SUBIC BAY FREEPORT – Living up to its reputation as the country’s sports mecca, this Freeport proved to be an ideal venue for Paddles Up! The Philippine Dragon Boat Tour, as teams from all over the Philippines participated in the 4th leg of the competition last Saturday (May 14).
Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Chairman Roberto V. Garcia welcomed the delegates of the Philippine Dragon Boat Tour, saying this is another milestone for the Freeport years after it hosted its last dragon boat competition.
“We are glad that dragon boat is back in Subic,” Garcia said, adding that local and international water sports and sailing enthusiasts have already made Subic Bay their home.
Leg 4 kicked off at the Subic Park Hotel. The gruelling 300- meter competition featured three classes: Women’s 10 seaters (small boat), Mixed Masters 10 seaters (small boat) and Men’s Open 20 seaters (full boat).
Conquering the waters of Subic Bay were delegates from the Philippine Navy winning the Women’s class and the Mixed Masters class. Meanwhile, Sagwan Tanauan ruled in the Men’s Open class.
The Paddles Up! Philippine Dragon Boat Tour is composed of five different legs with more than 20 clubs consisting of collegiate and elite crews.
The first leg was held at Manila Bay in Pasay City November last year, while the second leg was at the Sampalok Lake in San Pablo City, Laguna held last January 9.
The Subic leg came at the heels of the competition’s third leg held at Taal Lake in Tanauan, Batangas last March 5.
Paddles Up! was organized by the Philippine Canoe Kayak Dragonboat Federation (PCKDF), in cooperation with Solar Sports Channel. (30)
Kahna Versoza, of the Subic Park Hotel, dots the eye of the dragon to start the Subic leg of Paddles Up! The Philippine Dragon Boat Tour over the weekend.