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Leaders fight to consolidate in King’s Cup before final day’s racing

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PHUKET: The fleet set sail following the Royal Thai Navy sail pass on day four of the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta in light rain; the first such weather pattern of this week of racing. The key element though was brisk wind which was constantly shifting direction making for a high work-rate day for all of the crew members (numbering almost 800 for this year’s Regatta).

Ray Roberts and OneSails Racing continued their storming run for IRC0 glory with another win in races 7 and 9 today. In the second race of the day, Neil Pryde’s Hifi team were victorious, whilst their rivals Team “Oi!” earned two second places. OneSails Racing leads the class with a small advantage over Hifi, who will face a stiff challenge tomorrow, but one that will make for an exciting conclusion to the Grand Prix class.

IRC1 class today was won yet again by Foxy Lady VI, with three solid victories on the penultimate day. The team have ruled the IRC1 this year and are on top by a wide margin with just a day’s racing to go.

Bill Bremner, Skipper of Foxy Lady VI, said, “Today’s challenges were unbelievable – so many wind shifts, a nice start in 13 knots, but we almost got pushed over jousting with rivals, but tacked well, then just did amazing work up to the first marker; we just carried that performance on to the finish. It was challenging because of pockets of breeze and a moving tidal current which kept moving, making the boat perform oddly – a lot to deal with. The second race was the hardest of the Regatta – super light, 60 degrees oscillations in the wind, very tricky. We found beautiful wind in the last race, and just ran it. I can’t believe we’ve done what we’ve done, this is our tenth Regatta, our fifth boat and we get so close each time. We would have to do really badly tomorrow for something to go wrong, touch wood!”

In IRC2, Yasuo Nanamori and “Karasu” took another two victories on a superb penultimate day, and are strong favourites to win the class now; only a shock upset can scupper their run to a trophy now. The final race on day four in this class was won by Fujin who still trail the Japanese in the hunt for IRC2 honours.

Ichi Ban came back strongly in IRC3 race six, challenging Anthony Root’s Red Kite II team who are their main rival in the class. Peter Dyer’s Madam Butterfly (Team Kata Rocks) won the second race of the day, with the final race of the day going to Red Kite II. The Royal Thai Navy team performed well and came in the runner-up spot today in the first race of the day, although they struggled to overturn slower winds in the latter races.

In Premier class, Pine-Pacific has dominated their class all week, and was first again today. Silandra V, their nearest rivals remain close behind in the standings.

A new winner emerged today in Sports Boats – Team Tornado, skippered by Lincoln Redding. The class-leading IPPAI could only manage third place today, although regrouped to win the second and third races of the day. IPPAI maintain the advantage going into the final day.

In the Sunsail Charter class, Rambutan skippered by Petr Kochnev was victorious in race three, ahead of Team Tamarind.

In the Bareboat Charter class, Team Venture were quickest again today. The team is sitting on top of the table with the gap between them and the competition becoming increasingly wide.

Hans Rahmann’s Voodoo team won race six in the Firefly 850 Sports class today, mounting a late challenge to the dominant John Newnham skippering “Twin Sharks.” The British team came back hard in race seven and eight, however, to claim the victory in both and still lead the rankings.

In Multihull Racing class, Asia Catamarans Hurricane came in with another three wins to maintain their top-of-class position, and look to have the class all wrapped up ahead of tomorrow’s final race day; they enjoy a wide points margin, ahead of tomorrow’s closing races.

Windsurfers competed today for the first time in this year’s King’s Cup. Thai competitor Navin Singsart was fastest on the day in all four races, with Thai rival Patharadanai Chinin following closely behind. Thai star Ek Boonsawad finished third. Siriporn Kaewduangngam and Sarocha Prumprai were joint quickest in the Women’s Open class. Thailand absolutely ruled the opening day of the windsurfing, with a large number of international competitors trailing in their wake.

Dinghy racing concluded today, with Nuttapol Srihirun named the Laser class winner, Supparak Niamraksa Optimist Boys winner and Praewa Kangkla Optimist Girls winner. The dinghy class, a regular feature of the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, remains one of Thailand’s most important series for the enhancement of sailing skills amongst youth sailors in the country.

Challenging and ever-changing wind conditions at today’s Regatta threw some slightly different weather into the mix, but the top competitors across many of the classes looked to press home and consolidate their point scores before the final day tomorrow. This year’s Regatta, the 27th Phuket King’s Cup, has delivered an exceptional fleet and high levels of professionalism and sportsmanship throughout.

About the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta – Asia’s legendary yacht race under Royal Patronage

Inaugurated in 1987 to celebrate the 60th birthday of His Majesty the King of Thailand, the event has been held every year since, during the first week of December.

Under Royal Patronage, the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta is organized by the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta Organizing Committee under the auspices of the Royal Varuna Yacht Club, in conjunction with the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand, the Royal Thai Navy and the Province of Phuket.

For more information visit kingscup.com.

Sponsors of the 2013 Phuket King’s Cup Regatta include PTT Global Chemical, Mont Clair, Singha Corporation, Sansiri PCL, Haadthip PLC, and Sunsail. Media Partners include Phuket Gazette, PGTV, Phuket Magazine, Sail-World.com, SEA Yachting and YachtStyle Asia.

The 27th King’s Cup Regatta is proudly sponsored by the Phuket Gazette and PGTV. ‘Phuket Today’, co-produced by PGTV and MCOT World, will be covering this event. Phuket Today, broadcast locally on Phuket Cable, Rawai Cable and KDTV cable networks, nationally on TrueVision 85 and 59, GMMZ and PSI, and internationally to over 100 countries around the region. For full schedule click
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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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