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True breeze brings King’s Cup Regatta to a close on high note

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True breeze brings King’s Cup Regatta to a close on high note | The Thaiger
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PHUKET: The final day of racing off Kata Beach for the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta on Saturday saw all classes of boats competing in only one race each, making the most of good winds in the afternoon after light conditions earlier in the day.

A royal award ceremony presided over by HE Air Chief Marshal Chalit Pukbhasuk, personal representative of His Majesty the King of Thailand, was held in the evening at Kata Beach Resort & Spa to honor the winners.

Also in attendance were Minister of Tourism and Sports Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul; the regatta’s organizing committee president Kevin Whitcraft; Royal Thai Fleet commander Admiral Sucheep Wangmaitri; Yacht Racing Association of Thailand President Admiral Kraisorn Chansuvanich; Phuket Governor Chokchai Dejamornthan; Kata Group Resorts Director Iam Thavornwongwong; and Ex Commodore of Royal Varuna Yacht Club Tom Whitcraft plus other dignitaries and the sailors.

The Winning teams were presented with their trophies by Air Chief Marshal Chalit after a highly competitive last day of races, which began with light breezes that stiffened up later in the day.

“Happily today we ended with a true breeze. It really brought the regatta to a close on a good note,” said Race Officer Ross Chisholm on Saturday.

The Thai team in the Platu One Design class were proud winners of CPO.1 class with Wiwat Poonpat and his Royal Thai Navy 1 successfully winning all seven races over the week.

Kevin Whitcraft and THA72 finished six minutes ahead on Saturday and were named overall winners for IRC0.

Japanese team Yasuo Nanamori’s Karasu was victorious in the IRC1 class, fending off a stern challenge from Mandrake III all through the week.

April Jorgensen’s IRC2 team, Judy, performed well all week to receive Phuket King’s Cup honors.

In Premier Class, Ithinai Yingsiri and Pine-Pacific won after a week of solid first and second place performances.

Among the fireflies, John Newnham and Twin Sharks, beat the Royal Malaysian Navy into second place on final standings.

The Pulse 600 Racing Class was won by Neil Ayre, skipper for Java Racing. The Multihull Racing Class was won by Andrew Hurford (Phantom V). Kimiya Shimizu skippering Ying Yangwon the Multihull Cruising Class.

In Open Charter, Vladimir Oleynikov and team Popeye werevictors, whilst compatriots on Snapdragon skippered by IgorGinzburg won Bareboat Charter A.

In the Cruising Class, Jianquan Tong and Asia Pacific Atom won class honors by the regatta’s close.

The Phuket Gazette and The Nation are proud media partners in the King’s Cup since 2006.

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Tourist and environment groups share concerns for new access piers for Maya Bay




Tourist and environment groups share concerns for new access piers for Maya Bay | The Thaiger

The Chairman of Krabi Tourism Industry Council has shared his concerns about new piers and landing facilities on Koh Phi Phi Ley after being made aware that the Department of National Parks had the initiative to build a pier so tourist can travel by foot to Loh Samah Bay area behind Maya Bay, Ao Nang Subdistrict, Muang District, Krabi.

Maya Bay remains closed to all visitors and access confined to boats passing by the entrance to the bay for a photo opportunity instead. The bay was attracting up to 6,000 people per day at the height of its popularity before authorities closed down access in June 2018.

The idea of the floating piers would allow tourists to disembark then walk from the rear of the island across raised boardwalks to arrive on the back of the beach. In the past tourists had arrived on boat and jumped ashore with the boats waiting either along the shore or anchoring in the bay.

Maya Bay was made famous in the 2000 movie “The Beach” with Leonardo diCaprio.

Even though Koh Phi Phi Ley, the smaller of the two Phi Phi islands, is in the Krabi province, most tourists accessed the island group from Phuket by either speed boat or scheduled ferry.

The Chairman says… “I am concerned about the impact on nature and the environment, where Loh Sama Bay is a dive site that consists of both shallow and deep corals, complete with beautiful, diverse species including soft corals, hard corals, sea anemones. Previously, tourists have consistently come to dive and inspect the beauty of coral reefs there.”

Tourist and environment groups share concerns for new access piers for Maya Bay | News by The Thaiger

A Koh Phi Phi conservation group consisting of tour operators and local villagers have also previously submitted a proposal to the Department of National Parks voicing their concerns about the construction of the new infrastructure.

Pankham Kittithornkul, Chief of Ao Nang sub-district, says that he and local villagers have come to a conclusion to proceed with the construction to service Maya Bay with the exception during low season, closing the famous bay for nature to recover.

“The Department of National Parks has closed off the area to preserve the wide life but there is no news of the reopening of the bay, causing local people to lose revenue.”

“Previously the start of installation of the piers was recalled.”

SOURCE: One31 | Phuket People Voice

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Phuket officially reopens Monday, but with restrictions

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Phuket officially reopens Monday, but with restrictions | The Thaiger

Phuket is scheduled to reopen to outsiders on Monday, to coincide with the start of Phase 3 of the easing of Emergency Decree restrictions enacted to fight the spread of Covid-19. It will also be a pleasant respite for the islanders who have been cooped up on the island since the last week of March.

Phuket’s outgoing governor says his administration has sought approval from the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand to reopen Phuket International Airport to domestic flights, and will resume marine services at 24 of the island’s piers from Monday as well.

Permission to reopen the airport has not been given at this time.

Sarasin Bridge, Phuket’s only land connection to the mainland, will also be fully reopened for access to and from the island. Since the start of May there has been restricted access across the bridge where some 50,000 people registered to depart the island.

Some restrictions will remain in force: visitors to Phuket from Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Narathiwat and provinces where new infections have been reported in the past 28 days, will be required to enter 14 day home quarantine, unless the they plan to remain in Phuket for fewer than 3 days.

The provincial prison will also reopen for visits from June 8.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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Police arrest 21 curfew violators in Phuket, and raid a party in Pattaya

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Police arrest 21 curfew violators in Phuket, and raid a party in Pattaya | The Thaiger
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Police in the southern island province of Phuket arrested 21 people last night for violating the national curfew imposed to fight the spread of Covid-19.

Teams of officials and volunteers conducting night patrols across the province from 11pm to 4am and found 21 people out during the period without authorisation or justifiable reason. One of them was found possessing some bottles of kratom drug cocktail.

All were taken to the district police station for legal action.

Meanwhile, 30 teenagers were caught for violating the emergency decree and the night curfew by joining a birthday party at a house in Banglamung, near Pattaya, in Chon Buri early this morning. 14 male students were arrested and taken the Huay Yai police station.

Police raided the house in Huay Yai, Banglamuang district about 3.30am with dozens of teenagers dancing inside. Some were in pyjamas and others in school uniforms. The party was being streamed live on Facebook. The deputy superintendent says the arrests followed a tip-off from neighbours that a birthday party was held at the house.

Between April 3 and May 29, a total of 1,820 people in 1,762 cases were arrested for curfew violations in Phuket. Police say the provincial court has already handed down rulings on 1,403.

This Monday, June 1, the curfew will be shortened for a second time, to 11pm-3am.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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