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Video: 2015 Faigamea i le Tai race delayed, not cancelled

Everyone thankful no harm came to anyone yesterday
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Captain of the Fealofani Samoa, Atuatasi “Jerry” Seigafo used the opportunity at the captains meeting held yesterday to thank the government of American Samoa and others who came to their rescue when their fautasi capsized out in the open waters yesterday morning, and he told those present, they are still "ready to race".

 

The highly anticipated race was cancelled yesterday after the Fealofani Samoa II capsized and the Matasaua took on water. Crew members were evacuated on to Lt. Governor Lemanu P. Mauga’s boat, which came to the rescue of the Matasaua crew.

At the captains meeting, held at the Office of Samoan Affairs at noon following the cancellation of the race, the Fautasi Committee yielded to the suggestion made by Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga and some of the Captains to hold the fautasi race on Saturday morning at 7a.m.

 

Some asked for the race to be held today, however the government leaders noted that Flag Day program events have been scheduled throughout the day, and any changes would cause problems, including a delay in the program.

 

Vaimasenu’u Zita Martel, skipper for Don Bosco 200 told the captains gathering that if the race was to be held on Friday (today) the Don Bosco would not race, as they are also participating in the pese and siva, which is part of their invitation to attend the Flag Day festivities. She said there is no way that half of the school would participate in the siva and pese with the other half out in the ocean for the fautasi race.

 

Senate President Gaoteote Palaie Tofau, skipper of the Fuao of Vatia, pointed out during the meeting that the Fautasi Committee contributed to the problems encountered yesterday, because they knew very well the tide was high, yet they kept on telling the captains to take the boats further out.

 

Skipper for Fealofani Samoa III, Atuatasi told Samoa News that they are very thankful that nothing tragic occurred and that his entire crew is accounted for — “ I am thankful to ASG and to those who helped us.”

 

Samoa News was on the “Sau Ia”, a boat owned by the Leala Peter Reid family, near the area where Fealofani Samoa III took on a lot of water and eventually capsized. The crew refused to abandon their boat, but many of them had to let go of their oars, which were eventually picked up by the police and others in the area.

 

Motusa Tuileama Nua, Matasaua’s skipper told Samoa News that this was an experience that he will never forget — “it was quite an experience.”

 

He told Samoa News that what happened was very disappointing, but they took on a lot of water when they were turning around. He was thankful for the Lt Governor, ASG and others who came to their aid and safely removed the crew from the fautasi.

 

The incident occurred when the fautasi were preparing for the race — turning around to position themselves in their designated lane. As the Fealofani and Matasaua encountered problems, the other seven boats headed back to the harbor.

 

An hour before the starting time, there were reports of fautasi in trouble, due to the high seas and choppy waters, with water pooling inside some fautasi.

 

KVZK-TV reported that the Pago Pago fautasi, the Aeto was the first to be affected by the high waves, but they turned around and were able to make it safely back to the harbor.

 

The “Sau Ia” which carried the KVZK-TV crew and a Samoa News reporter stayed at the scene to lend a helping hand to the Fealofani Samoa. Videos taken during the incident on the boat show the vessel ‘bouncing’ up and down due to choppy seas.

 

Around 9:12 a.m an announcement was made on the PA system at the Port Administration building that the race was not going to happen, and fautasi fans began to head away from the main dock. From the Samoa News building — located across the street from the main dock — at least two fautasi could be seen heading back into the main harbor, toward the Pago village harbor area.

 

Long before the race started, supporters of each fautasi team had already made their way into the downtown area, to get a good spot along the shoreline, especially between Utulei and Pago Pago in front of ASCO Motors, the finish line. Due to the race and the 2Samoas Trade Fair in Utulei, traffic was crawling for a few hours.

 

Samoa News would like to extend its thanks to the Leala Peter Reid family and its  companies of G.H.C. Reid & Co. Ltd, Peter E. Reid Stevedoring, Samoa Motors, NAPA Samoa, and SLC Manufacturing (Vaimalu) for allowing Samoa News to cover the 2015 fagaimea i le tai.

 

See more photos of the incident on samoanews.com and our website will link you to a live stream for Saturday’s race of the 2015 Flag Day Faigamea i le Tai.

 

ONLINE POLL FOR FAUTASI RACE

 

Also, due to fautasi race being postponed until Saturday, Samoa News “People’s Choice” online poll has been re-opened for voting until Friday, April 17, 6p.m.

 

With over 1500 votes tallied at press time last night, Taema II of Leone has surged ahead with 24% of the votes. The no. 2 spot with 19% of the vote is Manulele Tausala I of Nu’uuli, and last week’s leader, Aeto from Pago Pago, in the #3 spot with 17%.

 

Winner of the People’s Choice online poll will win 10 cases of Taula beer, donated by Taula and Sama Beers, proudly distributed by Pacific Sales & Marketing, with a $100 cash donation from Samoa News.

 

 

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Update: Fautasi Race rescheduled for Saturday

Thursday's Race cancelled after two fautasi swamped
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After a 2015 Flag Day Fautasi Committee meeting this afternoon, the final decision, is that the fautasi race is rescheduled for 7a.m. Saturday.  The meeting this afternoon included Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga, Lt. Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga and Secretary of Samoan Affairs Mauga Tasi Asuega.
 
More details in tomorrow’s edition.
 
The Matasaua of Manu’a and Fealofani Samoa III of Fagasa are swamped with water and the crews are clinging to the hulls while the chase boats work to secure the oars and rescue the rowers.
 
KVZK-TV reports no one is injured and they are covering the rescue live. Click on our link in the left hand column, look for the “Big 2”.
 
Weather today is 10-15 MPH tradewinds with moderate seas. It appears that the low gunnels (sides of the boat) on the two swamped fautasi allowed the waves to fill the hulls with water.
 
The other seven boats have headed back to the harbor.
 
The 2015 Fautasi Race Committee officially cancelled today's fautasi race and called an urgent meeting at 12noon with fautasi captains and village representatives at the Office of Samoa Affairs to
discuss, among other things, whether to hold a race tomorrow.
 
The National Weather Service Office in Tafuna issued around 6:34a.m. today a small craft advisory due to winds of 10-15mph and seas 6-8 feet. It’s currently high tide.
 
An hour before the starting time, there were reports of fautasi in trouble, due to high seas, with water inside some fautasi. KVZK-TV reports that Aeto fautasi was the first to be affected by high waves, but they were able to made it back to the harbor.
 
A privately owned boat, which carried the TV crew and a Samoa News reporter, could be seen on video bouncing up and down due to rough seas. Owners of the boat also stayed on the sea to lend a helping hand to Fealofani Samoa.
 
KVZK-TV live broadcast footage shows the Fealofani Samoa fautasi underwater, as crew members remains on the boat, with nearby fautasi trying to help. Footage shows at least four fautasi crew members in the ocean as help arrives on the scene. ASG tugboats, at least two alia boats, Marine Patrol boat, Marine and Wildlife boat all rushed to the scene.
 
Other KVZK footage shows Matasaua fautasi also in trouble as help arrived at their location, and a fautasi nearby stopped to help.
 
Around 9:12a.m an announcement was made on the PA system at the Port Administration building that the race was not going to happen and fautasi fans headed away from the main dock.
 
From the Samoa News building - located across the street from main dock - at least two fautasi was seen heading back into the main harbor, towards the finish line.
 
Long before the race started, supporters of each fautasi team have already made their way into the downtown area, to get a good spot along the shoreline, especially between Utulei and Pago Pago in front of ASCO Motors the finish line.
 
With the race as well as the 2 Samoa Trade Fair at Utulei, traffic was almost at a standstill.
 
Samoa News will provide updates as soon as information becomes available.

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Video: Amateur boxing on for Flag Day & Pac Games

all photos: Jeff Hayner, videos: Tony Gasu

The American Samoa Boxing Federation (ASBF) continues with its amateur boxing bouts, with the latest one taking place last Friday, April 3rd, at the old VA building. On-hand were the best amateur boxers from across the island stepping into the ring showcasing their skills in an attempt to get themselves ready for the upcoming 2015 Flag Day amateur bouts.

The Flag Day bouts will be taking place this coming Saturday, April 11, at the Maliu Mai Beach Resort with a scheduled starting time of 1:00 p.m.

 

On the card Saturday will be an amateur boxing team from Apia, Samoa that will be stepping into the ring against the American Samoa boxers showcasing their skills.

 

In attendance for the recent bouts was president of the ASBF, Mapu Jamias who stated that he continues to be impressed with the up and coming talent of the young American Samoa amateur boxers. He also thanked everyone for their support.

 

The ASBF has not officially announced the boxers who they will be sending to the 2015 Pacific Games, but they did state that they have a few elite boxers that they are definitely looking at for the games.

 

Samoa News will be posting those names as soon as they receive them from the ASBF.

 

The ASBF invites the public out to the Flag Day bouts on Saturday, which are all free of charge, and continues its invitation extended to any young person who wants to learn how to box, to come out to the old VA building where ASBF trains its young boxers Monday through Friday, starting at 5:00 p.m. daily.

Amateur boxing was on the card this past Friday, April 3rd, at the old VA building put on by the American Samoa Boxing Federation (ASBF). Seen here are some of the American Samoa amateur boxers (in the ring) along with ASBF members and boxing coaches (below) last Friday. [photo: Jeff Hayner]

 

Keep reading Samoa News for the latest updates on boxing in the territory.

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Video: Amateur boxing on for Flag Day & Pac Games

all photos: Jeff Hayner, videos: Tony Gasu

The American Samoa Boxing Federation (ASBF) continues with its amateur boxing bouts, with the latest one taking place last Friday, April 3rd, at the old VA building. On-hand were the best amateur boxers from across the island stepping into the ring showcasing their skills in an attempt to get themselves ready for the upcoming 2015 Flag Day amateur bouts.

The Flag Day bouts will be taking place this coming Saturday, April 11, at the Maliu Mai Beach Resort with a scheduled starting time of 1:00 p.m.

 

On the card Saturday will be an amateur boxing team from Apia, Samoa that will be stepping into the ring against the American Samoa boxers showcasing their skills.

 

In attendance for the recent bouts was president of the ASBF, Mapu Jamias who stated that he continues to be impressed with the up and coming talent of the young American Samoa amateur boxers. He also thanked everyone for their support.

 

The ASBF has not officially announced the boxers who they will be sending to the 2015 Pacific Games, but they did state that they have a few elite boxers that they are definitely looking at for the games.

 

Samoa News will be posting those names as soon as they receive them from the ASBF.

 

The ASBF invites the public out to the Flag Day bouts on Saturday, which are all free of charge, and continues its invitation extended to any young person who wants to learn how to box, to come out to the old VA building where ASBF trains its young boxers Monday through Friday, starting at 5:00 p.m. daily.

Amateur boxing was on the card this past Friday, April 3rd, at the old VA building put on by the American Samoa Boxing Federation (ASBF). Seen here are some of the American Samoa amateur boxers (in the ring) along with ASBF members and boxing coaches (below) last Friday. [photo: Jeff Hayner]

 

Keep reading Samoa News for the latest updates on boxing in the territory.

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Video: Amateur boxing on for Flag Day & Pac Games

all photos: Jeff Hayner, videos: Tony Gasu

The American Samoa Boxing Federation (ASBF) continues with its amateur boxing bouts, with the latest one taking place last Friday, April 3rd, at the old VA building. On-hand were the best amateur boxers from across the island stepping into the ring showcasing their skills in an attempt to get themselves ready for the upcoming 2015 Flag Day amateur bouts.