16th Regatta Lepa Water Festival 2009
The Annual Water Festival of the Sea Gypsy in Sabah
Venue : Semporna, Sabah.
Date : 18th to 19th April 2009
Day 1 : Regatta Lepa 2009 launching, Bajau Cultural performances (Igal–Igal Dance and Joget Semporna)
Day 2 : Traditional boat tug of war, boat racing competition (Keleh keleh), Lepa boat parade.
Regatta Lepa is a dramatic cultural event held annually in Semporna town, the east coast of Sabah. Regatta Lepa is a festival to celebrates the Bajau tradition for their craftsmanship skilled in hand-made boat making. ‘Lepa’ itself means a ‘boat that hand-made crafted’ in Bajau Semporna language, usually measured about 5-7 meters long. During the Regatta Lepa festivals, there will be a competition of decorative Lepa boats, a battle to show off which Lepa boats are the best.