International manifestation ”Lim-Drina-Sava regatta – 15th Memorial Vitomir Dizdarevic – Admiral Cook” 26.04-03.05.2014, Drina-Sava region

In the period from 26 April to 3 May 2014 the kayak-canoe and paddling Lim-Drina-Sava Regatta was organised. The regatta od 80 boats flew from Setihovo to Sremska Mitrovica along the rivers of the Lim, Drina and Sava. This unique event has been organised for the 15th time by the Serbian Paddlers of the TID Association, with the support of the Standing Working Group for Regional Rural Development and its Area Based Development Programme.

The Regatta has once again gathered experienced paddlers from several European countries: Germany, Poland, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Serbia. In spite of unfavourable weather conditions, 80 boats and 110 participants have paddled along the rivers Lim, Drina and Sava in the memory of Vitomir Dizdarević – Admiral Kuk.

We are satisfied that the Regatta has confirmed its international character and there were more participants than in the previous years. Judging by this year’s experience, we will keep the increased limit for the number of boats in the forthcoming years, say the organisers from the TID Association.

During the Regatta, 2 Mini Fairs whose aim was to present local products, services and offer were organised. Višegrad hosted 26 participants – the representatives of associations and producers of traditional products – on April 27th, 2014, while the second Fair, which had 27 exhibitors from the region, was organised in Sremska Mitrovica on May 03, 2014. Food and drinks, typical products, traditional meals as well as handicrafts and innovative souvenirs from both regions were presented at these occasions which offered a chance for presenting local products, culture and tradition not only to the Regatta participants, but to the inhabitants of the region. The Fairs which have been visited by about 1000 people have also proved that they have also enabled opportunities for improving links among regional organisations, local self-governments, producers and service providers, and were visited by relevant regional and national institution representatives, as well as numerous media.

It was great to see regional products presented to the international guests. The Regatta has not only connected 10 municipalities and 2 countries it flows through, but it presented the wealth of the Drina-Tara and Drina-Sava regions to the inhabitants of 6 countries who will take their experiences and the word about the regions abroad, say the organisers from the Standing Working Group for Regional Rural Development. Despite bad weather conditions, the participants of the Fairs had a chance to promote and sell their products, to exchange experience and contacts and to discuss about future promotion of the regions.

The Association of the Serbian Paddlers of the TID  is a civil, non-governmental and non-profit organization of citizens. The Association was founded in 2000 with the aim of gathering people who love nature, sports, recreation and paddling and organising activities that aim at preserving the environment.

The Standing Working Group for Regional Rural Development is an intergovernmental organization consisting of government institutions responsible for rural development in the respective countries and territories of South Eastern Europe. The Area Based Development Programme it implements, which is financed by the European Union, covers 8 of 10 municipalities included in the Regatta.