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Phuket sailor Scott Duncanson wins his fourth Coronation Cup at Top of the Gulf Regatta

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PHUKET: Local yachtsman Scott Duncanson has brought home his fourth prestigious Coronation Cup after securing victory in the Platu national championship finals at the Top of the Gulf Regatta in Jomtien last week.

Duncanson, already a three-time winner in 2002, 2008 and 2010, and representing the Ao Chalong Yacht Club, was joined by fellow Phuket yachtsmen Alfie Rowson and Anthony Gates on board their 7.5m Platu Kingdom Property.

The final day of racing saw Kingdom Property jump to the top of the standings after winning the first race of the day, edging out Chris Way’s Easy Tiger IV by a little over 20 seconds.

In the second race, tactics came into play with Easy Tiger IV looking to shadow Kingdom Property. After a short windward-leeward leg, Kingdom Property gained the advantage over Easy Tiger IV with fifth and seventh-place finishes, respectively.

The final race win of the series went to David Leslie’s Nataya 131.

“Unusually light and stormy conditions made the racing extremely challenging, with multiple race abandonments due to lack of wind, rain squalls, three general recalls, black flags the 2014 edition had it all,” Duncanson told the Gazette.

After an unlucky eight place in the first race, the crew were under pressure and playing catch-up for the rest of the regatta.

Kingdom Property went into the final day two points behind main rival Easy Tiger IV, a professional crew from Sydney who sailed very consistently to finish no worse than third in every race.

“We won race six which set up a final race showdown, but with the pressure very much on Easy Tiger to sail us down to worse than a seventh-place finish,” Duncanson explained.

“After a very aggressive tactical battle which saw Easy Tiger give up a significant lead to attack and sail us down the fleet, we finally broke through their cover to take fifth place and the overall victory.”

The win still had yet to fully sink in, Duncanson said late last week.

“Winning a one design regatta such as the Coronation Cup stirs up different emotions, especially after all the hard work in creating a program to attract sponsors, preparing a boat, forming a crew, training, tuning and racing, it really takes days for it all to sink in,” he said.

“As you cross the line, it’s all a feeling of relief that you didn’t lose, then there’s the blurred joy with the crew at the presentation ceremony and finally as I write this the realization that we actually did win.

“I’d like to express my sincere thanks our principal sponsor Kingdom Property who enabled me to put together this fantastic team of sailors who made it all happen.”

Now in its 19th year, the Coronation Cup is one of four regattas that make up the annual Platu One Design Championship.

The 7.5-meter long, inshore racing yacht known as the Platu 25 class was specifically designed for Thailand by world-renown yacht designer Bruce Farr in the mid-1990s. The name “Pla-Tu” is in fact the Thai name for a popular small, tasty fish often eaten with the spicy chili paste nam prik.

“As the boats are near identical, boat preparation is key to ensure that the sails and their control systems work perfectly,” Duncanson explained.

“Then it’s up to a talented and experienced crew of five to start and sail the boat around the course as efficiently as possible.”

The crew on board Kingdom Property comprised: Helm – Scott Duncanson (Phuket); Tactician – Alfie Rowson (Phuket); Halyards – Anthony Gates (Phuket); Trimmer – Trent Pedersen (Bangkok); and Bowman – Tony Harman (Bangkok).

The Platu 25 class has grown with over 400 boats built to date. It has attained international One Design status and is now raced throughout Europe and Asia-Pacific.

Duncanson recently attained a two-year sponsorship deal from prominent property developer Kingdom Properties and completed a re-fit of his boat locally in Phuket. The extensive re-fit included new paint, mast, rigging, sails and instruments.

OTHER RESULTS

On the final day of racing, Race Officer Denis Thompson had the keelboat and multihull classes into sequence quickly completing two races for most and three for some.

Three races were in order for IRC 1 and despite coming into the last day with a run of firsts, Peter Ahern and his crew on Oi! struggled to a 1-3-3 scoreline. Sailing well, Wan Ma Rang caused the upset in the best breeze of the regatta with a final day scoreline of 3-1-1, enough for them to secure second place overall on countback, behind Oi! who won IRC 1 at their first time of trying.

IRC 2 delivered some close racing over the four days, with Singapore entries Foxy Lady VI (last year’s winner) and Windsikher battling with Japanese entry Karasu, and going into the last day it was Karasu who had the advantage.

As the winds arrived on cue, Foxy Lady VI powered up and scored two firsts on the windward-leeward courses and hence secure the class win by the slimmest of margins, a single point.

Two first places on the final day for Souay 1 in IRC 3 was a great finish to the regatta, but not enough to knock Hi Jinks off the top, which won the class for the second consecutive year.

Cruising went down to the wire with Windstar taking a slim lead in to the final day. The long course and conditions favored Amanda, which sailed to a win – equalling Windstar at the top in the overall standings. On countback, however, Amanda were crowned the winners with three wins in the series compared to Windstar‘s two.

For full results at the Top of the Gulf Regatta, click here.

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Phuket’s July Sandbox no-quarantine model “needs a major revamp”

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PHOTO: The monsoon waves are starting to hit Phuket's west coast

Thailand’s Sports and Tourism minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn is acknowledging that Phuket’s ‘Sandbox’ model for a no-quarantine re-opening in July will need “a major revamp”. As the Songkran travel bubble bursts and the monsoon season waves start to roll onto the island’s west coast beaches, Phuket’s scheduled July re-boot suddenly seems a long way off.

Minister Phiphat says he plans to meet with “all related agencies” this week. Apart from the latest national re-surge in new infections, Phuket has been unable to get its hands on sufficient vaccines to meed its deadline of 70% of the island vaccinated by July 1. Thailand’s limited supplies of the vaccine – including some 930,000 doses designated for Phuket – are being rerouted to other provinces as the government prioritises the limited supply.

“We are all concerned about the reopening timeline,” he was quoted in Bangkok Post.

But the Minister did acknowledge that, if the 70% vaccination level couldn’t be met, they may consider opening some areas of the island. Exactly how that would work hasn’t been revealed at this stage.

The minister also brought up the ongoing travel bubble negotiations and says he hadn’t heard back from some of the candidates with their reaction to the current outbreak.

Flights in and out of Phuket Airport’s international terminal have been extremely patchy and the flights from feeder tourist markets will need to co-operate with any re-opening plans.

Phuket, whilst suffering a rise in new infections, hasn’t been hit as hard as some of the other popular holiday provinces, like Chiang Mai, Chon Buri (Pattaya) and Prachuap Khiri Khan (Hua Hin).

This year’s Songkran was going to be a major stepping stone for the island’s recovery and many hotels, some who had opened especially to cater for Songkran holiday traffic, noted a lot of cancellations just prior to the break.

But some island hotels have still reported high occupancy rates over the past week. One Manager, who did not want his name published, said that their hotel was almost full with Thai patrons, most who had pre-paid for their flights and accommodation and decided to go ahead anyway.

Bhummikitti Ruktaengam, the president of the Phuket Tourist Association, says that they are opposed to any lockdown as it would cripple the island, with its tourist businesses already suffering greatly. He stated that 15% of people cancelled their Songkran bookings, while 30% had postponed their trips.

The Sports and Tourism Ministers is still in quarantine after having close contact with Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob, who was diagnosed with Covid-19 2 weeks ago.

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FILE PHOTO: Kolour in the park was more pleasant in 2018 before Covid-19.

Health officials in Phuket put out a public statement this week compelling all foreigners who attended clubs and Kolour events to report for Covid-19 testing. As many might expect, the response has been lacklustre at best. Spreading the message around the foreigner and expat community in Phuket, the message is aimed at the multitudes of people, mostly foreign who attended Kolour and related events that turned into a Covid-19 superspreader event. Many foreigners have not come forward, much to health officials chagrin.

Online and on social media, foreigners and Thais shed light on why this urgent public health request is going largely unheeded. Foreigners fear the repercussions of coming forward, especially since Thailand is not allowing staying home or elsewhere in isolation if someone tests positive for Covid-19. Quarantine is mandatory, and with infection numbers exploding across the country, many fear the less-than-posh comforts of being quarantined in an emergency field hospital.

Cost is the other factor that likely is preventing foreigners from turning themselves in to be tested for Covid-19. While Phuket health officials may test people for free, anyone found infected with Covid-19 will be financially responsible for all the costs of their treatment and quarantine. Foreigners with limited financial resources, especially after a year of holing up in Thailand to ride out the Coronavirus, may resist reporting to authorities when they cannot afford the mandatory quarantine and medical treatment.

Perhaps recognizing this hesitation, the message includes a plea for all attendees to self-quarantine and self-monitor for any symptoms over the next week, even if they fail to report or test negative. The note also reminds everyone to wear masks in public at all times. The statement to the public also instructed anyone who attended any of the Covid-19 spreading nightlife events to report to the Acute Respiratory Infection Clinic area of Vachira General Hospital to receive a Covid-19 swab test.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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Three of Thailand’s biggest expat areas are seeing sharp rises in new infections, partly from pre-Songkran traffic. The Songkran holidays, now officially over (but will see many people taking today off and making a weekend Songkran extension), and the government says they are expecting to see a rise in the cases numbers reported in the popular holiday locations.

Chon Buri Public Health office says they now have a total of 910 infections since April 1. They have 103 new cases in the past 24 hours. Most new cases are in Bang Lamung district which includes Pattaya City with 47, Siracha with 12) & Chon buri City with 8.

Pattaya, Phuket and Hua Hin brace for increased restrictions | News by Thaiger

Meanwhile Phuket has a total of 142 infections recorded on the island with the Governor still insisting there will be no need for a lockdown. Here’s a breakdown of the areas and the numbers of recorded infections so far (below).

Governor Narong announced that the Phuket Infectious Disease Control Committee won’t be implementing an official lockdown, but will “strictly raise the intensity of public health measures to counter the spread of Covid-19″.

“Everyone should wear a face mask, maintain social distancing, wash their hands frequently and install the Mor Chana app (available for free from App Store and Google Play Store).”

A meeting of the CCSA, chaired by PM Prayut Chan-o-cha is expected to upgrade restrictions in red zone areas around the country, which includes Phuket and Pattaya. Read more about the latest red and orange zones HERE.

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