“Abandon Boat!” was the scream commanded by the drummer when the Bogo Paddlers’ boat was about to capsize!
Rough seas pounded the Bogo Paddlers during their race in the First Panglao Dragon Boat Challenge. Typhoon Ineng and the south east monsoon was a horrible mix to the event, but one that turned the paddling indeed a challenge. A number of boats were swallowed by the waves, including that of Bogo Paddlers. Quite a number of them capsized in a movie-like fashion. One drummer fell into the sea. And the zig zag direction of boats during the races added spectacle to the excitement of the paddlers and the 1000 spectators in that fine-white-sand beach of Alona Panglao Island.