The races started on August 31 with the illustrious Nehru Trophy Boat Race and will end on November 23, on the sidelines of the President’s Trophy at Kollam.
The league will have 12 races in the following weekends. The participating teams remain the same: Tropical Titans (traditionally, Pallathuruthi Boat Club), Backwater Knights (Village Boat Club), Backwater Ninja (Brothers Boat Club), Backwater Warriors (Town Boat Club), Coast Dominators (United Boat Club), Mighty Oars (NCDC), Pride Chasers (Vembanad Boat Club), Raging Rowers (Police Boat Club) and Thunder Oars (KBC/SFBC).
Touted as a game-changing initiative, the CBL is meant to professionalise Kerala’s largely scattered snake-boat races. The first three winners of each CBL match will get Rs 5 lakh, Rs 3 lakh and Rs 1 lakh respectively. All participants are entitled to a bonus prize of Rs 4 lakhs for each match.