Races between boats propelled by outboard or inboard motors, on either inland waters (such as large lakes or wide rivers) or offshore waters, and sometimes over routes (such as London to Monte Carlo) combining the two. Classes are determined by the power and length of the boat. Obviously an activity for a wealthy and leisured elite, the sport became popular off the coasts of Europe, the USA, Australia, South Africa, and parts of the South Americas; it continues to take place in such privileged contexts and circumstances, with a Formula One World Championship featuring teams sponsored by the likes of the Gulf emirates Abu Dhabi and Qatar, and multiple world champion Guido Capellini testing his boat on the waters of Lake Como, Italy. The excitement of the combination of speed, technology, and glamour attracted sponsors to the sport in earlier periods, Britain's Daily Express and Daily Telegraph promoting annual offshore races and round-Britain races in the 1960s.
Subjects: Sport and Leisure.