Bandar Seri Begawan - His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has consented to grace the Brunei Regatta that will be held at the Brunei River on February 3, 2013 to witness the biggest boat race competition in the country which has attracted competitors from neighbouring countries as well as other nations.
The Brunei Regatta 2013 will feature a total of 12 traditional boat race events, four categories for the speed boat competition, two categories for water taxis and two events for the jet skis.
His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office, is expected to grace the morning session of the regatta.
The regatta is organised by the Ministry of Home Affairs along with the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources as well as the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.
The organising committee for the speed boat competition held a preparation meeting yesterday to finalise the entries as well as the safety rules and regulations.
According to Hj Raffee, the secretary of the committee, "The speed boat race is divided into four categories, namely, 40HP speed boat, 60HP SST speed boat, F1 MU Carburettor and Jet Ski.
Speed boat racers from neighbouring countries like from the Sarawak towns of Bintulu, Kapit, Kuching and Sibu, as well as from Australia have confirmed their participation.
He revealed that the waterway stretching from Kianggeh to Tamoi Ujong will be cordoned off during the race starting from 6am. Water taxis as well as boat users are advised not to use the waterway during the event. The areas near the Dermaga Diraja BSB will also be closed off by 6am.
Members of the public are welcome to witness the action the whole day.
The regatta is organised to enliven Bandar Seri Begawan and promote Brunei tourism to the world.
The competition is an annual event and is listed in the national 'Calendar of Events'.
--Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin