Longboat racing returns to Pattaya Nov. 17-18

Friday, 16 November 2012 From Issue Vol. XX No. 46 By  Phasakorn Channgam

Thailand’s top long-boat racers will compete for cash and prizes at the 12th Pattaya Traditional Long Boat Tournament Nov. 17-18 at Mabprachan Reservoir.

Pattaya and Nongprue officials announced plans for the Indo China Long Boat Racing event Nov. 8. They’ll feature long-tail boats with deep roots in Thai culture. The race will be supported by Chonburi Province and the Thailand Rowing and Canoeing Association.

Trophies will be awarded in six categories: Large boats (55 paddlers), long-tail boats (30 paddlers), large boats types A and B, small boats type B and international boats (12 paddlers).

Nongprue mayor Mai Chaiyanit announces the event. Nongprue mayor Mai Chaiyanit announces the event.

Nongprue Mayor Mai Chaiyanit said the race, which has been held at the venue since 2000, will be especially important this year as Mabprachan will later host longboat races when Thailand hosts the 13th Asian Games and 24th Southeast Asian Games.

Twenty-eight boats from Thailand, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia and Myanmar will compete. The organizing committee is collaborating with the Thai Health Promotion Foundation to push for no sales of alcoholic beverages in the competition grounds.

In addition to the races, the event will also feature a Thai chess championship with a 20,000 baht in prizes, a long-drum competition for more than 20,000 baht in prizes, and “artistic joke” puzzles where audience members can win prizes, as well as a series of buffalo races held to provide further entertainment for spectators.

Wet and wild fun at last year’s races. Wet and wild fun at last year’s races.

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  • Comment Link Saturday, 17 November 2012 07:38 posted by CT

    What time are the events?