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PHUKET: Mark Horwood and his crew on Adrenaline opened their campaign in the Ao Chalong Yacht Club (ACYC) Keelboat and Multihull Race Series for the year with a bullet in the first race, held on Chalong Bay last Sunday.

The Formula 40 trimaran, famed for its “rocking outer hulls” (wonky training wheels), outpaced Kirill Stashevskiy’s Stealth Cat Galeforce, which placed second on the day.

Defending ACYC multihulls class champions Grenville Fordham and Bob Mott’s Nina, which also recently won the multihulls division at the Royal Langkawi International Regatta, placed third.

ACYC Race Officer Alan Carwardine gave special mention to the newly revamped 52-foot aluminum catamaran Fluke 10 out of the Kan Eang seafood restaurant at Chalong Pier.

“They had an all-Thai crew on board, who sailed well. It’s a big catamaran, but they managed to race it with some pace. We hope to see them do well in the race series this year,” Carwardine told the Phuket Gazette.

Defending champion Patinyakorn “Ging” Buranrom on Sansiri Windstar placed first in the Monohulls Division, with visiting boat Rusalka skippered by Kevan Perrins closing the day second.

ACYC regular racer Mig Wehrie placed third on his Hunter 280 Aqua.

The next race in the series will be on April 5.

“We had only a small fleet on Sunday, but we are looking forward to more yachts joining the fleet as the year progresses,” Carwardine told the Gazette.

All are welcome to join the Sunday racing series.

Breakfast is available at the club from 8am.

“Anyone wishing to sail but don’t have a boat are advised to to turn up before 8:30am and we will do our best to get you on a vessel,” said ACYC Commodore Mick Kealy.

The series is open to all keel yachts and multihulls with a length overall of greater than six meters. Eligible boats may enter by completing an entry form on each race day and by paying the racing nomination fee to the Race Officer or the appointed ACYC representative.

There is no entry fee for boats. Crew fees are 150 baht for members, 300 baht for non-members.

Crew fees are applicable to all participating crew.

The course set each racing Sunday includes Chalong Bay and the surrounding area – often heading out to the safe water mark off Baan Nit and beyond, and rounding Koh Lon if the wind is steady enough.

Individual prizes are awarded to podium finishers on race day pending the number of entries.

Race briefing is at 9:05am, ahead of the 11am preparatory signal for a 11:05am race start.

Each participating boat must be insured with valid third-party insurance to the value of 20 million baht, or the equivalent, for all races entered.

For more information about the ACYC, its race series and other events, visit the official website (click here).

— Chris Husted

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Phuket workshop helps residents cope with high stress brought on by the economic crisis

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Hundreds of residents in Phuket’s Wichit subdistrict attended a workshop focused on reducing stress from to the pandemic-induced economic crisis. A psychologist was even on site to help those who had extreme mental stress and a Buddhist monk taught meditation techniques to reduce physiological effects of stress.

The event was planned in response to an online survey conducted by the municipality asking residents about how much stress they were experiencing from the economic climate. They found that some residents had serious stress issues brought on by the pandemic and financial problems, according to Wichit Mayor Kreetha Chotiwichphiphat.

“The loss of income due to the economic crisis brought on by the Covid-19 situation has resulted in some people in the area suffering serious stress, which can lead to serious mental health issues.”

Around 350 people attended the event. The mayor says it was the first step in caring for the residents’ mental health. Local officials plan to hold similar workshops in the future.

“It was a good opportunity for people to realise the importance of mental health and to learn techniques of how to deal with stress, which will help people to maintain their physical health and avoid developing mental health problems.”

SOURCE: Phuket News

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Phuket’s Soi Dog Foundation opens Humane Education Centre at Mai Khao shelter

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The Soi Dog Foundation has officially opened its Humane Education Centre, the first of its kind in Thailand dedicated to the welfare of stray animals. The centre, located at the Soi Dog shelter in northern Phuket, forms part of the foundation’s Humane Education program. Rolled out in 2017, the program sees a team visit Thai schools to teach the next generation the basic principles of animal welfare and promote empathetic attitudes towards both owned pets and free-roaming strays.

The program has reached a total of 15,058 students and 861 teachers to date. With a dedicated classroom as well as educational tools and resources now on site at the shelter, Soi Dog will be able to expand the programme and reach an even greater number of young minds.

Co-founder and president of Soi Dog Foundation International John Dalley said, “The cornerstones of what we do – what I believe very firmly are the answers to the stray dog problem throughout Asia – are large-scale sterilisation of stray dogs and cats and education of, particularly, the next generation.

“We see all the time the problems that are being caused through us not respecting the environment and not respecting the other animals with whom we share this planet. That’s why education is so important.”

John also thanked the supporters and donors who made the construction of the centre possible. After cutting the ribbon, the students filed into the brand-new facility for the very first on-site class – a fun and interactive hour of roleplaying, brainstorming and problem solving.

Humane Education Manager Nuttawut “Film” Kumngern. said… “We want to encourage kindness toward animals, especially free-roaming dogs and cats, and teach youngsters to be responsible pet owners. This will sustainably reduce animal cruelty and pet abandonment.”

“We hope to one day see animal welfare incorporated into the curriculum in Thai schools, and our education centre is a great start.”

Soi Dog is ready to welcome school groups from Phuket and other provinces to the centre which can accommodate up to 40 students at any one time. Schools interested in participating are encouraged to email film@soidog.org

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Police have yet to investigate illegal hiring of foreign teachers at international school in Phuket

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Chalong police in Phuket say they have yet to start investigating the illegal hiring of foreign teachers at an international school in Rawai, south of the island. Palm House International School allegedly hired foreign teachers illegally in which 2 were arrested by Phuket Immigration police on November 4.

Somkiet Sarasin, the leading investigator of the case, says the 2 Brits were informed that police were processing a charge of working illegally in the country against them, in which both denied the charges. Somkiet says the 2 were released on bail, but did not confirm the amount of bail that was set by the police.

“They are still staying in Thailand. I am not worried. I have their passports. I am not available to explain [any details] because the investigation is still ongoing.”

“This is normal for an investigation when the suspects deny the charge against them. I have to check more information against their claims. This case will probably be concluded next month.”

However, the investigation has yet to begin, with Somkiet saying he has not even questioned the owner of the school, despite his claims the case would be finished next month.

“The investigation into the school will take time. The investigation into the two British people must be finished first.”

Such allegations of foreign teachers working illegally have recently been in the news after Sarasas Witaed Sainoi Pitiyakarn School, in the central province of Nonthaburi, saw 7 foreign teachers probed for being hired illegally. That school, along with others in its private network, made nationwide news after CCTV caught a Thai teacher hitting, pushing and dragging a young student in the classroom. Such widespread violence against students has long been a sad component of many Thai schools, in which some of the teachers are unqualified and unlicensed to teach, but are hired anyway.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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