This is the excitement of team racing, an ever-growing game within the sport of sailing. Simply put, a team race is a race between two teams, who use boatspeed, boathandling, tactics, strategy, the racing rules, and, most of all, teamwork, to cross the finish line with a lower overall score than the other team. The most common form of team racing, used at events such as the U.S. Team Racing Championship (Hinman Trophy) and the ISAF Team Racing World Championship, is three on three. However, other popular events, such as Optimist team racing, the British-America Cup, and California’s Newport Harbor YC Team Race Invitational, use four-boat teams. Some love the ultra competitive two-on-two team racing, where the team with the last place boat loses. No matter what the form, team racing, which began as a distraction from fleet racing, breathes new life into sailing for many people.