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Variable conditions test sailors on Day 2 of 2018 Samui Regatta

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Early morning thunder and lightening made way for a wet and breezy start to Day 2 of the 2018 Samui Regatta. The four classes lined-up in 10 knots of wind topping out at 15, and it was the IRC classes off first with a quick windward/ leeward. They were then sent on the same course as the Performance Cruising and Multihull classes, south of Chaweng past Lamai Beach, rounding Koh Rap off Samui’s southern tip and finishing off Hin Ang Wang Reef.

In their eagerness to get going, the IRC Zero fleet faced a general recall. When they did finally get underway it was the Chinese team lead by Chen Fulin on Ark 323 who showed their intent. Having improved race-by-race yesterday they are clearly on a mission and in the first race they corrected out in second place, ahead of the larger 66-foot Alive (AUS). With less than two minutes separating second to fifth place, the racing was close but still nobody could stop series leader THA72, who added another win to their scorecard.

With the wind dropping off in the second race, it played into the hands of light-air specialists WindSikher (SIN), who corrected out in second place more than eight minutes ahead of Alive in third, and two-and-a-half minutes behind THA72 whose fifth bullet of the series sees them comfortably at the top of the standings.

In the TP52 division there’s no change at the top as THA72 extend their lead on the back of two wins today. However, a 3,2 for Freefire (HKG) see them tie Ark 323 on points and claim second place overall on count back. After a second place finish in the first race of the series, Team Ulumulu (MAS) have struggled to keep up with the others and no doubt will be looking to rectify this tomorrow.

It was all change at the top of IRC One today with Hong Kong entry Mandrake III dominating. Claiming the daily double in both races they narrowed the gap to series leaders Loco (SIN) and now sit second overall, just one point behind. Two second places for Loco keep them at the top, just, while two third places today for Fujin (AUS) see them strengthen their claim to third overall.

The Performance Cruising and Multihull classes were both given a single long race south of Chaweng, and while they started in good breeze by the time they’d rounded the headland and were crossing Lamai Bay, the winds were softening, turing what was expected to be a fast ride into an endurance challenge.

Souay 1 (CAN) continued their winning ways, mastering the mixed bag of conditions and adding another win to their tally, while a second place for SailQuest Hi Jinks (THA) keeps them in second overall, two points ahead of the smallest boat in the class, Moon Shadow (THA).

Variable conditions test sailors on Day 2 of 2018 Samui Regatta | News by The ThaigerChange at the top today as Pixalux (AUS) take their first win in the Multihull class.

In the Multihull class Pixalux (AUS), skippered by Mick Tilden, revelled in the conditions and secured their first win of the series. A second place for Andy Pape’s Sudu Red (GER), however, ensures they stay top of the standings while another third place finish for Sudu Grey (THA) keeps them third overall.

After two days of racing competitors have faced a wide range of conditions – light airs, storms, sun, rain and a decent 15 knots at times today.

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Koh Samui to start Covid-19 vaccinations early next month

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Covid-19 vaccinations on Koh Samui will start early next month with 2,500 doses planned to be given to 1,250 people on the island, according to Surat Thani governor Wichawut Jinto. Island authorities are also proposing that foreign visitors be allowed to quarantine on their yacht, at a villa hotel or at a wellness centre.

The tourist island off the coast of Surat Thani in the Gulf of Thailand is deemed as an area of “economic significance” and is included in the first phase of the country’s immunisation plan. The first doses will be given to disease control officials and those in the tourism sector.

The vaccines, which just arrived from overseas yesterday, are expected to be delivered to the island before the end of the month and vaccinations are set to start in early March.

Half of the vaccines are reserved for those in the healthcare field as well as local government officials. Around 26% of the doses would be given to local health volunteers and the general public. 22% of the doses would be given to workers in the tourism industry, including airport employees and hotel quarantine employees. 2% of the doses will go to Covid-19 inspectors.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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4 top tourist destinations to be prioritised for Covid-19 vaccine distribution

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The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration says 4 of Thailand’s major tourism destinations are to be prioritised in the distribution of vaccines. They are Phuket, Chon Buri, Chiang Mai and Surat Thani. In addition, a further 9 provinces with significant infection numbers are being prioritised in the rollout of the first vaccine doses arriving in the Kingdom today.

Taweesin Visanuyothin from the CCSA says 70,000 doses will go to the hard-hit “highest control” area of Samut Sakhon, where Thailand’s second outbreak began late last year. 8,000 doses are being set aside for medical officials in the central province, along with 6,000 for frontline healthcare workers, 46,000 doses for seriously ill patients, and 10,000 doses for migrant workers and local residents.

Another 105,000 doses will be distributed to similar groups in Bangkok, in the central provinces of Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi, Nakhon Pathom, Samut Songkram and Samut Prakan, and in the western province of Ratchaburi and the Mae Sot district of Tak.

The Pattaya News reports that 14,700 doses will be sent to 4 major tourist destinations, with 4,700 going to the eastern province of Chon Buri, 4,000 to the southern island of Phuket, 3,500 to the northern province of Chiang Mai, and 2,500 going to the island of Samui in the southern province of Surat Thani.

In the case of the vaccines going to tourism spots, it is not yet known which groups will be vaccinated first, with that decision being left to the Provincial Communicable Disease Committee and other related authorities.

Meanwhile, the CCSA says other plans for the 4 tourism destinations are being considered, including the possibility of “area quarantine”, which would allow vaccinated foreign arrivals to remain within certain boundaries during their quarantine period. The Tourism Authority of Thailand has been pushing for a vaccine passport policy for vaccinated visitors, while PM Prayut Chan-o-cha says the government may consider lifting quarantine restrictions for vaccinated tourists.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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Police raid “Hippie Festival Samui,” arrest French musicians for allegedly working without a permit

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Police on Koh Samui broke up the “Hippie Festival Samui” at a restaurant on Lamai Beach and arrested 4 French musicians, who were performing at the event, for allegedly working without a work permit. The manager of the restaurant, 48 year old Kannika Thongreuang, was arrested for selling alcohol during hours when alcohol sales are prohibited.

Around 100 Thai and foreign customers at the event, according to Thai media. Bo Phut police checked passports and took 2 bottles of beer as well as a some bills as “evidence” of the alcohol sales. The musicians – a drummer, saxophone player, bass player and guitar player – were all taken to the Bo Phut police station. Thai Visa says police had received complaints about an “illegal party.”

Just last month, on neighbouring Koh Pha Ngan, police broke up a party at the ThreeSixtyBar and arrested 111 people, including 89 foreigners, for allegedly breaking a number of laws relating to Thailand’s Emergency Decree put in place to combat the spread of Covid-19.

Koh Pha Ngan and Koh Samui are part of a trio of popular islands off the Surat Thani coast in the Gulf of Thailand.

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