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Close clashes at the top of the classes on second day of Phuket King’s Cup Regatta

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Close clashes at the top of the classes on second day of Phuket King’s Cup Regatta | The Thaiger

PHUKET: Following the King’s Cup Regatta’s beautiful sunshine and reliable winds on opening day, day two threw up a markedly different challenge demanding a very high work rate from sailors. The light wind did indeed betray yesterday’s fastest runners at times, adding its own twist to the neck-and-neck finishes that are unfolding across almost all of the classes. This has been a great opening to what’s shaping up to be an exceptional Phuket King’s Cup.

Sarab Jeet Singh and the Windsikher II team kicked it up a notch from their two runner-up spots with an excellent victory in the third race of IRC0. The pack of Australian runners and riders challenging from behind could not match the team’s performance in these light conditions. In race four, Raymond Roberts skippering Millennium Racing overcame its handicap to win ahead of Sarab’s team in second; Windsikher II struck back in race five to comprehensively reclaim day two of the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta.

Races three to five in IRC1 saw two Singaporean sail numbers jousting for top position; Blue Note and Rerefine, ahead of a dense and aggressive pack snapping at their heels. Matti Sep skippering Blue Note was quickest in race three, with just four minutes separating the whole fleet on elapsed times. In race four, they were runners-up behind Kenn Eyears skippering Rerefine. Blue Note took race five, again with close finishing throughout the Class.

Roland Dane’s Jessandra II team was on great form to win again on day two in IRC2. They bested their closest rivals in race three, Japanese entry Karasu, although not by a huge margin. This one will remain extremely competitive until its last breath, with close finishes expected each day. Karasu raced well in the second and third races of the day, showing power and indomitable spirit – and benefiting from a handicap kinder to Karasu than its rivals.

In Premier Class it’s a battle of the X55’s with defending champions Pine Pacific making it look easy so far. Another win starts to cement the basis of their Regatta claim in the early stages, although there’s more performance to come from rivals, perhaps.

Bareboat Charter Class comprises a fleet of 14 traditional shallow draft bareboat yachts, including four Japanese teams and seven Russian teams. Andrey Novikov skippering Alexa were quickest again in race two, with another Russian team, Isabella, coming in second place after being defeated by a heavy handicap. Race three went to Alexa too. The Regatta’s most popular class is proving it can deliver the exceptional levels of competitive spirit and accessibility it was designed to promote.

Past champions Popeye (Ex Sailplane) won both races in Open Charter, calmly building up a nice early lead. Big Boy Sailing Team on the new charter configured J130 placed second, and third in race three.

The Royal Thai Navy entry, Thai Navy 1 skippered by Chief Petty Officer First Class Wiwat Poonpat, was victorious today in Modern Classic Class, marking a fitting tribute to the sailing prowess and inspiration of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The Thai Navy sailors were exceptional, coming home in first place and remaining winners on corrected times following handicap correction in both races. Thailand continues to bloom as a natural home for fostering superb sailing talents, with the Royal Thai Navy, the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta and its numerous supporting partners and sponsors dedicated to growing the sport of sailing in Thailand.

Cruising Class offed up a new winner in the shape of British-registered entry Rogue, skippered by Alan Hogg. Previous champion Lady Bubbly could only manage 9th in race 3 on a seeming uncharacteristically challenging day. The second race of the day was awarded to Mohawk skippered by Tony Byrnes.

There are only two boats competing in Classic Class this year, Vintage 6r4 yacht Selma and Japanese new build Umeboshi. Both boats finished today, with Selma a long way in front (on similar handicaps).

Firefly 850 Sports Class is a fleet of five past winners, and today it was Twin Sharks skippered by John Newnham who beat Hans Rahmann’s Voodoo to the top placing for all three races. An extremely competitive (and fast) field will be trading blows all week, as attacks could come from a multitude of directions, but Twin Sharks looks to be rock-solid pacesetter so far. It will need a massive effort from Rahmann’s crew if the British team are not to run away with things early. The 850’s served up one of last year’s most entertaining Class battles, with war continuing seemingly without interruption into the 29th Phuket King’s Cup run.

John Coffin skippering Java won the Multihull Racing Class race 2, while Alan Carwardine and his Asia Catamarans Hurricane team claimed its second runner-up spot. Race 3 was all change, with Hurricane sailors achieving a much-deserved win. With Java in second, the top two challengers have emerged early on. Alan Carwardine’s ACH crew took another second place in race 4, unable to match the outright pace of Java.

Among the Cruising Multihulls, Cruising Cats ranging from 38ft to 67ft competed in a very open field of entrants. Grant Horsefield skippering a boat named Arabella’s Naked Dad took the win, with familiar King’s Cup competitor Star Fruit in second. Japanese entry Minnie could not match their outstanding form from last year’s Phuket King’s Cup, but will likely come back hard to attempt to overcome their considerable handicap.

The new Performance Multihull Class consists of five new Corsair Pulse 600 yachts on only their second outing. Sudu3 skippered by Elizabeth Schoch won brilliantly in a class with no handicaps, leading to classic one-make series action – and absolutely no margin for error. Multihull Solutions H3O took race 3, with another tight finish at the conclusion.

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Now you see him, now you don’t… Patong Police hunt foreigner over $30k theft

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PHOTO: Patong Police

Patong Police have yet to develop any tangible leads tracking down a foreigner who made off with US$30,000 in cash from a currency exchange booth in Kalim, north of Patong in Phuket, last Tuesday.

The man is about 168 centimetres tall with grey hair and around 60 years old, Patong police told The Phuket News.

“We have no clue what nationality he is.”

He was last seen at the currency exchange booth wearing a purple polo shirt, blue jeans and black cap. Police have checked hotels in the area, police stations across the island and Phuket Immigration, but have yet to join the dots and come up with firm leads.

“Investigators have checked CCTV in the area and collected what evidence we have but we still do not know the man’s name or where he was staying.”

The man had visited the booth several times before Tuesday, when he disappeared with the $30,000 in US banknotes, according to police.

“It was always small amounts”, he added, noting that the amounts didn’t warrant staff at the exchange booth to check the man’s passport before making the exchange.

The man arrived at the booth again at about 1pm on Tuesday, saying that he had 900,000 baht cash to exchange.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Mystery surrounds security guard found dead in his Phuket room

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The security guard of a hotel in Nai Yang, northern Phuket, 52 year old Yingyot Butsabong, from Maha Sarakham province, was found dead yesterday (October 16) in his room. Police remain mystified how the man came to grief.

A woman named Supattra received a call from the hotel he worked at and was informed that he didn’t show up at work yesterday, so she went to his apartment to check on him.

She saw that his room was locked from the inside, so used the key she had in her possession to open the room and found Yingyot laying on the floor, face down. She thought he was just sleeping so she tried to wake him up but once she flipped him, she found that he already passed away.

She immediately called Saku police, and once on the scene, police found that there was some blood on the floor. The man had a 2 centimetre wound on his left eyebrow which was deep into his skull. There was also a wound on his chin about 1 centimetre long and about a centimetre deep. His left eye had a bruise which looked like he was attacked by a hard object.

Police report that he had been dead for around four hours in the room.

The room was not ransacked and there was no sign of fighting or theft. His body has been sent to Thalang Hospital for a detailed autopsy and to look into the cause of death.

SOURCE: Phuket Hot News

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

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

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.

‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people | News by The Thaiger

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.

‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people | News by The Thaiger

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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