Winners have emerged at the maiden Lagos All Sail Boat Race in three water racing categories of rowing, jeskying and boat racing.
The 2018 Lagos All Sail Boat Race kicked off at the BICS Jetty venue of the Championship in Lekki, Lagos with a horde of skilled rowers from the 36 states of the federation including the FCT, Abuja taking to the waters to compete.
The duo of Benjamin Kunumen and John Fasim from Bauchi State emerged the winners, posting a time of 9.56 seconds to clinch the Harbour award for contestants in the traditional rowing on canoe category.
The King of the Sea award was won by the Lagos State Waterways Agency (LASWA) crew, which beat all other contestants to clinch top place in the speed boat racing category.
The boat named Quantum of Solace of the James Bond fame, breasted the tape to finish as the Queen of the Sea.
Youthful Sunday Adeboye on the jesky (wave runner) won the Prince of the Sea prize after beating three other contestants in a keenly contested race.
Speaking at the end of the 2018 Lagos All Sail Boat Race, initiator of the championship, Maleek Shehu said:
“We salute the courage, skill, competitiveness and athleticism of the participants because they symbolize the essence of this event.
We are glad that we have, in our own small way added value to water sports in the country, as well awakening a new consciousness to the many untapped potentials of the huge body of water Lagos is blessed with.
We are therefore committed to sustaining this noble objective as we look forward to a bigger and more exciting event for next year.”