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Phuket King’s Cup: Split-second separates Racing class winner

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PHUKET: Only 0.49 of a second on corrected time separated Neil Pryde’s HiFi and Ray Roberts’ Evolution Racing in race one today at the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta.

Frank Pong’s Jelik III took line honors, followed by Sam Chan’s FreeFire then Dubai-based boat Team Premier.

But all eyes were on Evolution Racing, which tacked away from HiFi at the bottom mark. HiFi covered them down the last downwind leg and the real race was on.

Evolution brought with them a fresh gust all the way down the course, while HiFi pushed for the line.

HiFi crossed 11 seconds ahead, but both yachts recorded a corrected time of 2:10:24 rounded up – and both boats were awarded a first-place point.

In the second windward-leeward race HiFi was powered up at the start with Team Premier and Jelik III on their stern.

Evolution Racing chose the boat end of the start line and began the race in their own clear breeze.

Yet this race belonged to HiFi. Asked about wind shifts at the end of racing, a very tired Neil Pryde, laughed: “There were plenty. It was a very tough race the last one, very shifty. We actually had a good race. We were in front all the way.

HiFi mainsail trimmer Tony Rae said: “The second race we were sailing the race relatively on our own. It was so shifty and bumpy that we made quite a few good gains upwind.

“It was just a matter of staying in the pressure that was around and work with what we had and not try to cover other boats a little bit. Some of them came in down the run.”

Song Xia Quin and her Chinese crew on Jelik V placed second, while Evolution Racing placed third.

After seven races and one discard, Evolution Racing is first overall in the class on eight points, HiFi is second on 11 points and Jelik III is third on 24 points.

Matt Allen’s Ichi Ban continues to lead IRC1 class with nine points.

His nearest rival is Peter Wintle’s Koull Baby on 20 points followed by Ben Copley’s Katsu, with just one race left on the schedule.

IRC2 class will go down to the wire this year as CPO Wiwat Poonpat’s Royal Thai Navy 1 and Jamie Watts’ Team Sea Bees both have nine points with two races left on the programme.

Royal Thai Navy 1 lead the class, but only by “countback” – they have won three races compared with Team Sea Beas winning two.

Royal Thai Navy 4, skippered by Cdr Pornprom Sakultem, is third on 14 points.

Hans Rahmann’s Voodoo continues to dominate the Firefly 850s class. His crew have won their all races, except one – in which they placed third.

John Newnham on Twin Sharks is second overall in the class with 15 points – nine points behind Voodoo.

Roger Kingdon’s Moto Inzi and Andrew Marshall’s Pink Lady have both tallied 17 points, but Moto Inzi is third overall on countback.

David Liddell’s Miss Saigon slipped into the lead in the Multihull class, and is just one point ahead of Andy Pape on Da Vinci, which has 11 points.

Henry Kaye’s Thor returned to form, winning the first race and placing second in the second race today to move into third place overall in the class with 13 points.

Tomorrow is the lay day of the regatta, with the racing continuing on Friday.

For full provisional results of the regatta so far, click here.

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British tourist killed at Phuket resort, Norwegian charged

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PHOTO: Tourist Assistance Centre

A late night fight that broke out at a Karon resort has ended in a Norwegian man killing a British tourist.

The fight started at 4.00am, when British national Amitpal Singh Bajaj, who was on holiday with his Singaporean wife and two young children, confronted Roger Bullman over the amount of noise coming from his room.

Mr Bullman was drunk, and security had already visited his room twice to ask him to keep the noise down. When Mr Bajaj confronted him, he stabbed Mr Bullman in the shoulder with a steak knife.

Mr Bullman, trained in martial arts, then got the British man in a choke hold and maintained his grip on him. He says he did not mean to kill him, and did not think he had.

He has been charged and released on bail by the Phuket Provincial Court. He must now remain in Thailand until the court hearing.

British consular officials are assisting Mr Bajaj’s family in the wake of the tragedy.

SOURCE: ThaiVisa and The Phuket News

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The second baby dugong ‘Yamil’ dies in Phuket

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The second young dugong, being cared for by vets at the Phuket Marine Biological Centre, has died.

Yamil, the baby dugong stranded on a Krabi beach on July 1, died of “shock and cardiac arrest” last night (Thursday) after suffering indigestion and gastroparesis.

The Department of Marine and Coastal Resources report that Yamil was sent from the Phuket Marine Biological Centre to Vachira Hospital last evening for an endoscopy to observe its gastrointestinal tract, which was found to be full of sea grass – a dugong’s normal food.

“But the sea grass had obstructed Yamil’s gut, causing its digestive system to stop functioning. This resulted in a buildup of gas in the digestive system, leading to the rupture of blood vessels and infection.”

Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari named the dugong ‘Yamil’ when he was moved from Krabi to Phuket for treatment and rehabilitation by marine vets. The animal was originally rescued by villagers from a Krabi beach where it washed up. His care has been sponsored by the Princess. Yamil, in the Yawi dialect, means “handsome young man of the sea”.

Last Friday night, baby dugong ‘Mariam’ died of shock while being treated in protected area near Koh Libong in Trang province.  Vets later found several pieces of plastic in its stomach.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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Official complaint filed with the DSI over The Peaks Residences Condominium in Phuket

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PHOTO: Inspections at the property in March this year – Kritsada Mueanhawong

Bangkok MP Sira Jenjaka has gone ahead and filed a long list of formal complaints over The Peaks Residences Condominium project being built in the hills above Kata Noi in Phuket.

The Palang Pracharat MP has also claimed to have had death threats made against him over his investigations and accusations over the condo’s land titles and ownership in recent weeks.

The MP filed an official complaint with the Department of Special Investigation chief in Bangkok this morning.

The complaint alleges that the Karon Mayor Tawee Thongcham and the municipality “neglected their duties” by issuing permits to Kata Beach Co Ltd, the developer of the The Peaks Residences Condominium.

In February this year the Karon OrBorTor issued a construction permit for the project but in April municipal officials also sent a letter acknowledging the ongoing legal proceedings over the legitimacy of the land title, the NorSor 3 Kor Number 1863.

The complaint alleges that the project is being built on land with a NorSor 3 Kor No. 1863 land title. The complainants allege that the legal land document would have had to have been presented to obtain building permits and construction to proceed. But they claim that, as the NorSor 3 Kor for that land was under consideration by the Administrative Court, a legal building permit could not be issued.

In August 2017, the Regional Administrative Court ruled that the NorSor 3 Kor No. 1863 land title was invalid. Furthermore it determined that the land was “protected forest land”.

The DSI formally received the complaint documents this morning.

Meanwhile, the developer of The Peaks Residences Condominium, Manassanan Nararattanawee, the CEO of Kata Beach Co Ltd, maintains that the project’s paperwork is all “proper’ and that “everything is under the law”.

“Our company has already suspended construction to wait for the judgment of the Supreme Administrative Court.”

Officials from the Internal Security Operations Command inspected the property in March this year as the owners promised to ‘slow down’ construction. Read that story HERE.

Official complaint filed with the DSI over The Peaks Residences Condominium in Phuket | News by The Thaiger

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PHOTO: Department of Special Investigations

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