Baram Regatta is the mother of all regattas in Sarawak. It first started in 1899 to end the old animosity between the warring tribes in the Baram region. Since then the event has been organized on regular basis to promote peace and harmony among the different races in Sarawak. In recent years it has also been turned into one of the major tourism events in the state. This year's regatta which was held between August 15-17,attracted more than 800 participants to compete in 48 events. The highlight of the event was the decorated traditional boats competition among the different races. The theme this year was "Culture,Unity,Heritage and Peace" .Teams from neighbouring Brunei also participated this year. An estimated 10,000 people watched the regatta together with VIPs like Govenor of Sarawak , Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Barieng, Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud,Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr. George Chan, Tan Sri Alfred Jabu and Deputy Federal Minister of Tourism, Dato Sri Sulaiman Abdul Raham Taib.