Day 1: Coastal raid courses
A long-distance course near the coastline that puts sailors’ speed and strategic acumen to the test.
- Start at 12:30 pm in front of the host town, close to land and the spectators.
- Fleet start: all the teams start at the same time.
- Distance: 40 nautical miles (74km) on average. Distances are adjusted according to meteorological conditions.
- Race duration: about 3 hours depending on the weather.
- Finish: in the afternoon, between 3:30 and 4:30 pm, in front of the town.
- The first crew to cross the finish line wins the coastal raid course and scores 50 points.
Day 2: Nautical stadium courses
A sequence of short regattas in close contact just metres from the shore that tests the navigational skills of each team.
- The boats are split into two qualifying groups (A and B).
- The course is located in front of the Base, is visible to spectators on land and has live commentary.
- Start: A Team takes starter’s orders for the races in its group. In the meantime, the boats in the other groups await their signal. Starts take place approximately every 10 minutes.
- Number of races: each group takes part in up to six heats.
- Race duration: about 15 minutes.
- Finish: the first crew to cross the finish line wins its group race.
- The first four Teams in Group A and the first four in Group B are selected for the final of the day after the heats.
- Start: the eight qualified teams start as a fleet on the same line.
- A single race with the slate wiped clean at the start. The final takes place between 3 and 4 pm.
- Finish: the first crew to cross the finish line wins the final and, therefore, the nautical stadium courses of the day. It scores 50 points.