Traditional boat racing crown goes to Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang province outpaced the Vientiane rowing crews to finish first in this year’s annual traditional boat racing festival on the Mekong River in Vientiane to celebrate in the end of Buddhist Lent.

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Thoulakhom district’s Hatsiew village men’s team (from Vientiane province) were the runners up in the men’s traditional boat racing after finishing secnd behind Luang Prabang.

Meanwhile, Thoulakhom district’s Hatsiew village women’s team (from Vientiane province) were able to defend their championship in women’s traditional boat racing this year.

This means Hatsiew village women’s team will have an opportunity to represent Vientiane to compete at the 10th National Games in Oudomxay province in December.

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

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

Teams from Luang Prabang and Vientiane provinces attended 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) attended the modified boat racing class.

The selection round for the sports boating event and women’s traditional boat racing event was held on October 8 from 1:00 to 5:00pm on the Mekong riverside.

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

During boat racing competition this year, people around Vientiane and foreigners gathered yesterday to enjoy cheering for the modified boats racing events as well as the men’s and women’s traditional boat racing events.

Furthermore, with such a good atmosphere, many people enjoyed going shopping for bargains at the many booths selling everything from phones and cars to shoes and socks.

Meanwhile, in other results in Vientiane, the Lam motor men team were the champions in the men’s sport boat racing.

Hadxaifong district’s Thinphia village’s team finished first in the modified boat racing and Chomchaeng village team in second place.

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

However they could not defend their trophy, which will this year travel north to Luang Prabang.

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

Meanwhile the men’s sports boat racing champions collected a one kg cup and 21 million kip in cash up for grabs while the winning 12 rowers’ team gets a cup and eight million kip.

Lao Brewery Company provided 500 million kip in sponsorship to support the 2014 Boat Racing Festival.

Source: Vientiane Times
Published on October 13, 2014