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PHUKET: The line-up of boats for the 2013 Samui Regatta, set to take place from today to June 1 off Chaweng Beach, features a strong mix of top international racers and regional regatta veterans.

Organized by Regattas Asia, a leading regatta and marine-based sporting event management company in Asia, Samui Regatta is celebrating its 12th year.

Familiar faces on the Asian regatta scene, Frank Pong and Geoff Hill, will be leading the charge with the two largest boats in the fleet – Jelik (75ft) and Antipodes (72ft), respectively. Battling it out with them in IRC Zero will be Sam Chan’s TP52 Freefire, a team from the Royal Malaysian Navy sailing their DK47 Uranus and the Aquila Reichel Pugh 45 Katsu, skippered by owner Ben Copley.

In the ever-growing 40-foot fleet, the top contenders are converging on Samui Regatta to battle it out, in this, the final event of the prestigious 2012/13 Asian Yachting Grand Prix Championship.

Competing in IRC One, EFG Bank Mandrake, skippered by Nick Burns is back to defend their title on the well campaigned Mills 40. After losing the title on the final day of last year’s regatta, Bill Bremner and crew on Foxy Lady VI are back to make amends, and will be up against Walawala 2, WindSikher, Rikki Tikki Tavi, Elektra, Siren, El Coyote and Dynamite.

“It’s great to see such a competitive fleet of boats lining up for the Samui Regatta. Indeed, across all the classes there are some very evenly matched boats and crews and I’m sure all will enjoy the five days of racing we have planned for them,” said Simon James, race director.

Having lost out on the IRC Two title by a single point last year, Lennart Fahlgren is back with Amanda and will be racing against Souay 1, Moon Shadow, Phuket favorite Royal Thai Navy 1, and Rolex Sydney Hobart veteran Matt Allen on his Adams 10 Ichiban. With victories at the Phuket King’s Cup and Top of the Gulf regattas in the the last 12 months, Ichiban looks the one to beat.

A battle of the SunOdyssey’s is set for the Charter class with the SunOdyssey 43 DS Paprika II up against two SunOdyssey 409 2.10 – The Waugh Ship (Ti-Punch), skippered by Barry Waugh and Andaman Sea Pilot, skippered by local regatta veteran Andy Dowden.

With last year’s winner of the Multihull class Fantasia unable to defend their title this year, a new winner is set to be crowned from a line-up of some of the region’s best multihull sailors. Largest in the class is the Crowther 42 Sonic, skippered by Kirati Assakul who will be up against the well-traveled Corsair 38 Miss Saigon, skippered by David Liddell, Radab Kanjanavanit and his all-Thai crew on Cedar Swan, and locally-built Crazy Horse, skippered by Kunta.

If the winds are blowing, one to watch out for in the Multihulls is Henry Kaye’s Seacart 26 Sweet Chariot, which favors the strong winds Samui Regatta is famous for.

“Samui Regatta has become well known for its top quality racing and professional on-water race management, and again this year, the ISAF International Race Officer Ross Chisholm will be calling the shots on-the-water,” commented James.

The regatta is equally well known for its onshore social scene, and the beachfront Regatta Tavern, which becomes the focal point in the early evening as the sailors come ashore.

The five days of racing is combined with six nights of parties, including the off-site Beach Republic Party – a mid-week highlight – and the closing Gala Dinner and presentations under the stars hosted by Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui – a fitting finale to the ‘Tropical Island Regatta’.

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Koh Samui: “Awash with drugs”, ONB News

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ONB News is reporting that Koh Samui is “awash with drugs” and that the local prison was crammed full of prisoners convicted on drugs charges.

They were making the assessment following the latest arrest of a Thai woman and her Thai husband on drugs charges on the popular holiday island.

‘Ice’ or crystal methamphetamine was found at her home in Bo Phut.

The 37 year old, Pinkaew Joseph Pickering, was arrested. She admitted she had been selling the drugs to Thais and foreign tourists. She said she had been married to a foreigner for a year, but it didn’t work out and now she was married to a Thai man. She also had a 10 month old child.

She told police she had to turn to drugs to make ends meet. Police believe she was more involved in the drugs trade than that. They had previously arrested her new Thai husband also for involvement in the drugs trade.

ONB reported that 80% of the inmates at the Samui District prison were incarcerated for drugs.

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Stunning new Lux Neo villas at Chaweng, Koh Samui

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Sun, sea, new, views, pool villa, Samui. All the words you want to hear.

Lux Neo is now available, combining stunning sea views and outstanding modern design. Lux Neo is the newest award winning project by the “Neo” team with critiqued unique villa design and award winning styling. Click HERE to read more about the Neo design team and some of their other award-winning projects.

Stunning new Lux Neo villas at Chaweng, Koh Samui | News by The Thaiger

This magnificent site offers a unique combination for in Thailand – inspired design, value, astonishing views and quality. Designer two or three bedroom villas are now available with sea views to Chaweng Noi and just minutes to the main attractions, beaches, shops, airport and the main Chaweng shopping and beach areas.

The “Lux” location is 18 Rai of premium Chaweng Noi sea view land with “Neo” being a private 12 plot residential development featuring the uniquely inspired villa style. The highly desirable location of Chaweng Noi is just 1 kilometre away from some of Koh Samui’s best beaches and restaurants.

Stunning new Lux Neo villas at Chaweng, Koh Samui | News by The Thaiger

These luxuriously designed spaces include vaulted double height ceilings, mezzanine floors, large open airy spaces, modern terrazzo bathrooms and mezzanine bedrooms – all with breathtaking views of Koh Samui offering unparalleled design with nothing else like it in South East Asia.

Prices start from 8.8 million baht for the 2 bedroom villas ranging up to 12.5 million baht for the 3 bedroom villas.

Read more about the details of this stunning Samui development or make enquiries HERE. You will be able to find out a lot more information as well as compare the new Lux Neo to other projects in the area.

Check out more Samui properties HERE.

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Foundation worker, who admits to killing famous singer’s son, taken on reenactment

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PHOTO: Sanook

Thai police continue to investigate the murder of the son of a well known Koh Samui artist that took place last Monday.

Sanook reports that the victim, 26 year old Nappaphorn, son of singer “Maew Bai Jaak Thai” was shot 5 times by a local foundation rescue worker, 20 year old Natdanai, following a long-standing dispute between the two.

Natdani has now been charged with murder and weapons violations.

Police returned to the scene of the of the crime yesterday with the shooter to re-enact the murder and try to gain some more insight into what happened as well as a motive.

Natdani was first taken to the ring road outside a small shop in Lipa Noi where he told police that he was being chased by the victim on a motorcycle as he drove his rescue vehicle. The victim was allegedly armed with a ‘Sparta knife’. It was here that Natdani fired his gun three times at the victim, but missed.

The re-enactment then moved about 100 meters down the road where the final confrontation occurred. As Natdani parked his car the bike also stopped about 6 meters behind him. The two approached each other, and with the gun, Natdani fired three shots before the victim could get close enough to use the knife, and two more after that to end Nappaphorn’s life.

Police then took the shooter to Ban Phrukam Hill where he had parked his car on the night of the murder and lwas ater apprehended.

Natdini says he had a sense of revenge following years of arguments with the victim and that they had also argued on the final day, which led to the chase.

SOURCE: Sanook

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