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On July 29, 2007, this regatta was held for the second time. It targets mainly beginner rowers. Organized by the Seta Rowing Club which seeks to have more people enjoy water sports on Lake Biwa. Seta-Karahashi Bridge was the regatta's starting line. The Lake Biwa Rowing Song CD was awarded to all the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in all five categories.
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Sixty rowing teams (300 people) rowed in five categories, including beginner and expert rowers, ranging in age from junior high to senior citizens.
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This is the boat dock where people got on and off the boats. The boats were provided by local rowing organizations. The regatta was organized by the Seta Rowing Club in Otsu.
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A rowing team leaves the dock for Seta-Karahashi Bridge seen in the background.
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Seta-Karahashi Bridge, the start line.
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Up to four rowing teams raced down a 250-meter straight course.
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All the boats are held stationary with a rope provided from the bridge.
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Most races were not close.
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The 250-meter course is very short, and each race ends within a minute or two.
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Finish line. In the background is the Kyoto University Rowing Club's boat house.
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The race had to be stopped for a few minutes each time this cruise boat passed by.
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The Lake Biwa rowing Song CD was also sold.
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The Lake Biwa rowing Song CD was also sold during the regatta which lasted from 9 am to 4 pm.
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CDs
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Sketch of regatta course
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Dragon boat
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Dragon boat
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Free rides on this dragon boat were also provided.
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Dragon boat
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Rowing on the dragon boat
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Dragon boat going to the Seta-Karahashi Bridge.
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A taiko drummer sits at the front of the dragon boat.
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We rowed according to the taiko drum beat.
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Writing names on award certificates.
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Some of the prizes awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. Notice the Lake Biwa Rowing Song CDs (75 copies).
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Awards ceremony
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A representative from each winning team went to receive a medal and Lake Biwa Rowing Song CD. Each team had 5 members, so 5 CDs per team.
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The Lake Biwa Rowing Song CDs were donated by Philbert Ono.
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The junior category team receive their medals and CDs.
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The beautiful 15-page program included an ad for the Lake Biwa Rowing Song CD.
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