Chonburi Provincial Administrative Organization President Wittaya Kunplome opened the Nov. 23-24 competition at Mabprachan Reservoir with Nongprue Mayor Mai Chaiyanit and other top local officials looking on.
Local rowers fared well at the recently completed Pattaya Traditional Long Boat Tournament held at Mabprachan Lake.
Forty-two boats piloted by rowers from Thailand, Indonesia, Laos and Myanmar participated in the event, although none of the foreign teams placed. Trophies were awarded in five categories: Large boats (55 paddlers), long-tail boats (30 paddlers), large boats types B and C, and small boats type B. Nearly 400,000 baht in prizes was up for grabs.
A representative from the Yiuttanakanawa team of Chonburi (left) accepts HRH Princess Maha CHakri Sirindhorn cup from Wittaya Kunplome, President of Chonburi PAO.
In the Sirindhorn Trophy race, Pornprakaew from Singhburi finished second winning 50,000 baht, and Thepnorasingh 88 from Saraburi third for 30,000 baht.
In the small long boat (30 paddlers) race, Pornprakaew from Singhburi won the HRH Princess Soamsawalee trophy and 50,000 baht. The Pornmethee from Pijit placed second and Saomuangphet from Phetburi third.
Yuttakanawa and Pornprakaew race for honours in the 55-paddler long boat final.
Finishing behind the Chonburi team in the Type B race was Thepsuriyakrathingdaeng from Surin and Thephongthong’ from Nakhon Pathom.
In the 30-paddler small-boat race, Theppuangthip from Phetchabum finished first, Mekhong-eknawa from Nakhon Pathom second and Jaomaelaungjan from Chanthaburi third.
The Pattaya Long Boat Tournament always provides an exciting feast of colour and sporting action out on the lake.
In the Type C category, the winner was Thepjinda from Ubon Ratchathani, Jaomaesongnang from Samut Prakan second and Porn Luang Pho To from Ayutthaya third.
Spectators flocked to the shores of Lake Mabprachan in their hundreds to enjoy the long boat racing weekend.