Tens of thousands of people,including many foreign tourists, thronged the Kuching Waterfront to witness the annual Sarawak Regatta 2008, from August 1-3
This big wooden oar with ethnic designs and a Sarawak flag in the middle was the official "tool" for the opening ceremony
The sampan (river taxis) were also part of the flotilla
Many police and marine patrol boats were on duty to control the traffic and ensure safety
Another side event was kayaking
This year a total of 6,314 people from 326 teams participated in the Sarawak Regatta to compete in 17 boat racing events. Some RM600,000 was spent on the 3-day event. Two more regatta will be held later this month, one is the famous Baram Regatta in Marudi, Miri, and the other one is in Kanowit, near Sibu.