Sarawak Regatta

Sarawak Regatta 2016

Sarawak Regatta 2016

The Kuching Waterfront has been thronged with so many people for two weeks by having the International Dragon Boat 2016 and Sarawak Regatta 2016, from 11 – 13th, 18 – 20th November!  This event is only open for countries in the Borneo islands, which has such a long history of 145 years, started from 1872 under the rule of the James Brooke. What is the difference between Dragon Boat and Regatta? Dragon Boat is a race of 800m, and Regatta is either 1000 or 1500m. Also, Dragon Boat consists of 12 members including 1 drummer per team, and Regatta, 7, 10, 15, 20, 30 paddlers with no dreamer.  Although we were caught in a heavy rain halfway, the paddlers still performed greatly together with no flinching, and that exactly embodied “The Race for Harmony”, the theme of the event. This year’s Raja Sungai (The King of the River) is Cahaya Zen!

At first, we were only thinking of taking pictures and videos of the race from the bank of Sarawak River but actually, the staff were kind enough to let us do it on the motor boat which was very close to the race! Lucky for us! It was much more exciting than watching from the river bank. The performance of paddlers rowing a boat was really powerful with good team spirit. Moreover, they invited us to join one of the boats which then formed a line at the starting point. It was just a few minutes before the race begun, it demonstrated the broad-mindedness of the paddlers. We would love to come again to watch another great race next year!  Thanks to all teams, event organizers, and everyone who came to watch Sarawak Regatta 2016 and see you in 2017!

【Sarawak Regatta 2016】

クチンのウォーターフロントでは、11月11~13日のサラワク・インターナショナル・ドラゴンボートレースに引き続き、18~20日はサラワク・レガッタが開催されました!こちらの大会は、ボルネオ島内の国のチームのみの参加となっており、なんとホワイトラジャの支配下にあった1872年から145年も続いている歴史ある大会です。ドラゴンボートとの違いは何なのでしょう?ドラゴンボートは距離が800メートルなのに対し、レガッタは1キロまたは1.5キロの距離を競争します。また、ドラゴンボートは1人のドラマーを含めた12人構成で、レガッタはドラマー抜きの、7,10,15,20,30人と様々な構成があります。途中豪雨に見舞われることもありましたが、それにも負けずに息の合ったパフォーマンスを見せる選手たちの姿は、まさにテーマである”レース・フォー・ハーモニー”を体現化してくれました!今年のラジャ・スンガイ(キング・オブ・ザ・リバー)はチームCahaya Zen!






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Kazumi Matsuo
Kanon Ushio
Japanese Intern in Sarawak Tourism Board


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Sarawak Regatta 2011

September 13, 2011 during 12:00 pm

Many civilisations are compared to rivers, from a strong Mesopotamia, with a twin rivers of a Euphrates and Tigris, to Egypt, and a Nile River. Rivers served as a categorical process of transportation, joining towns, cities and countries together. Though a significance of rivers might have waned with a appearance of atmosphere transport, there are many festivals and rituals that applaud a significance of rivers in a growth of tellurian civilisation.

Sarawak is a state of rivers, and is home to a longest stream in a country, a Rejang River. Rivers still play an critical purpose in travel in Sarawak, and also a collateral city, Kuching. As such, it comes as no warn that a city has a normal regatta that celebrates a Sarawak River that dates behind to a first of a Sarawak Kingdom by Captain James Brooke, a White Rajah.

Sarawak Regatta

Sarawak Regatta 2011

This normal regatta continues to be celebrated, and this year, a Sarawak Regatta 2011 will take place between 15th and 18th Sep during a Kuching Waterfront, Kuching. In serve to a several vessel races, including a King of a River competition, this year’s book will also underline a Wakeboard World Cup, a sporting activity that is same to surfboarding, despite with smaller surfs and smaller boards. All via a 4 days, there will also be several side events, from a common trade and food satisfactory and informative shows, to some-more engaging transport like a Malaysian qualification muster and a Sarawak Regatta 2011 Kebaya Queen beauty pageant.

For serve information, revisit a Sarawak Regatta 2011 website during

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Sarawak Regatta

Sarawak Regatta has been a premier eventuality with a graphic chronological and informative significant. It was hold as early as before 1872 and was orderly as an annual eventuality holding place during a New Year. Sarawak Gazette had available in 1872, that a annual Regatta that year was held, on 29th Feb 1872 during a Sarawak River infront of a Astana. The European village in Sarawak and in a adjacent countries were invited to a Astana – for breakfast – before a race. Keen foe were also available for a Rajah Cup.

The vessel ‘Sri Matu’ built and manned by a Melanaus, was reported as a winning boat. The Gazette annals supposing a denote that Regatta had been an critical amicable eventuality orderly annually for amicable formation and goodwill for a people of Sarawak. Prominent Political figure, a late Tan Sri Datuk Amar Ong Kee Hui, available that Raja Charles Brooke used to send his yacht “Maimunah1 to outstation to move in a several “Tuan Residents” to join in a amicable event.

The tradition of holding a annual Regatta in a Sarawak River continued by a Colonial duration and into a post-Malaysia period. During these durations a Regatta was orderly by Resident and District Office with supports from a Government while a rest of a account was lifted by open donations.

The day programme embody races for normal longboats, dragon boats and other activities, like a using of totolizers, climbing greasing poles, throwing ducks and “pillow fights”. Racing boats from outstations done it a grand eventuality and also a good arise for families from outward a State Capital to revisit Kuching town.

The 2011 eventuality is done some-more poignant as a regatta concides with a Malaysia Day Celebration; 16th September, a day when Sarawak and Sabah came together with a states of Malaya to form a Federation of Malaysia.

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Sarawak Wakeboard World Cup 2011

The 2011 Sarawak Wakeboard World Cup is hold in and with a 2011 Sarawak Regatta for a initial time this year with a Regatta being run from Thursday 15 to Saturday 17 of Sep and a Wakeboard World Cup from Friday 16 to Sunday 18 September.  The sum series of spectators approaching over a 4 days of a H2O festival is approaching to surpass 100,000.

This general eventuality will embody Wakeboard, Waterski Slalom, Shortboard and Jump. The fantastic Stars of Florida Show Team will also be involved. MasterCraft will again yield both a boats and vicious fill-in use compulsory to make this a really special World Cup deteriorate !

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