The Kyōtei (競艇?), literally “boat racing” and referred to as BOAT RACE, is a hydroplane racing event primary held in Japan. It is one of Japan’s four “Public Sports” (公営競技 kōei kyōgi?), which are sports events where parimutuel betting is legal.
Kyōtei was introduced in Japan in 1952. In April 2010, to promote the sport to a wide variety of people as well as internationally, the Kyotei Promotion Association began referring to the sport as BOAT RACE, and the organization itself has been renamed the BOAT RACE Promotion Association. Accordingly, all of Japan’s 24 kyōtei courses now refer to themselves as BOAT RACE courses.