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Day Three: Top of the Gulf Regatta 2018

Tanutam Thawan

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All the fleet are playing catch-up in their respective series after two days of unseasonal weather in the Gulf of Thailand and race officers on the keelboat and multihull, dinghy and Optimist courses were eager to get going today.

Two quick windward/leewards for all in classes 1-6 (keelboats, multihulls) and two quick races for the dinghies (classes 9a, 9b and 10) was all the wind gods gave time for as a storm and lightening forced racing to be abandoned early with the entire fleet sent back to shore.

Having started later, the Thailand Optimist National Championships managed just a single race today.

The all-Chinese crew on the TP52 Ark 323 put their first win on the board today, beating out THA72 in the second race of the day by a mere 15 seconds. Noppakao Poonpat, however, secured a win in Race 1 and THA72 now sit at the top with a two point lead going into the final day.

It was all change elsewhere on the keelboat and multihulls course as Loco (USA) and El Coyote (AUS) traded places in IRC 2. A win in the first race for David Dimmock’s crew see Loco remain top of the standings, despite slipping down to third in the final race, while a win in the second race for El Coyote see them close the gap to just a single point.

Moving away from their traditional one-race-a-day schedule, the Cruising Class completed two windward/leewards and the racing was close. A 5,1 scoreline for Le Vent (THA) keeps them top of the standings but an impressive performance from Team Splay (JPN) with a 1,2 on the day see them now tied with Le Vent at the top. Just one point back is Dream (USA) and all is to play for on the final day.

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It was a tough day on the race track for Sonic (THA). A win in the first race was followed by a DNF in the second and with that, they have gifted the lead to Edenko (FRA) whose consistent pressure and smart sailing means they have a one point margin at the top of the series standings.

With upto 10 races scheduled for the one-design Platus, the weather isn’t playing ball and with just two races today the series total stands at five, with only one more day of racing ahead.

Ithinai Yingsiri’s Pine-Pacific (THA) struggle for consistency is hurting their overall score. A win in the first race, followed by an eighth in Race 2 means they sit third overall. Two third places for Team Viewpoint (MAS) today see them consolidate their top position while a seventh and second is enough for Easy Tiger III (AUS) to hold second overall, three points back.

Six of the 11 Platus have been on the podium so far this week and at times winning margins are under ten seconds. With such close racing and the drop yet to come into play, there’s chance for some big moves tomorrow as crews, no doubt, will be hoping for a minimum three-race final day showdown.

Dinghy Classes (9a, 9b, 10)
After battling incessant storms on Day 1 and Day 2, the huge monohull dinghy fleet now have four races completed in their series.

In Class 9a, comprising Lasers and one lonely Finn, Olympic sailor and multiple Thai national champion, Keerati Bualong, has won four from four so far and comfortably leads the class. With two second places today, Chusitt Punjamala jumps upto second overall with Jarupong Meeyusamsen trailing in third just one point back.

Comprising Laser 4.7s and one Laser Radial, at the end of their first day of racing the Class 9b standings were as follows: First, Saranrong Poonpat, second Sophia Gail Montgomery and in third, on equal points, Chanokchon Wangsuk and Paliga Poonpat. Two firsts for Sophia Gail Montgomery on the second day sees her move up the standings and she now leads by a single point from Saranrong Poonpat in second and Paliga Poonpat in third.

In the Double-Handed Monohull Dinghy Class (Class 10), Navee Thamsoontorn/ Nut Butmarasri (470) led at the end of Day 1 from Dylan Whitcraft/ Simon Hiscocks (49er) in second and Suthon Yampinid/ Kittipoom Kumjorn (420) in third.

A 1,2 today sees Navee Thamsoontorn/ Nut Butmarasri (470) in a commanding position at the top of the leaderboard while Suthon Yampinid/ Kittipoom Kumjorn (420) and Sutida Poonpat/ Narisa Satta (470) are tied in second on 14 points a piece.

Thailand Optimist National Championships
At the end of the Optimists’ first day of racing (yesterday), defending champion Panwa Boonak (THA) was tied at the top of the Gold fleet with Hong Kong youngster Duncan Gregor, and Jedtavee Yongyuennarn two points further back in third. In the Silver fleet it was another tie at the top, this time by Kritphet Suwanarai and Yoth Srimanchanda with Aditep Mattapa sitting in third at the end of Day 1.

Day 2 (today) was cut short by a storm which blew 25 knots across the course and intermittent lightening, resulting in the Race Officer sending the fleet to shore after just a single race. Panwa Boonak took up where he left off adding another win to his series results and with a tenth place for Duncan Gregor (HKG) he slips down to third overall, and fellow Hong Kong sailor Casey Law moves up to second. One of the big movers in the Gold fleet was M.L. Weka Bhanubandh who’s second place finish moves him up to sixth overall and within striking distance of the podium.

In the Silver fleet, a first in the sole race of the day for Yoth Srimanchanda sees him extend his lead from Kritphet Suwannarai while a third for Phanphatsa Khumban is enough for her to retain third place overall.

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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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Four metre, 15 kilogram king cobra found in a Krabi village

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On October 13, Krabi Pitak Pracha Foundation, a local volunteer rescue team, received a report requiring (probably screaming) for help from a house project security guard to help catch a ‘big snake’ that lived inside the drain of the village.

Kapook reports that the rescue team arrived at the village where the security guard guided them to the drain. They even prayed with the land spirit to bless them on the job ahead of them before entering inside the drain.

They explained that it was difficult and dangerous job, had to be very careful and move fast. They finally found the snake and it took about an hour to catch the giant reptile. The rescue team said that the snake is actually a king cobra that was four-metres long and weighed 15 kilograms.

Meanwhile, the village security guard said that the king cobra had lived inside the village drain for a while and sometimes came up above ground and the village’s public area,s which frightened the residents, so he had to reach out to the rescue team for help.

SOURCE: Kapook.com

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‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people

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On October 18, the ‘Always Smile Journey’ group and its partners will host an exhibition with plenty of fun activities at the Yak Yai Market, near Chalong Circle, in Phuket. This event was designed to raise funds to provide free English classes for underprivileged people on the island of Phuket on Saturdays and Sundays. The group does not accept donations but aims to raise money through the sales of the products available at the event.

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From 2 pm to 8 pm, there will be a number of artists, musicians and performers who will keep the attendees entertained along the way. There will be a short film about His Majesty King Rama 9 as well as fun activities and games for kids and families, which are all free of charge.

The big bike crew is also a part of this event. They will ride a parade from Rawai Beach heading to the market and showcase their gorgeous two-wheel buddies.

One of the highlights of the Always Smile Journey exhibition is the ‘Happening’ artists group, who will draw and paint a picture of the His Majesty King Rama 9 under the name ‘Street Art King Bhumibol’ on a 4×10 meter sign live at the event so the guests will experience this large-scale art in action. The Happening will also offer portrait sketching for the participants.

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One of the works created by the Happening team; a painting of HM the King Rama 9 on a huge wall (Photo credit: Chawat Chumpasan)

There will also be some western menus available at the event which will be donated to underprivileged children.

This free English class project has over seven years of experience through its cooperation working with individuals and other charity organizations. Throughout the years, the group visited several areas such as Ban Laem Hoy School, Ban Bopud School and Ban Angthong School in Samui, Surat Thani province, Ban Bueng Ao Oun School and Ban Kakoh Rayong, in Surin province, Jalae Village of Lahu (Muser) in Chiang Rai province, as well as community education centers in Siem Reap, Cambodia and in Luang Prabang, in Laos.

This event is a cooperation between several groups, including Happening, Yak Yai Market and Arrow Media, Tattoo artist group, Thonburi Art School Alumni, International School of Tourism, Suratthani Rajabhat University, big bike group from Phuket, artists/performers/musicians from many provinces as well as several businesses across Phuket.

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Thai High Speed Railway linking airports now to be signed off on October 25

Tanutam Thawan

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The State Railway of Thailand and the Charoen Pokphand Group-led consortium are putting pen to paper and signing the contract for the high-speed train project on October 25.

The much-discussed high speed railway will link Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang and U-Tapao international airports. The new SRT board was approved by the Thai cabinet today.

Deputy PM Anutin Charnvirakul says he is confident the contract will now be signed, adding that he has already met with Supachai Chearavanont, CEO of the CP group, and assured him of the government’s full cooperation and support.

The Charoen Pokphand-led consortium won the bid to develop the 224-billion baht high-speed train infrastructure as a signature project for the government’s flagship Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) high-tech investment hub. The train service is scheduled to be operational in 2024 (The Thaiger is taking bets now).

Recently, however, the CP-led consortium raised concerns over land expropriation and eviction problems and asked for the government to share the risk on this issue. The Transport Ministry has already rejected the request putting the onus on CP as part of the proposal.

Mr. Anutin explained that, in any large infrastructure project involving expropriation of land, it is usual for the government or state agency not to be able to hand over the land to the contractor all at once. In such cases, the contracted completion date can be moved back.

He said the CP-led consortium should proceed with the high-speed train project without further delay because 70% of the land is ready to be handed over.

Meanwhile, the deputy PM admits that he didn’t know why the entire SRT board resigned en masse, delaying the signing of the contract, and denied that he had put pressure on the board to quit. He also denied that Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob, also of the Bhumjaithai party, objected to the SRT board’s mass resignation because the latter wanted the contract to be signed quickly.

SOURCE: Thai PBS

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