• Prime Minister Tuilaepa readies to cut the ribbon to officially launch the new Don Bosco fautasi.
  • Blessing of the new Don Bosco 200.
  • Don Bosco 200 crew
  • Students of Don Bosco carry the fautasi to the water at Mulinuu.
  • Don Bosco students carefully placing the fautasi in the water.
  • Oars at the ready.
  • Don Bosco Skipper Vaimasenuu Zita Martel and her oarsmen take the 200 out on the water.

25 March 2015

Earlier today, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi cut the ribbon to officially launch a new fautasi (longboat) for Don Bosco Technical College.

A short ceremony was held at Mulinuu peninsula where students, teachers, and supporters gathered to witness the blessing and launching of the ‘Don Bosco 200’ fautasi which will compete in the American Samoa Flag Day regatta next month.

In his remarks the Prime Minister recognised the achievements by Don Bosco’s famed Segavao fautasi which was a fierce competitor in many local and overseas competitions and reminded the current student rowers, who have been specially selected to compete in American Samoa on the ‘Don Bosco 200’, to “remember that the boat doesn’t come last”.

Acting College principal, Mr Mane Su’a said they bought the fautasi from the village of Lepea at a cost of $70,000.00.

According to Mane, the name ‘Don Bosco 200’ reflects the number of years since Saint Don Bosco was born.

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