Yamaha Variety Jet Trek
The Yamaha Variety Jet Trek has been completed and has once again been a great success with 58 personal water craft taking on the scenic and sometimes challenging 600km ride along the south coast of the Australian state of Victoria.
Yamaha Motor Australia proudly supported the event for the eleventh year in a row as the major sponsor. Riders departed on the 28th of February from the coastal town of Portland and crossed the finish line on Phillip Island, Australia's iconic home of motorcycle racing, on the 5th of March. The event revved the heart of all who were lucky enough to take part.
The Yamaha Variety Jet Trek is organised and run by "Variety the Children's Charity", to raise money for kids who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs. Riders are encouraged to fundraise during the year to raise money for the charity, with many participants generously donating over and above the required entry fees to help children in need. This year's event raised over AU$140,000 for Variety.
Yamaha WaveRunners featured strongly in the field with 42 of the 58 watercraft proudly displaying the Yamaha tuning forks. Once again Yamaha WaveRunners proved their value in these conditions with unmatched reliability.
The Yamaha Variety Jet Trek is an excellent marketing activity for Yamaha Motor Australia. The event brings a group of PWC enthusiasts together in a social and safe riding environment, showcases the advantages of Yamaha products, creates great PR for Yamaha WaveRunners and all PWCs in general and all the money raised helps children with special needs.
The 2017 event will be held in the tropical Whitsunday Islands, famous for their crystal clear water and proximity to the Great Barrier Reef.
Based on the reaction to the 2016 event, 2017 could be the biggest Yamaha Variety Jet Trek ever.
Grant Binskin, Yamaha Motor Australia (YMA)