A total of 110 traditional fishermen who usually operated in the area of Kubu and Abang Karangasem enlivened the fifth Tulamben Jukung Race (TJR). Aside from serving as a competition, the annual event initiated by the Emerald Tulamben Resort & Spa since 2000 was also a fresh entertainment to tourists. The activity was expected to raise the public awareness to keep the environment, especially the coastal region of Tulamben.
The TJR 2012 was opened by Deputy Regent of Karangasem, I Made Sukarena, marked by the beating of gong on the Tulamben Beach on Sunday (Oct 7). The event was attended by local legislator, relevant agency heads, the board of PHRI, pioneer of TJR Mr. Thomas T. Inoue, Director of Equel Okomoto Shintoro (main sponsor), thousands of local people as well as foreign tourists.
The participants covered a distance of 7 kilometers from the shoreline. To get to the finish line each participant was only allowed to use the sail and paddle. Having sailed the blue ocean, the participant respectively entered the finish line. Other than winning a trophy and certificate, the first to third winners also received a cash prize. Meanwhile, the fourth to tenth winners were only awarded cash prize whose amount was in accordance with the champion won. Meanwhile, the other participants only earned IDR 100,000 provided by the main sponsor.
Advisor to the TJR, I Nengah Mukra Widnyana, said the race deliberately involved the local fishermen so they had the sense of belonging and were responsible for stimulating the tourism. “The traditional boat race aims to promote the Tulamben Beach around the world as a marine tourism area which has a wealth of marine life and beautiful beach,” he said.
Mukra doubling as Operational Manager of the Emerald Tulamben Resort & Spa said the activity aimed at evoking the spirit of fishermen to preserve the environment of Tulamben Beach. “We promote again the Tulamben Beach through the traditional regatta event. This activity also provides an opportunity for fishermen to interact, compete and express themselves in the sea,” he added.
He hoped the activity could introduce Tulamben as an attractive tourist destination. Moreover, Tulamben was very famous for its underwater tourist attraction offering various colorful fish and coral reef biodiversity. “We deliberately organize the event so that fishermen can enjoy the sweetness of tourism,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mr. Okamoto Shintaro said the race was sponsored as he cared about the fate of fishermen in Bali. Although he did not live permanently on the island, this successful furniture businessman under the management of All From Boats in Japan was willing to set aside his funds and time for the success of the annual event. Other than financing the event, he also provided the sails for participants. (BTN/015)