- Set sail for Malaysia's Regatta Lepa Semporna next month

March 17, 2012 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News
Malaysia's Sabah region will be playing host to the annual Regatta Lepa Semporna this April, showcasing distinctive sailing boats via a range of entertaining events for all the family.
The regatta takes place in the town of Semporna from April 20th to 22nd and pays tribute to the traditional lepa, a type of single-mast vessel common to the Bajau people of the area.
Made from Ubar Suluk or Red Seraya, these boats are tangible evidence of the region's strong links to its cultural past, as they have been used by locals for generations for fishing purposes.
The Regatta Lepa has been celebrated every year since 1994 to commemorate the tradition, with the centrepiece of the event being the Lepa Beauty Pageant, which offers prizes to the most splendid-looking boat on display.
Judging criteria include their decoration, the look of their sails and the colour of the small flags adorning them, as well as the quality of the music and dances being performed on board.
Other events include various races and competitions, a boat-based tug of war and a kids' swimming and duck-catching contest, while cultural shows and fireworks displays will also take place.
A wide variety of Malaysia hotels is available to regatta visitors at, such as the Magellan Sutera Resort.
More information about this event is available at

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