Race in Batangas aimed to revive traditional sailing practice

A boat race in Talisay, Batangas aimed to revive the traditional practice of sailing without motorized boats.

“Magkaroon ng skills ang bawat mamamangkang taga-Talisay na in case of emergency at walang magamit na motor ay kaya pa ring maglayag, kaya pa ring mag-transport ng tao,” Alfred Anciado, the municipal administrator of Talisay, said.

The race presented a unique challenge to skippers and sailors, with the strong winds going against their direction. The competition required precise maneuvers and skilled balancing.

At least 15 boats participated in the race, the Talisay Fiesta Regatta, held at the Taal Lake in line with the town’s fiesta. 

Among those who joined was Joy Calimlim Habana who does not have a left leg.

“Nacha-challenge ako kapag mag-isa ako dahil akala nila, eh, matutumba na, pero dire-diretso pa rin, mas gusto ko po ‘yun,” Habana said.

Before the regatta, a remote-controlled boat racing event was also held.

Commodore Peter Capotosto, organizer from the Taal Lake Yacht Club, said the race may be the first of more to come.

“I expected it will now be a continuing thing. We have regular racing and events every month but this one is the first Talisay Fiesta Regatta. I expect that next year will be the same thing,” he said.


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