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Call issued for Leyte Gulf Landings Subiran Regatta participants

Tacloban City (September 29) -- The Subiran Regatta Committee for the Leyte Gulf Landings anniversary celebration, is calling for individuals who would be interested to participate in the Leyte Subiran Regatta which will be conducted on October 20, 2010.

Mr. Gilbert Eco, the Subiran Regatta coordinator said that the Leyte Subiran Regatta will be conducted at the Mac Arthur Beach in Palo, Leyte as special feature in this year's Leyte Gulf Landings anniversary celebration.

Interested participants for this year's Regatta are encouraged to register early at the Icot Caravan Office at the Leyte Grandstand. They may see Gilbert Eco at the Icot Caravan Office or call him up at 321- 4053 or 325-3080.

The final briefing and distribution of sails to the participants will be conducted on October 11, at 2:00 o'clock in the afternoon at the Leyte Capitol Gym.

The Leyte Subiran Regatta is the first of its kind in the whole province of Leyte. First incepted in 1975, it revived the sailboat regatta as a sporting event.

A regatta, as defined by Webster's New World Dictionary, as a meeting for boat races. Subiran, in the Waray dialect means attractive and colorful native boats, slim outriggers with single sails, painted and decorated with buntings of many hues, commonly used by Visayan fishermen for fishing and traveling short distances along the coast.

This display of the art of sailing crafts is a much-awaited moment by Leyteños and Samareños.

While Leyteños usually flock at the shore of Cancabato Bay along Ramon Magsaysay Boulevard, this time they will flock at historic Red Beach in Palo, Leyte, to witness this unique race of boats, which is considered to be environment-friendly because the fishermen use sails in running the boat.

Every year no less than 30 participants from Carigara and Tacloban (Leyte), Basey and Marabut (Western Samar), Biliran and even Eastern Samar join the competition.

Over a stretch of 8 nautical miles (approximately 15 kilometers), the racers, mostly fishermen themselves, outsmart each other to win big prizes at stake.

To ensure fairness, the Region 8 coast guards are always assigned at every point to record a certain area being reached.

Despite the rains and big waves, the participants bravely sail on. The boats run without the use of gasoline and engine. They are environment-friendly.

The aim of this competition is to enhance the skills of boatmen in the use of sails and more importantly, to promote tourism in the province of Leyte and Samar. (PIA 8) [top]

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