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5/3/2018 10:57:28 AM

Hue: Boat racing in Huong River to maintain tradition

(VNF) - Thousands of locals and tourists gathered on the banks of the Huong (Perfume) River in the ancient capital city of Hue in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue on May 2nd, to see traditional boat racing.

Rowers ran from the starting line…(Photos: VOV)

… to their boats.

Hue held a boat race on Wednesday on Huong River as an annual tradition. But this year’s race was one day behind schedule due to the 10th Hue Festival.

Nine boat teams from Hue and its outskirt districts, including Phong Dien, Quang Dien and Phu Vang, competed on the 300m stretch of the river running through the city’s centre. There were two separate tournaments designated for male and female athletes.

Each boat was manually sailed by 10 crew members and one skipper, all of whom were fishermen and farmers, and had to make two return laps by crossing the river and three along the river.

A total of 200 athletes competed in the race. According to the organisers, the boat race is a post-harvest tradition.

A total of 200 athletes competed in the race.

Cheerful audience on a boat. (VNS Photos Hoang Hai)

During the imperial rule of the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945), boat races were held in the localities with rivers around Hue to test the boats for fishing as well as for combating the fierce floods in the rainy season.

Phan Tien Dung, director of the local Department of Culture and Sports, said boat races were continued till date to maintain the tradition and encourage the young generation to train their bodies.

Boats in the past were made of wood, bamboo and rattan, which required craftsmanship. But today, boats are made of timber in the same frame while the boat’s belly is replaced by aluminum panels.

The boat race added a sporty activity to the Hue Festival 2018, which started from April 27th and includes shows by local and international art troupes./.

Each boat was manually sailed by 10 crew members and one skipper.

Boats at the race.

Running to the finish line.

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