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Inaugural Sail Maldives Yacht Rally Begins

The inaugural Sail Maldives yacht rally is off to a superb start, with a special festival thrown in honour of the sailors at their first scheduled stop, Kelaa Island. The entire island community got behind the rally and proudly showcased the unique Maldivian dancing, drumming, and culture to the participants who hail from countries around the world including the USA, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and France.

The sailors were greeted with garlands of tropical flowers and fresh coconuts to drink on arrival, then were shown demonstrations of traditional handicrafts, such as coir rope-making, before the celebrations unfolded.  Included were special ‘bodu beru’ drumming as well as a traditional ‘maali kulhun’ performance featuring islanders covered by coconut-leaf costumes dancing under the stars.

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The fleet will gradually progress south, passing by the capital city, Male’, and crossing the equator before concluding in the southernmost atoll, Addu Atoll, with a special Ocean Festival.

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