PGIN gears up for ARAE-FEARA International Regatta

LAOAG CITY – The 387-hectare Paoay Lake has been upgraded for the staging of the 71st Amateur Rowing Association of the East (ARAE) and Far East Amateur Rowing Association (FEARA) International Regatta from January 13-20, 2013, a provincial engineering officer here said.

Engineer Chona dela Cruz, Provincial Engineering Officer, said a one-kilometer buoy lines to mark the racing lanes on the lake has been set up, and a special area to house the 20 boats of MBC to be used for the competition has been constructed.

“Most materials used were recycled and only a few were purchased from hardware stores.  We have used plastic softdrink containers for the buoys and the straps holding MBC’s boats are made out of scraps from the provincial motor pool. We have also repaired the clubhouse, specifically its electrical and water supplies. We have also requested the landscapers of PGIN to remodel the area,” dela Cruz added.

Amateur rowers from India, Hong Kong, Dubai, Pakistan, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, and New Zealand are expected to participate in this water sports with the Philippines as host, Ianree Raquel, Provincial Tourism Office head, said.

The ARAE-FEARA International Regatta which is annually held in various locations across the East Region, is actually a two-in-one group competition which includes the 36-years-old and over or Masters division, and the other for the 35-under category.

Bruce Curran, MBC media relations officer, said the regatta is being held to help boost rowing as a potential sport where future world-class Filipino rowers will be developed and trained.

Manila Boat Club (MBC), the oldest sporting club in the country, has chosen Paoay Lake as its playround for the event for its calm nature and breathtaking scenery, which organizers found to be ideal for rowing.

“We are very glad that MBC has selected Paoay Lake as this reaffirms the fact that Paoay Lake has the best potential to be an international rowing destination,” Raquel said.—(With report from Grazielle Mae A. Sales, PGIN-CMO)