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Phuket sailors head for Platu Trans World Invitational

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PHUKET: Fresh from his team’s 2014 Platu One Design Championship victory, Kingdom Property helmsman Scott Duncanson has announced his intention to compete in the Platu Trans World Invitational.

Held from March 18-22 out of the Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Pattaya, up to 20 crews will compete for the internationally recognized trophy. Five European teams have entered, including current world champion Sandro Montefusco from Italy, as well as crews from New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore.

The 7.5 meter Platu class yacht was designed specifically for Thai waters by world renowned yacht designer Bruce Farr in the early 1990s and continues its global success offering affordable one-design racing in New Zealand, Asia and Europe.

With over 20 boats based in Thailand, it still remains one of the Kingdom’s most competitive one-design sailing classes.

The Kingdom Property team – consisting of Phuket-based sailors Duncanson and Alfie Rowson, along with Trent Pedersen and Tony Harman – won the 2014 championship placing third in the Platu Open and three consecutive first places in the Coronation Cup, National Championship and Platu Cup.

The 2013 champion – a Sydney-based team aboard Easy Tiger skippered by Chris Way – finished second with Tim Browne’s The Weasel in third place.

It was a very successful racing year for the Kingdom Property crew who bought a second-hand boat in December 2013, completed a full refit in Phuket then hauled the boat by trailer over 1,000 kilometers to race at Jomtien, Pattaya.

“We sailed in over 30 individual races throughout the year,” said Duncanson. “So to come out on top is a real testament to onshore boat preparation and the crews ability to mix it with some world-class competition.

“On reflection the Coronation Cup was probably the highlight of the year, but our ultimate goal was always to win the 2014 overall trophy, so the whole crew and our sponsors are feeling pretty pleased at the moment.”

Moving into 2015, the crew intend to compete in the 2015 SB20 Asia Pacific Championships held in Singapore from January 27-31.

Duncanson noted that although there is no SB20 class racing in Thailand, it is very strong in Singapore, and vital to keep his crew’s one-design sailing skills sharp.

“Unlike mixed fleet racing, the boats are nearly identical, so additional speed can only be found with superior sail trimming, crew work, strategy and tactics,” he explained.

Nearly 30 SB20s are expected to compete in Singapore, making the regatta one of the largest one-design meetings in Asia.

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Elephant gores German cyclist near Pattaya

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PHOTO: Chaiyot Pupattanapong

A 69 year old German cyclist is in hospital with serious injuries to his leg after a bull elephant charged at him near Pattaya yesterday morning (Saturday)

The incident happened near an elephant village in Pattaya.

Bangkok Post reports that Hans Dieter Sherding was found laying on the road near a forest in tambon Nong Prue. Members of the Sawangboriboon Thammasathan rescue foundation provided emergency first aid before he was rushed to the Bang Lamung Hospital.

47 year old ‘Boonsom’ who works for the Pattaya elephant village, says the German rode along the same road every morning. He told police that a 38 year old bull elephant ‘Phlai Kham Khun’ was in the area and was close to the road where the man was riding.

The man had been warned about the elephant but had stopped to watch the beast who suddenly charged towards him and then gored him with its tusk.

The elephant’s mahout ‘Bird’ says he had been washing the elephant with tourists earlier but Phlai Kham Khun ran away from his care. He told police that he had bought the elephant a month before for a million baht.

Vets from the Noen Phlap Wan Animal Hospital headed to the scene and shot tranquilliser darts at the elephant to calm him down.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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German tourist dies after falling from Pattaya condo

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A German tourist died after falling from the 15th floor of a Pattaya condo this morning.

The Pattaya police station report that they were alerted at 6.30am of a foreigner falling from his room on the 15th floor of View Talay Pattaya Beach Condominium. Police haven’t provided the man’s name, but say he was between 40 and 50 years old and had a German passport.

Pol Maj Saijai Khamjulla from the Pattaya police says there was no sign of foul play in the room but police will investigate if it was suicide, an accident or something else. His friends have yet to be questioned. The the local German honorary consulate has been notified.

SOURCE: The Nation

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Two British men arrested for dealing drugs in Thailand

May Taylor

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On August 20, more than 20 police officers used a warrant to search a home in Chonburi, eastern Thailand, seizing nearly 5 grams of cocaine.

Police also seized the home itself, worth about 6 million baht, a car and motorbike, along with 3 bank books and some jewellery items.

The house was occupied by British man Luke Timmins, 28, already wanted for drug offences under an international arrest warrant issued by the UK , and a 24 year old Thai woman known only as Cherman.

Both tested positive for cocaine, with Timmins claiming he purchased the drug for 2,500 baht a gram from a Thai man on Pattaya’s Walking Street.

Luke Timmins’ father, Michael, was previously jailed for 6 years for smuggling mephredrone into the UK. The drug was used to make 30 kilos of bath salts, also known as the zombie drug.

At the same time, in Mahasarakham province, another team of officers arrested fellow Englishman Daniel Wood, 29, on charges of drug dealing. At the time of his arrest, he was taking his wife to the temple.

While Wood was not in possession of any illegal substances, he was found to have overstayed his Thai visa since October 17, 2016, and also had a warrant out for his arrest in the UK on charges of smuggling drugs into the country.

He had flown to Thailand, married a Thai woman, and worked with Luke Timmins selling drugs in Pattaya.

Both men were found to be connected to Adrian Matthews, who has gang connections in Pattaya, and was stopped by Customs officials in New Zealand in possession of methamphetamine (ice) worth about 17 million US dollars, in October 2017.

Source: Thai Residents

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