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King’s Cup sees fast racing and collisions

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PHUKET: Strong winds gusting up to 20 knots sent boats flying across the water from Kata out to Koh Racha and back in today’s racing in the King’s Cup Regatta.

The hefty gusts saw two collisions, happily with no injuries.

The lovely 100-year-old Eveline was retired after her stern was damaged when was she clipped by Lady M, a 104-foot superyacht.

Platu Yachtpro 106, racing in the Sports Boat class, was also retired after suffering severe damage in a collision with Master Blaster, a Sun Kiss 47 with an all-Russian crew, which was disqualified from today’s race.

Yachtpro 106 reportedly sustained a hole in the deck and hull, and a broken boom. Rob Williams, Managing Director of Yachtpro, confirmed that the boat will not race tomorrow, and may possibly be out of the regatta altogether. “We’ll just have to wait and see,” he said.

Meanwhile, in the Racing class, Ray Robert’s Drumstick Quantum Racing still has a three-point lead despite Neil Pryde’s Hi Fi winning today’s race.

Drumstick finished in fourth place, behind Mandrake in second place and Boracay, which finished third.

Today’s results leave Mandrake just two points behind Hi Fi in the series, with three races left.

John Vause’s Ruby Tuesday won the IRC 1 race, leaving him two series points clear of Octopussy, which finished second today, ahead of Rhythm Stick in third place. Switchblade, which finished fourth today, slipped to third place in the series.

Royal Thai Navy 1 stayed on top of the table in IRC 2 with a win today, ahead of La Samudra, which finished second, and Royal Thai Navy 2, which came third.

In IRC 3, Patrice III climbed to third place in the series with a win, though Minx still leads the series after finishing third today. Cinders finished second to hold on to its second place in the series.

Pla Loma‘s win in the Sports Boats class was still not enough to take it into the top three for the series. Yachtpro 106, although retired, was awarded “average score” for the race, giving it a second-place result and keeping it afloat at the top of the series table.

Xcatriot took top honors in the Multihull 1 race on corrected time, although Moto Inzi, which scored a second place, crossed the line five minutes earlier. Coco Blues finished third.

Moto Inzi has a comfortable five-point lead in the series ahead of Coco Blues and Cedar Swan in equal second place on nine points.

Raimon Land Chameleon sailed well to win the Multihull 2 race by just nine seconds on corrected time, ahead of Charro and Running Cloud.

Today’s win elevated Chameleon to second place in the series, with Chimera in first place and Charro third.

The other series rankings so far are:

Premier. 1. Strewth, 2. Vida, 3. Moonblue.

Classic. 1. Sanook, 2. Silvia, 3. Senang.

Ocean Rover. 1. Aquavit III, 2. Jemini Jo, 3. Cordelia.

Sunsail One Design. 1. Princess Anna, 2. Princess Isabella, 3. Princess Christina.

Bareboat Charter. 1. Team Camel Toe (Tompa), 2. Bintang, 3. Fidji.

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Woman arrested for abandoning newborn baby on a bench in Phuket

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Police tracked down and arrested a Burmese woman who allegedly left her newborn baby on a bench in Phuket’s Patong area last week. The mother faces charges of abandoning a baby.

The newborn was left in a reusable shopping bag on a bench behind a Krungthai Bank branch. A woman in the area heard the baby crying and found the newborn in the bag along with a bottle of milk, diapers and clothing. Police reviewed surveillance camera footage shows a woman, police later identified as Ei Ei Phyu, leaving the bag on the bench.

Police say the woman gave birth on September 9 at a local hospital in Surat Thani’s Phun Phin district. Ei Ei allegedly took a van from Surat Thani to Phuket on September 22 and stayed with a friend in Patong. The early the next morning, she allegedly left her baby on the bench before boarding a bus back to Surat Thani.

Burmese workers in the Patong area told police Ei Ei used to work at a local Indian food restaurant before she moved to Surat Thani to work as a rubber tapper. Ei Ei allegedly told police she is not in the position to raise a child.

In earlier reports, police said the baby is healthy and does not appear to have any injuries.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Phuket police arrest 6 after finding large amounts of methamphetamine in raid

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Phuket Provincial Police have arrested 6 people after finding large amounts of methamphetamine and other drugs during a raid. One suspect alone allegedly had 7.6 kilograms of crystal meth (ya ice) and over 12,500 methamphetamine pills (ya bah). 29 year old Surasak ‘Bank’ Wijit and 27 year old Panida ‘Mei’ Saeyang were arrested at an apartment car park in Soi Lookkaew, Moo 6, Rassada, in eastern Phuket, after they were found in possession of the drugs.

Police also found 2 mobile phones and a red Honda PCX, registered in Phuket, as evidence. Both suspects have been charged with posessing a Category 1 drug with the intent to sell.

Other suspects arrested at the same time include 36 year old from Chiang Rai, 42 year old Sarawut ‘An’ Srichanon, from Ranong and 31 year old Pornthep ‘Iew’ Thepchampa, who were charged with the same crimes in Chalong after police found more drugs in their possession. 33 year old Kamon ‘Kung’ Sae-ngow, was arrested as well after police found kratom juice and leaves at a house in Rassada. He was taken to Phuket City Police station and was charged with a Category 5 drug possession.

SOURCE:The Phuket News

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Phuket Muay Thai fighter is the first Thai national to compete in UFC

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The upcoming Ultimate Fighting Championship Fight Night event in Abu Dhabi will feature Thailand’s only national marking her third fight with the UFC, the world’s largest mixed martial arts competition. 24 year old Loma Lookboonme, from Burirram in northeastern Thailand, will fight in the event on October 3, 2020.

Loma is a Muay Thai fighter who has adapted her MMA skills to fight in the UFC where she currently trains at the Tiger Muay Thai gym in Phuket. Loma qualified for the national team at the age of 19 and has fought in over 12 nations worldwide. She currently trains 6 days a week starting daily at 6:30am with a 3 kilometre run. In the UFC, she will be competing against China’s Angela Lee who is the undisputed champion of the 52 kilogram fist weight category.

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Loma’s parents are former Muay Thai fighters and her 2 sisters currently compete as well. She reportedly started training at 8 years old after being inspired by her father, whom she describes as her “hero.”

Like most Thais in such fighting sports, Muay Thai offers a way to rise out of poverty-and fighting for the UFC can be financially lucrative. But Loma says her only Thai sponsor is the gym where she trains, with the rest of her sponsors being from foreign brands. She says she is trying to get more Thai sponsors but feels that maybe she needs to win the UFC first before Thai brands notice her.

Loma lost her last fight and says her new opponent gives her nothing to lose. She says her goal is to get into the Top 10, but is not sure when it will happen. Loma says for now, it would be good to fight against someone in the Top 10 to help her prepare for her future.

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