On Wednesday, Pattaya’s Mayor, Khun Itipon, held a press conference, in his capacity as Chairman of the Thai Windsurfing Association, to announce the forthcoming 2012 Pattaya City Asian Windsurfing Championships which will take place on Jomtien Beach between 21st and 29th January. The event will feature three individual competitions: 2012 RSX Asian Championships, 2012 Techno 293 Asian Championships and 2012 Mistral One-Design Asian Championships.
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A press conference at City Hall on Monday announced details of the up-coming and annual Longboat Racing competition to be held at Mabrachan Reservoir over the weekend of the 20th and 21st of November. This will be the 10th year of the Pattaya Longboat Racing competition with the Princess Sirindhorn Trophy as the main incentive, although the 500,000 baht in prize money might also be of some interest.
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One, if not the most popular of car racing events in Thailand, the Bangsaen Thailand Speed Festival, will celebrate its fourth anniversary this year. Over 300 drivers will be competing and more than 100,000 spectators are expected to attend.
The Bangsaen Thailand Speed Festival 2010, the motor racing event of the year, will be held from 10 – 14 November at Bangsaen Beach, Laemthane, Khaosammuk. The press conference held at the Multipurpose Hall, Saen Suk Municipality, where this announcement was made was hosted by three dignitaries of the Khunpluem family: Messrs. Sonthaya, Witthaya and Narongchai. The three Khunpluems were representing three of the event sponsors, namely the Royal Automobile Association of Thailand, Chonburi Provincial Administration Organization, and Saen Suk Municipality, respectively. Other sponsors include the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, TAT and the Sports Authority of Thailand.
This will be the fourth Bangsaen Thailand Speed Festival. Initially, it took time to gain acceptance with the local populace due to the noise, the erection of steel fencing and the disruption to trade. However, as the organisation improved and a considerable amount of income was generated, the event rapidly increased in popularity and became a matter of local pride. Mr. Sonthaya stated that Bangsaen was the only locale in the vicinity where a standard length race track of 3,700 metres could be accommodated, safely.
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