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Favorable winds on day three of King’s Cup

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PHUKET: Favorable winds supercharged the trophy hunt on day three of the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta.

IRC0 headed out for race 6 on an extensive 34 nautical mile course, a total run of around three hours for some in the class. Duncan Hine’s Alive team made the most of Champagne sailing conditions, managing a 2:39.27 elapsed time, with Frank Pong’s Jelik team eight minutes behind on elapsed time and a nervy three minutes behind on corrected time.

Team Premier Oi! skippered by Hannes Waimer placed 16 seconds behind on corrected time, with 16 seconds again separating positions 4 and 5 (on elapsed times, Windsikher II and Millennium Racing, respectively).

In IRC1, Kevin Whitcraft’s Wan Ma Rang team made out like a bandit on the week’s endurance day, putting in a winning time of 3:36.42. EFG Mandrake III chasing them, trailed by 13 minutes, but after handicap corrections, they finished just three minutes adrift – another excellent charge over a reasonably challenging course.

Roland Dane’s Jessandra II team continued their superb King’s Cup Regatta bid on day three with another win in IRC2. A closely grouped fleet saw places 1 to 5 covered by 20 minutes only.

Japanese team Karasu skippered by Yasuo Nanamori placed second in race 6. No surprises in Premier Class, with defending champions Pine Pacific routinely pushing buttons on what is now looking like a forgone conclusion of a Class.

Team Audeamus made a strong fist of challenging, finishing nine minutes behind the now ubiquitous THA2555 sail, netting two minutes off on corrected times.

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, who have so far had things their own way, placed third, their weakest run of the week so far (and a possible discard). This left the top spot open for compatriot Vasily Mikhalev to win on Isabella, with another Russian team, Uhuru, in second.

One hour covered the Bareboat Charter fleet from top to bottom. Vladimir Oleynikov’s Open Charter entry Popeye rocked another win today, finishing a three-and-a-half-hour run in relative security over all comers. Big Boy Sailing Team on the used charter configured J130 achieved another second place finish.

The Royal Thai Navy entry, Thai Navy 1 skippered by Chief Petty Officer First Class Wiwat Poonpat, didn’t have the best of days, and was unable to consolidate day two’s happy dance on the shorter courses.

John Vickery skippering Farrgo Express was winner in race four after 4-5 hours of Modern Classic racing. Tony Byrnes skippering Mohawk took the Cruising Class win with a solid victory over a fleet of similarly quick boats. Rob Riley skippering Linda was second, while Line Honors went to Dragon’s Back and Dean Chisholm.

There are only two boats competing in Classic Class this year, Vintage 6r4 yacht Selma and Japanese used build Umeboshi. Selma was named winner over the course’s five hour (leisurely) dash.

Race five of the Firefly 850 Sports Class fell to John Newnham and Twin Sharks, on what is probably this year’s toughest and most difficult-to-call grouping. Two minutes behind on corrected times were Hans Rahmann and Voodoo, with Moto Inzi in third.

John Coffin skippering Java won yet again in the Multihull Racing Class race 5, while Alan Carwardine and his Asia Catamarans Hurricane team finished a relatively slow (for them) fourth place. Danny Moore skippering Three Itch was the first boat to finish, but a tough handicap saw them corrected to 5th.

In Cruising Multihulls, following reclassification by the race officer, Arabella’s Naked Dad skippered by Grant Horsefield was named first in the revised order. Minnie skippered by Norikazu Arai took second place and Line Honors for fastest elapsed time. Star Fruit was third (All results subject to possible further reclassification).

Performance Multihulls got the chance to run three times, with two short courses ahead of a toughie in early afternoon. Elizabeth Schoch recorded an excellent 1-1-2, with Scott Galle’s boat the quickest of rivals. This one-make series (on only its second outing) is based on the Corsair Pulse 600 racing multihull, the oldest design from the world’s largest trimaran manufacturer.

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

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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.

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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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The world’s fastest growing tourist destinations

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PHOTO: Hello Phuket – destined for huge tourist growth in the next six years – fodors.com

In 2018, international tourist arrival traffic grew by 6% to reach a total of 1.4 billion world tourists, according to research by UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. And there’s a lot more to come with international travel predicted to increase by a massive 35% over the next six years to 2025.

But where is all that extra traffic going to go? Which destinations are quiet now that might be swarming with tourists in the years to come? Two destinations in Thailand are set for a prosperous future, according to the data. Whilst almost all the growth is excepted to be to Asian destinations, an under-visited resource for world tourism so far.

Euromonitor data has been used to simulate tourist growth models and reveal the fastest growing projected visitor arrivals in major cities and destinations around the world for 2025, compared to arrival figures in 2018.

In Thailand, Phuket’s tourist traffic is poised to increase up to 85% in the next six years, from nearly 12 million arrivals in 2018 to over 22 million in 2025. Bangkok is predicted to see the 8th most prolific rise in tourist traffic, with arrivals in Bangkok set to swell an additional 68% during the same period. Doha, the capital of Qatar, is set to explode with 104% increase in traffic over the next six years.

The data also predicts that both Bangkok and Phuket will rebound big time in 2020, Phuket in particular with a growth of around 20% for the next year, accord to the data from TravelSupermarket.com.

By 2025 the data predicts that Bangkok will be the world’s #1 tourist destination, a position it’s held before in recent years. The Thai capital will be followed by Singapore, Dubai, Phuket and Kuala Lumpur, making South East Asia the world’s emerging tourism hotspot.

Some of the world’s favourites – New York, Paris, London – will continue to grow their tourist numbers but not at the rate of most Asian destinations.

You can read the full list HERE.

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Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com

The world's fastest growing tourist destinations | News by The Thaiger

Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com

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Rawai beachfront water shut-off tomorrow for mains works

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The Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority says Rawai’s mains water supply will be shut off tomorrow (Tuesday, October 15) as new water pipes are fitted in front of The Title Beach Front condo resort complex on the town’s beachfront.

The mains water supply will be shut off from 9am until 4:30pm along the beachfront strip.

The PWA says the areas affected will be along Wiset Road along the Rawai beachfront road, as well as Soi Yanui and Soi Ruafaed.

Residents and businesses are being urged to collect water for use during the day today, before tomorrow morning’s shut-off.

As usual, the PWA say…“We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

Contact the Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority on 076 319173 or 082 7901634 for more details.

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