A boat race (an abbreviation for "beer on a table") is a drinking game in which teams of equal size compete to finish their beverages in order. When the race is started by a referee, the first drinker on each team is permitted to take up their drink and start drinking. The last person from each team to finish their beverage wins that round. In the next round, the remaining drinkers from each team will switch places with new people starting at the opposite end of the table. This continues until only one team is left with an unfinished drink. They are the winners!
Boat races can be played in a variety of ways. You can have a free-for-all where anyone can join at any time, or you can limit the number of players per team to avoid unfair advantages. You can also change the length of the race; it can be one minute, three minutes, five minutes, or any other amount of time you want. Finally, you can add rules to the boat race such as how many drinks to start with, how much you can consume during the race, etc.
Boat racing is a water-based activity in which boats or other forms of watercraft compete. Boat racing driven by oars is documented in ancient Egypt, and it seems possible that humans have raced boats and other water-borne craft for as long as such craft have existed. The earliest evidence of an organized race meeting dates to 776 AD in Baghdad when the caliph Al-Mansur held a festival called the Muharram al-Mu'tasim to celebrate the victory of his father over the Byzantine emperor Tzath.
The modern game of rowing was developed in England between 1711 and 1714. In this early form of the sport, two people were involved, one to row and one to steer. It is not known who came up with the idea of having four persons in each boat, but it has been speculated that it might have been someone wanting to increase the speed of the boats. Whatever the case, this is how the present form of the sport evolved.
Racing of any kind is a popular activity among sailors and fishermen the world over. Some believe that boat racing originated with Chinese traders looking for a competitive edge during their trips to Africa where they bought slaves. Others claim that it originates with the Egyptians who used to race chariots on the banks of the Nile. No matter where it originated, it has always been popular especially among sailors and fishermen because it is a fun way to pass the time.
Yacht racing is a sailing activity that uses sailing yachts and bigger sailboats as opposed to dinghy racing, which uses open boats. When buoy racing, it might entail a series of races or many legs when point-to-point racing. In head-to-head racing, each yacht races the other one once only.
In general usage, a "sailing race" is any race in which the outcome depends on which boat is fastest rather than some other factor such as money or sponsorship. However, in the context of yacht racing, this term usually implies a match race between two identical boats that are raced against each other by the same team in the same venue back-to-back within a certain time limit. A series of such matches constitutes a race series.
An example of a race series would be the Vendée Globe, in which one sailor has to complete the entire round-the-world race in one go. The winner is the first across the finish line after 72 hours. This type of race is called a "single-handed race".
There are also race series where several sailors take part, like in the America's Cup. In this case, the objective is to win more races than your opponents to win the series.