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DAY FOUR – Phuket King’s Cup. Wind softens but competition heats up.

Tanutam Thawan

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It’s been a week of consistently excellent winds (and gusts which peaked at 25 knots at times), but lighter conditions appeared for Day Four. This had the potential to alter standings heading into today, as well as tomorrow’s final race. Today also marked the conclusion of a great week of racing across all of the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta Dinghy class events, with its biggest fleet ever and much more of an international vibe.

The lighter conditions brought some changes across the board for keelboat and multihull racers. Ray Roberts and Team Hollywood were the first to beat the undefeated THA72 (skippered by Tom & Kevin Whitcraft) which they managed to do in Race 9. True to this week’s form however, Kevin’s team was back on top to take Race 10. In Race 11, Sarab Singh’s Windsikher team finally recorded a win.

Kevin seemed to enjoy a day in the punishing sun, though:

“Poor tactics cost us in the first race. We picked the wrong route and ended up tacking endlessly. We were right behind Windsikher at the finish. We won the second race and were second in the last, but we got one. You don’t mind giving them one or two, they worked hard for it!”.

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IRC1 also chalked up three races today, with Japanese entry Karasu taking two of them, and the other going to David Fuller’s Aussie-registered Fujin. In IRC2, the lighter running introduced a new winner in the shape of Krabi Boat Lagoon Piccolo skippered by Brit James Downard. Peter Dyer’s Kata Rocks (Madam Butterfly), another British entry, won Races 9 and 10. Elsewhere, Hong Kong racer Antipodes and rivals Pine Pacific shared wins in Premier class, as did Hans Rahmann and John Newnham in the Fireflies.

John Coffin, owner of Java Yachting, which owns 19 boats, many of which are competing in the regatta this year, said, “We are very well represented in the King’s Cup and are delighted to be able to be so engaged in this prestigious race. We’ve got My Judy competing in IRC2, Awatea in Modern Classics, Mermaid in the Modern Classics too, plus all four Pulse 600’s – that’s a great boat for progressing from dinghies. They ran on the big boat course this year, so were a bit overwhelmed with the 25 knot gusts, five above their comfort zone! The depth of quality and high levels of competition are incredible, and these are hallmarks of the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta”.

The International Dinghy class sponsored by Haad Thip Pcl. concluded today. Capt. Pornprom Sakultem International Dinghy Director spoke of the great success the dinghies have enjoyed as part of the larger regatta. He says, “The Dinghy success really happened through the thinking of the committee. We found that the regatta is so successful in terms of yachting, and is famous around world. But we wanted to improve the participation of Thai people in the keelboats and multihulls; typically 90% of crews are expats, so we had to think, how can we take Thai people to the regatta and be competitive? We went back to basics, following the ethos of our beloved HM the King, who once said that the sport of sailing makes you into a strong man (or strong woman, in the case of our many female competitors). So we sought to honor this legacy. Our youngest sailor, Nawinda Wangkaew Chamnantraiphop, is just six years old! In 20 knots of wind!”.

Working in his role with the Royal Thai Navy, Capt. Pornprom established a joint venture in China, and this year Chinese sailors are very well represented in Optimist training class. The China team was invited to join the King’s Cup, and Capt. Pornprom also took Thai sailors racing in Qingdao (East China Seaboard) for the first time. His plan is for the Dinghy regatta to match the larger keelboat regatta in scope and prestige, and has done an astounding job in achieving great success towards this goal.

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Dinghy Results follow: Jedtavee Yongyuennarn was ultimately victorious in the Optimists, winning both the overall and boy’s competitions, with Panwa Boonnak second and Patihan Vorrsart third. Patcharee Sringam won the girl’s Optimist competition and placed 4th overall, followed by Paravee Dangpratum and Suchanaree Detthosapol. Nattapong Yoang-ngam was winner in the Topper class, with Sarawuth Kun-ak second and Thanaiton Maefildoe third. Suthon Yampinid won the Laser 4.7 class, with Patteera Meeyousamen and Paliga Poorpat runners-up. In Laser Standard, Keerati Bualong was winner, with Chairat Dangdeemark and Tanakhon Kaewluan runners-up. In Laser Radial, Manat Phothong took honors, with Katoon Jundet second and Juckrawut Kaew-on third. Finally, in 420cm class, Terada Fakkaew & Piyaporn Kaemkaew were overall winners; second was Chanavee Khongprom & Ratthanan Rakmani. Adisak Kingkaew & Kanchai Wongpaduang were third.

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Local Thai journalist speaking fluent Thai and English. Tanutam studied in Khon Kaen before attending Bangkok’s Chulalongkhorn University.

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Koh Phi Phi marine park dive site closed off for the next 2 years after karst island collapse

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A popular dive site in the Koh Phi Phi National Park will be closed off for the next 2 years after 30,000 tonnes of rock broke off of a karst island, falling into sea and onto a coral reef.

Koh Mae Urai is a karst formation between Koh Phi Phi and the Krabi mainland. A large chunk of the rock formation collapsed last week and broke into 2 pieces, damaging the coral reef at a popular dive site known for its 2 underwater tunnels lined with soft and hard corals.

Chief of the national park, Prayoon Phongphan, says 300 square metres of the reef is damaged. A project is in the works to help recover the reef.

“These include staghorn coral, big star corals, ring corals, floral corals and brain corals, among others.”

The area was recently inspected by divers and national park officers as well as geologists from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. Prayoon says they’ll close off the area for the next 2 years.

“The area where the island collapsed will be sealed off for 2 years for the safety of local fishermen and tourists. It is possible that more of the island will break off… Officials have already installed buoys and red flags to make sure no one enters the area. Park officers will also regularly patrol the area.”

SOURCE: Phuket News

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Thailand News Today | Big Bike licenses, Parliament latest, Zombie saleswoman | October 28

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Daily TV news from The Thaiger, the most watched English-language news service in the Land of Smiles, and hosted by Tim Newton.

Thailand to introduce separate test for big bike riders from next year

From next February, motorbike riders in Thailand will be required to pass a separate driving test and training session if they wish to receive a licence for a “big bike”.

The regulation has been formalised in a bid to cut road traffic accidents which are predominantly motorbikes (about 75%) and predominantly male. From February 19, anyone with a bike over 400cc will need to attend additional training sessions and take a test in order to comply with the law.

What has not been made clear at this stage is whether foreign riders in possession of a big bike licence from their home country will also be required to take the test.

PM refuses to resign, citing concerns over political divide, the economy, Covid-19

The latest word on Thai politics and the protests and the Thai PM has made it clear he will not resign, saying he has no intention of “abandoning the country during a crisis”.

Addressing Parliament, Prayut Chan-o-cha pointed to the current problems facing Thailand, including the political divide in society, the crisis brought on by the slowdown of the economy, and the dangers of a Covid-19 resurgence. He said…

“You should think back to the political rallies in 2006 and 2014, when the ones in power also did not resign. I refuse to comply with the proposals that do not represent the needs of the majority of the people and will not run away from problems or abandon the country during a crisis.

He went on to say…

“The political rallies could undermine the confidence in our economy, but what worries me is that it could cause a rift in Thai society.

Meanwhile an opposition party MP has slashed his arm in front of officials in Parliament, in protest at the treatment of the country’s political activists. Visan Techatirawat, a party member of the opposition Pheu Thai Party, says the gesture was his own personal protest to oppose the government’s action against peaceful protesters at a rally in the capital on October 17.

Visan slashed his left hand and arm 3 times on the second day of the joint parliamentary debate aimed at finding a way out of the current political impasse.

2 foreigners in same hotel as the Koh Samui woman test positive for Covid-19

Officials are reviewing the use of a Samut Prakan hotel, just outside Bangkok, as an ASQ quarantine facility, after 3 foreign nationals staying there tested positive for Covid-19. The first was a 57 year old woman who developed symptoms of the virus after she had completed 14 days’ quarantine and had returned to her home on the island of Koh Samui.

Yesterday, 2 more foreigners staying at the same hotel also tested positive. All 3 are now receiving hospital treatment, but officials are still not sure how they became infected or if their cases are even linked. He added that the hotel, the Siam Mandarina, may not meet the required standard of an alternative state quarantine facility.

Don’t forget to extend your visa! Thai Immigration warns about fines for late applicants

Still need to extend your visa? You have until Halloween, October 31. With the visa amnesty deadline approaching, Thai Immigration Bureau is reminding foreigners to get their visa in order by the end of this month.

Late applicants will be fined.

No matter when your visa is extended, as long as it’s before the deadline of October 31, it will go into effect on November 1 and allow a 60 day stay.

Since the recent amnesty period was put in place a few days after the initial September 26 deadline, those who paid 1,900 baht for 30 day visa extensions last month are now allowed to stay until November 30, but they need to go to immigration to get a stamp with the new expiration date.

If you’re not sure about your visa status, you should go to your local immigration office or speak to a qualified visa agent.

13 new Covid-19 cases in quarantine

Just briefly, 13 new Covid-19 cases have been detected in Thai quarantine over the past 24 hours, including 4 Thai students, according to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.

The total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Thailand is at 3,759 with 3,561 recoveries and 59 deaths. 139 people are currently receiving medical treatment for the coronavirus.

Thai woman dressed as a zombie sells dead people’s clothes

And it might not work in many countries but it’s sure working well for this enterprising Thai woman. The zombie saleswoman is selling dead people’s clothes online.

32 year old Kanittha sells the clothes of deceased people on a Facebook live stream while dressed as “the living dead”. She gives a story behind every pieces of clothing, explaining how each person died. Perhaps it would be a real business kill in most countries, but not in Thailand where the spirit world and superstition are just as real to some Thais as the world of the living.

Traditionally in Thailand, clothes of the deceased are burned.

She gets the clothes from a local temple. She says a monk does a blessing for the deceased before the clothes are given to her. The prices range from 10 to 100 baht. Some brand names and designer clothes are also sold at vastly reduced prices. She’s donated some money from the sales back to the temple. In addition to the dead’s clothes, Kanittha sells handmade zombie dolls.

Kanittha live streams each week from her home in the Northern province of Phetchabun. It takes her up to 3 hours to apply her zombie makeup, but she says the costume helps draw in viewers.

Storm warnings as typhoon enters Vietnam

Flooding is being reported in at least 6 provinces, with warnings of heavy rains and flash-flooding up to Friday. Typhoon Molave has reached the Vietnamese coast, just south of Da Nang, and is slowly moving westwards towards Laos and then north eastern Thailand as it weakens.

It is the fourth tropical storm to batter the southeast Asian country since 11 October and the ninth since the start of the year.

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Woman faces charges after allegedly slapping a student for not standing during national anthem

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A woman is facing assault charges after she allegedly slapped a 15 year old student who didn’t stand up for the national anthem at a train station in Ayutthaya.

The woman, a food vendor at the train station, allegedly approached the student when the anthem ended. In a video shared by thousands on Twitter, the woman said “Stand up. Come here …What a waste. You’re a student wearing the student uniform.”

The student says she told the woman that she didn’t stand up because she was in pain from menstrual cramps. The student’s family later filed a complaint with police.

Thailand’s national anthem plays at schools and public places everyday at 8am and 6pm. People stop what they are doing and stand in silence until the song is over to show respect for the Thai Monarchy and the country.

With the recent pro-democracy movement, some have shown defiance against the government and monarchy by holding their hands up in the movement’s 3-finger salute, borrowed from the Hunger Games films, during the national anthem. Royalists have rallied and called on the protesters to stop “insulting” the Thai institution.

There are also cases of people not standing up before cinema films during the playing of the Royal Anthem.

SOURCES: Nation Thailand | Coconuts Bangkok

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