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Collisions mar Day 2 of King’s Cup Regatta

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PHUKET: After yesterday’s passage race around the islands, the sailors got down to the serious business of racing on multiple windward/leeward courses. Once again it was an idyllic day for sailing with gusts of 15 to 20 knots of northeasterly breeze fanning the boats along under clear blue skies.

Several collisions on the course saw a huge attrition rate in the Firefly class, with four boats retiring, a hole in the start boat, at least four spinnakers shredded, the photo boat crew shaken up and a sailor rushed to Phuket International Hospital.

Judging by the crowd of sailors outside of the jury room and the delay in posting results, the arguments will rage long into the night. Despite all the carnage to the boats, the results will eventually see a pattern emerging in each class, which could dictate how the rest of the regatta evolves.

In the Racing class, despite media speculation that Jelik does not like windward/leeward races, Frank Pong took his 75-footer around the course in record time and won Race 2 line and handicap honors.

Ray Roberts has Quantum Racing fully charged up and captured third place in Race 2 and first in Race 3 today, to tie with Jelik in the overall stakes. Fred Kinmonth/Nick Burns’s Fortis Mandrake and Stephen Reith’s Sydney 40 Foxy Lady III traded second places and Chris Mead’s swish-looking Corby 43 Full Metal Jacket entered the podium places with third in Race 3.

Scott Duncanson’s Phuket 8 Raimon Land just loves strong wind and successfully added two more wins to their tally to take a commanding overall lead in the Sportsboat class. Japan’s Keisuke Nagamatsu on Platu 114 improved a place on Race 1 to capture second place in Race 2 today. Morten Jacobson stepped up the pace on Emma Mathild XX to score third place.

In the Premier Cruising class, David Ross’s newly refitted Swan 53 Frangipani Girl was worth every penny as they raised their game and won Races 2 and 3 to shoot to the top of the leaderboard. Two second places for Geoff Hill’s Strewth has them trailing Frangipani Girl by one point. Two third places for Peter Cremer’s Shahtoosh has them edging out Jon Wardill’s Australian Maid for third place overall.

In the Firefly one-design class, Henry Kaye was hell bent on making up for Mamba‘s retirement yesterday and went on to secure victory in Races 2 and 3 today. A collision between Bill Phelps’ Twin Sharks and Peter Dyers’ SEA Properties saw their regatta come to an early conclusion.

Roger Kingdon’s Moto Inzi had an incident with the press boat and Chris Jongerius’s The Frog retired with damage. This left Pierre Forsans’ Pagatoon and David Hill’s Voodoo Child to trade second and third places.

Jeff Davidson’s Mumm 30 Panic clambered back into the running in IRC 1 with first and second places today. Sail in Asia’s Farr 43 Switchblade has three owners from the Irish Green Team for the Commodore’s Cup on board who helped them take first place in Race 3 and keep them amongst the class leaders.

Bunlou Pitphirom’s Fi Tuen snuck in a second place, but third places for Kevin Whitcraft’s Octopussy and Steve Manning’s Walawala keep them in first and second place overall, respectively.

Peter Dyer’s Madame Butterfly added two first places onto yesterday’s win to convincingly head the leaderboard in IRC 2. After a bad start yesterday, Lt Cdr Pornprom Sagultem helming Royal Thai Navy 1 scored second and third places today to put their title defense back on track. David Lindahl’s Swan 42 La Samudra bounced back with second place in Race 3 and Michelle Pippen’s third place on Tropic Bird put some spice back into the fleet.

All positions are provisional and based on the constantly changing results at the time of going to press.

For the latest results visit www.kingscup.com

Click here for the full Photo Edition AY Race Report.



โ€“ Martin Rijkuris

 

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Covid-19 mask violators in Phuket forced to exercise

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PHOTO: Pushups instead of a 6,000 baht fine at a Phuket checkpoint yesterday. (via video screenshot)

For those who have more pounds on their body than pounds in their pocket, exercise punishment seen in Phuket yesterday for mask violators may or may not be welcome. Officials have walked back the strict 6,000 baht punishment for the first warning against someone not wearing a mask and were spotted forcing those who have gone out without a mask to do exercise on the street.

The people forced to exercise were at a Covid-19 checkpoint in the Rawai subdistrict, where the Chalong Police along with local medical workers were checking people yesterday. The checkpoint was set up in an effort to push one hundred per cent mask compliance to stop the spread of Covid-19 on Phuket.

Not only were they checking everyone who passed by to make sure they had their masks, but also to correct those who were wearing their masks improperly. We’ve all seen the people who seem to think that a mask on their chin or underneath their nose is somehow just as effective as a properly worn mask, or at least that they can get away with “wearing a mask” while limiting their personal inconvenience.

Officials were quick to point out that the overwhelming majority of people passing through the checkpoint, both foreigners and Thai, did have their masks with them and were wearing them properly. But they did catch more than 10 people not wearing their face mask or not using them correctly.

Authorities decided to let them off with a first soft warning by moving bodies instead of moving baht. Police made violators do exercise right there on the street in hopes of shaming them into making better decisions next time. All violators did have their names and details taken down with a promise that if they were caught again proper traditional fines would be handed down.

No word yet on any plans to make this punishment into a Tik-Tok Channel.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

 

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Thai public health and tourism ministers on Phuket to push the July 1 Sandbox reopening

Tim Newton

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Bangkok has sent a couple of ministerial heavyweights to Phuket today to keep pushing the July 1 ‘Sandbox’ bandwagon, insisting that Phuket will open to fully vaccinated tourists from July 1.

The Deputy PM and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul ,along with the Sports and Tourism Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, are doing the island PR tour today delivering a message from the PM Prayut Chan-o-cha who is confirming that Phuket will open to fully vaccinated international tourists from the start of July.

Phuket has continued to rack up between 10-20 new Covid infections each day over the past week and still has hundreds of people listed as ‘active cases’. As of today 22% of the island has been vaccinated.

The original Phuket Sandbox model was intended to be quarantine-free. That issue was not made clear during today’s PR trip from the 2 ministers. The full details of how Phuket will open to international tourists, how those tourists might get to Phuket, or where they will visit on an island with its tourist infrastructure shutdown, have not been provided at this stage. It has also not been discussed how long the international tourists will have to remain on Phuket before travelling to other parts of the country.

The Phuket Governor welcomed the prime ministerial delegation to Provincial Hall at lunchtime saying that Phuket would progress with its plans to launch the Phuket Sandbox from July 1.

โ€œAll stakeholders who are frontline warriors working to solve the problem of the Covid epidemic situation have earned the goodwill and concern from Prayut Chan-o-cha, who also believes that Phuket is ready to prepare for the opening of the Phuket Tourism Sandbox on July 1 for sure.”

Phuket Province generated several hundreds of billions of baht of income for the country per year and Thailand relies heavily on tourism income. Indeed, second to Bangkok, Phuket was the government’s golden goose delivering decades of high tourism receipt returns.

Speaking to The Phuket News, Anutin said…

“The government is ready to act as soon as possible. This has been clearly proved, such as by the large number of vaccine doses that Phuket has been allocated to vaccinate the people in the area to cover all groups and be as safe as possible as the โ€˜Phuket Model’.

โ€œWhen the economy is good, everyone gets better, so use patience to believe that good things will follow”.

Another 100,000 Sinovac vaccines arrived on the island to be formerly handed over today by Minister Anutin. An additional 100,000 doses will arrive on Tuesday.

AstraZeneca vaccines are also due to arrive from June, daily reserved for people over 60 years old or people who have other health conditions which require the AZ vaccine instead of the Chinese manufactured Sinovac.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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Phuket may ditch light rail and build smart bus system instead

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PHOTO: A Smart bus plan may replace Phuket light rail plans. (via MRTA)

A proposal to drop the light rail planned for Phuket and replace it with a smart bus system is under an in-depth review as ordered by Phuket Transport Minister. Advocates for the smart bus – automated driverless buses on city streets – say that the project would bring mass transportation to Phuket Island for 15.2 billion baht cheaper than a light rail would.

The analysis was ordered Thursday in a phone meeting to check progress on regional transport projects. The Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand has suggested changing the plan in Phuket from light rail to a smart bus system. The MRTA had been dead set on the light rail system but have now launched preliminary research on a driverless bus system.

HERE’S a previous story with more details about how the bus system would work, instead of a light rail.

But critics say the planned light rail system was almost unworkable with its routing not going through the main population centres and its complete avoidance of the tourist areas, was doomed from the start. The 5 years it was expected for construction would have caused major traffic snarls on the main island arteries and then reduced traffic flow on those arteries for the life of the light rail project.

Initial investigations show that an automated rapid transit bus system would shave about 9 months off the construction time and 15.289 billion baht from the budget. Cost-saving measures like precast concrete and launching gantries will further reduce construction expenses.

As a result, the bus system could be run with lower passenger fares than a light rail train would. The project was considering 3 bus fares… local in Phuket Town, local outside of Phuket Town, and transport between towns around the island.

The MRTA and the Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning have coordinated with the Expressway Authority in Thailand to consider the smart bus plan and its effect on traffic. Unfortunately, the group is worried that building the smart bus system plan to be ready by 2026 while working on the Patong tunnel project scheduled to open in 2028 would create long-term detrimental traffic jams. They’re considering a postponement to a 2030 launch (the Patong tunnel project has been in ‘planning’ mode for 20 years and will never happen).

The Transportation Minister has requested proposals for 2 different timelines to be delivered within the next 2 weeks, and plans to have the MRTA and EXAT come to Phuket for public hearings after Covid-19.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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