‘Savaadheeththa Dhathuru’, a sailing event organized by the Maldives Integrated Tourism Corporation (MITDC) which invites Yachtsmen from all across the globe to participate in a journey across the Maldives seas, making stops at local islands, explores the valuable cultural and heritage richness that the Maldives islands have to offer, while also offering the natural beauty of the rich marine life, beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters.
The rally is scheduled to begin its journey on 3rd February, 2022 starting from the most northern atoll of the country, Haa Alif Atoll, taking a course of 3 weeks to reach the end point in Baa Atoll. The aim of the organizers is to promote Maldivian culture & heritage, its rich history as well as yacht tourism and to exploit the benefits of strengthening these areas within the tourism industry of the country.
MITDC highlights this event as a tribute to one of the greatest King (Sultan) to rule the small island nation, As-Sultan al-Gaazee Muhammad Thakurufaanu al-Auzam or more famously known as Bodu Thakurufaanu. Muhammed Thakurufaanu is most famous for liberating the country from Portuguese occupation back in the 1550s. Sultan Muhammed Thakurufaanu travelled on the famous battleship, namely “Kalhu Oh Fummi” he built, making frequent stops at islands fighting colonial Portuguese power heading towards the capital Male’ island where he defeated the Portuguese garrison leader, Andreas Andreas (or sometimes referred as Viyazoaru) and claimed freedom for the Maldivian people.
The legacy of his heroism is celebrated every year as the National Day of Maldives. He was given the title of ‘Savaadheeththa’ in recognition of his bravery; hence the name ‘Savaadheeththa Dhathuru’ was decided for this event which is designed to trace the journey taken by Sultan Muhammed Thakurufaanu. Savaadheeththa Dhathuru will be an exclusive tour through the Maldivian history, highlighting memorials dedicated to Sultan Muhammed Thakurufaanu, and visiting historic sites related to his endeavor. Savaadheeththa: A title given solely to Muhammed Thakurufaanu, defined as the great, noble; like the strength of the sun.