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Jelik holds lead in King’s Cup Regatta

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PHUKET: After the lay day yesterday to conduct minor repairs and regroup the troops, racing in the 21st King’s Cup Regatta resumed today. Crews may have appeared subdued in the light morning air, but underneath the determination to improve their standings over the last two days of racing was greater than ever.

The scoring team have worked tirelessly and assured everyone that the scoring system is up to date and that steps have been taken to solve the problems that have caused confusion over the past few days.

The day began with light winds that strengthened as the boats disappeared up the east coast before returning under spinnaker to the finish.

Tim Milner’s catamaran Seekronghuk was the biggest casualty of the day when the spinnaker sheet jammed just as a strong gust came through, causing the boat to capsize right at the finish line.

No injuries were reported.

In the Racing class, the smaller boats exerted some pressure on the big guns in the penultimate race. Ray Roberts Quantum Racing and Stephen Reith’s Foxy Lady III have some work to do if they are to overtake Frank Pong’s Jelik in the overall points.

Quantum Racing nailed the start and rounded the windward mark in front of Jelik. The intention was clear and despite the bigger Jelik disappearing northbound over the horizon first, it was Quantum Racing that clawed back and came out on top in Race 6.

Foxy Lady III snuck into second place, relegating Jelik to third. Four wins in the earlier races has Jelik sitting pretty at the top of the table and will have to finish worse than third in the final race to lose their present lead.

In the Sportsboat class, Morten Jacobson’s Emma Mathild XX finally scored a win over Scott Duncanson’s Phuket 8 Raimon Land, spoiling Duncanson’s winning run but with little effect on the overall standings. Ray Waldron’s The Weasel placed third, leaving them neck-and-neck with Japan’s Keisuke Nagamatsu on Platu 114.

Despite the faster boats establishing a huge lead during the Premier Cruising class race, at the end of the day David Ross’s Frangipani Girl won the handicap honors to lead the class.

Four second places in a row makes Geoff Hill’s Strewth the closest contender, but will have to put some distance between themselves to win the class.

Third place for Jon Wardill’s Australian Maid and fourth for Peter Cremers’ Shahtoosh has them waiting in the wings and ready to pounce if the leaders make any mistakes.

After a slow start to the regatta, Jeff Davidson’s Panic has dominated IRC 1, scoring four wins and a second place to take an insurmountable lead. Second place today for Tim Costello on Switchblade puts them second overall going into the final day.

Steve Manning’s Walawala claimed third place to lift their overall standing. Andrey Novoderezhkin’s Russian team on Fi Tuen have sailed well to hold onto third overall.

In IRC 2, Peter Dyer’s Madame Butterfly continued to nail the start line and excel in light-to-moderate conditions. Although they have scored four wins and two second places to win the class with one day spare, the difference in times between podium places have been very close.

Tani Bassadone skippering the heavier Swan 42 La Samudra holds an advantage in stronger winds and second place today keeps them in second place overall.

Niels Dgenkolf’s Phoenix came from behind to score third place today, but a little to late to make any impression on the overall leaders.

Fredrick Roswold’s classic IOR racer Wings continues to dominate IRC 3 by posting four wins in a row. Consistently filling second place, Dr Basil Diethelm’s Swan 44 Sarabande has secured second overall. Third place for Larry Emerson’s chartered Remington has them regaining third overall.

In the Firefly one-design class, four wins place Henry Kaye’s Mamba firmly at the top of the class. In spite of earlier problems, Roger Kingdon’s Moto Inzi is back on the pace and second place today gave them second overall.

Meanwhile, David Hill’s Voodoo Child is holding onto third place overall.

Bill Phelps’ Twin Sharks was back on the water with a patched bow and finished in third in today’s race, but remains in seventh place overall.

For the latest results visit www.kingscup.com

Click here for the full Photo Edition AY Race Report.



– Martin Rijkuris

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4 billion baht medical hub planned for Phuket

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Phuket officials are setting aside around 4 billion baht to transform medical tourism in the southern province of Phuket, by developing a state-of-the-art treatment hub in the north of the island. The Bangkok Post reports that the Treasury department is planning to give the Public Health Ministry permission to use 141 rai of government land in the sub-district of Mai Khao, close to Phuket International Airport. It’s not the first time the proposal has come to light.

The concept is gathering support as Phuket battles to diversify its attraction beyond a tropical holiday island.

The aim is to develop Phuket as a world-class health and wellness destination, with facilities that will attract medical tourists from all over the world, as well as providing a high standard of treatment to the local population. It’s understood the facility will provide a full range of health services, including long-term care, and hospice and rehabilitation services.

The island already has a well-developed medical tourism market, but has been based around local hospitals and clinics linking up with foreign marketing companies in the past. “The International Medical and Public Health Service” has been conceived to create more long term financial security and diversification, and value-added tourism in Phuket, as the island has taken a heavy financial hit over the past 7 months.

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The plan was first suggested in 2017, by then governor, Noraphat Plodthong and confirmed by the director of Phuket’s Vachira Hospital, Dr. Chalermpong Sukontapol, in July. At that stage, the estimated budget was 3-4 billion baht. The director-general of the Treasury department, Yuthana Yimkarun, says the plot is being offered to the Health Ministry for free. The land is thought be worth around 1 billion baht.

Yuthana says the ministry will manage investment, with approximately 2 billion baht required for the first stage of the project. Construction of the facility is expected to be completed over 2 years.

Meanwhile, it’s understood that unused government land that is currently managed by various government agencies may be moved under the remit of central government, with a view to increasing its worth. According to the Bangkok Post report, just 4% of government land is directly managed by the Treasury. The other 96% is controlled by various government agencies. Yuthana says the plan is to increase the percentage of state-owned land under the Treasury’s management to 10% within 2 years.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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“Open the borders, safely”, Bill Heinecke, Minor International interview – VIDEO

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Bill Heinecke speaks to Bill Barnett. The two heavy-hitters of Thailand’s hotel and hospitality sector, mull over the current Covid situation and the reopening of Thailand’s borders to some form of tourism. Bill Heinecke is the Chairman and Founder of Minor International.

Bill Barnett is the Managing Director of c9hotelworks.com

Now the Thai government has approved the special long-term tourist visa scheme (STV), hoteliers are remaining skeptical about reopening due to the lack of clarity in the recent announcement, which will reportedly take effect next month. The president of the Thai Hotels Association’s southern chapter says more hoteliers will consider reopening if the government gives further information about the plan in terms of prospective markets, arrival dates, origin countries, and flights.

Such details would allow hotels to prepare themselves ahead of time to offer services as alternative state quarantine premises as at least 60 hotels in Phuket are awaiting approval to operate such facilities.

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Now they’re coming… Special Tourist Visa flight set for Tuesday – Tourism and Sports Minister

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After much confusion and a few apparent ‘misunderstandings’, Chinese tourists on the Special Tourist Visa will actually arrive on October 20 and 26. At least that’s what Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn says, according to the Bangkok Post. The first group is said to arrive 4 days from now in Bangkok (if they actually applied for the visa this time).

Reports circulated for weeks about a flight of 120 to 150 tourists set to arrive in Phuket on October 8 from Guangzhou, China. An announcement was made shortly after the flight was due to arrive with Tourism Authority Governor Yuthasak Supasorn saying “administrative issues” had caused the delay.

It was later reported that no one from Guangzhou had actually applied for the visa and it was all just a misunderstanding after the Tourism Authority of Thailand reportedly passed off a list of those “interested” in the visa as actual applications.

This time, the Post is reporting the first group of 120 tourists from Guangzhou will arrive at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport on Tuesday. Another group of 120 tourists, also from Guangzhou, will arrive on October 26, but the Post didn’t say where that flight will land.

It’s apparently the same group that was planned to arrive in Phuket on October 8, but the minister claims the trip was postponed due to the Vegetarian Festival which is planned to run until October 25. Both the Phuket governor and National Security Council secretary general had claimed the festival was the reason for the delayed flight and was intended to ease fears of Covid-19 for the festival-goers coming in from the rest of Thailand.

Even though the new long stay tourist visa is good for 90 days, and can be renewed twice, the tourists will only stay in the country for 30 days, with 14 of those days in quarantine. Phiphat says the Tourism Authority of Thailand will find activities to keep the tourists occupied while in quarantine.

The visitors will be the first international tourists after a 6 month ban to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Thai officials have been discussing plans for months about how to safely reopen borders to revive the country’s economy which is heavily driven by the tourism industry. Officals are now talking about cutting down the mandatory time for quarantine from 14 days to 7 days to help entice people to visit.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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