Jet skis, speedboats race in Jomtien

Friday, 21 February 2014 From Issue Vol. XXII No. 8 By  Jetsada Homklin

Speedboats and jet skis made waves in Jomtien Beach as marine racers vied for thousands of baht in prizes at the Pattaya Water Sports Festival.

Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome handed out trophies to winners of the five jet-ski races and two speedboat contests Feb. 9 at the Surf Kitchen restaurant.

Sponsored by the Jet Ski Club of Pattaya, the Feb. 8-9 competition featured professional and amateur racers competing for prizes and to stimulate Pattaya tourism.

Itthiphol Kunplome, mayor of Pattaya city, presents trophies to the winners.Itthiphol Kunplome, mayor of Pattaya city, presents trophies to the winners.

Jet ski races included the Yamaha Pla-O 650cc, Yamaha XL, Yamaha Pla-O 650cc two-seater, Yamaha Pla-O plus banana boat 710cc, and the Pro Stroke 1,600cc jet ski.  Boats competed in the standard 400-horsepower and two-cylinder 400-horsepower open.

First-place finishers in all but the two-cylinder speedboat race won 10,000 baht each.  The boat race’s top prize was 20,000 baht.

In order, winners in the Yamaha Pla-O 650cc race were Wattana Phumthong of the Champ Boat Team, Vichai Sonthiraksa of the Champ Boat Team and Rachan Aaramwong of Son Service.

Jet-skis line up on the Jomtien shoreline, ready to do battle in the Feb. 8-9 competition.Jet-skis line up on the Jomtien shoreline, ready to do battle in the Feb. 8-9 competition.

In the Yamaha XL race, Kriangsak Thongkhao of Tod Room Rental placed first, Vichai came second, and Chalerm Bunmee of Wattananukit was third.

The Yamaha Pla-O 650cc two-seater category was won by Wattana Phumthong, with Somporn Khunjeng from the Mart Team and Rachan Aaramwong completing the podium.

Sonthaya Kunplome, Minister of Culture, with Pol. Col. Suphachai Phuikaewkhum, superintendent of Pattaya station, sound air-horns to release the boats at the starting line.Sonthaya Kunplome, Minister of Culture, with Pol. Col. Suphachai Phuikaewkhum, superintendent of Pattaya station, sound air-horns to release the boats at the starting line.

The top three in the standard speedboat race were Kriangsak, Kittipong and Nattawut who finished in that order.

The big two-cylinder race saw Wattana Phumthong take first place, Prasert Jansroi of Hollywood Car Care came second and Sombut Hengleng placed third.

Speedboats contest for honours out on the ocean.Speedboats contest for honours out on the ocean.

The Yamaha Pla-O plus banana boat race’s top three finishers were Vichai, Wattana and Rachan.

In the Pro Stroke 1,600cc race, Somporn took first place ahead of Somiat Bunnukul in second and Watchara Kritjandee from Surf Kitchen third.

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