and capturing pirate vessels. As they were also extremely fun to sail, these boats were also widely used for sporting purposes.
The most prestigious regattas in the world
- Cumberland Regatta, the oldest of the modern regattas
- America's Cup, the first of the international regattas
- Around the world with the Volvo Ocean Race
- The first regatta for sea dogs, the Golden Globe Race
- The Everest of regattas, the Vendée Globe
- The largest of offshore regattas, the Rolex Fastnet Race
Volvo Ocean Race
In 2017-2018, the race covered a distance of 45,000 nautical miles - the longest in the history of the event.
Golden Globe Race
It was expected that the navigation would have lasted between nine months and a year. The almost obligatory route, due to the direction of the winds, was to leave the English coast and head towards the Cape of Good Hope, cross Australia and to round Cape Horn, then climb up the Atlantic to the finish line.
Rolex Fastnet Race
That said, we have not even mentioned the regattas that take place in the Mediterranean, certainly no less important, such as the Italian Barcolana or the Giraglia Rolex Cup that starts from the picturesque Saint-Tropez, regattas that we have already talked about at length or that we will mention in the next editorials.