(Picture: Boatmen racing vintas during the Regatta)
Regatta is a vinta race happening annually on the weekend before the 12th of October at R.T. Lim Boulevard (formerly Cawa-cawa Blvd.), Zamboanga City. It is one of the many activities of the usually week-long Zamboanga Hermosa Festival.
During the Regatta, two boatsmen paddle a vinta – a small wooden boat with colorful sails – over a course on the sea against other competitors. Hence, the boatsmen should steadily paddle fast. In many instances, the counter direction of the wind makes maneuvering of the vintas more challenging. This gives the spectators more thrills watching.