Sunday, November 22, 2009
Off To The Races
Yesterday I traveled to Itoman, a large fishing port at the southern end of the main island, to see the last sabani sailing race of the year. About a dozen boats took part in a mass launching from the beach. The idea was to sail/paddle out and do two laps of a triangle course but the race was cancelled due to high winds after a lap. There were a couple of capsizings, a few collisions, etc. but this event seems to be more about the fun than the competition.
Sabani don't have rudders, steered instead with a paddle, so it takes some real skill to maintain direction.