|Conditions, I was told, were almost perfect for a Fautasi race.|
It was grand final day for the Fautasi boat races. Ten boats, representing the best rowing villages of Samoa, had made it this far. Today was the time for one of them to bring it home. The $50,000 purse sounds like a fortune in Samoa, but then there are 50 people in each crew. This is not about the money. This is for pride.
|The home stretch reached.|
Turns out the other great thing about winning something this important on your home turf is the parade: you get to have it immediately. It has already started and is winding its way noisily through town.