The annual Sarawak Regatta is set to take place from November 4 to 6, showcasing the exciting boat races with participation from various government agencies, private sectors and neighbouring countries of Indonesia and Brunei. Teams from villages around Sarawak make it a grand affair and also a great occasion for families from outside Kuching to visit the city. The blue-ribbon event is the coveted ‘Raja Sungai’ (king of the river) title in the ‘bidar’ category. Each longboat carries thirty paddlers and this category is always a closely fought affair.
The significance of regattas in Sarawak dates back to 1872 during the James Brooke era. It started with the intention to stop racial wars among local tribes where headhunting was largely practiced. James Brooke then instructed all tribes to instead challenge each other by having boat races to prove their power and strength. The call to challenge each other through the boat race rather than headhunting was successful in bringing peace to the area.
James Brooke called all tribes to challenge each other not in violence, but instead in sportsmanship, by having boat races to prove their power, strength and speed; a call that has since continued to bring peaceful competitiveness between the tribes along the Rajang.
The villages throughout Sarawak will be sending their representatives to compete in the regatta for the coveted ‘Raja Sungai’ title, making a grand occasion of comradery, teamwork and healthy rivalry.
Each longboat carries thirty paddlers and this category is always a closely fought affair and a major crowd puller, while the programme also includes the “Brooke Swim”, Raft Tug-of-war, and duck catching as well as various exhibitions and markets along the waterfront selling cultural crafts, wares and food.
The Sarawak Regatta takes place along the Sarawak River. The 1.3 km Kuching Waterfront provides ample vantage points to watch the action on the water.
KUCHING (Nov 6): Puteri Dang Balai Yayasan Sarawak 5 was crowned as ‘Raja Sungai’ (King of the River) in Sarawak Regatta 2022 after facing stiff competition from Binladen 4 team.
The team from Yayasan Sarawak, which had won in 2018, reclaimed the coveted title again beating Binladen 4 and team Udak in the Raja Sungai 30 Men Paddlers category, to pocket the RM20,000 cash prize and lift the TYT Trophy.
Team Binladen 4 from Kuching North City Commission (DBKU) Pantai Damai received RM10,000 while team Udak walked off with RM8,000.
A crowd of about 5,000 thronged the Kuching Waterfront to watch the action along Sungai Sarawak yesterday. Prizes were presented by Minister of Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts Dato Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, who was representing Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.
Jarak A ke Penamat : 1500 meter
Jarak B ke Penamat : 1000 meter