JOJI Misaele was a proud man after he retained the camakau double sailor race with his brother at the Veitau Waqa yesterday.
With his brother Misaele Tovolea, the duo from Ogea Island in Lau steered the Seni Nawanawa to victory once again in good sailing conditions at the Suva foreshore.
"It feels fantastic. I feel like we've proved a point," Mr Misaele said.
It was not an easy victory, he said, as he faced strong competition from the other canoes, but it was technique which saw them through.
"I think it was the second mark that made the difference. It was very hard as it was straight upwind, so we had to check a few times, change direction a few times, some people changed direction too early and some waited too long. That was what made the difference," he said of their victory.
Meanwhile, Ratu Isoa Gavidi, 11, won the children's bakanawa race. The Suva Methodist School student said he wanted to continue sailing traditional craft in the future.
Jijiwa Bera, of Moce, won the camakau single sailor race, sailing the Cumu.