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Thrills and spills – Day Two of Multihull Solutions Regatta

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Nineteen knots of wind in Ao Chalong greeted competitors as they sailed out to compete in day two of the Multihull Solutions Regatta. Armchair pundits were hedging their bets as to which boats would be damaged by heavy winds. Some thought the Corsair Pulses, who have been a touch fragile in heavy weather, might be in trouble, but the Pulses held strong. 

The first casualty of the day occurred around midway through the first race when Jonathon Kingdon’s Firefly Moto Inzi nosedived and hung in the air until Captain Brent McInnis of the Phuket Cruising Yacht Club’s Rescue and Salvage Operation (otherwise known as the PCYCRSO) showed up to save the day, right the ship and tow it back to shore. As we went to print, Moto Inzi was in the CBS “Coconuts” Boatyard and we were waiting to see if she would be ready for next week’s Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek.     

A veteran observer described the Moto Inzi sequence thus, “Sailing downwind, with the spinnaker up Moto Inzi was hit by a large gust and the leeward bow dug in, so she started to nose dive so much so the rudders came out of the water and the boat was on the tipping point of capsizing completely. The crew hung there until the boat capsized and the mast was stuck in the mud with the crew left hanging.” Drama, indeed. 

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Mitch Olivieri jumped off Mamba to assist Moto Inzi as did Justin Wong and Brent Gribble from Twin Sharks as Brent’s wife Sariwan (Khun Sa) was one of the Moto Inzi crew still in the water with Louis Monge, Hans van der Velden and skipper Jonathan Kingdon. Crewmates Saithon “Oi” Termngam and Charanya Daengthongdee were pulled out of the water by the PCYC rescue boat.  

The second casualty occurred about halfway through the second race when another Firefly, this time Hans Rahmann’s Voodoo, ripped the top of its mainsail and had to retire from racing for the day. Later in the day, the crew was seen trying to repair the damage, so they could race in the third and final day of the regatta tomorrow.              

Principal Race Officer Simon James ran the same set of windward-leewards he had done the previous day giving all classes except Cruising Multis three races, while the cruisers had two. Simon wisely decided to keep the fleet within the Bay as the damage would have been undoubtedly much worse if they raced outside.   

Dan Fidock’s trimaran Fugazi (formerly Three Itch) again took off like a bolt of lightning from the start line and again claimed line honours in all three races. But Bob Garner’s Blade Runner pulled two big upsets today winning races five and six on corrected time, when handicap was applied, which was even more dramatic as they survived a near nose dive on the last leg of the second race. 

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After two days of racing Fugazi, built and designed by Dan Moore in Bali and fitted out in Langkawi in 2012, sits atop the Racing Multihull division with six points while Blade Runner is second with eight points. Mick Tilden’s consistent performances have Pixalux is in third overall with 17 points, while Peter Wilcox’s Cosmo sits in fourth spot with 20 points. Andrew de Bruin’s Multihull Solutions H30 is close behind with 21 points while Glywn Rowlands’ Twister 2 brings up the rear with 24 points.           

In the Firefly division, John Newnham’s Twin Sharks had a 1-RDG-I today to maintain its overall lead with six points (the RDG came as it went to assist Moto Inzi). George Eddings Blue Noze’s 3-1-3 placings on the day left the boat second overall for 14 points. Ray Waldon had a good day with its 4-2-2 placings leaving it in third overall with 21 points. Voodoo had a second place, a DNF and a DNS leaving it in fourth overall with 28 points. Mamba sits in fifth with 32 points as it had a fifth-place finish and two DNS’s today. Moto Inzi brings up the year with 36 points on its one DNF and two DNs’s.   

Lead sponsor Andrew de Bruin and crewmate Zam Bevan with their Multihull Solutions H30 did manage to take the second race today from Mick Tilden and Derek Sheppard’s Pixalux in the two-boat Pulse 600 division. But after two days of racing Pixalux is ahead with five points compared to MS’s H30’s nine. Both crews have sailed this regatta before and have experience in these waters.   

The Cruising Multihull three-boat class saw Rick Fielding’s Mojo and Anthony Passmore’s DaVinci swap places from yesterday with Mojo coming in first in both races and DaVinci finishing third in the first race and chalking up a DNF in the second race. Bill Kane’s The Sting kept up its string of second-place finishes and after two days of racing sits tied in top spot with Mojo and DaVinci trails the two with ten points.    

DaVinci crewmates Paul Baker and Peter and Gary Slattery were mates back in the Kogarah Sailing Club forty years ago and haven’t seen each in almost three decades but they reconnected to sail as crew on PLANIT, a CADCAM cutting-edge solutions company who is chartering DaVinci, a boat that Baker manages. 

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The Phuket Marine Biological Centre has announced the sad news about the special young dugong ‘Mariam’, who was found in Krabi back on April 26.

Young Mariam died earlier today.

The centre posted on its official Facebook page that the vet team found that she’d stopped breathing and her pulse had stopped as well, so they brought her out of the water to try and stimulate breathing.

Initially, they found that she was still responding from her eyes so they return her back to the pond. After checking the pulse, they found that it stopped again so they used some veterinary medications to keep her alive and pulled her out of the water for a second time.

She was pronounced dead at midnight today.

In a post mortem the vets found that Mariam had consumed a quantity of plastic that may have been previously undetectable.

“Rest in peace Mariam, our little angel,” says the PMBC post.

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A government MP for Bangkok says he has received death threats for revealing a Phuket condo project that allegedly sits on land without the proper documentation. The project, at this stage, remains un-named.

Sira Jenjaka is an MP with the ruling Palang Pracharat Party and claims that two people had already died as a result of revealing the problems with the project.

He alleges the land documents had been revoked by the Administrative court in the past and says he will petition the Justice Ministry to have the project probed by the DSI (Department of Special Investigation).

Mr Sira says the un-named condo project, located in Tambon Karon (below), occupies land where the Nor Sor 3 Kor land ownership papers were revoked by the Administrative Court. He has alleged that the project is owned by a “retired high-ranking policeman”.

“If government officials were found to be involved in the alleged malpractice, the state could be sued for damages worth billions of baht”, according to a quote in the Bangkok Post.

He said that the potential buyers of the condominium apartments are mostly foreigners.

Mr Sirat said he planned to ask the Phuket governor to suspend the local mayor for alleged negligence in connection with the condominium project. He will also speak to the Phuket governor suspend construction of the project and cancel any contractor’s licences.

The MP says that some state officials may have their authority and been complicit in the approval of the Nor Sor 3 Kor document.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Today (August 15) at about 1pm, the lifeguard team at Nai Harn Beach rescued a small turtle, which had become stuck in a fertiliser sack.

They found the turtle washed up ashore with the sack wrapped up around its neck. They tried to carefully remove the sack from the turtle’s neck but found that the turtle had been injured around the neck so they contacted the Phuket Marine Biological Centre to take the turtle back to the centre for further examination and treatment.

Well done to the lifesavers at Nai Harn.

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