THE 10 camakau in this year's Veitau Waqa are named after fragrant plants found around Fiji.
Roko Sau Roko Josefa Cinavilakeba, one of the race organisers, said our beaches are known for the different smells of the flowers and trees that line them.
He said it was decided to name the camakau after the plants to highlight their importance in Fijian tradition at a time the race coincides with a festival named after the Hisbiscus.
Included in the Veitau Waqa are 45 bakanawa (model-sized boats up to one metre in length) entrants.
"We had to stop the entries for the bakanawa. The seed has been planted. There is much awareness of our sailing tradition," he said.
"These children will go on and build their own canoes."
The camakau racers:
* Seni Teteva
* Seni Nawanawa
* Seni Buatoka
* Seni Vono
* Seni Sinu
* Seni Uci
* Seni Buasala
* Seni Jale
* Seni Lagakali
* Seni Makosoi