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Dapeng Bay scenic area offers a raft of events

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

The Dapeng Bayside Bridge in Pingtung County opens to let yachts pass on May 13, 2011, in preparation for the inaugural 2011 Dapeng Bay International Regatta.

Photo: Yeh Yung-chien, Taipei Times

Outdoor enthusiasts have something to look forward to, after the Dapeng Bay National Scenic Area Administration yesterday announced a series of boating events scheduled to start this month.

The first event is a short-distance ocean race to be held on the weekend of April 13, in which more than 200 sailboats of all sizes are scheduled to compete on the sea route between Pingtung County’s Dapeng Bay (大鵬灣) and Siaoliouciou Island (小琉球).

The ocean race is to be followed by the International Regatta and Canoe Marathon Race, which is scheduled for the weekend of May 18, the administration said.

The International Regatta was first held in 2011, when the nation celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Republic of China. China, Hong Kong, Japan and the Philippines are among the countries that have registered for the regatta this year.

The administration also said that it would add a canoe marathon race to its events this year.

Aside from the professional athletes expected to take part in the events, the race is also open to amateurs and those who simply want to have fun, it said. The registration deadline is May 3.

Meanwhile, the administration said it would allow people who never have engaged in water sports before to try aquatic activities free of charge on the weekends between April 20 and May 19, including canoeing, water-boarding, and sailing on large and mid-size boats.

To participate in any of these activities, each enthusiast only have to present five invoices for goods that would be donated to charity groups after the event’s finish, it said.

Visitors to Dapeng Bay can also enjoy fresh bluefin tuna at Pintung County’s Bluefin Tuna Festival, which starts on May 4.

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