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Tenth Multihull Solutions Regatta gets underway

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Day one in the 10th Multihull Solutions Regatta saw fifteen boats divided into four classes compete off the shores of host organizer Phuket Yacht Club in Chalong Bay in the ‘Boat Lagoon’ Race Day.

Before the regatta started, Multihull Solutions’ Andrew de Bruin said, “We are back for the 5th year as title sponsors to the Phuket Yacht Club’s Multihull Regatta and, as usual, we look to be in for the windiest and friendliest regatta in the region. There will be some very exciting racing out on Chalong Bay. It’s a great event for us and of course a natural fit for a company specializing in multihull yacht sales as we do, and I’m sure our involvement will continue.”

The Racing Multihulls and Firefly 850 Sportboat classes had six boats each, while the Pulse 600 had two entries and Cruising Multihulls had three boats.

Principal Race Officer Simon James ran windward-leewards for most classes for the first two races but sent the Cruising Class off a trip around Koh Lon for their second race of the day; the racing multis, including the Pulses, plus the Fireflies headed out and around the Cape Panwa safe water mark for their third and final race of the day.

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Dan Fidock’s trimaran Fugazi (formerly Three Itch) jumped off the start line and never let up as its main hull spent most of the day kissing the water’s surface as it cruised to line honours in each race. Bob Garner’s Blade Runner with two seconds and a third, held on to second spot overall in Racing Multihulls with seven points after three races while Peter Wilcox’s Cosmo was in third spot with eight points. Mick Tilden’s 4-4-5 placings gave him fourth overall with 13 points, while Glywn Rowlands 6-5-4 finishes and 15 points gave Twister 2 fifth overall and Andrew de Bruin’s Multihull Solutions H30 finished sixth with his 5-6-6 placings and 17 points.

They come in all shapes and sizes in this year’s Racing Multihull division ranging from Andrew de Bruin’s and Mick Tilden’s Pulse 600s to Peter Wilcox’s recently launched 12m foiling-assisted Stealth Cosmo to Bob Garner’s DM24 Blade Runner, Glywn Rowlands Stealth Twister 2, and Dan Fidock’s, Fugazi, built by Dan Moore, which always draws plenty of attention.

Cosmo, built by Asia Catamarans, has been in the water for less than two weeks, and suffered through a 40-knot bashing on a recent trip to Langkawi. There are only two Stealths in this race, but much Stealth news as Hurricane was recently sold to a fellow in San Diego and was being shipped there by Sevenstar via New York. And past Multihull Solutions competitors Top Cat and Gale Force have both been re-sold so lots of movement for Alan Cawardine’s creations.

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In the Firefly division, John Newnham’s Twin Sharks renewed its heated rivalry with Hans Rahmann’s Voodoo and race one saw the familiar Twin Sharks-Voodoo one-two finish. Twin Sharks continued to shine throughout the day capturing all three races while Voodoo faltered slightly earning 2-4-6 finished for third overall. George Eddings Blue Noze had a great day finishing 3-2-2 to hold on to second spot. Neil Ayre/Mick Coleman’s recently purchased Advanced CAE (Mamba) and their 4-6-3 finishes were good enough for fourth place. Ray Waldron’s Surf Patrol with a revamped crew was back to avenge its nose dive and capsize of last year and finished 6-3-4 on the day to hold down fifth spot. Jonathon Kingdon’s Moto Inzi took three fifth-place finishes to hold down sixth. The Fireflys were designed by Phuketian Mark Pescott, who is racing on Surf Patrol for this regatta.

Mick Tilden’s Pixalux and lead sponsor Andrew de Bruin with his Multihull Solutions H30 did battle in the two-boat Pulse 600 division. Tilden, who used to own a share in Fujin, put his competitive monohull racing career on hold when he discovered the joys of sailing a Corsair Pulse 600. Today’s racing saw Mick take all three races with Andrew coming a close second.

The Cruising Multihull three-boat class saw Anthony Passmore’s DaVinci, Bill Kane’s The Sting, and Rick Fielding’s Mojo finish 1-2-3 in the two races they sailed.

This event is a veritable who’s who of sailing in Phuket, as everyone who is anyone is involved in the regatta in some way.

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Pattaya fisherman surprised by friendly whale shark visit

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PHOTO: A friendly whale shark approved a surprised fisherman this week in Pattaya. (via Facebook ไม่หยุดอยู่นิ่ง นาเกลือ)

A local Pattaya fisherman had a shocking surprise visitor and was conscious enough to record a video to share with the world. The man, a fisherman for 10 years, posted 2 videos to Facebook on Wednesday of what appears to be a friendly whale shark casually visiting his fishing boat. Sightings in Pattaya of the majestic sea creature are relatively rare.

Whale sharks are the largest known fish species still living on Earth. They average from 5.5 to 10 metres in length, but the largest shark ever confirmed had a length of 18.8 metres.

The man, who goes by Mai Yud Yoo Ning Naklua (ไม่หยุดอยู่นิ่ง นาเกลือ) was sailing near Pai Island when the shark approached. The shark spent several minutes floating just inches from the boat and could be seen with shark suckers flanking it. The whale shark swam around the back of the boat and the man was able to capture a 3-minute video of the shark and another 49-second video where he can be seen getting up close and personal with the sea creature as it surfaced.

The Facebook video can be viewed on his original post, seen here. The man’s post showed his excitement, as he described that it was his first time experiencing this in his 10 years on a fishing boat.

“This is my first time seeing a whale shark. I have been a fisherman for ten years and have heard many stories but this is my first opportunity to see one and share it with the world.”

Locals in the Koh Larn area believe the appearance of this friendly fish is a sign that the environment is thriving. Covid-19 has prevented the throngs of tourists that normally flood the area, and with the reduction in traffic and boats churning the water, marine life such as whale sharks can safely return. In the waters off the coast of Pattaya, it appears that nature is healing.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

 

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Thailand News Today | Pfizer vaccines on the way, Phuket’s July re-opening | May 7

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Disease Control Department back-peddled saying that that foreigners living in Thailand WILL also be vaccinated, governor of Chiang Mai is calling for the ban on dining in at restaurants in the northern city to be lifted and for eateries to be allowed to serve food on-site until 9pm, Tourism and Sports Minister insists the southern island of Phuket must record zero Covid-19 cases if a planned July re-opening is to go ahead, and 150 million baht worth of methamphetamine pills were impounded in Nakhon Phanom yesterday

 

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The Thaiger is seeking a full time video editor and production assistant for a new project based in Phuket. The role is open to a Thai national but with great English skills as well. You will need to be able to work to deadlines with a crazy bunch of stressed out news hosts, guests and the rest of The Thaiger team.

You’ll also need a general knowledge of the Thai news cycle as the content will be largely centred around daily news and current affairs. Knowledge of social media, and especially YouTube, will be an advantage.

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