THE FIFTH PJRC Powerboat International Championship 2014 came to a successful finale at Taman Tasik Bandaran Kelana Jaya.
Held from Dec 12 to 14, the event saw 121 participants from Thailand, Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia competing in seven categories for the remote control (RC) boat race.
Organised by the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ), the event was aimed at introducing and promoting the sport as well as promoting the lake as a platform for RC boat demos and as a racing circuit for the sport, and also as a tourism product in Selangor to attract visitors.
Participants placed in the top eight of each category walked away with a trophy while the top three winners in each category also won cash prizes ranging from RM1,000 to RM2,000.
Penangite Rosnan Hassan emerged champion in the ‘Class Special — Best of the Best Amongst State/Country’ category and walked away with a trophy.
The 51-year-old picked up the sport six years ago and explained that his interest was sparked after watching RC boat tournaments.
“Initially, I bought a small boat before purchasing a bigger one,” he said, adding that he has been participating in competitions for the past five years.
“RC boats come in various prices, depending on the size,” said Rosnan, adding that he visited Kedah once a month to practise due to limited opportunities to do so in Penang.
According to him, RM5 of petrol was enough to last his boat for more than a day.
The country with the highest international participants was Thailand (16), followed by Brunei (10), Singapore (seven) and Indonesia (one) while the remaining participants came from various states in Malaysia.