Saturday, June 26, 2010

Karichal victorious in Champakulam race

ALAPPUZHA: The Karichal �chundan (snake-boat), rowed by the Jesus Boat Club (JBC), Kollam, won the Rajapramukhan trophy in the Champakulam Moolam Boat Race, a race that has a history dating back to 1545 A.D. and one that signals the beginning of the boat race season in Kerala.

The JBC, winner of the trophy last year and also of the prestigious Nehru Trophy Boat Race last year, was captained by Jiji Jacob Pollayil and won the race by reaching the finishing point well ahead of the nearest rival �Sri Vinayakan chundan, rowed by the Kumarakom Town Boat Club, Kottayam, which was captained by Joseph Philip.

The �Sri Ganeshan chundan, was rowed by the Kavalam Boat Club, Alappuzha and captained by Mathew Kuncheria.

The historic race, which began a good two hours behind schedule, overcame the challenge thrown by the hartal called by the ruling Left Democratic Front with thousands of spectators, including foreign tourists thronging the shores of the Pampa river.

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