On January 1st every year a spectacular sailing race takes place on the Kenyan island of Lamu.
Local sailing dhows crewed by the villages of Lamu Town and Shela village compete eagerly for the prestige and cash prizes of winning this colourful and lively traditional boat race.
A strong but constant north-easterly wind was blowing as the boats started. Right from the start a Shela boat, Manna, had the edge over the others. A Lamu Town boat, Prince was tight on its bows all the way but didn’t ever seem to have the impetus to win.
A race isn’t over until the finishing line is crossed and drama unfolded as Prince tried to undercut the leading boat Manna on the penultimate buoy causing a catastrophic collision resulting in Manna’s boom snapping in the contact.
Manna, who had held the race to this point retired and the race for the remaining vessels is on to get to the shore.
Prince holds the lead till the end and finishes first but the result decided by the race stewards gives Manna the victory.