The much awaited and exciting season is coming up to set the adrenaline pumping. Preparations are full swing in view of the upcoming Nehru Trophy boat race in Alappuzha's Punnamada lake. Kumarakom town boat club and Vembanadu boat club have already started practice sessions. Coming up are days of mock race and betting. The big event is scheduled to be conducted on the second saturday of August. These clubs have clinched trophies many a time in previous years. Kumarakom town boat club will be seen riding on Aanari Puthen Chundan (snake boat) this year. Vanjikkal Sunil will be the captain of this boat. Meanwhile, Vembanattu boat club will contest in Karichal chundan. Sunil Panakkathara will be at the helm. Former captain Joseph Philip Manayath has flagged off the practice sessions.