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Australian Embassy Regatta: A Tribute To HM The King

Carnage at Bira halves Touring Car field!

Spice Boys taught lesson by The Mighty Warbler

Phuket Regatta, 2002: Something Old; Something New

Mo Bertrand has a week to remember

Fortt and Privett win the week

Ed leaves ‘em Trayling

Paul Sharples garners first win

Precious few shine like lone stars in the sky

Gibson shoots career best in Diana Seniors

The Square Ring

Pattaya Water Sports Festival 2002 draws big crowd of speed lovers to Jomtien Beach

Junior player, Apivith takes out the big boys in the last Tibhar Table Tennis Tournament

Mio’s team wins the league

House of the Golden Coin knocked out of trophy race

Fitness Tips


Australian Embassy Regatta: A Tribute To HM The King

Story and photos by Peter Cummins

Even the wet, almost windless conditions could not ‘dampen’ the ardour, enthusiasm and joyous ambience of the recent Australian Embassy Wooden Boat Regatta, held off the Royal Varuna Yacht Club, South Pattaya. And, as so often happens, the next day the northeasterly was back in ascendancy in the Gulf, with clear skies and strong wind.

Winners all - with Embassy Charge d’Affaires John Griffin (centre).

Organized by the Embassy which, each year, holds a special event to honour the birthday of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 2002 represented the first time that the Embassy has sponsored a boat race since 1988, when the highly-successful “Bicentennial Regatta” was sailed to celebrate the 200th year of the country’s founding.

With the full support of the Royal Thai Navy, which supplied most of the wooden craft, the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand and the Royal Varuna Yacht Club, host for the regatta, some 40 boats took part, comprising Fireballs, OK dinghies, Enterprises, one Contender dinghy and a big fleet of Super Mods, the classy little light-weight designed by the King himself.

The co-operation between these three entities has been an ongoing collaboration over many years and, as the commodore of Royal Varuna, Don Mackenzie noted at the awards ceremony, “It is really the Royal Thai Navy and the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand which have made our sailing and racing so successful here at Royal Varuna.”

“The Australian regatta held here today, is a clear example,” he added.

The Thai Navy men took away most of the trophies, with Sitee Poonpat, Worrasard Sa-ard-iem and Preecha Dangpratum/Toidsapol Jornjaithong, first, second and equal -third, respectively, finishing, also in that order, in the Super Mod Class.

Vice-Admiral Chamnong Sampanyoo just kept out Varunian Peter Herning in the OK Dinghy Class.

Wiwat Poonpat/Saichol Chowandee, David/Susan Race and Dave Wales/Na Fa were first to third in the Enterprise Class while Voravit Vorrasan/Vasan Jumpatong, Claire/Simon Medd and Gary Baguley/Lawnin Crawford filled the first three places in the Fireball fleet.

The fleet beats up-wind - into what wind there was.

But, doubtless, the overall winner of the show - and one of the oldest competitors - was Vice Admiral Chamnong Sampanyoo (OK), followed by Sutee Poonpat (Super Mod), second, with Peter Herning (OK) and Vorravit Vorrasan/Vasan Jumpatong (Fireball), equal third.

Varuna sailor Frank Teeuwen had the “field” to himself, so to speak, being the only lonely Contender to participate.

The King himself is very familiar with all the classes taking part in the regatta, with the possible exception of the Contender, having built and sailed Enterprise and OK dinghies, winning a Gold Medal in this latter at the 1967 South East Asian Peninsular Games - now the SEA Games.

Banished temporarily from the racing were the ubiquitous multi-hulled “plastic fantastics”, which normally dominate the yacht-racing scene in Pattaya. It was wall-to-wall wooden craft, in various states of repair - or, disrepair, in some cases - as the large fleet sailed out to mid-stream to take principal race officer, Lieut. Chairat Peeranarong’s first start signals.

It was hard to judge at times, which were older - the boats or some of the competitors who, for a day at least, became the ‘gray hounds of the Gulf’ - some of them even wearing construction workers’ hard hats: not to hide their silver locks but, more practically, to avoid a decapitation from the low OK boom, when tacking or gybing.

With some skilful manipulating, Lieut. Chairat managed two races, encountering wind -shifts of 180 degrees, alternating between storms and dead calms.

Meantime, aboard the committee vessel, the race management team was busy cutting old soft drink containers in half and handing them out to some of the sailors who had to use them to bail the water out from leaky hulls.

John Griffin, the Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy arrived on Sunday afternoon, appropriately attired in a straw boater and seemed to bring some wind with him, as the forty-odd craft wallowed in the doldrums off the eastern shore of Koh Larn. The sun re-appeared and the wind filled in - just enough to drive the fleets home, making the last leg of the regatta a truly spectacular sight, as each boat sailed past the finishing line at the Royal Varuna foreshore in blazing sunlight.

The regatta was basically the idea of Embassy staffer Brett Young who brought his own home-built wooden boat to the scene but, alas, was not able to launch, due to a few technical glitches.

Mr. Griffin pointed out that His Majesty’s interest - and outstanding success in building and racing dinghies, was the inspiration for the regatta, noting that such a race for wooden boats was a “particularly appropriate way to celebrate the Monarch’s 75th birthday, on the fifth of December.”

John was effusive in his praise of the management of the event by the Royal Thai Navy, the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand, and, not least, of the Royal Varuna Yacht Club. “Also, with a number of generous Australian sponsors, such as Qantas, Leighton Thailand, the Laem Chabang International Terminal, BHP Steel, NDC, Rolly Tasker Sails, Recall, Servcorp and Linfox,” John pointed out, “a large sum has been donated to His Majesty’s Chai Pattana Foundation.”

In spite of the unseasonable weather, it was a magnificent day at the shore.

Carnage at Bira halves Touring Car field!

The demanding Bira circuit was to prove to be too much for half the field in the touring car Group N + Class C race held there last weekend, as part of the Thailand Grand Touring Car series, organized by the AIM Racing Project.

Qualifying on the Saturday was held in torrential rain and it was surprising who had webbed feet and who did not! This produced a very different grid from normal, with many of the fancied runners down the rear of the grid.

However, Sunday race day was hot and dry and the racing was cut-throat as the back markers strived to get back up to their ‘rightful’ positions. Of the 20 starters in the Class C group, only 10 saw the finish flag, but most of the missing 10 saw the retaining fences! It required a cavalcade of tow vehicles to get the motor cars back to the scrutineering area. One driver whose name was “Jump” obviously jumped left when he should have jumped right. The panel shops will be busy. The race was finally won by Nattapong in the Honda Civic from the similar cars of Karn and Supachai.

The Sport Challenge class for newcomers saw a strong win by Vichapong from Narongchai and Apimingkol. French nationals Gilles and Bernard Pailler came home 5th and 10th respectively.

The Group N + Classes A and B race was a thriller, with many lead changes, but it was the steady and heady drive by Natavud which saw him take the top step on the podium yet again. He deserves the “Number 1” on his works Toyota Corolla Altis.

Second, but over 30 seconds adrift by the chequered flag, was Grant Supapongs in the Honda Civic, who had fought his way to the front from a very rearward grid position, but lost the lead with some recurring gearshift problems. He was another 20 seconds clear of Natavud’s team mate, the Thai film star “Pete” Panthakarn, who appears to have managed to rein in his “press on regardless and bounce it off the wall” style and was rewarded with a well driven 3rd.

The Sport Grand Champion category appeared to run the cars on Singha Beer, as almost every vehicle was sporting Singha signage and many drivers had the surname Bhirombakdi (the brewing family). A deserving winner of the 5th round was Tanavud, who also set the fastest lap of 65.8 seconds, followed by Chaiyanin and Vutikorn. The pace was so furious that Tanavud lapped all but the top 6 cars.

Being the 5th and final round of the TGTC sponsored championships, all of the national titles were decided. The Overall Winner and the Sport Grand Champion for 2003 was Tanavud Bhirombakdi driving for the Singha Caltex Havoline Team B. The Sport Challenge Champion was Apimongkol Sonakul, Touring Cars Group N + Class A Apathorn Kunnasoot (Poseidon Junior), Class B Apichai Punkongchun (KPS Bridgestone Singha Triumph Engineering) and Class C Natthapong Leartlumpraseachkul (Speed R Ramithra Turbo).

The meeting was honoured with the presence of the Minister for Sport and Tourism, Sonthaya Khunpluem, and Chanyut Hengtrakul, his advisor. Both appeared to enjoy the races and with a little luck, there could be some central government interest in the motor racing field in the future. Thailand’s Prince Bira, after whom the circuit was named, was a world class motor racer. It will take promotion by the government for us to find another Prince Bira.

Spice Boys taught lesson by The Mighty Warbler

MBMG International League Week 3

In Conference A of the MBMG International League, the Spice Boys of new team Bangkok Blitz took the field against The Mighty Warbler, with reasons for optimism. Not only did they arrive surrounded by a cluster of MTV starlets and society beauties but the champions were in a state of disarray, having lost their goalkeeper only minutes before kick off.

With The Mighty Warbler forced to play Dodger Shuttleworthless, their starting forward, in goal the starlets and the Spice Boys licked their lips in anticipation. However, as Shuttleworthless produced save after outstanding save and Jeffries and Henthorn, with half an eye on the watching starlets, produced trick after mesmerizing trick, the Spice Boys were defeated 5-0.

At the end of the game, not only did the Spice Boys lose but they also learnt an invaluable lesson about the fickleness of fame as they watched Shuttleworthless and Henthorn leave the pitch surrounded by the cluster of MTV starlets and society beauties.

In Conference B, crisis club SCI gained their first point of the season with a two all draw against improving Patana. After the game SCI’s under fire manager McGuigan responded to questions about needing to improve his team’s defense, which has now conceded eleven goals in three games, by saying, “The chairman’s told me there’s nothing left in the pot, we have to sell before we can buy. Some of those boys are fighting for their careers.” Elsewhere, the High School Casuals were taught a stern lesson by conference masters, Pattaya with Paul Crouch instrumental in the 7-0 caning.

Phuket Regatta, 2002: Something Old; Something New

story and photos
by Peter Cummins

We are not talking here of the age-old tradition of marriage, whereby the bride is supposed to wear “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”. Rather, it is an annual event which, this year, will revert to some tested formulae and add some new ideas.

16th PKCR Organizing Committee (L to R) Don McKenzie, Gulu Lalvani, Andy Dowden, Admiral Varong Songcharoen, and Nigel Hardy.

It is that time of the year - again! The sixteenth sailing of the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta will take place from November 30 until December 7, timed to coincide with the week of His Majesty the King’s seventy-fifth birthday on the Fifth of December.

The inaugural regatta, held in 1987, was established to celebrate the King’s fifth-cycle, sixtieth birthday and has continued to evolve over the years. It has, and has become one of Asia’s best yacht races, this year being the second event in the Asian Yachting Circuit’s four-regatta series, sailed also in Malaysia, Singapore and on the South China Sea, between Hong Kong and the Philippines.


Principal sponsor for 2002 is the newly developing Binatone and Royal Phuket Marina, Resort and Spa - destined to be one of Asia’s best marine complexes, reflecting the new confidence in Thailand’s marine sector. This represents the first Phuket-based sponsor in the regatta’s history and augurs well for future events. And, since the regatta moved north to Kata Beach from Nai Harn Bay some five years ago, the Kata Group has been its host and ‘home’ on the Kata Beach seafront.

Co-sponsors include some new and many perennial regatta supporters. It represents the first-time “aboard”, not just for the major sponsor, but others such as American Express Bank, Land Rover Thailand, Nautica (Bara Windsor Company Limited) and TPQR Thailand (Total Quality PR).

An all-Thai team on Viroj Nualkair’s “Octopussy”.

The Evason Phuket Resort and Spa, House of Kangaroo Europe AS, Phuket Magazine, QBE Thailand, Sunsail Thailand and, of course, the Tourism Authority of Thailand have joined again, as have beverage sponsors Berli Jucker, Coca Cola and Phuket Island Beer.

Supporting sponsors include Don’s Cafe, Neil Pryde (Hong Kong), Phuket Marina Services, Sika Thailand and Wave Rider.

Mom Tri’s Boathouse: perennial regatta supporter

The most consistent supporter - and one of the founders of the event - Mom Tri Devakul, annually places the resources of his world-renowned Mom Tri’s Boathouse Wine and Grill behind the regatta. Again, this year with Land Rover Thailand, the Boathouse will sponsor the Fourth Race, sailed on the King’s birthday, and will hold a cocktail party and presentation, with a candle-light ceremony on Kata Beach, co-ordinated to similar tributes country-wide in honour of the Monarch’s 75th birthday.

According to Boathouse GM, Louis Bronner, a propitious time is set in Bangkok - usually around 19.00 hours - after which candles are lit simultaneously throughout the Kingdom.

Mom Tri’s Boathouse also hosts the Sponsors’ Gala Dinner at the splendid resort, on Tuesday, at the end of the Binatone and Royal Phuket Marina Andaman Sea Race, the regatta’s Blue Riband event.

As always, the organizing clubs of the regatta are the Phuket Yacht Club, the Royal Varuna Yacht Club and the national authority, the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand. The Royal Thai Navy, from its southern base, lends logistic support, personnel and the mandatory security that such an event requires. Again, as every year, the offices of the respective governors of Phuket and Krabi lend their unconditional support.

Beach-launched catamarans will be back for 2002.

What’s new for 2002?

The organizing committee is constantly striving to improve, upgrade and vary the regatta format, while not compromising the quality and level of excellence which has been achieved in 15 years. Sometimes that requires reverting to former initiatives and this year there are several, plus many innovations. Firstly, the regatta will start from Koh Phi Phi and, then, at the end there will be a long-tail boat race to involve the Phi Phi residents - both of these have been done before. Then, a fleet of beach-launched catamarans will be back to compete for the first time in almost a decade.

A novelty this year will be the Silka boat building competition to take place on the lay-day, Wednesday. This is going to be a huge amount of fun - but, although I certainly shall ‘go to see’ the production, I am not too sure that I would ‘go to sea’ in the end product!

President of the 2002 organizing committee, Phuket marine entrepreneur Andy Dowden, said recently that the start from Koh Phi Phi was the first time since 1997 and, in spite of the “logistical and cost implications, it is what the sailors want,” he pointed out. Phi Phi and neighbouring islands have been the targets of media attack since that time - as recently as last week in the “Bangkok Post” - for the degradation of the environment, the disregard of residents for the ecological disasters they are courting and other considerations. The arrival of a fleet of yachts - which basically leave no flotsam and jetsam in their wakes - could well be a boost to the island’s eco-system. Certainly, back in 1997, the King’s Cup fleet anchored off a cesspool of pollution.

Royal Varuna entry: Robert England’s “Emerald Blue”.

The second ‘re-invention’ will be the long-tail race which, when last held about eight years ago, was a great joy to the populace.

Under retired four-star Royal Thai Navy Admiral Varong Songcharoen, who has taken charge of the 2002 regatta racing programme, there will be a total of 10 classes.

Already more than 70 craft have already registered and the committee expects about 80 keelboats and some 20 catamarans and sports boats, for a total of 100 - the kind of fleets which were evident prior to the 11 September 2001 disaster. Three new categories will be an Ocean Rover Class, the return of the beach-launched catamarans, and a Sports Boat Class. Adm. Varong, who knows his way around the sea - if anybody does - was formerly the Commander of the Thailand Naval Academy which will have two teams competing in Platus in the “IRC 2” class.

Many familiar names (and craft) are on the sign-in sheet, including multiple regatta winner Neil Pryde’s Hong Kong sloop, “Hi Fidelity”, David Bailey’s “Hocux Pocux”, Bill Bremner’s “Foxy Lady”, and high performing Keith Moore’s “Pla Loma 3”. George Foose will sail his “Free Wind” down from Pattaya and perennial regatta participant, Radab Kanjanavanit will be there sailing the multi-hull “Cedar Swan”.

Frank Pong’s magnificent Hong Kong maxi, “Jelik”, which performed so well at the First Koh Samui Regatta last May, will be seeking the Racing Class honours.

Much interest will be taken in several all-Thai teams, such as the Naval Academy’s entries, Viroj Nualkair’s “Octopussy” and Schle Wood-Thanan’s new Farr-designed, “Pasaya”, one of the many fine racing craft built by the Malaysian yard, DK Composites.

Royal Varuna, under new Flag Commodore Robert England, will again have a full team entered on “Emerald Blue”.

The committee, the competitors, the press and media - in fact, anyone even remotely involved in the regatta - can be thankful to the long list of sponsors and supporters, particularly principal sponsor Binatone and Royal Phuket Marina Resort and Spa, whose owner and developer, Gulu Lalvani has invested more than $25 million into the venture. “I believe that the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta can become a world-class event, like the Caribbean’s Antigua Week ... and even England’s Cowes Week,” he said.

Mr Lalvani was surprised that the Thai Government did not support recreational boating in the Kingdom, giving places like Langkawi - “nowhere near as beautiful as Phuket” - the advantage.

Gulu can be considered as the “Guru” in marine development and we now have the chance “to knock all competitive destinations into second place,” he announced, reiterating that the new complex was not being developed at the expense of the environment. Quite the contrary, in fact for he is working with government agencies and a top European landscape designer, “to re-plant and cultivate mangroves where they used to be,” he emphasized.

See you at Phuket.

Mo Bertrand has a week to remember

IPGC TAGGS Golf from The Haven

Monday 18th
Burapha West

1st: Mo Bertrand, 4 up, cb9 2 up, cb6 2 up, cb3 2 up

2nd: Pete Murray, 4 up, cb9 2 up, cb6 2 up, cb3 all square

3rd: Trevor Edge, 3 up

4th: Dave Lee, all square, cb9 all square

5th: Ron Mathews, all square, cb9 1down, cb6 1 down

6th: Phil Cleland, all square, cb9 1 down, cb6 2 down

7th: Richard Garland, all square, cb9 2 down

8th: Dave Howden, all square, cb9 2 down

Unable to play the scheduled East Course, most of the players found the rough a little too rough for their liking. With the wind blowing hard, any poorly struck shots immediately blew into trouble which proved to be difficult to recover from and match par.

Mo Bertrand, playing some of the best golf of his time in The Land of Smiles, took his first of three podium positions in the week by beating out one of the boys from Costa Rica, Pete Murray, on count back that had to be decided on the last three holes.

Trevor Edge, now free of all nurse-maiding responsibilities, took third place from a gaggle of players who had to be separated by numerous count backs.

The twos were shared between Phil Cleland, Pete Murray and Paul Ovens.

Prior to the prize giving Richard Livingston, the resident PGA professional, welcomed new members Glenn Unflat, Billy Martin and Chris Ferris, whilst welcoming back John Taylor, Des Regan and Phil Cleland all on holiday from New Zealand to play golf and forget the All Blacks game at Twickenham.

Wednesday 20th November
Century Ban Chan
Stroke Play

1st: Stephen Beard, 73

2nd: Mo Bertrand, 74

3rd: Richard Garland, 75

4th: Dave Lee, 76

5th: Phil Cleland, 77, cb9 36

6th: Ron Mathews, 77, cb9 36.5

7th: Rick Bevington, 77, cb9 37.5

8th: Trevor Edge, 77, cb9 39

The “Doc” emerged from a spell in the doldrums to record his best round for some time and although unable to beat par, took the day’s honours with the rest of the field struggling in the hot and windy conditions over the tricky Nick Faldo designed layout.

He was chased all the way by Mo Bertrand, taking his second prize of the week, and the other one of the boys from Costa Rica, Richard Garland, but they were not quite able to snatch the win over the closing holes.

Dave Lee also took his second prize of the week with a score that he thought would not be troubling the scores, heading a group of players by a further shot who had to be separated by the now familiar count back.

“Noddy” Winton and Richard Garland shared the twos.

Friday 22nd November
Treasure Hills

1st: Paul Taylor, 36 points, cb9 19

2nd: Ray Matti, 36 points, cb9 18

3rd: Phil Cleland, 35

4th: Al Rolnik, 34

5th: Mo Bertrand, 33

Ray Matti, fresh from his gross 72 on the final day of the Lewiinski’s/Orchid four-day competition, was not quite able to recreate his form, although it should be said that the course played its full length and the wind was also a major factor. Paul Taylor, who recorded his first win out of The Haven, beat him into second place, just getting the nod on the back nine with nineteen points.

Phil Cleland took third place to become the second player to figure in the prizes every day of the week’s competitions.

Al Rolnik finished just ahead of the ever-present Mo Bertrand, who’s worst round of the week proved good enough to claim the last prize of the day.

The twos were shared between Phil Cleland, Mo Bertrand, Chris Ferris, Mark Cooper, Doug Campbell, Ron Mathews and the “Doc” who unusually plays in the same group, all had a two on the same hole.

Fortt and Privett win the week

PSC Golf from the Rising Sun

On Tuesday the Rising Sun golfers went to the beautifully manicured Natural Park Resort. A Stableford competition was the format.

The winner with 38 points was Kevin Fortt, and runner-up with 36 points was Jiss Branford.

Nearest the pins were won by Dave Hughes and Mac Mackenzie. The twos pot was won by Dave Hughes.

On Thursday, the Rising Sun golfers held a Stableford competition at St Andrews. With 23 entries, everyone was keen to get at this splendid par 74 course.

The course was in fine condition, but with fast greens and a par 6 measuring 790 yards, scoring did not come easy for most.

Roger Privett won with 38 points. Runner-up was Ron Matthews playing off a 9 handicap.

Nearest the pin (although some thought it was nearest the tee box) went to Tony Thorne on hole #3, Matt Anderson on hole #5, Mick Benton on hole #10 and John Taylor on hole #17.

The twos pot was shared by Paul Thavat and John Taylor.

Ed leaves ‘em Trayling

IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at the Bunker

Loy Krathong is a traditional Thai holiday when people make their way to water and float their “krathongs” containing flowers, candles, incense, money and strands of hair and fingernail clippings, in search of blessings and good fortune for the year to come. So it was, on Loy Krathong day, when the Bunker Boys went in search of other good fortune at the beautiful Khao Kheow golf course. The day was clear with a refreshing breeze and the challenge was to be stroke play over the “A” and “B” courses.

In division one Harry Riley rediscovered some of his touch and headed the list with a thoughtful net 76, nudging Norman Brooks into second place with his net 77. One shot behind was Colin Wilkes on 78.

Division two saw the better scores surprisingly, and lording it above all others was senior golfer Ed Trayling who shot a fine level par 72, just extinguishing the efforts of Fireman Danny Greer and his new clubs who combined to fire net 73. Gary Austin carded a steady 74 to take third place.

The day witnessed no two’s and so the Bunker Super Sawng award was held back and Andy Anderson wishes the same could be said of the Bunker Banana Booby, for his futile efforts at hitting the krathong-like green on B8 guaranteed him bananas with his cornflakes for the next few days. All in all it was a day perfectly in keeping with the spirit of the occasion, full of dignity and good humour, and Khao Kheow was, as always, the perfect charming host.

Mr. Loy pulls out a big one at Ban Chang

The Bunker Boys made their monthly visit to Century Ban Chang on Friday, 22nd November, on a day when a refreshing breeze comforted the golfers but hampered their game.

The day was memorable for the performance of Roy Mitchell in division one. Mr. Loy has been in woeful form for a few months and he would be the first to admit that he could not put his finger on the problem. At his favourite course, Ban Chang, he rekindled his game and shot a marvellous 43 points to decimate the field, his round including ten pars and very little over. It was the round he has been waiting for and it should see his handicap plummet to its rightful place.

In second place was Colin Wilkes, firing 31 points, whilst Harry Riley secured third place with his 28.

Another player who has been lost in the golfing wilderness for a long time, Len Jones, found his game again and scored 34 points to take division two, closely followed by Kevin Wilson (33) and David Johnson and Des Pearson (32).

Stuart Tinkler scored the only two of the day and picked up the Bunker Super Sawng award for the first time and completed a double by shooting the day’s lowest score of 21 points thereby netting the Bunker Banana Booby as well. But for Mr. Loy the abiding memory of the day will be the style with which he pulled out a big one at Ban Chang.

Paul Sharples garners first win

P.S.C. Golf from the 60’s Bar

Friday November 22
Century Bang Chang

All competitions from the 60’s Bar will be Stableford and the organisers do not want to have too much to do, after all they play as well, so there will always be plenty of near pins and long putts and any fun ideas we can think of. But we will always have one winner, after all we need to get the cards in so we can look at the handicaps, and as in the first 2 competitions only one player has beaten his handicap, and only by one shot. It looks as if it’s so far so good.

Bobby (right) presents to Paul.

This time after a good breakfast at the 60’s Bar cooked by Bobby Joe, all piled into transport for the trip to Bang Chang and the promise of a fine day’s golf. I have to say here that if you visit the 60’s Bar at the present time you will be regaled by Bobby Joe who will show you his new clubs and tell you how much his swing has improved in his two lessons with Mike. When the bug hits it hits and Bobby reckons after a few more lessons he will play at the back of the field next week. We look forward to it.

Paul and Bua Brook, who played really well.

A fine bunch of golfers.

Well back to the plot and to a round of golf on this fine course that to me is the most under valued course in the area. The course was in fine condition and the only drawback it has is that for large groups the showers are insufficient, and by the way cold, usually. Still, get out on the course and it is a fine walk around and sitting in the ‘Clubhouse” at the end has always been a fine experience after the opulence of other courses.

On this day as usual the golfers were chased around by that fine photographer, Bobby Joe, until the call of the Heineken took hold of him and he did a dash for the coolness of Bang Chang’s Bars. He’s good at bars is our Bobby.

Meanwhile out on the course the usual mediocrity was surfacing and scores were going through the floor. I am pleased to report that the ‘Regulars’ are not improving but as is unusual a refugee from the Middle East who flew in on Thursday and flies back on Sunday was forging ahead and finally won with an average round that was good enough. Not that Paul (Ena) Sharples cares; he has been coming here since the Stone Ages and playing all the competitions and this is his first win. It will make the flight back on Sunday sweeter, especially as Bobby Joe presented him with a golf towel to wipe away the tears. There is no proof that Paul flew in just to play as a ringer, but we suspect...

Back at the bar it was pouring down, the road outside was flowing like a river and after finally dashing into the bar it was nice to be met by a bubbling stew of split pea and ham (called soup by mine host); in that weather it was just perfect, and very tasty.

It may have been wet outside but after a fine day many people won a fun prize and that’s what its all about. A fine day was had by all.

Precious few shine like lone stars in the sky

PSC Golf from the Cafe Kronborg

Monday November 18
Treasure Hill

Treasure Hill and Country Club, always a pleasure to play, hosted a stroke play competition in two flights: A flight 0 to 19 and B flight 20 and upwards. There were 11 groups of players, many of whom were to perform, not well, but just a precious few who were to shine like lone stars in the sky.

Wayne Koch

Wayne Koch, playing out of his skin, produced a magnificent round of net 65 to win the A flight by a street, with in second place half a mile behind, our own Don Richardson. Definitely not Dave’s father. In third was Philippe Berra on net 72 ahead of Brian Holden on net 73 in fourth place.

Irishman Jim Flanagan likewise destroyed the B flight with an excellent net 66 ahead of Cees Bosman on net 72 and Barry Kerr in third on net 73. Fourth place was decided on count back with Kurt Persson winning ahead of Koji Yamada, both on net 76.

Jim Flanagan

Near pins: No 2 Paul Wragby, No 6 Jim Winfield, No 13 Paul Fager and No 17 Brian Holden.

Long putts: No 9 Dan Heidebo and No 18 John Swanson.

November 21
(Monthly Mug-Stroke)

Are the months getting shorter or are we getting older? The probability is only the one, as this month’s Monthly Mug was brought forward, because next week the PSC has one of the highlights of the Year when the Cafe Kronborg aids and assists in Papasan Ray Rogers’ Thanksgiving Tournament at Pattaya.

Bjarne (left) presents the coveted Mug to winner Hwan Yong Hwan.

This month the turnout was very good as usual with many old friends coming back to town, and the party was in an upbeat mood as the players departed for Phoenix, all sure they would play the game of a lifetime to bring their name to the fore.

With the Mug being won on net 62 and net 60 over the last two months it was felt the winner would have to produce something special; however, as we stood on the first tee the wind lifted and many a ball was blown to parts unknown and the day became a tough fight.

The course was in fine condition with the tees back, and the greens were well cut and extremely tricky so as the round progressed it gradually became apparent that unless someone came out of the woodwork the low rounds of the last two months would be a distant memory.

There is always one isn’t there? However, with only two cards to come in things were looking as if for the first time for many months the winner was not going to break net 70. In the lead in the A flight (0 to 19) was Paul Fager with net 70 and in the B flight (20+) Cees Bosman led with net 73, a far way from last month.

Then with the last 2 cards came the Chinese/Japanese influence and shattered the rest.

The winner of the A flight with a net 70 was Paul Fager, second on net 72 was that man Ebrahim and third with a net 73 was Kris Helgason continuing his fine form of late.

The winner of the B flight with a net 69 was Koji Yamada, second on net 73 was Cees Bosman beating Dick Worden on count back into third place on count back.

And the winner was a gentleman who has been playing with us for the last few months and finally came good as Hwang Yong Hwan shot a net 65 to win the mug.

Near pins: M4 Cees Bosman, M8 Wayne Koch, O5 Werner Strub and O7 Les Phillips.

Long putts: M9 Gary Austin and O9 Bob Nelson.

Gibson shoots career best in Diana Seniors

by Mike Franklin

John Gibson scored forty-four Stableford points and shot a ‘career best’ to win the Seniors Division in the November Diana Seniors & Ladies Open at Pattaya Country Club. Runner-up in the Seniors Division was Tosh De-Mester with thirty-nine points.

John Gibson shot a ‘career best’ to win the November Diana Seniors & Ladies Open Seniors Division.

Dave Earthrowl’s forty points in the Super Seniors Division was enough to claim the winner’s trophy, with Terry Phur beating Jal Anderson on count back, both with thirty-seven points.

Nattaporn (Ploy) Thongpen won the Ladies Division for the second successive month with forty points, and Mam Trayling was runner-up with thirty-six points.

Near pins were claimed by Jack Mosely, Stan Axon, Bill Jones and Ploy. Chris John putted 18 ft to win the long putt on the ninth, beating Ed Trayling’s optimistic 1 ft effort which he had the audacity to put on the pin card. But then you never know, as very short putts have won it before.

However, putt of the day came from Roger Pidcock at the eighteenth as he stroked the ball uphill around 50 ft and into the hole.

Back at the Green Bottle, new and returning faces were welcomed in the shape of Bill Smith, Mark Coomber, Jack Cherry, Dave Robinson, George Butlin, William Macey, Jack Gayer and Derek Reading.

The usual complimentary snacks accompanied the prize giving after a good day, with John Cole and Richard Livingston looking after the administration and scoring for the field of forty-seven golfers. Indications are that the busy season is here!

The December Diana Seniors & Ladies Open has been moved to January 2nd to leave the Christmas holiday clear. The January Open will be on Thursday January 30th. Sign-up for both at the Green Bottle or at the Diana Driving Range, North Pattaya.

The Square Ring

by Howie Reed

I want to wish all ex-pats a very Happy Thanksgiving. I know it’s the day after in Land of Smiles but in America Thanksgiving is happening today. Tis the time of year when Yanks and POMS give thanks. The Yanks celebrate tossing the Brits out. “We tossed you out.” The POMS celebrate saying, “We were glad to be rid of the likes of you.”

David Tua has signed to fight Hasim Rahman on March 1. The winner gets the Holyfield - Byrd winner for the IBF Heavyweight title. When’s the Byrd-Holyfield fight? March 1. It’s a double dipper at the Thomas & Mack in Las Vegas.

Fernardo Vargas has been suspended for 9 months and fined $100,000 USD for testing positive for steroids after his fight with Oscar DeLaHoya. It was a 4-1 vote of the Nevada Commission which rejected Vargas’s “dog ate my homework defense”.

As he readies to celebrate the 75th Birthday of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great on December 5th, “The Thai Tyson”, Yodsanan 3K-Battery’s chances of his next battle being against Joel Casamayor have narrowed to 2. Slim and None.

It has been chronicled that even a warm body is too much for the big mouthed linguini-spined Casamayor. After a lot of useless jabbering Casamayor has chosen to fight little known or talented Yori Vargas (23-3) on December 20.

Meanwhile, Yodsanan’s fight against Lamont Person “The Fighting Postman” on the 5th will be broadcast live from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on National Channel 7. Want to attend? No problem. The event at the Royal Park in Bangkok is free. No charge. Nothing. Zero. Zip. Would suggest that you leave early, like today, as 100,000 are expected.

One of the better boxing judges in the world is Anek Hongtongkam of Thailand. He almost qualifies for permanent residence status in Las Vegas as he works every major WBC in Glitter Gultch. At least it seems that way. He was there for the recent Morales-Ayala WBC title fight. Having read in the Mail that Pattaya was soon to have casino gaming and owing to the fact that Las Vegas is the gaming capital of the world I decided to ask Mr. Hongtongkam about his thoughts. He said, “I have not heard anything about it. I do not think it will happen because all the poor people will lose their money.”

As I was on my best behavior I declined to point out that “poor” people don’t have any money and that’s why they’re poor. I could have brought up good old Robin Hood, one of the original POMS, who robbed from the rich. Now if the poor had money he could have doubled his opportunities by robbing them...

Did I mention that Super Bantamweight Somsak Sithchatchawal (29-1-1) won a unanimous decision over Andries Dick in 12? Yep, that was a couple of weeks ago.

Tomorrow night in Osaka Japan Ponsaklek Wonjongkam (44-2) puts his WBC Flyweight title on the line against Hidenobu Honda (25-1). If some think that the lanky left-handed Thai is taking a chance, in the words of Joe Pesi “Forgetaboutit”. Wonjongkam may well be the best flyweight in the world. No one would ever say that about Honda. His wins have come against fighters with no “discernible record” which should lead to the phrase “paid workout”. Honda is also a natural “light flyweight” so he’s moving up without a lot of power. “Piece of cake” for Wonjongkam. Would love to see him in against Eric Morel (32-0) the WBA champ but that’s wishful thinking. WBC and WBA don’t mix. The name Morel may ring a bell as he disposed of Thailand’s Denkaosan Kaovichit (20-1) last month via the 11 round TKO route. Bet the ranch on Wonjongkam, but he won’t beat his 34 second first round KO of Daisuke Naito in April.

Was that a record? Yep. It was the quickest KO defense in flyweight history. The 34 seconds eclipsed the old record of 0:58 set by Frenchman Emile (Spider) Pladner (42-2-2) against U.S. Frankie Genaro (83-23-9) on March 2, 1929. Had to be a lucky punch. A Frog KOing a Yank in 0:58. The rematch took place a little over a month later. April 18 to be exact. This time Genaro would prevail but not without a bit of controversy. He won with a 5th round disqualification. The story as reported by the United Press of the day:

“There were three judges: one American, one French and one Swiss. The American and the Swiss judges concurred in disqualifying Pladner for a low left hook which floored Genaro for the count in the fifth, but the French judge refused to agree, declaring that Pladner had won every round. French fight fans were greatly upset. When Genaro and his seconds left the ring, they were attacked by spectators. Bottles were hurled, and Bill McCarney (Genaro’s manager) was struck by a French boxer. A spectator kicked Genaro in the stomach. Pladner said he was through fighting as a flyweight, and would henceforth turn his attention to the bantams.”

Genaro would defend the title five more times. Pladner was a man of his word. In the next 7 years he would have more than 81 fights going 58-15-8. In the years 1931, 34, and 35 he fought an unfathomable 16 times in each year. Today that would be a career. How about them apples?

Pattaya Water Sports Festival 2002 draws big crowd of speed lovers to Jomtien Beach

A massive number of thrill seekers lined the beach at Jomtien to watch the speed boat races this past weekend. The beach was alive with the spirit competition and eager crowds of residents and tourists, both Thais and foreigners, cheered the racers on as they turned the 2-day Pattaya Water Sports Festival 2002 into a carnival atmosphere.

Competitors start off the beach and into rough seas for the jet ski part of the competition.

Mayor Pairat Suttithamrongsawat presided over the opening ceremonies on November 23rd and then let the fun begin.

The races were divided into 8 categories: 85 horsepower speed boats, 40-horsepower speed boats, under 650 cc Jet-ski, 800 cc Jet-ski, Jet-ski run-about pro-modified 800 cc, Jet ski run-about stock 800 cc, Junior run-about stock, and over 40 years of age racers.

The winners received cash prizes and trophies from the mayor.

Results of the Pattaya Water Sports Festival 2002

Speedboat 85 horsepower

1. Kriangkrai Khongkhao

2. Niphon Arunseang

3. Wanphen Sawangdao

Speedboat 40 horsepower

1. Sasithorn Ongart

2. Pongpot Gnamsawang

3. Toi Service

Yamaha One Make Race 650 cc

1. Vinai Puanglek

2. Vichit Sukhsomboon

3. Vichai Sonthiraksa

Novice Roundabout 800 cc Stock

1. Theerawat Klaothip

2. Monthien Siriwatthankul

3. Theera Setthura

Junior Roundabout 800 cc Stock

1. Supphadej Tharnsai

2. Supack Setthura

3. Chatchanant Siriwatthanakul

Open Roundabout 800 cc Super-Stock

1. Chockuthit Molee

2. Phanom Khunjeng

3. Phanusak Techasiri

Junior player, Apivith takes out the big boys in the last Tibhar Table Tennis Tournament

Preparations underway for major tournament next month

Thirteen year old Apivith defeated the big boys to take the top spot in the 18 year old singles title in the last Tibhar Table Tennis, held on November 9 and 10. Apivith completes a round of six-tournament wins after only training for 3 months.

Coach and tournament organiser Thomas Kunzelmann presents Apivith with his sixth trophy this year at the November Tibhar Table Tennis Tournament held at Mike Shopping Mall.

Thomas Kunzelmann, coach and tournament organizer said, “Apivith has come a long way after only three months of training at the Tibhar Table Tennis Center. He was previously under a local coach who told me that it would take a long time for him to get anywhere but in reality, he has a real talent.”

Apivith defeated Saranyou from Ping Pong Pattaya to take the first prize in the boys 18 year old singles category, whilst players from the Pattaya Ping Pong Club dominated other categories in what was predominantly a large mix of Eastern Seaboard players from the navy base in Sattahip, Assumption College Sriracha (ACS), Sriracha and Pattaya Clubs.

The November tournament was the finale of monthly competitions for the year. The December Grand Tournament is scheduled for December 7 - 10, which will probably be one of Thailand’s largest table tennis tournaments with winners receiving their share of 100,000 baht prize money.

The tournament is held in cooperation with Mike Shopping Mall and the First International TIBHAR Table Tennis Training Center Thailand. For further information in English and Thai contact email: [email protected]


Boys U10s Doubles

1. Anan-Sutti (Ping Pong Pattaya)

2. Art-Apivith (Mike-Tibhar)

3. Benz-Tpam (Ping Pong Pattaya)

Boys U10s Singles

1. Sutti (Ping Pong Pattaya)

2. Penipan (Ping Pong Pattaya)

3. Atapon (Ping Pong Pattaya)

Boys U14s Doubles

1. Nakalin-Grpravat (Ping Pong Pattaya)

2. Art-Apivith (Mike-Tibhar)

3. Benz Tpam (Ping Pong Pattaya)

Boys U14s Singles

1. Theerapong (Ping Pong Pattaya)

2. Saranyou (Ping Pong Pattaya)

3. Surasit (Mike-Tibhar)

Boys U18s Doubles

1. Benz-Tpam (Ping Pong Pattaya)

2. Art-Oh (Mike Tibhar)

3. Nakalin-Grpravat (Ping Pong Pattaya)

Boys U18s Singles

1. Apivith (Mike Tibhar)

2. Saranyou (Ping Pong Pattaya)

3. Theeraway (Ping Pong Pattaya)

Men’s Doubles

1. Songyos-Chaloen (Ping Pong Pattaya)

2. Ernst-Horst (Mike Tibhar)

3. Jakrit-Kittisak (Ping Pong Pattaya)

Men’s Singles

1. Jakrit (Ping Pong Pattaya)

2. Songpjon (Ping Pong Pattaya)

3. Apivith (Mike Tibhar)

Men’s Over 40s Doubles

1. Ernst-Horst (Mike Tibhar)

2. Songyos-Chaloen (Ping Pong Pattaya)

3. Montry-Steven (Ping Pong Pattaya-Mike Tibhar)

Men’s Over 40s Singles

1. Chaloen (Navy)

2. Songyos (Ping Pong Pattaya)

3. Thomas (Mike Tibhar)

Mio’s team wins the league

Cafe Kronborg Monday Bowling League

On Monday Nov. 18, Mio’s team won the league in a nail biting final against Tue’s team. Mio’s team secured the title by only 4 pins - the match wasn’t determined until the last ball was rolled. The match finished in a 2-2 draw, giving Mio’s team just enough to keep their spot atop the league. Special mention should be made of Tukata, who bowled well above average for Mio’s team, giving the captain her 2nd league win.

The winning team (from left): Mio, Otto, and Tukata.

Kran’s team finished in 3rd place by winning 3-1 against Bill’s team, with Kran showing the way with her 203 and 215 games and 616 series, helped by Suraphan’s 202 game. Nual had a 219 game for Bill’s team.

In the last match La’s team had a good day and beat Jeed’s team 3-1, in part due to Toy’s good bowling for La’s team.

The only other 200+ game came from Porn who rolled a 213.

Runners up (from left): Porn, Sven, Tue, and Gert.

The league enjoyed the best turnout of the season with 26 players, and a good final that came down to the very last game, as bowlers have been used to in the Kronborg league.

200+ bowlers for the week (from left): Kran, Suraphan, Porn, Nual.

The new season will start Monday Dec. 2 at PS Bowl in Central Pattaya. New teams will be set up on the day, and new bowlers are always welcome. Thanks to all the players that made this season another good one.

House of the Golden Coin knocked out of trophy race

Pattaya Sports Club Friday Bowling League

Shakey Pete’s won all four points for the second week in a row and knocked the House of the Golden Coin out of the league trophy race. House of the Golden Coin has lost 12 points in the last three weeks. Tui led the Shakey Pete’s team with a 504 series and Mio was best for the Golden Coin with games of 222, 179, and 179, for a 580 series.

games of the day were rolled by (L to R) Kran 203, 209, Konrad 215, and Mio 222.

VFW Post 9876 won four points from the Three Sisters behind Pin’s 533 pin count and are assured of at least a third place trophy.

Nice & Sleazy took three points from the Winchester Club with Porn leading her team with a 527 series.

Cafe Kronborg has been very strong at the end of this league and they took all four points from Cafe Ole. Kran bowled games of 203 and 209, and a 547 series, Konrad had a 215 game, 495 series, Suraphan knocked down 543 pins and Bill blew away 517 for Cafe Kronborg. Cafe Ole had no chance at all in this match.

This Friday is the last week of this league and the first place team will play the second place team, third place team will play the fourth place team, fifth and sixth and seventh and eight will play for position. VFW Post 9876 will be playing for second or third place and Nice & Sleazy and Winchester Club will be playing for a second or third place trophy and one team will end up empty handed.

New league starts on December 6

Bowlers are invited to join the next league, which will start on December 6. After next week there will be a fun bowling Friday at which time new team members are selected by a blind draw. All PSC members are invited to bowl in the new league and we are hoping to have ten teams participating. Teams are formed of four players. If you want to sponsor a team you can select the captain of your team but the other members will be selected by a blind draw. Come and enjoy with us for the next 30-week league.

Fitness Tips

G’day Readers, Yep, we are again off into several different directions this week, and I hope you get something out of it.

Stay fit to reduce death risk

I bet that one shocked you. A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that a low fitness level posed the greatest risk of death among people who had cardiovascular disease than any other risk factor. This is promising news for people who suffer from traditional risk factors, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol, but who manage to maintain a high level of fitness.

Six thousand two hundred men participated in a treadmill test for cardiovascular disease. It was found that the risk of death from this disease decreased over six years as fitness levels increased. Participants with the lowest fitness levels increased their chance of dying by almost four times compared with the fittest group. Reduce your risk exposure, get fit!

Healthy hearts all round

Exercising to reduce blood pressure may not be a high priority for many of you younger campers. So Mums and Dads, take a look at this for your kiddies. A study published in the April (2002) issue of Annals of Internal Medicine revealed that exercise can reduce blood pressure in just about anyone, regardless of age, weight, gender, race or current blood pressure level.

Previous studies have established that regular exercise reduces blood pressure and decreases the risk of heart disease but it was not known whether it works for some groups of people and not others.

One fatty meal can cause a lifetime of damage

You may have been advised that a lapse in the diet every now and then is okay, but is it really? A new study published in the April (2002-yep, I got a lot out of it) issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine shows that a single high-fat meal can cause problems with your heart and circulation.

The study evaluated 15 healthy men who each consumed a liquid meal containing 1,200 calories, 100g of fat, 50g of saturated fat and 300mg of cholesterol. (The things we have to do for studies!) When an artery becomes blocked the blood vessels that surround it expand to compensate for the restricted flow of blood. Coronary flow reserve is the difference between the normal flow of blood and this compensated blood flow. The study found that coronary flow reserve decreased by almost 18%.

It was also found that triglycerides in the blood significantly increased only hours after eating the high-fat meal. When fed a meal containing only 10 grams of fat there were no changes noted in triglyceride levels. However, how many of us have meals with as little as 10 grams of fat in them? Very few.

According to the healthy eating flier published by McDonalds Thailand with information base source being from McDonald’s Nutritional Information Center in 1997, a McDonalds junior has the lowest fat content of all their sandwiches/fries menu with 10 grams of fat. Who has only a junior burger for a meal?

Don’t look at me, I have 1 day per week of eating fatty food but I do my best to train it off during the following 6 days. The above might be taking things to extremes but it was worth a look

Drink full fat milk to avoid asthma

A recent study by a group of scientists at Monash University found that people who consumed full-cream milk were 34% less likely to suffer from asthma than those who drink the light or low fat alternatives.

Many people who are diagnosed with asthma are encouraged to modify their diet and most end up cutting out dairy products. The study also suggests that sufferers who are advised to alternate full-fat versions with low-fat or non-dairy versions are being misguided. It was found that adults who regularly consume soy milk and ricotta cheese are twice as likely to be asthmatic. To reduce their risk of asthma by up to 18% adults should eat apples, pears or leafy green vegetables such as lettuce, endives and silverbeet.

Now that lot should cause a stir.

Carpe’ Diem

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