The Largest Team Sport – Snake Boat Race

Snake Boat races are the largest team sport in the world. These races integrate team spirit, adventure and a great sense of rhythm. A number of small boats also participate in these events. Usually, a snake boat is manned by four helmsmen, 25 singers, and 100-125 oarsmen, who row in unison according to the fast rhythm of the racing songs. The songs sung by the helmsman is known as ‘Vanchipaatu’. Boat races take place seasonally. The Champakulam Moolam Boat Race in Jun-Jul at Alappuzha, the Aranmula Boat Race in Aug-Sep at Aranmula, the Payippad Jalotsvam during the Onam festival in Aug-Sep at Alappuzha, and the Nehru Trophy Boat Race in the second Saturday of August at Punnamada Lake-Alappuzha. The following photographs were taken at the Payippad Jalotsvam Boat Race  by Mr. Joshi Manjummel during the last Onam festival in August-2011.

Photo by Mr. Joshi Manjummel at Payippad, Alapuzza

This boat race is held in memory of the installation of the deity at Haripad Subramanya temple. The three day annual festival commences on Onam festival day. The competition takes place on the third day.

Photo by Mr. Joshi Manjummel at Payippad, Alapuzza

8 thoughts on “The Largest Team Sport – Snake Boat Race

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    • Interesting! I guess we don’t usually think of drivers of separate vehicles as team members the same way the rowers on these boats are. The drivers may be under the same umbrella team name, but aren’t they also more or less focused on the success of their individual vehicles as they drive?

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