Canoe race retains Fijian sail tradition

Canoe race retains Fijian sail tradition

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 by Losalini Bolatagici


Camakau … A scene from last year’s canoe race.
EXCITED participants are gearing up for the annual traditional canoe race (Veitau Waqa) scheduled for this Friday at the Suva Foreshore, the Pacific Blue Foundation has confirmed.

Eight participants will take part in the main event, Category One, which is the Camakau race, while 145 children will race their small canoes in Category Two’s Bakanawa race.

Director of Government and Community Relations, Roko Josefa Cinavilakeba says the Pacific Blue Foundation believes much can be gained from the Fijian sailing tradition, and therefore wants to promote this sailing culture so the knowledge can be shared, passed down, and retained.

Roko Josefa said Veitau Waqa highlighted the importance of the boat-building skills and sailing techniques practiced by Fijians for over 3000 years.

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Canoe race retains Fijian sail tradition