Penang Dragon Boat Festival 2017
The 2017 Penang Dragon Boat Festival was held on December 2 & 3rd at the Teluk Bahang Reservoir. Teluk Bahang is a huge fresh water lake in the north east corner of Pulau Penang. Additionally, this location features an idyllic panoramic view from the top of the dam encompassing the Straits of Malacca, Teluk Bahang and the interior mountains of Pulau Penang. Also, the 500 meter racing lanes were easily viewed from the dam.
Multicultural Competitors at Penang Dragon Boat Festival
For the 2017 event, a total of 50 international and local teams competed for the 50,000 ringgit in prize money. As a result, competition was fierce but friendly. There were 26 international teams and 24 local Malaysian teams. Additionally, the the international teams were from diverse locations and cultures. The visiting dragon boat teams came from far and near including Singapore, Iran, Philippines, Brunei, Hong Kong, South Korea and Thailand.
2017 International Premier Open
The culmination of the 2 day event occurred on Sunday afternoon. There were many competitive races throughout the day. However, the International Premier Open got my selection for the best race of the 2017 festival. This is because it featured a highly competitive line up with teams determined to take home the prize. As a result, the crowd was treated with a finish that was nearly too close to call.
The top three places of the International premier Open went to the 1) Pacific West Dragon Boat Club (Penang) 2) Team Brunei Darussalam 3) PDRM Penang. The teams were competing in lanes 2, 3 and 4 respectively. Additionally, the race featured a nail biting finish that I captured in the photos below. During the final 10 meters it was neck and neck.