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Architects show their hand at bowling to raise funds

Alumni and students from the Faculty of Architecture at Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna faced off in a bowling tournament held at Bully Bowl, Kad Suan Kaew on November 17, 2013.

Nopniwat Krailerg
Members of the Alumni Association of Architecture, Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna held a bowling tournament on November 17, 2013 titled “45 year Nokhook Thapat” to raise funds for the “Fresh 45 Years, Nokhook Thapat, Lanna Architects” that will be held on December 7, 2013.
The tournament, held at Bully Bowl, Kad Suan Kaew, Chiang Mai, saw alumni face off with current students at the Faculty of Architecture at Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna. The tournament, which also raises funds, helps to build strong relationships between alumni and students according to Chawalit Siriniran, Lanna Architects Committee who presided over the opening. Members of the committee as well as those in the government and private agencies joined the competition.

Phuket King’s Cup Regatta: on the lighter side

Our intrepid journo looks back at 26 years of nautical tales, tall and true, from the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta.

Peter Cummins

Since the inaugural regatta in 1987, sailing, yacht-racing and cruising have had an exponential surge in Thailand, especially among the younger Optimist and Laser sailors, with Thailand excelling in international and world championships – even aiming for berths in the Rio Olympiad.

Curiously, looking at the broader picture, it has been the recent America’s Cup challenge on San Francisco Bay that placed yacht racing clearly on centre-stage of spectator sports. There, the American defender, “Oracle”, created sporting history by overcoming an almost-insurmountable deficit, to defeat the New Zealand challenger. This exciting, high-tech – almost space-age – battle of the “Titans”, was watched by millions world-wide. Although these flying machines, capable of speeds that would warrant arrests in most of the world’s major cities, are not for the average sailor, the potential is virtually unlimited.

Or, as the multi sailing Gold Medallist, tactician on “Oracle”, Ben Ainslie, said it after the event: “The incredible panorama of the America’s Cup brought home to millions the challenge, skill, freedom and sheer beauty of yacht racing – for most, particularly the American public – for the first time.

Life’s not all serious on the ocean waves. (Photo courtesy Guy Nowell/King’s Cup Regatta)

Meantime, back on terra-firma, we look towards the 2013 Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, held each year since 1987 in the southern Andaman isle to celebrate HM the King’s birthday, on the 5th of December. Here we feature a few “snippets” under various headings occurring over the years since that inaugural event 26 years ago.

Ancient Mariner

One of the earlier sailings of the now-famous regatta involved a dog. An itinerant live-aboard mariner, on a round-the-world transit, decided to enter the regatta and had to lighten his catamaran somewhat. He unloaded his paraphernalia which included numerous pot-plants, items of furniture, a dog and a cat, and placed them in his tender, anchored nearby.

The ancient mariner then entered the race, finishing third. But, on return to the anchored dinghy, he was heart-broken to find his faithful dog had “abandoned ship”.

He went onstage to receive his trophy which was a King’s Cup replica AND a large box. Out of the box jumped his sea-borne pooch, joyfully re-united with his master.

The story: One of the competitors spotted a dog swimming in the middle of the Andaman Sea, forlorn and lonely, whereupon the skipper diverted and collected the paddling pooch and brought it ashore.

The outcome: dog and master were re-united, the gallant rescuer was granted redress for his good deed and won the event, and the ancient mariner sailed away to his next port-of-call, complete with his ‘family’.

Moral of this story: if one is on a Cat, look after your dog!

May Day, My Day

The ultimate distress call for any vessel in trouble. In earlier regattas, the fleets used to sail to Koh PhiPhi, usually into the teeth of a strong north-easterly. One sailor, famous for his solo excursions, sailed his catamaran alone to the Island. Very alert Thai Navy personnel spotted the lone sailor from a helicopter monitoring the fleet. The dreaded “man overboard” May Day signal was relayed to the shore-based race committee. No problem: it was the notorious – and adventurous - Swedish sailor, Anders Widen, doing what he did best, solo sailing into a 25-knot North-easterly - or whatever wind was around.

The personable Swede came ashore “safe (sane) and sound on Phi Phi, thanks to the vigilance of the Royal Thai Navy and the race management committee.

McCook’s Marathon

One can never forget Aussie Scott McCook with then-crew member, Singaporean Alice Lim, who, somewhat short of funds decided to sail their Hobie Cat 16 to Phuket from Singapore. They then raced in the Beach-launched Catamaran Division of the Regatta, won all five races and then sailed back to Singapore. “No big deal,” said Scott later. “Just another day in the office”!

Alice claimed after the adventure that at times during their torrid journey, she felt a little left out on a ‘LIMb.’

David vs. Goliath

When Lasers were included as a major class in earlier King’s Cups, hard-bitten veteran Reg Chambers – no man to fool with on land or sea – was feathering up to windward, all 130 kilos of man and boat. Coming on a collision course however was 40 tonnes of keel-boat. Don’t mess with our Reggie. “STARBOARD” was the call from the Laser. The keel-boat crew, with a few choice expletives, honored the sea law, tacking clear of the Laser. “Thank you”, cried Reggie who continued on to win the Laser Class in that event.

Journos edited.

Two journos, great friends, were covering an earlier King’s Cup for their respective dailies, the Bangkok Post and the Nation. These were the halcyon days, pre internet. Both finished their stories in hard copy, handed them to one of the beautiful girls (of course!), for transmission via facsimile.

Next day in the press office there was an agonizing cry, in living stereo, from both journos. “I’ve been plagiarized”, they uttered simultaneously. The lovely lady, in her wisdom, had transmitted the two stories to the wrong newspaper. Both our editors back at the news office, wondered why we had mentioned our rival newspaper, so many times in the story and why a by-line from the rival. Maybe Rupert Murdoch could have worked that one out.

The friendship of the two “hacks” remains firm but now they use internet.

One and only…

Another journo’s saga, to round off these inane observations: One writer, dedicated (of course) to covering every aspect of the regatta, made a wrong decision. That was to go out on the course for some up-close photography. He chose the sponsor’s craft, where the bar opened as soon as the fleets were off and racing.

By the end of that day, becoming very friendly with the skipper, our journo had a “few for the road”, back at anchorage. By then he had lost his camera somewhere and lost his mind totally.

As he was about to disembark, the skipper noticed that the lovely duty nurse had gone ashore and forgotten her first-aid box, clearly marked with a big red cross. So, at the skipper’s request, our hero staggered ashore, carrying the first-aid box.

Half-way back to “safety” the drunken journo, cradling his first-aid box, weaved his way into the Kata Beach Resort. All would have been well, except that there was a party of very big –and loud –people heading to the beach.

“Look at that old fool”, shouted one of the uncouth tourists. “He is such a drunken idiot he has to carry his own ‘survival kit’ – a first-aid emergency survival package”.

Our erstwhile hero did not let the group down but managed to do a glorious fall, still clutching the first-aid box.

The hotel nurse however was VERY IMPRESSED, with the journo’s performance and the safe return of her precious “tools of trade”.

This, then, is a “jaundiced” look at a few of the memorable moments happening during my 26 years of covering the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta. There will, no doubt, be a few more anecdotes to report to you after this year’s event from 30th November to 6th December, 2013.

Lanna Juniors have a week to remember

The Lanna Juniors team are at the top of the table in the Chiang Mai Senior League, just ahead of Chiang Mai Cricket Club.

Richard Lockwood
Chiang Mai Lanna Cricket Club have generously decided to sponsor a junior team this season and the youngsters have already more than repaid the faith shown in them with a series of excellent performances.
First the senior and junior Lanna teams headed for the outstanding facilities out at Prem Centre where the Lanna Juniors bowled out the seniors for just 93 with Lang taking five wickets with his deceptive medium pace. Chanchai then made a fifty as the youngsters lost only one wicket as they raced to an easy victory.
The Lanna senior team was not at its strongest but both teams had such an enjoyable Saturday afternoon that it was decided to do the same again the following week. This time a much stronger senior team was selected but it was a day to remember for Lanna Juniors’ captain Bunchuai who showed again he is one of the best prospects in Thailand.
The senior team again batted first and this time posted a fine total as they reached 176 for 8 with opener Richard Cowles hitting six fours and two sixes in his innings of 41 and Jason Bray making an unbeaten 25 down the order.
The contest looked to be over as the juniors lost three early wickets as Paul Johnson generated real pace with the new ball, and two of the best young players, Chanchai and Cher, making only one run between them, but 18-year-old Bunchuai stood firm and almost led his side to a remarkable victory.
He took most of the strike as his young teammates just tried to survive for as long as they could, and he punished the bad ball so effectively that he reached his fifty out of 77 in the 17th over and seven overs later he had completed his first ever century.
He batted through the 25 overs and rarely hit the ball in the air, ran quickly between the wickets and was always able to place the ball in the gaps. He finished on 114 not out, the highest score ever made by a junior in Chiang Mai cricket, in a total of 153 for 6, but Lanna seniors held on to win by 23 runs.
A league match followed the next day for Lanna Juniors as they took on Floggers & Robbers at Gymkhana Club and Bunchuai carried on where he left off by making 71 as he and Chanchai shared a second wicket partnership of 117 as the juniors posted a total of 181 for 5 in their 30 overs.
Floggers & Robbers have a reputation for explosive hitting but Cher put them on the back foot by taking two wickets with his first two balls and Choo dismissed danger man Chris Coombes for just 5 to leave Floggers struggling at 22 for 3.
Cher and Choo proved a destructive partnership with the ball as Cher had figures of 3 for 7 and Choo 4 for 13 as Floggers were bowled out for just 55 in 15.4 overs which meant Lanna Juniors enjoyed a comprehensive win by 126 runs.
The margin of victory was so great that it took the juniors to the top of the table in the Chiang Mai Senior League, just ahead of Chiang Mai Cricket Club who had beaten CPP School by 120 runs in the first league match of the season the previous week.
CMCC made an imposing total of 206 for 8 in their 30 overs as Ubaid made an impressive 89 and Ismail a patient 36. CPP persevered well in the field as Yon claimed four wickets for 49 but the boys from Doi Saket struggled with the bat against some testing seam bowling. Suhail took 2 for 18 and Sarjeel 3 for 18 as CPP were dismissed for 86.
Bunchuai had a weekend to remember with scores of 114* and 71 and some of his younger team-mates are following his example and look very promising players who will improve as they have the chance to play more cricket.

Promotion to Division 1 in sight for Tigers

Chiang Mai FC continues their march to promotion

The Lanna Tiger Chiang Mai FC (in blue) win 2-0 over Angthong FC (yellow) in a home match at the Chiang Mai Municipal Stadium on November 24, 2013. (Photo by Noppadol Namwongphrom)

Nopniwat Krailerg
The Chiang Mai FC Lanna Tigers are 3 points away from guaranteed promotion to the Division 1 league as they continued their winning ways on Sunday, November 24, 2013 with a 2 – 0 win over Angthong FC.
In their match at the Chiang Mai Municipal Stadium the Lanna Tigers played to an enthusiastic home crowd which roared as Chatchai Nakwichit scored the first goal in the in the first half. The man of the match, Chatchai scored the second goal in the second half to give the Lanna Tigers a shot at promotion into Division 1. The Tigers needed the win after losing to Udon Thani FC away in the AIS League Division 2 Champions League Round, Group B.
Chiang Mai FC has 17 point from 8 matches with 2 matches remaining in the round. They need 3 points to move up to Division 1 in next season.

Students shine at the 4th University Sports Tournament

The Institute of Physical Education Chiang Mai took first place in the football (soccer) competition. 11 different universities and schools from around Chiang Mai took part in the games.

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
University students from 11 different schools in Chiang Mai took part in the 4th annual University Sports Tournament of Chiang Mai (USTCM) 2013 at matches held at three different campuses.
Mae Jo University took the trophy in volleyball, while Chiang Mai Rajabhat University won in futsal. The Institute of Physical Education Chiang Mai won 20,000 baht and a trophy for their win in football (soccer) and cheerleaders even got into the competition with Boromarajonani College of Nursing, Chiang Mai taking home first place in the Cheerleading competition.
Co-hosts Chiang Mai University, North Chiang Mai University and Bunditpatanasilpa Institute, Chiang Mai received the flags for the next tournament to be held in 2014 at the closing ceremony held at the Chiang Mai Municipal stadium on November 23, 2013.

HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Architects show their hand at bowling to raise funds

Phuket King’s Cup Regatta: on the lighter side

Lanna Juniors have a week to remember

Promotion to Division 1 in sight for Tigers

Students shine at the 4th University Sports Tournament