Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Baram Regatta returns, 10 teams confirm participation for Aug 25-27 event

MARUDI: Ten teams, including those from outside Sarawak, have confirmed their participation in Baram Regatta 2017 here, scheduled to run from Aug 25 to 27.

These groups are expected to bring along over 40 boats for the event, which was last held in 2014.

According to Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau, several local residents, including longhouse villagers, are offering their houses for the participants and visitors to stay at.

“This is being compiled by Marudi District Office. We foresee no problem with accommodation during the regatta,” said Dennis, who is also deputy organising chairman in charge of event’s technical committee, recently.

It is said the regatta began 111 years ago to mark the peace treaty between the warring tribes across the Baram River basin.

Thirty events have been proposed for this year’s regatta including the traditional boat race, speedboat, pump boat and remote-controlled (RC) boat races, as well as the new mixed paddling event.