The race course, although short, was a real entertainer.
The racers gunned off in their traditional dugout canoes from the Malagan Beach Resort to the Kavieng Market wharf.
Japeth Demas and Duks Eremas sailed past the finish line to be crowned winners for the male and female categories respectively.
This is just the start to the 2018 New Ireland Day in Kavieng, where a full day of activities is planned.
The 2-day celebrations also come at the back of the July 12th Inter Government Agreement signing between the Government and New Ireland, East New Britain and Enga Province.
Sir Julius Chan said he will be inviting the Minister for Inter Government Relations, Kevin Isifu, who was the champion steward for the move toward Autonomy throughout the conference, to attend the New Ireland day celebrations in Kavieng (27th -28th July), where he will officially declare the province autonomous.