Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Brawn and skill needed for traditional boat race
There are only three boats in the competition but a number of teams use each boat. Arriving on the fish market dock we were greeted with loud music blaring forth from the speakers. That's okay as the event is sponsored by the local Mackintosh disco. We found a place to sit along the dock and watched as the boats lined up, which sometimes takes almost as long as the event itself as it is difficult to maneuver the boats in to the exact position on the starting line. Then there is frenzied excitement from the loudspeaker, a countdown and the boats are off. There were separate male and female events and some mixed crews as well as older teams racing much younger teams. We still aren't clear on the criteria.
We didn't stay until the very end, although we were almost persuaded by the delicious smell of sardines barbecuing over branches of olive trees. This was being served with the traditional pan tomat or tomato rubbed into bread, along with beer, wine or cava. We opted to return home to watch the final races from our terrace while eating our homemade gazpacho.