Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Philippine sail boat race

Thousands of people from all walks of life witnessed the successful holding of the sail boat race in this southern port city amid the scorching heat of the sun and moderate winds.

The sail boat race, dubbed as Regatta de Zamboanga, was held on Sunday at R.T. Lim Boulevard with a total of 125 vintas adorned with colorful sails joining the race in 13 hits.

The winners in the 13 hits competed for the championship round which was a very close race between the yellow sail boat No. 2 and white sail boat No. 44.

Sail boat No. 2 was maneuvered by Amil Hamja, who was also the winner in last year's Regatta.

The crowd cheered wildly when the two sail boats struggled to advance and tried to outrun each other in the championship race.

In the end, sail boat No. 2 raced to the finishing line less than a meter ahead of sail boat No. 44.

Hamja, a resident of Barangay Sinunuc, west of this city, went home with a P10,000 cash prize from the local government and a Honda in-board engine courtesy of Safety Enterprises.

Mayor Celso Lobregat, who helped facilitate the race, said the Regatta is one of the main crowd-drawing events during the Hermosa Festival in celebration of the feast of Our Lady of the Pillar.

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