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Drumstick wins King’s Cup after protest

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KATA: After five days of racing, Toby O’Connell’s Dhevatara Drumstick won the 20th Phuket King’s Cup Regatta today after a protest.

Three-time King’s Cup winner Neil Pryde protested against the race committee after the wrong flag was put on one of the marks on the course as the Racing 1 class results went down to the wire.

Pryde’s boat Hi Fi finished level on points with Toby O’Connell’s Dhevatara Drumstick, but according to regatta race rules the winner is decided on the last race result.

Pryde and his crew on Hi Fi finished fifth in the last race today, while O’Connell finished second, leaving Drumstick as the overall winner before the protest was lodged.

However, Pryde’s protest was dismissed by the jury, giving O’Connell overall first place and the coveted King’s Cup.

Ray Roberts skippered Drumstick to victory in the Racing class last year.

Peter Winklemann’s Island Fling, which crossed the finish line two seconds behind Hi Fi today, finished second in the class. Frank Pong on Jelik finished fourth.

The final day started with good wind followed by flat spots of no wind, which led to some boats jumping to a big lead only to stop dead in the water while the rest of the fleet caught up.

There were some upsets in the rest of the classes as the patchy and light winds threw some of the favorites off course.

Geoff Hill’s Strewth had no trouble taking top honors in the Coutts Premier class after two first places and two seconds from the six races contested. Peter Churchhouse’s Moon Blue II finished in second place. Andrew Richards on Moon Blue finished third.

Peter Dyer had his boat Madam Butterfly floating over the line and into first place overall in the Racing 2 class, while Niels Dgenkolf on Phoenix finished second. Skipper Jonathon Mahony was, well, happy when his boat Happy Endings finished in third place.

Japan’s Kenichi Takahashi pulled off one of the biggest upsets by sailing Motornet into first place overall in the Sports Boats class. Class favorite Scott Duncanson on Somtam Express was relegated to second place overall.

Shuji Hagihara finished third in the class on Just.

To underline the strength of the Japanese contingent this year, Ryuji Nakata sailed Rhythm Stick into first place overall in the IRC1 class. Thai boat Octopussy, skippered by Jaray Tipsuk, finished second overall, while Peter Wintle’s Sita finished third.

There were no surprises, however, in the Firefly 850 class with Marc Cudennec’s Chi Machine finishing first overall after winning four of the seven races. Bill Phelps’ Twin Sharks finished in second place, while Roger Kingdon’s Moto Inzi finished third.

King’s Cup veteran Henry Kaye may have finished fourth in the Firefly class on Mamba, but his old boat The Sting, with Philip Day at the helm, won the Multihull Racing class.

Tim Milner’s Seekronghuk finished second, while class favorite, Benoit Lasaffre’s Atmosphere, was relegated to third place.

Veteran Thai skipper Radab Kanjanavanit finished fourth in the class on his boat Cedar Swan, which has contested more King’s Cups than any other boat.

 

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Update on Phuket’s Covid-19 vaccination campaign

Tanutam Thawan

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Photo via Facebook/ วัคซีนภูเก็ต (PR Phuket)

So far, around 22% of the population in Phuket has been vaccinated against Covid-19, according to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration. The island province aims to vaccinate 70% of the population by the end of June to reach “herd immunity”. Officials remain committed to the original plan to reopen to vaccinated foreign travellers by July 1, as ambitious as it sounds given the current situation with cases on the island.

Nationwide, only 645,500 people, which is about 1% of the population in Thailand, have received both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Here are some updates on Phuket’s immunisation campaign…

  • Phuket is set to receive 140,000 doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine next month. Those who are are over 60 years old, and who have registered for the vaccine, will be the first to get injected. The inoculations with the AstraZeneca jab will start on June 7.
  • The island province continues to use the Sinovac vaccine in its mass immunisation campaign. Phuket just received 200,000 doses of the Sinovac vaccine and will start the next round of injections on May 18. Another 200,000 doses will arrive around the end of the month to be used as a second injection for those injected this month.
  • Expats working in tourism-related business or in the education sector in Phuket are allowed to register for a vaccine under the government campaign, according to the Phuket Health Office. Foreigners working for businesses outside of the tourism or hospitality sector will be included in the next phase of vaccinations, a source told Phuket News. Foreigners must have a valid work permit to register for a vaccine.

SOURCE: Phuket News

 

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Phuket tightens restrictions: No parties, no visits from friends

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No, your friends can’t come over. No parties. No drinking with friends. No large gatherings. As part of Phuket’s efforts to stop the spread of Covid-19, local authorities have tightened restrictions and say friends are not allowed to gather at private homes.

“No parties of any kind allowed… No house party, no friends gathering in the residence.”

Along with temporary closures of some businesses and venues, the order says, parties involving alcohol are banned and gatherings of more than 30 people are banned. The only gatherings allowed are religious ceremonies like weddings and funerals.

Foreigners who violate any of Phuket’s disease control measures could be deported and lose their permission to stay in Thailand. On Sunday, 2 British men in Phuket were each fined 6,000 baht for having a “party.” Only 6 people were gathered at the home. Police from the Cherng Talay station came by the home after a call from a neighbour.

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3 organisers of Phuket’s Kolour superspreader event charged

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FILE PHOTO: 3 managers involved in the Kolour superspreader event have been charged.

As Thailand still wrestles to control the third wave of Covid-19, much of which stems from entertainment venues in Bangkok and a massive party in Phuket, Patong police announced that the managers of the Phuket venues that hosted the Kolour superspreader event will be charged under the Emergency Decree. The case report was filed with the public prosecutor yesterday according to the Patong police chief, confirming that 3 people will be prosecuted for the event.

The Kolour Beachside Festival was held April 2 and 3 with events at Café Del Mar Phuket in Kamala, and Shelter Phuket Dance and Night Club and Illuzion Nightclub, both in Patong. Before the festival, Phuket had gone more than a hundred days without any new Covid-19 infections, but by April 7 the Phuket provincial Public Health office announced 8 new infections, half of which had been at the Kolour parties. In the following weeks, officials plead for attendees to be tested as infections spread.

Charges were delayed in being filed to the Phuket Public Prosecutor’s office as a special investigation committee was ordered to be created to oversee the investigation at the request of Region 8’s Police Commander. That committee brought together officials from various law enforcement in the area including the Patong Police, Kamala Police, Phuket Provincial Police, and the Region 8 Police to investigate the Kolour event before anyone was charged.

The manager of Café Del Mar, along with the managing director and the manager of Shelter and Illuzion, which are under the same management team, will be charged for the Kolour festival violating Thailand’s Emergency Decree that was declared to help protect the country from Covid-19 outbreaks. A breach of the Emergency Decree can be held liable for up to 40,000 Baht and 2 years in jail under Section 9 of the Decree.

The latter 2 are also facing charges of operating an unlicensed entertainment venue. This carries the possibility of another year in prison and a fine of up to 60,000 baht, in accordance with Thai Law under Section 26 of the Entertainment Place Act.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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