An all-girls match racing clinic is taking place at St Petersburg YC, Florida and a total of 10 teams from all over the US are taking part

A total of 10 teams of women are taking part in the St Petersburg Yacht Club/Rolex Watch USA match racing regatta which started yesterday.

This International Sailing Federation (ISAF) grade 4 women’s match racing event has been organised to introduce women sailors to one-on-one match racing in true America’s Cup style.

As well as the racing which starts today in Sonar keelboats on Tampa Bay, competitors were treated to a skills and rules clinic yesterday, directed by match racing world champion and America’s Cup skipper Ed Baird.

The youngest team at the event is from the SPYC junior sailing program. There is also a team of college sailors and eight additional teams made up of sailors ranging in age from 20 years to 50-plus.