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Phuket’s Kingdom crew fly high at Platu TransWorld

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PHUKET: Phuket-based yachtsman Scott Duncanson and his crew Trent Pedersen, Alfie Rowson, Tony Harman and Paul Burke on Kingdom Property have won second place in the inaugural Platu TransWorld Invitational.

The four-day international competition based at the Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Pattaya featured crews from Sweden, Russia, Singapore, Japan, Holland, the United Kingdom and Australia, but was ultimately won by Platu 017 skippered by professional match-racer Matti Sepp from Estonia.

Day one of the regatta started in near-perfect seven to 10-knot sailing conditions. Four races were held, with Sepp jumping to an early points lead over Kingdom Property, followed by Platu 154, Rolf Heemskirk and world number-five match racer Bjorn Hansen from Sweden getting off to a slow start.

The results were subject to a reshuffle, however, after a protest lodged by Platu 154 saw Kingdom Property disqualified for a marginal rules breach and pushed down the leader board.

The Kingdom Property crew responded well in fresher 10 to 15-knot conditions on day two, with 3-3-1-1 placings to win boat of the day.

Hansen also found form to record a 1-2-2-4 and move into third place, but it was the ever-consistent Sepp who continued his march to the title by finishing every race on the podium, with 2-1-3-3 placings.

Very humid and almost-still conditions greeted sailors on the final day, but after a short postponement, racing was underway in a 10-knot breeze that quickly faded, resulting in a mixed bag of results.

Chris Way’s Easy Tiger finally found some form to win Race 9, followed by the ‘all-ladies’ crew from Singapore on The Ferret in second place, and Platu 114 finishing third.

Sepp, knowing that he had only to finish in front of Kingdom Property to win the regatta, applied some very close covering and blocking tactics to sail Kingdom down through the fleet to eighth – and himself to fifth place – thus edging himself closer to victory.

Heemskirk won Race 10, but Sepp again sailed almost flawlessly to claim second place and seal first place overall with a race to spare.

In a building breeze and with one race remaining, the fight was on for the remaining podium positions. A major wind shift 60 seconds before the start caused a quick change of tactics, and in the fresher conditions Kingdom Property jumped to an early lead that they never relinquished.

Easy Tiger followed in second place to win boat of the day and Hanson placed third to claim the remaining podium position.

Final standings: 1st Platu 017, Matti Sepp (22 points); 2nd Kingdom Property, Scott Duncanson (29); 3rd Platu 131, Bjorn Hansen (32).

The Platu TransWorld invitational was the first regatta of the overall Platu Championship for 2015, which comprises four events throughout the year.

The next scheduled event, the royally affiliated Coronation Cup in early May, is held in celebration of His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s accession to the throne.

Kingdom Property will be attempting to defend the title they won last year, a feat no crew has achieved in the 19-year history of the class,” Duncanson told the Phuket Gazette.

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Torrential rains again wash away parts of Pattaya Beach, more on the way

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Heavy rains have caused flooding and beach erosion on Pattaya’s recently reclaimed beach yesterday afternoon. The torrential rain continued for many hours around Central Pattaya. Heavy rains are also expected again today (forecast below).

Many areas ended up flooded causing local traffic hazards and delays. Water flooded down storm drains and onto Pattaya’s beaches and into the sea, literally washing the beach away in some locations.

Tourists and swimmers avoided the water as they saw “an unidentified white substance on the water’s surface”. The white scum appeared to look like some sort of detergent or foam which had washed down the city’s drains.

Last year some 400 million baht was spent re-building some of Pattaya’s beaches which end up damaged and washed out to sea any time there are heavy rains.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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Thai High Speed Railway linking airports now to be signed off on October 25

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The State Railway of Thailand and the Charoen Pokphand Group-led consortium are putting pen to paper and signing the contract for the high-speed train project on October 25.

The much-discussed high speed railway will link Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang and U-Tapao international airports. The new SRT board was approved by the Thai cabinet today.

Deputy PM Anutin Charnvirakul says he is confident the contract will now be signed, adding that he has already met with Supachai Chearavanont, CEO of the CP group, and assured him of the government’s full cooperation and support.

The Charoen Pokphand-led consortium won the bid to develop the 224-billion baht high-speed train infrastructure as a signature project for the government’s flagship Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) high-tech investment hub. The train service is scheduled to be operational in 2024 (The Thaiger is taking bets now).

Recently, however, the CP-led consortium raised concerns over land expropriation and eviction problems and asked for the government to share the risk on this issue. The Transport Ministry has already rejected the request putting the onus on CP as part of the proposal.

Mr. Anutin explained that, in any large infrastructure project involving expropriation of land, it is usual for the government or state agency not to be able to hand over the land to the contractor all at once. In such cases, the contracted completion date can be moved back.

He said the CP-led consortium should proceed with the high-speed train project without further delay because 70% of the land is ready to be handed over.

Meanwhile, the deputy PM admits that he didn’t know why the entire SRT board resigned en masse, delaying the signing of the contract, and denied that he had put pressure on the board to quit. He also denied that Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob, also of the Bhumjaithai party, objected to the SRT board’s mass resignation because the latter wanted the contract to be signed quickly.

SOURCE: Thai PBS

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Toilet break goes wrong when trucks collide in Pattaya, injuring two

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The driver of a ten-wheeler truck got more than he bargained for after stopping for a toilet break at the side of the road in Pattaya.

Pattaya Update News reports that 57 year old Jirawat parked his truck on the Krathing Rai-Rayong road at about 1.30am over the weekend. While he was away from his vehicle, attending to business, a six-wheeler truck ploughed into the back of his truck.

The driver of the six-wheeler, 42 year old Suthin, suffered head injuries, while his 45 year old wife passenger, Netchanok, sustained a leg injury. Both occupants of the truck had to be cut free by rescue workers before being rushed to hospital.

Meanwhile, Jirawat says the sound of the crash startled him, causing him to fall over and urinate on himself. Returning to his vehicle, he alerted the authorities. It’s unclear what, if any, action will be taken by police against either of the drivers.

SOURCE: Pattaya Update News | ThaiVisa

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