Putrajaya organized the first ever International Dragon Boat Festival
at the Pullman man-made lake at Putrajaya’s Water Sports Complex, Precinct 6
. A total of 88 races for 42 categories that were completed over three days, including 24 Malaysian categories and 18 international categories.
It was unexpectedly crowded when we reached at about 4 pm. The race already started and there were several boats landed at the finishing line so we were not sure if the race was starting or finishing.
The race was open to Open Crews, Mixed Crews, Ladies Crews and Airline Crews. Well, not sure why Airline Crews. It attracted more than 1,500 participants from around the world, including Britain, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Macau and Singapore.
Apparently this is the Ladies team, Pink Challenger, with the Pink Challenger, whose members are breast cancer survivors. They appeared to be so striking in vibrant pink outfits.
After the Ladies team completed the race, they received warm welcome from other team, garnering the biggest support.
Putrajaya is indeed a very beautiful place but with very little publicity.
This is Pullman hotel which has just been completed but not opened yet for business.
Doesn’t it look like a resort by the beach? I don’t mind spending my vacation there if you can tell me what activities I can do in Putrajaya.
Not only the festival attracted photography enthusiasts who came to capture the teams in action, it also became a fun family outing.
Anyway, the race wasn’t excited as the teams didn’t race together. They started off one team by one team and timed with the timer.
China team from Jiangsu.
First time I saw the paddle bag… haha… interesting.
And this is even more interesting.
Navy Paddlers Club from the Royal Malaysian Navy – 7 gold, 3 silver, and 3 bronze medals.
International Category, British Dragons – 4 gold and 1 bronze
Malaysia Corporate Ladies Crew category, Team Venus Buzz Get Active – Second place.