Pirogues in Mauritius
You will see pirogues in Mauritius when you are by the sea. A Pirogue is a small traditional boat and it is used for fishing in Mauritius.They are light and small enough to be taken on to land overnight, for safety. The design of a pirogue allows it to move through the very shallow water of marshes and it can easily be turned upside down to drain out any water that may have gotten into the boat. A pirogue is usually propelled by paddles or oars that have one blade (as opposed to a kayak paddle, which has two). It can also be punted with a pole in shallow water. Many fisherman have taken to adding an outboard motor to their Pirogue, to make them more efficient. They also add colourful sails tom help catch the wind. The wooden boats used to be built from blackwood and jackfruit trees found on the island. These were tough and didn’t split easily. Today carpenters get their wood from the sawmills that import the wood in to Mauritius in bulk. The tradition of hand building a Pirogue is handed down through the generations, but nowadays many are turning to Fibreglass as it is cheaper and much easier to maintain.
Pirogues in Mauritius are also used for regattas, which are very popular in Mauritius. These started with sailors in the late 19th century. Fishermen consider the regatta as a real must attend event. Mahebourg and Grand Gaube are two major sites for these according to local traditions. Crowds gather round the Pirogues to watch the preparations before they set sail. There are different categories, depending on the size of the Pirogue. There is always lots of cheering from the enthusiastic crowd. The regatta is a chance to meet with friends and often end up with tasty local snacks and vibrant sega tunes.
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