Sail Sabang 2017 to welcome 40 international freediving athletes

Sail Sabang 2017 to welcome 40 international freediving athletes


Jakarta — More than 40 international free diving athletes will take part in Sail Sabang 2017 that will be held in Sabang, Aceh from November 28 to Dec. 2. Sail Sabang 2017 will feature the Free Diving Competition 2017 and it will be held at Balohan Bay in Sabang from Nov. 26 to Dec. 1. Free diving itself is an underwater activity that relies on divers’ ability in holding their breath as long as they until resurfacing. “There are already 40 athletes who have confirmed their participation. They will come from Singapore, Malaysia, Colombia, Australia, Netherlands, United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Belgium, Thailand and other countries,” explained Tourism Ministry’s archipelago marketing development deputy Esthy Retno Astuti. Among these dozens of athletes, two are world-record holders. The first one is New Zealander William Trubridge, whose accolades include 237 meters Dynamic without Fins (DWF), 102 meters Constant Weight (CWT), 124 meters Free Immersion (FIM) and seven minutes 29 seconds Static Apnea (STA). The second record-holder is Russian Alexey Molchanov, whose include 258 meters Dynamic with Fins (DYN), 96 meters Constant Weight without Fins (CNF), 195 meters Dynamic without Fins (DWF), 129 meters Constant Weight with Fins (CWT), 124 meters Free Immersion (FIM) and eight minutes and 33 seconds Static Apnea (STA). The committee has prepared a total prize of Rp 200 million for winners of this competition. Other than Free Diving Competition, Sail Sabang also holds Sabang Underwater Photo Contest 2017 where participants will capture the beauty of Sabang ocean with their cameras. The competition is divided into five categories: Compact wide angle, Compact macro, DLSR wide angle, people and conservation and Free Diving UW photo contest. “The total prize is also Rp 200 million,” she added.