More teams at Boat Racing Festival

Published on October 8, 2014

More boat racing teams from the capital city, the provinces of Luang Prabang and Vientiane to compete at this year’s boat racing celebrations

Introduction: Many boat racing teams from the capital city as well as the provinces of Luang Prabang and Vientiane will be ready to challenge their rivals during this year’s boat racing celebrations to mark the end of Buddhist Lent.

Story: Vice Mayor of Vientiane, Saithong Keoduangdy said people in Vientiane and from the provinces will gather to celebrate the event and enjoy the festive atmosphere of this annual traditional festival.

With competition set to take place along the Mekong River from October 8-9, there are 27 men’s teams (12 rowers) from Vientiane which will fight it out in the sports boats racing events over distances from 400 to 500 metres.

Meanwhile five women’s teams and 13 men’s teams (45 to 55 rowers) will compete in the traditional boat racing events over distances ranging from 800 to 1000 metres.

According to the Vice Mayor of Vientiane, Luang Prabang and Vientiane provinces’ will both field teams in the men’s traditional boat racing events, aiming to take a few of the races away from rowers residing in the capital.

In addition, seven men’s teams (45 to 55 rowers) will compete in the modified boat racing class.

The selection round for the sports boating event and women’s traditional boat racing event will be held on October 8 from 1pm to 5pm on the Mekong riverside.

The modified boat racing events as well as the men’s and women’s traditional boat racing events will take place on October 9 from 7:30am to 5pm.

The boat racing teams competing in this year’s competition will enjoy good conditions as the level of the Mekong River this year is higher so the section running past the downtown area is wide enough and deep enough to accommodate the teams comfortably.

Vientiane Administration Office held a press conference on Wednesday to report on the preparations to celebrate this year’s Mekong River boat racing festival to mark the end of Buddhist Lent.

This year’s 2014 men’s traditional boat racing champions will receive a cup weighing an impressive 1kg plus 21 million kip in cash, while the women’s traditional boat crew will also receive a similar cup and cash prize money totalling 21 million kip.

Meanwhile the men’s sports boat racing event will also see a one kg cup and 21 million kip in cash up for grabs while the winning 12 rowers’ team will get a cup and eight million kip.

A candlelit boat contest will also be open to the public, with the winner to receive 3 million kip.

Hoping to drum up enthusiasm for the event, the Vientiane authorities have announced that this year’s end of Buddhist Lent festivities and the boat racing festival will be bigger and better than ever.

Last year’s boat racing event was sponsored by Lao Brewery Company, which provided 491 million kip in sponsorship. LBC has been the event’s principal sponsor for a number of years.

Thapha village team of Hadxaifong district are the defending champions in the men’s traditional boat racing event, after taking out the 2013 Cup in October last year.

Source: Lao National Television News in English
Broadcast on October 07, 2014