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Boat competitions in Uganda are thrilling and eye catching to many (Photo: David Isabirye)
  • Event: Third Royal Regatta (Amaato Ga Kabaka)
  • Date: Saturday 8th June
  • Venue: Nabugabo Landing Site, Masaka

All is set for ahead of the third edition for the Royal Regatta (Amaato ga Kabaka) championship.

For starters, the championship will be held this Saturday 8th  June at Nabugabo Landing site, Masaka.

The King of Buganda Kingdom, His majesty the Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II has duly confirmed that he will grace this event.

Eng. Ben Immanuel Ben Misagga, the chairperson of the local organizing committee is steering the initial preparations to ensure a smooth and successful event.

Addressing the media at Kati Kati Restaurant along Lugogo by-pass in Kampala on Wednesday, Misagga proved that indeed everything is in place to have a successful event.

All is set ahead of the Royal Regatta competition slated for this Saturday at Nabugabo Sand beach in Masaka. 18 counties will take in the event with the ultimate winners walking away with various prizes. The Kabaka of Buganda will arrive at 12 noon to grace the function.The check in of the boats will be done on Thursday at the venue of the function. We also have lots of entertainment from various musicians.

Eng. Ben Immanuel Misagga, Chairman Local Organizing Committee, Buganda Royal Regatta
Buganda Kingdom Canoe Regatta Organizing Committee chairperson Eng. Ben Misagga greets the Buganda Kingdom premier Mayiga. Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Meanwhile, more corporate entities continue to embrace the event.

Barely 24 hours after Star Times Company gave out dishes and decoders,  Pearl Seeds Limited has also graciously given out 10 Smart phones to the organizing committee.

Richard Cliff Masagazi, the managing director of the company expressed delight associating with such an event which the Kabaka has blessed.

We are delighted to join hands with the organisers of the Royal Regatta, a competition that is great to the Buganda Kingdom. We decided to give out 10 smart phones and we promise to always give support to the Kingdom.

Richard Cliff Masagazi, managing director of Pearl Seed Limited
Ancient canoeing competitions in Buganda Kingdom

The winners of this year’s edition will walk away with a trophy and gold medals, the runners up silver medals and second runners up bronze medals.

Buganda Kingdom has a rich history as regards canoe, rowing, dragon boating and kayaking.

Dating as far back as 800 years ago, the first muganda Kintu used to canoe and kayak.

Also, there were events held on the water for navy security.

By and large, the issue of the royal regatta is a traditional activity that is part and parcel of the Buganda norms.


In the United Kingdom, the annual Henley Royal Regatta is the talk of town.

John Collins and Jonny Walton at the Henley Royal Regatta

This rowing event is held annually on the River Thames by the town of Henley-on-Thames in England.

 It was established on 26 March 1839.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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