Pump boat racers hit the water

Fisherfolk from Lakawon and neighboring communities gathered last Thursday and Friday for the island’s boating highlight of the year – the annual Lakawon Bankarrera pump boat races.

Two modified pump boats thrill the crowds with a fast drive past  demo. These boats can reach speeds of 75kph.

Two modified pump boats thrill the crowds with a fast drive past demo. These boats can reach speeds of 75kph.

Staged over two days, the event features ‘small’ (under18ft) and ‘big’ boats (over 18ft). The pump boats must be regular fishing boats and not modified in anyway.

Some 20 boats vied for top honors. And spectators were treated to some close racing as well as one or two spills.

Winner in the small boat category was Nonoy Belegay. Second was Cocoy Ang and third Agi Cerafeno. Winner in the big boat category was Bagyo Caratao with Percebal Caratao in second place and Mark Caratao in third place.

A close finish

A close finish

The Lakawon Bankarrera is the island’s biggest annual boating event. Each winner took home a new Yoko pump boat engine. Prize donors included boat enthusiasts Manolet Lamata, Lakawon Beach Resort owner Victor Puey and NDB contributor Robert Harland

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