Getting Started in Racing

RSX race startRacing is about getting around a course, competing with lot of other people. All you need to race is some kit, either a raceboard with a daggerboard and a sail or a Formula board. Your sail needs your official sail number which you will be allocated when you take out UKWA Membership.

What happens on a race day

When you enter an event, this is a typical first day of racing:

Types of kit / fleets

There are a few different types of kit you can race with:


A longboard with daggerboard, the ultimate light-wind racer that can also carve gybe around a slalom course.


Planing in 8kts and up, these wide & short boards are designed for course racing. (And Formula can change your life!) 

RS:X / RS:One

The Olympic class boards, these are one-design hybrids that combined raceboard and formula style racing.

Techno / Junior Racing

Course racing for under 17s is on the Bic Techno 293, with two age groups it is often the biggest fleet.

If you are looking to race on freeride gear then Slalom is a better bet, but we'll have more information on racing kit coming soon.

If racing seems like something you'd like to try, come along to an event and say hello, or ask a question in the forum if you aren't sure.

Regional racing

A great first step into racing is via a local region. The two most active regions at the moment are the London region and North East. The London region has a website with a more detailed starting racing page.