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PHUKET: In a move to broaden the appeal of yacht racing and support youth sailing in the region, organizers of the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta have announced two major changes to the annual international event.

It was announced yesterday that, for the first time, in the regatta’s 24-year history, dinghies will race as part of the official King’s Cup Regatta (KCR) program.

Before this year’s King’s Cup gets underway on December 4, the KCR organizing committee will launch the Phuket Dinghy Series, consisting of four weekend events to be held September 25-26, October 30-31, November 27-28, and December 4-5.

The last event will be held as part of the 2010 Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, with the series winners to be presented top honors by HM The King’s personal representative at the King’s Cup Royal Awards Ceremony on December 11.

Each event in the series will consist of five races. The first three events will be hosted by the Sailing of Phuket school. Located at Tah Nun, next to the Sarasin Bridge, the school is run by Lt Crd Pornprom Sakultem of the Third Naval Area Command.

Divisions will include: Optimist boys (born in 1995 or later); Optimist girls (born in 1995 or later); Laser Standard men; Laser Standard women; and Tasar.

Entry fee per weekend event is 500 baht for the Optimist race series, 1,000 baht for the Laser series and 1,200 baht for Tasar series.

“As host of the prestigious Phuket King’s Cup Regatta for 23 years, it’s time for the Phuket community to go further and support youth sailing. The Phuket Dinghy Series is a good start and will help make the sport of sailing more accessible in Phuket,” said Pamuke Achariyachai, chairman of Kata Group Resorts Thailand and host sponsor of the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta.

The move to have dinghies race at Phuket’s largest regatta follows the announcement earlier this month of another first for the King’s Cup: a one-off race that any boat with an IRC or OMR rating can enter.

The IRC Combined Fleet Race and OMR Combined Fleet Race on December 11, the final day of the King’s Cup, will have separate start lines off Kata Bay on Phuket’s West Coast.

The two-class-only race allows cruisers to take on the “grand prix” racers on a level-playing field.

“This is the first combined fleet race of its kind in Asia,” said King’s Cup Race Director Simon James.

Each class will compete for a separate trophy and the bragging rights of being the “IRC Winner” or “OMR Winner”.

The final day’s race does not count to the overall King’s Cup Regatta series, which this year will be raced over four days instead of the traditional five days.

“The IRC Combined Fleet Race on the final day of the Regatta is a great idea that will give the cruisers and cruiser/racers a chance to have a go at the flat out racers,” said Mike Urwin, Technical Director RORC Racing Office.

“IRC is firmly aimed at all types, sizes and styles of boat and so this is an ideal use of the rule,” he said.

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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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Phuket airport ready for tourists after finishing Covid screening labs

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Phuket Airport is officially ready for tourists as authorities say they have finished installing Covid screening labs in an effort to welcome international travellers. The 5T Model for Covid-19 is being used at the airport with the goal of screening large groups of people in a quick and efficient manner. The Phuket health chief says the 5T’s stand for Target, Testing, Treating, Trusting and Tracing.

Phuket has one large airport at the north end of the island but is separated into two separate terminals – a domestic terminal (the original airport terminal), and a new international terminal opened in 2016.

The target category refers to the target groups of tourists while the tracing stands for software that will be used to monitor their movements. The testing category refers to Covid tests that will be implemented to travellers upon arrival along with the treatment and trust categories signifying the readiness of resources for medical treatment and confident communications between all parties respectively.

The Covid-19 lab container module has been set up at Phuket airport’s Terminal X (the terminal opened for charter flights opened in 2014) and will be tested tomorrow with its operation to start on September 30. As large groups of tourists could arrive (later in the year, the lab is reportedly capable of testing 96 people at a time with test results becoming available in 6 hours. What the airport would do withe tested passengers whilst waiting for 6 hours, has not been detailed at this stage.

Such a readiness plan to welcome foreign tourists originally singled out Phuket due to its popularity with travellers, and as a so-called guinea pig model to test in a controlled environment (Phuket is an island joined to the Thai mainland by a single 300 metre road bridge). Once dubbed the Phuket Model, authorities have proposed to rename the plan to “Special Tourist Visa” due to the confusion and opposition it reportedly caused. The scheme is reportedly now being proposed for all areas of Thailand but only allowing foreigners from specific countries.

SOURCE: Pattaya Mail

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