While the Albacore is an easy boat to learn to sail, it also provides a challenge regarding tuning and tactical skills. It is a great first boat as well as a very competitive racer for more advanced sailors. it is often sailed by husband/wife and parent/child combinations. Some of the all-women teams are the most competitive in the class.
A well-attended series of National and International championships serves to satisfy the competitive urges for hard-core racers. The Albacore is currently raced in the US, Canada, and England, and a World or International Championships is held every two years.