Sultan leads ‘Punai’ to victory
| Danial Norjidi |
THE Brunei River was injected with life yesterday as the Brunei Regatta 2013 sprang into action.
The proceedings were graced by His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, who presented prizes consisting of trophies, cash prizes and medals to the winners of the regatta’s afternoon session.
In the Special 15-paddler Fibre Glass Boat Race, the Committee Members ‘A’ team led by His Majesty himself aboard the ‘Punai’ vessel emerged winners, followed by the Committee Members ‘B’ team led by His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, aboard the ‘Tara-Tara’.
The Ministers and Deputy Ministers’ team came in third place, followed by the team of Penghulus and Village Heads led by His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah in fourth and the Orang-Orang Bergelar team in fifth.
The diplomats’ team finished sixth followed by the team of permanent secretaries.
In the 20-paddler Fibre Glass Invitational Boat Race, the Brunei Darussalam (D) team came in first place aboard ‘Sumpit-Sumpit’ winning $2,500.
The Brunei Darussalam (B) team in the ‘Tara-Tara’ finished in second place winning $2,000 while the Fire and Rescue Departmentteam finished third aboard ‘Penjulong’, earning themselves $1,500.
The F1 Powerboat (20-lap MU Carburettor) Race saw Alfian Yanto bin Hj Kadri from Kuching in his boat the ‘Extreme Viking’ emerge ahead of the rest, winning the challenge trophy donated by HRH the Crown Prince as well as the $3,500 first prize and a medal. Mohd Affendy bin Hj Kadri, also from Kuching, came in second winning $1,500, followed by Ma’arof bin Hj Mahari from Kuala Belait in his boat ‘Hooters’ in third place, which earned him $1,000.
In the Jet Ski 4 Stroke 800cc race, Mohd Arif bin Ahmad Tarmizi from Malaysia came out on top, winning $450, followed by Bruneians Tan Kah Boon and Baharuddin bin Zainuddin who came in second and third and won $350 and $250 respectively.
In the 20-paddler Traditional Boat Race Open category, the Royal Brunei Armed Forces Sports Council edged the competition to emerge as winners of the $900 first prize, followed in second by the Royal Brunei Police Force Sports Council who won $700, with Perwaris Melayu Lawas in third place winning $600.
Meanwhile, a combined team of the Royal Brunei Police Force and Kampong Sungai Bunga came out as winners of the 30-paddler local Traditional Marathon Boat Race, winning the challenge trophy donated by His Majesty along with the $6,000 first prize.
Second place in this category went to Gamta Brunei-Muara, winning $4,500 with Putera Kuala Lawas in third, winning $4,000.