Local representatives and rowers sit in a fishing boat used in the competition. / SUR

Malaga's provincial 'jábega' rowing competition to start on Saturday

The event, which begins on La Misericordia beach, will hand out 14 different prizes until 3 September, with 350 rowers and seven clubs taking part

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A new edition of Malaga's provincial 'jábega' fising boat league will begin on Saturday from La Misericordia beach in the city. The competition is celebrating its tenth anniversary and will bring together 350 rowers from seven different clubs.

Francisco Salado, the president of the Diputación - the provincial authority - launched the competition on Tuesday alongside José Luis Ramos, the president of the traditional rowers' association. It was revealed that there will be 14 prizes up for grabs through to 3 September.

The competition is open to all ages, and will be divided into under-19s, over-20s, over-35s and women's. Participating clubs include Torre del Mar, UD La Cala, Club La Cala del Moral, La Araña, La Espaílla de El Palo, Pedregalejo, Torremolinos y La Carihuela.

Francisco Salado highlighted the inclusion of women in the sport, as well as the youngsters, as he said it guaranteed that it would continue in future generations.

The provincial authority's president stressed the importance of the 'jábega' boats used in the competion, which have hardly been modified in the last 2,700 years and were still in use by local fishermen until 1986. "Jábega racing has a enthralling history," Salado said, mentionining that 19th-century fishermen in Malaga were already holding competitions.