Kozhikode: 'Vayalkara Vengad' emerged winners at the second edition of the Champions Boat League boat races held at Chaliyar river in Feroke. AKG Podothuruthy came second, while New Brothers Mayyicha finished third. State Tourism Department organised the IPL-model CBL.
Nine 60-feet-long Churulan boats, with 30 members each, from Kannur and Kasargod districts competed in the race. Tracks for the competition was laid between new and the old bridges. Demonstration of boat by the 'Cheruvannur Paura Samithy', from Kozhikode district was also held as part of the event. In between the races, aquatic demonstrations and art performances like Thiruvathira and Chendamelam were also held.
Chaliyar to be permanent venue: Minister
Addressing the gathring after inaugurating the event, Tourism Minister Mohammed Riyas said that Chaliyar would be a permanent venue for CBL boat races. "The old bridge at Feroke will be decorated with lights. Seating and other facilities will be provided for visitors," he added. Actor Asif Ali was the chief guest. Feroke Municipality Chairman N C Abdul Razak presided over the function.