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Drumstick and Hi Fi head for King’s Cup showdown

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PHUKET: Ray Roberts’ Drumstick Quantum Racing will be aiming to make the most of its four-point lead over Neil Pryde’s Hi Fi in tomorrow’s final race of the Racing class of this year’s Phuket King’s Cup Regatta.

In winds gusting up to 14 knots today, tight racing saw Hi Fi win Race 6 by just 51 seconds over Drumstick, which in turn beat Mandrake by a minute. Mahligai finished fourth in the class with a corrected time of just two seconds behind Mandrake.

Race 7 in the class belonged to Frank Pong’s huge Boracay, which easily beat Drumstick and Mandrake, which finished second and third respectively. Hi Fi came sixth.

In IRC 1 Race 5, Octopussy finished 44 seconds ahead of Ruby Tuesday, with Switchblade coming third. Rhythm Stick sailed well in Race 6, relegating Switchblade to second place by 23 seconds. Blue Juice finished third.

Ruby Tuesday leads the class with 9 points, ahead of Octopussy (11 points), Switchblade (12) and Rhythm Stick (13).

In IRC 2, David Lindhal’s La Samudra also had a close win, by just 23 seconds, finally beating Royal Thai Navy 1 with Master Blaster finishing third. Lt Peera Sagultem and his Royal Thai Navy 1 crew lead the series with 5 points, and are expected to pull out all the stops to beat La Samudra, which is 2 points behind.

Ian Wilkinson’s Patrice III pipped Sumatra by just five seconds to win the IRC 3 race today, with Free Wind finishing third.

However, Patrice III is by no means safe, as it is only one point ahead of Minx, helmed by Phuket’s own Mia Gillow, the only woman skipper in the regatta. Minx came fourth today.

Morten Jakobsen’s Emma Mathilde XX scored two wins today, giving the crew an unassailable series tally of 8 points, to win the the Sports Boat class without needing to compete in the last race tomorrow.

In a demonstration of sportsmanship, Jakobsen has offered his boat for the crew of Yachtpro 106, which was battered out of the regatta in a collision with Master Blaster on Wednesday, so that they can complete the series tomorrow. All captains in the class agreed to allow the arrangement.

Scott Duncanson’s Somtam Express, despite finishing fifth in both races today, is in second place in the series with 18 points, followed by Happy Endings (20).

In the Multihull 1 class, Coco Blues made the most of Moto Inzi not racing today – repairs were being made to the recently launched Firefly catamaran – and finished nearly 13 minutes ahead of Cedar Swan. Xcatriot finished third.

However, Moto Inzi still leads the series with a two-point lead over Coco Blues (6 points), with Cedar Swan on 7 points.

Chimera scored a first in the Multihull 2 class to maintain its lead in the series. Raimon Land Chameleon is in second place in the series despite finishing third today behind Charro, which is in third place in the series.

Overall rankings in the remaining classes are:

Premier. 1. Vida (6 points), 2. Strewth (7), 3. Moonblue (12).

Classic. 1. Sanook (5), 2. Silvia (7), 3. Lady M (10).

Ocean Rover. 1. Aquavit III (7), 2. Jemini Jo (8), 3. Amadeus (8).

Sunsail One Design. 1. Princess Anna (4), 2. Princess Christina (7), 3. Princess Isabella (7).

Bareboat Charter. 1. Bintang (4), 2. Team Camel Toe (Tompa) (5), 3. Fidgi (8).



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Slow loris released back into Phuket forest

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PHOTOS: Department of National Parks

Officers from of the Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Area have helped in the release of a slow loris back into the wild yesterday.

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation reports that the head of Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Area, Pongchart Chueahom, yesterday released the slow loris to the Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Are in Thalang.

The slow loris was found near a furniture factory in Thalang last week. It was being treated at a pet hospital before being handed over to Khun Pongchart when it was ready to be set free.

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Seastead structure dragged back to shore by Royal Thai Navy

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A floating seastead has today been towed by a naval vessel back to the Port of Phuket in Cape Panwa. Meanwhile the Deputy PM Wissanu Krea-ngam is challenging the owners and builders of the structure to take the Thai Government and Navy to the International Court of Justice.

The Royal Thai Navy’s Third Fleet ventured out with a group of reporters on Saturday to inspect the floating seastead, the first of about 20 planned Ocean Builders for the open waters about 22km from Phuket’s Koh Racha Yai.

Nothing valuable was found on board the octagon-shaped steel and aluminium structure which was attached to a floating platform.

Two vessels were used in today’s operation. The living quarters were detached and placed on the first vessel and the second towed the floating platform to the shore for safe keeping pending legal action against its owner as well as the builder, Ocean Builders Company.

Dr. Wissanu said yesterday that Thai authorities were authorised to remove or dismantle the floating housing unit with or without the consent of its owner after finding the structure could pose a threat to Thai national security and sovereignty in accordance with Article 119 of the Criminal Code.

He said that the structure also posed an obstacle to vessels and was located not far from an oil rig.

Regarding the threat by Ocean Builders Company to sue the Thai government in the International Court of Justice for the removal, the deputy PM says he welcomes the move, noting that no government anywhere would allow a seastead settlement near their maritime territory.

Seasteader Chad Andrew Edwartowski and his Thai wife, Mrs. Nadia Summergirl, are wanted by the Thai police for questioning after Thai immigration revoked the American’s non-immigrant visa and blacklisted him.

SOURCE: Thai PBS

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Phuket taxi slams into tree in Phattalung

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PHOTOS: Phattalung Rescue

Two people have sustained serious injuries after a Phuket taxi slammed into a tree in Phattalung last night.

Phattalung rescue workers were notified of the accident in Mueang Pattalung District at 7.57pm last night (Sunday).

They arrived at the scene to find the Phuket registered taxi resting in front of the big tree on the side of the road near a temple. The front of the vehicle had extensive damage following the collision.

The two people who sustained serious injuries were 58 year old Wanchai Srithong and 64 year old Jamras Srithong. They were both taken to the Phattalung Hospital.

Pattalung City Police are continuing their investigation. There has been no explanation given at this stage as to why a Phuket taxi was in Phattalung.

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