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Fun City By The Sea

Updated every Friday
by Saichon Paewsoongnern

 



SPORTS
HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]:

Mark Joshua doubles up at The Caddy Shack

Over 5,000 take part in mini-marathon for charity

Thai hopes pinned on Boughey

Mikael & Keith tops at Chonburi

Larry Ball beats them all

Bob the bandit steals a win...

Bangkok International Softball League goes to bat for tsumani victims

Andy McTighe by a shot

More than 1500 take part in Vishaka Bucha Walk-Run event

Beach volleyball contest to be staged for under 18s

Bob Lindborg finally comes good

Bob Philp gets a hat

Khao Kheow back to its best

The Jomtien 8 Ball Pool League

Soi 6 Quiz

Wednesday Quiz League

Paul Smith slides in to win ‘Golfer of the Month’

PSC golf from the Cafe Kronborg

PSC golf from Tropical Bert’s Beach Bar

The Beautiful Game?

The Square Ring

FRB’S a dying breed - PH3

Rossi does it again at Mugello

Sails ahoy at the Ocean Marina this weekend

PATTAPA SPORTS ROUND-UP

Mark Joshua doubles up at The Caddy Shack

Golf from The Caddy Shack

On Tuesday May 31, the Caddy Shack had the pleasure of going to Khao Kheow Country Club, the format was medal play, which on this course always demands a special round to make the podium, Mark Joshua came through with a very solid round to record a very creditable win of net 74. The Two’s were not won so were carried over to Thursday. The highlight of the day was the Island 17th hole and 5 off the tee and nearly out of balls Mr. Loy managed to escape the hole with a seven, and then he went on to the 18th and managed a dismal nine which was more than enough to duly take his place for the bananas.

(l-r) Brian Jacks & Steve Nowell, winners of the Texas Scramble to celebrate the official opening of The Caddy Shack.

On Thursday June 2nd we travelled to Eastern Star and played a stableford format, in third place was tied by Rod Heath and Graham Greenhall with 32 points each, but ahead of the field was another tie between Mark Joshua and Mr Loy with 35 points, that gives Mark his win double for the week.

All open

On Friday the June 3, the Caddy Shack held a 2 ball Texas scramble and an evening party to celebrate the official opening. This format is always popular and always seems to get a very close finish, and indeed it did, with short notice we were made very welcome at Phoenix Country Club, they gave us the very Demanding Mountain and Lakes courses.

Mark Joshua doubled up this week.

Many teams finished below par, which made it a very tense time awaiting the final results. All returned back to The Caddy Shack to be greeted by the lovely staff, with a great spread of food fit for a king - the spit roasted chickens and Pig were superb. With over 60 people attending the party and presentation the results were finally announced, Mr. Loy and Tony Duthie came in third place with a net score of 70.40 they picked up their donated prize of golf balls, in second place was Mark Joshua and Philip Jacks with a net score of 65.80, the runners up received their prizes of golf balls and Complimentary bottles of wine each, and the winners who won by less than half a shot were Steve Nowell and Brian Jacks they picked up a golf shoe bag each and a cash prize. Rob Heath and Les Hall were awarded the booby prize of a bunch of bananas for a score not to mention; I think they added both their cards together. With all beers at 50 baht the party went on till the early hours and a pleasant time was had by all. Any golfers wishing to play out of the Caddy Shack on Tuesdays or Thursdays just turn up or call Mr. Loy on 07 1414 702, everyone is assured a warm welcome.


Over 5,000 take part in mini-marathon for charity

Staff Reporters

Over 5,000 participated in a walk-run event staged at Nong Nooch Gardens as a fund-raiser for the Princess Sirindhorn Foundation 36 Birthday Vocational Centre, and also as a way of promoting the importance of exercise and a healthy lifestyle to ward off disease and potential attraction to drug abuse.

Ready, set, go...

Wallop Ploytuptim, Social Development and Human Security Ministry permanent secretary, presided over the opening of the event which saw runners and walkers from all age groups take part.

The 10.5km run was divided into 13 age groups of both male and female, the course starting at the luscious setting of Nong Nooch Gardens. Many competed in the shorter 5km walk.

As the runners and walkers made their way back to the starting point, Judy Hoppe, Rotary Club Jomtien Pattaya president 2004-2005, and PP Pratheep “Peter” Malhotra presented a cheque for 50,000 baht from the club to support the activities and foster education and health among the community.

The overall winners of the 10.5km race were Sarawuth Ngarmsri in the men’s division and Thitaya Phinyokong in the women’s division. Both represented their respective teams participating in the race.


Thai hopes pinned on Boughey

Bira, Thailand - BMW Junior Robert T. Boughey (Team Meritus) will need strong shoulders next weekend as he carries the hopes of his country as the sole Thai driver in the Formula BMW Asia field. Rounds 5&6 of Formula BMW Asia will be held on June 12 over 20 laps of the 2.4km tight and twisting Bira Circuit. For more on this weekend’s motor racing action, turn to page 46 for Dr. Iain Corness’ preview


Mikael & Keith tops at Chonburi

PSC golf from The Grapevine

Thursday June 2, saw The Grapevine golfers head to Century Chonburi. With fine weather and a cooling breeze, everybody looked forward to a great day of golf. With 25 players, two divisions were made with Mikael Anderson (8) taking the 0 - 20 division with 39 points, followed by Ray Spence (16) with a steady 36. In the B flight, 21 & up, we saw 2 very good scores of 40 points with Keith Avery (26) edging out Dick Worden (31) on a countback.

(l-r) Dick Worden, Keith Avery, Ray Spence, and Mikael Andersson.

The technical prizes were won by Alan Gummer on the 9th, & Jeff Wylie on the 18th for the long putts. The near pins were shared amongst Tony Oakes, Alan Gummer, Volker Essa, Jeff Wylie & Keith Avery. With 3 NTP’s not being won, these went in to Lucky Draws and were won by Tom, Rich, and Steve.

Back at The Grapevine as players tucked into their spring rolls and noodles, all were well pleased with their trip along highway 331 to Century Chonburi. The course maintained its reputation for fine value with a good golfing layout.

If you are interested in playing golf with a group on a Thursday, having an enjoyable day out with fantastic support from the hosts at The Grapevine, come on down to Soi Regent Marina and sign up. We meet at 8 a.m. for complimentary breakfast and leave for golf at 9 a.m. Hope to see you there. Cheers and good golfing.


Larry Ball beats them all

PSC McAllister’s golf

The clouds looked threatening and finally let loose at Century Ban Chang with a fierce albeit brief downpour that soaked and retired at least one group. Playing together in another group, however, Larry Ball, Mark Campbell and Ciano handled the heavy going superbly with Larry taking first prize on 41 points, followed by Mark with 40, and Ciano with 38 taking third prize on countback from Ray Spurling. Larry was obviously thrilled with the win, and likely it will only be the handicappers at PSC who might be able to wipe the smile off his face.

(l-r) Larry, Ray, Mark and Ciano with the lovely Ann.

In a toughly contested match within the tournament, conceived over drinks at Herbie’s place earlier in the week, Bill Thompson beat Bob Bender, Bob perhaps feeling the pinch of agreeing to play even-up handicap with Bill.

The course is in excellent shape with evidence of the hard work of tournament organizers Gerry Carpenter and Dennis Willett in the form of new hazard markings and an agreement with course management to halt green coring until after the McAllister’s Ban Chang Open to be held on Saturday June 11. As of the time of writing, there are still openings for the event, and late team entries will be accepted up until the morning of the tournament, space permitting. There will also be a modification to the handicap system for the event, with team handicaps calculated at 20 percent of the combined handicaps subject to the provision that the team handicap shall not be higher than the average of the two lowest handicaps of the team members.

Back at McAllister Bar & Grill, prizes were dispensed without the usual fanfare and the happy winners were seen to share the spoils with the large crowd who had gathered for the buffet and other delights provided by mine host Don McAllister.


Bob the bandit steals a win...

PSC golf from the Three Sisters Bar

The Bandit did it again. He wasn’t ashamed and he pulled it off in broad daylight! He didn’t care if he hurt anyone’s pocket book or to make the rest of the field look bad. “Bandit”, Bob Benda, just did his thing and murdered the field coming in with 47 points!

Bob ‘Bandit’ Benda (right) stormed in a win at Siam whilst Paul Donnahue was left holding the bag as this week’s cellar dweller.

Bob has moved from around a 20 handicap about eight months ago to a credible 13. It seems like the axe was not big enough as his game gets better and better. He birdied three holes on the back nine at Siam and carded 26 points. With 21 points on the front it was no contest for the rest of the field. His putter was also on fire as he couldn’t miss - as bad as the greens were, it was a miracle.

Following at a distant second with 42 points was Ian Covill. It normally would have been the winning score but it was no good today. Three shots back of Ian were Jerry Lien and Herb Ishinaga, both came in with 39 points each. Not bad but not good enough.

Slipping back to the bottom and holding the bag for the week was Paul Donahue. With Tully and Rollie Weese in the line up, Paul thought that he could slip out for the week. As it was, both Tully and Rollie shot good games leaving Paul to hold the bag again.

Giving Paul a run for the cellar was Roy Pimblett who came in with a point to spare. Roy scored 23 points and managed to bypass the cellar, as did Paul Kinner who managed 24 points. It was a close call at the bottom. I know that Paul will be fighting his way trying to get out of the cellar next week. It should be interesting to see who will be holding the bag next week.


Bangkok International Softball League goes to bat for tsumani victims

The Bangkok International Softball League (BISL) recently donated 120,000 Baht to MBMS International for tsunami relief work the organization has been doing building new homes in Phuket and Phangnga.

Picture, Tom Phillips, BISL Controller, (left) presents a check to Ricky Sanchez, Director for MBMS International. BISL also recently donated 60,000 Baht to the Bangkok Baseball and Softball Association (BBSA) for the transportation costs of a new portable pitching mound for the International School of Bangkok (ISB). BISL organizes a local softball league in Bangkok, as well as an international tournament in November, which brings over 300 softball enthusiasts to Bangkok from throughout the Asia region. More information can be found at their website: http://www.bangkoksoftball.com/


Andy McTighe by a shot

 Mike Franklin

Andy McTighe’s 39 Stableford points was enough to win the Jameson’s Singles competition at Century Ban Chang on Wednesday June 1. ‘In form’ Philippe Berra scored 38 points to take the runner-up spot, with the possibility of a further cut to his USGA 14 handicap. Next best was 35 points tie from John Larder and Banjob Franklin, John taking third place by one point on a back nine count-back.

Andy McTighe (left) wins June 1 JIGS stableford competition.

Four technical prizes were on offer. Near pins were claimed by Alan Gummer and Banjob Franklin, and the long putts by Glen Tyler and Philippe Berra.

The course played well and looked a scenic as ever, but the new clubhouse facilities fell short of expectation. It was a fine day for golf, overcast with a gusty wind adding to the challenge this course presents. Back at Jameson’s, the Curry Night Special was a popular as usual and a fitting end to a good days golf.

On Wednesday June 15, Jameson’s returns to the friendly fairways at Eastern Star Country Club & Resort. Greens that have had treatment recently will, I am reliably informed by the management, be up to speed again by then.

Everything else at Eastern Star is in fine shape, so look forward to a nice relaxing Pairs Scramble. Sign-up at Jameson’s, or email or call Mike direct.’


More than 1500 take part in Vishaka Bucha Walk-Run event

Ariyawat Nuamsawat

Over 1,500 people took part in the Walk-Run event in Pattaya on Vishaka Bucha Day, May 22.

Presiding over the opening were Mayor Niran Wattanasartsathorn and senior Naklua monk Prakhru Pisarnjariyaphiwat. The event was organised by Pattaya City officials, the Tourism Authority of Thailand Central Region 3 Office and the Office of Sports for Health Promotion.

The event was well attended with over 1,500 people competing in the inaugural Vishaka Bucha Walk-Run.

Participants were divided into age groups and male and female categories. Starting line was at the TAT office next to Exercise Park on Pratumnak Hill, with the walker-runners making their way to and back from the Bali Hai pier - a total distance of 4.5 kilometres.

In the women’s sections, Apinya Phinyokong won in the under 18s group; Maneerat Gerdthong in the 19-22 category; Montakarn Kanarat in the 30-39s; Willaiwan Kochenathong in the 40-49s; and Penphan Leanghiranakul won in the over 50s age group.

Amongst the men, the winners were Pahnuphong Jumnong in the under 19s; Chatchai Boonmeemak in the 20-29s; Kitti Wanmali in the 30-39s; Ray Drivoski in the 40-49s; and Peter Murphy in the 50-59 age group.

At the end of the event, participants and organisers made their way to Chaimongkol Temple to take part in the traditional Wien Tien ceremonies.


Beach volleyball contest to be staged for under 18s

Pattaya City is to stage a beach volleyball competition that will take place during the weekends of the period June 4 to 19 at the multi-purpose field at Jomtien Beach.

The under-12s from June 11-12, and the under-18s from June 18-19. Winners of the under-12s and under-15s will receive trophies and 3,000 baht scholarships, while the under-18 prize will be 5,000 baht.

Anyone not over the age of 18 can apply from now until June 13. For more information please contact Sports and Recreation at the Education Bureau in Pattaya City at tel. 038 371 123 ext 204.


Bob Lindborg finally comes good

IPGC golf from The Haven 

Monday May 30
Phoenix Mountain & Lakes
Monthly Medal

1st Division

1st Takeshi Hakozaki, net 74
2nd Arthur Hancock, net 75
3rd Kuni Wakabayashi, net 77
BOLD: 2nd Division
1st Peter Johansson, net 72
2nd Glynn Nicholas, net 76
3rd Peter Emslie, net 77

Phoenix is always a good test of golf off the blue tees but with the wind blowing fairly hard and the damp fairways offering little run scoring was difficult.

Takeshi Hakozaki was the best in division 1 to claim his first monthly medal by a shot from Arthur Hancock with Kuni Wakabayashi a further stroke behind.

Peter Johansson had a remarkably good round, being the only player to equal par, to take the send division by four shots from Glynn Nicholas with Peter Emslie another shot behind.

The were mumbles of surprise as “The Doc’ traveled out to the course with his clubs for the first time in over a year, but he was not teeing up in the competition as he was trying nine holes with Barry Winton, another walking wounded. In the event he only cobbled together six holes but did manage to get in an argument on the first tee before teeing off with a total stranger who was delaying play when “The Doc” wanted to be running.

It was no surprise to find that, with the course playing so difficult, there were not many two’s to be had on the day. Fred Streeter achieved the only two in the first division and Glynn Nicolas was the only one in division two.

Before presenting the prizes Richard Livingston, the resident PGA Professional now with 50% of his teeth operational and about half intelligible, dispensed with the interpreter and welcomed new member Ashley Bolton he also welcomed back A.J. Parker and Mashi Kaneta. He also said farewell to Norman Isherwood who is returning to the UK for several months to check out the quality of life and the draft beer.

Wednesday June 1
Khao Kheow, AB - White
Stableford

1st Barry Traynor, 42 pts
2nd Bob Lindborg, 41 pts
3rd Arthur Hancock, 37pts

Having been battered on the previous out off the blue tees, it was agreed by the majority of the contestants to have an easy day off the whites. As usual from the forward tees the scoring was very good generally with Barry Traynor taking full advantage of being able to play into a lot of the greens with an iron where he normally has to take out the heavy stuff and still can’t reach. It was a sterling effort considering that he has spent many days celebrating the Liverpool win over AC Milan into second by a shot, Bob Lindborg must have wondered what he had to do to win with a score that would normally be a shoe in to the winners slot.

Arthur Hancock took his second podium position of the week with affine one under but still four strokes adrift of the front runners.

Richard Garland and Dave Stockman shared the two’s pool in the first division while Ashley Bolton achieved the only one in the second division to sweep the pool.

Before presenting the prizes Richard welcomed back Richard Garland and Mark Wood.

Friday June 3
Century Ban Chang
Stableford

1st Bob Lindborg, 40 pts
2nd Trevor Schirmer, 38 pts
3rd Fred Streeter, 37 pts

Following his disappointment in the previous outing Bob Lindborg had an outstanding round at the tricky Ban Chang layout, returning a four under round that proved to be good enough to make Trevor Schirmer’ s 38 points only sufficient for second place when he must have been thinking a long awaited win was in the offing. Fred Streeter turned in early the previous night and his dedication to the task proved to be well rewarded as he took his first podium position at The Haven for several years. He was last seen heading for his bedroom, no doubt hoping it might do the same for his sex life.

Kuni Wakabayashi had the only two in the first division and there were none in the second division.

Richard still working under the handicap of a half set managed to say farewell to some of the Perth contingent in the form of Dr Geoffrey Braimbridge, Noel McKenna and Don Everett, the latter having spent several days in the local hospital after falling in his room and breaking his arm. Some say it was due to an overabundance of the celebratory drinks following his 31.5 on the back nine to beat out one of the regulars by a half shot, and others that the loser was seen polishing Don’s bedroom floor tiles with supawax.


Bob Philp gets a hat

IPGC golf From Lewiinski’s

Sunday May 29
Green Valley
Stroke/Medal

1st A Flight: Bob Philp, net 68
2nd A Flight: Rick Sharp, net 71
3rd A Flight: Steve Hamsted, net 71
1st B Flight: Barry Rothberg, net 64
2nd B Flight: An Kaesavane, net 66
3rd B Flight: Jan Eriksen, net 68
1st C Flight: Jez Lees, net 70
2nd C Flight Alec Hoare, net 71
3rd C Flight: Oddvar Rykke, net 71
Near Pins: # 8 Rick Sharp; #13 Barry Rothberg

Barry Rothberg started the day with glee as he noted that he had made it to 18.5, hence 19 on the latest handicap sheet. Well ironies of ironies, Barry didn’t need that extra shot as he headed the red hot B flight home with a two shots clear net 64 over An Kaesavane. That same gap spelled the difference between An and The Quiet One, Jan Eriksen.

Bob Philp, this week’s titleholder, necessarily started out the week that was with a bang. If you are going to win three times on the week, you darn near have to! Bob left The Hermit and nice guy Steve Hamsted three shots back. But alas nice guys finish last especially when you are up against the guile of The Hermit in a count back.

The Principal found his winning ways (Ah! You can hear One Ball from here) with a net 70 to edge the net 71s of Alec Hoare and Odvvar the Tent Maker. Alec has been on the podium too many times to lose a count back and he proved it once again this time.

Tuesday May 31
Mountain Shadow\ Blue Tees 4-Person Stableford Stroke/Medal

1st Place Team: Simon Philbrook, Claus Birk Thomsen, Steve Ellison, Robert Lamond - net 56.2

There were seven teams in the field and the last place team came in with a net 62.0 on the difficult Mountain Shadow (f/k/a Natural Park Hill). That is ten under par! Five teams were under net 60.0! Talk about tough competition! Although the winning team always looks like a lock in retrospect, what is there not to like about Simon of Philbrook who can hit the ball a mile, the fast improving CBT, the experience and talent of Robert Lamond and the handicap of the Paparazzi to the Stars, Steve Ellison. For Steve’s return to competitive play this was a great start!

Wednesday June 1
Pattana S.C.
Brookei & Calypso
White or Yellow Tees
Stableford

1st White A Flight: Bob Philp, 37 pts
2nd White A Flight: Brian Holden, 36 pts
1st White B Flight: Max Arlen, 39 pts
2nd White B Flight: Peter Barathy, 35 pts
1st Yellow Flight: Rick Sharp, 37 pts
2nd Yellow Flight: Norm Adre, 34 pts

It being low season, the Society tries to get out once or twice to some of the courses that are inordinately priced in the high season. This was an opportunity to play the newest course in the Eastern Seaboard constellation, Pattana Sports Club. The lads and lasses, (thanks to new member Kay Molloy, wife of Tony Molloy) took on the two par 26 sides, B and C (the A side is par 37). The white tees measure out at 6,706 yards but seem to play somewhat shorter. That would certainly help explain the B Division of the White Flight winning score of 39 attributable to Max Arlen. Max’s excellent effort kept him four points clear of his podium mate, Peter Barathy. In the A White Flight the golden boy continued his quest for the title spot with a winning 37 points, one clear of the Chang Mai resident, but frequent visitor, Brian Holden.

The Yellow tees which measure out at a seemingly inflated 6,465 yards were mastered by the omnipresent Hermit with better than par 37 points and the 34 points of Norman Adre.

Friday June 3
Burapha
American Wood & British Link
Blue or White Tees
Stroke/Medal

1st Blue Flight: Phil Mitchell, net 68
2nd Blue Flight: Phil Groves, net 71
3rd Blue Flight: Ted Richards, net 71
1st White Flight: Bob Philp, net 65
2nd White Flight: Max Arlen, net 66
2s: Ted Richards; Ron Claridge; Bob Philp; Richard Garland

The Blue tees at the A & B course of Burapha provide a difficult test on holes 7, 8, 9, 10 and 14. That is almost a third of the course. However, that notwithstanding, the course seems to play pretty close to par off the blues. And that was borne out on the day as the Blue podium triumvirate of single digit handicapped Phils and the 10 handicapped Ted Richards all bettered par 72 on the day. Phil Mitchell’s fine 68 was courtesy of an excellent gross 74!

The susceptibility of the white tees was evidenced by the fact that Rick Sharp’s 67 and Pete Murray’s 68 did not even make the podium in the junior flight. Those two podium places were held by our Aussie friend and this week’s titleholder and Max Arlen, with net 67 and 68. It should be noted that Bob’s 65 was due to a gross 76 and signaled a return to form for him after a period of battling shoulder problems.

A 2s competition was held in lieu of Near Pins on the day with Ted Richards, Ron Claridge, our title boy and The Pizza Man, Richard Garland, pocketing the prizes.


Khao Kheow back to its best

IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at the OK Corral

The Pattaya Golf Society was well turned out at Khao Kheow on Tuesday, May 31, for the weekly medal event organised from the OK Bar in Soi Rungland. The day was very warm and the first group led off from the “A” nine with high hopes of a fine competition as the course appeared to be back to its usual best.

The greens on the “A” and “B” nines were a little slow and certainly not at the advertised eight on the Stimpmeter rating but the fairways were hard and provided a lot of run, an essential feature off the yellow tees. For two of the group it was their first experience of the course and they found the challenge an exciting one. Basil Foley pushed his claim forward early and, playing in the first group returned a respectable net 78 which was destined to take third place. Scot John Cunningham, playing the course for the first time shot a low gross 85 to take second with net 77, and, but for three sixes on the back nine, could have expected something a little better.

Ben Findon was the day’s hero, firing a fine net 76 which included the abomination of a nine on the second hole, and he took the victory in style. There were no birdie two’s and Ian Phillips took discretionary action and avoided the presentation because his record breaking twenty shots on the relatively easy par five “B” 6th was a cert for the famed fruit. Keith Hector chose to play the course within 24 hours of returning to Pattaya and his net 87 served as a suitable substitute for the Bananas. The good news is that Khao Kheow is back to its best and groups will enjoy the challenges it currently offers all golfers.

Back to back for Ben Findon

On Thursday, June 2, a dozen golfers left the OK Corral in search of a peaceful alternative to the noise, pollution and bustle of Pattaya, and chose to play in the Pattaya Golf Society’s weekly stableford tournament, this time at the Royal Thai Navy course at Plutaluang. There has always been something special about this little used course. It may be the natural beauty of its surroundings, the challenge of the long-established trees, the water and the lighthouse hole, but “special” it is, nevertheless. This time the course was the North and West combination and the strong breeze helped to keep the scoring low. Len Jones showed how his new putting style has benefited his game and recorded 31 points for third place, two behind Jan Eriksen who carded an almost respectable 33 points. The current PGS player of the week, Ben Findon, showed how much value regular practice can be and his 39 points gave him the double for the week, having won at Khao Kheow two days previously. Bill Hewitt celebrated his final round before his return to England with a birdie two on the North 6th hole and scooped the rolled-over twos pot whilst Barry Pethig baptised three balls on one hole, in a round which saw him garner a measly 20 points. That works out at five points per banana! Barry, you never lose three balls on one hole, playing stableford. Congratulations once again to winner Ben Findon, as back-to-back wins is never an easy achievement.


The Jomtien 8 Ball Pool League


Soi 6 Quiz


Wednesday Quiz League


Paul Smith slides in to win ‘Golfer of the Month’

PSC golf with The Bunker

Khao Kheow Country Club

On Monday morning Paul Smith, Geoff Parker and Mark Thomas found themselves pair up to battle it out for ‘Golfer of the Month’ for May. Mark was 1 point behind Geoff and Paul so the competition was set. Paul starting with a sizzling string of par’s and left Geoff and Mark in the dust by the 9th hole to capture the Golfer of the Month. He also led the field scoring a net 72. Mark Gooch was second for the day with 77 and Geoff Parker came third with 78. Near the pins were won by Mark Thomas with (3) and Peter Habgood.

Poo presents the ‘Golfer of the Month’ award for May to Paul Smith.

Bangpra Golf Course

The first of June found the Boys from the Bunker off to Bangpra for a stableford competition. Again, Paul Smith kept his winning way by scoring 39 points, one shot behind at 38 was Mitch Malone and third place was P.J. Redmond with 33 points. Near the pins were won by David Lightfoot, Mitch Malone, Sanni Rughsip and Stephen Davies.

Pattaya Country Club

The week ended with a medal competition with 2 divisions. Jim Payne had the best score in “B” division with net 66 followed by Bryan Rought with a score of 69. In division “A” joint winners were Paul Smith and John King with net 69. Stephen Davies won 2 near pins while Ken Lill and Dave Snell took the remaining two.

The Bunker Boys are located on Soi Chaiyapoon (near X-zyte disco and across the street from Tony’s Disco II). Monthly golf schedules are available or consult the Pattaya Mail every week.


PSC golf from the Cafe Kronborg

Monday May 30
Eastern Star
Stableford

The Eastern Star Country Club And Resort was host for a stableford competition in two flights, A Flight 0 to 16, and B Flight 17 and above. The course on the day was in good condition but was on the dry side.

Brian Noguer

Brian Noguer took the A Flight with a fine 37 points, on a countback from Gene Rooney, also 37 points. Bill Plath was in third with 34 points.

Aussie Barry Kerr took the B Flight with 37 points, on countback from Steady Arthur Bailey, with Anita Lundberg the Grandma from Sweden in third place with 36 points.

Both ‘Near the pins’ were taken by Big Mike Gaussa.

Thursday June 2
Bangpra
Stableford

I can remember ‘the good old days’ when a trip to Bangpra started the juices flowing, and also the fear of getting on the wrong side of the pin. Bye Bye was one of the favourite comments of the caddies, and the fairways used to be grassed and ideal. Bunkers were well raked with good sand in them, and a trip to the restaurant meant the best rainbow ice cream in the area. Well, the rainbow ice cream is still there.

Brian Kerr

On the day with bare hard fairways, semi-unraked bunkers and greens sanded, serviced and uncut, the ball jumped where it felt like. I know green repairs have to be undertaken, but I never remember Bangpra so poor. Probably a selective memory.

So, good scores were not expected, and anything near net par, was expected to be hard to beat. In fact both Flights - A Flight 0 to 15, and B Flight 16 up - had one good score but the B Flight were the pick of the day.

Park Duc Eun

In the A Flight, we had one good score when Norman Andre came in with a good 37 points. Then we got down to the good, but unlucky on the day, players. In second with 33 points was a very surprised Derek Brook ahead of a countback for third on net 32 points, won by Gene Rooney with Bill Myles just missing out. Bill in fact missed a putt of not more than 3 inches, I saw it, which would have put him in second. It has happened to all of us.

In the B Flight we had a winner who has just returned to the area. Park Duc Eun won with an eye popping 44 points. This young man started playing with us last year and is improving in leaps and bounds, he is soon to play in the A Flight. Second was Toy Theobald with 37 points, a score I thought would win. In third was ‘The Admiral’ alias Dave Richardson, who had 35 points.

Norman Andre

Now back to the Clubhouse, where a dip in the hot tub and a rainbow ice cream made some of us feel better. T.T.F.N.


PSC golf from Tropical Bert’s Beach Bar

Tuesday May 31
Khao Kheow
Stableford

We thought long and hard before deciding to carry on with our day out at K.K., as the last time we played, the Monthly Tournament, the course had been so wet that balls off the fairway were difficult to find if plugged, and any incline collapsed under your feet.

Nooket Gummer (left) in the winner’s enclosure back at Bert’s.

Still these taken into consideration, it was decided that this was such a super course we would chance it. With a fine breakfast safely tucked away, an early start was taken to allow the diversion on Route 7 to be allowed for. Thus we arrived early, relaxed and eager to go.

One of the things it is so difficult to understand is why is Bangpra so dry, when K.K. is so wet. Maybe its those picturesque mountains behind the clubhouse.

On the first tee, the weather was a little threatening, and during the round we had a little wind and the odd spot of rain, but all in all the round was fine, and A & B nines were as tough as ever. The Course - well pretty wet, but give it a little time and it will be back to it’s best.

Even so most of the players played well, and all enjoyed the test, so we will be back. Of course the Khao Kheow Beef was fine, and set us up for the trip back and some of Bert’s fine free chicken and chips.

Back at Bert’s and we had a winner, who whilst coming down in handicap, is regularly in the winner’s enclosure, when Nooket Gummer won again. One other winner of note was in the near pins when Jeff Wylie won all four of the ‘Better Players’ category, well done. T.T.F.N.

Winner: Nooket Gummer

Near Pins: Jeff Wylie (4), Andy Evans, Allan Gummer, Roy Plimlett and Bob Noble.

Long Putts: Derek Brook, Keith Avery, Bill Knight, Thong Padivian and Andy Burr.


The Beautiful Game?: What next for football’s home?

Riz Taylor

Pele once called it ‘The Church of Football’, and Bobby Moore famously hoisted the World Cup here. Ferenc Puskas and his ‘Magical Magyars’ once walloped England 6-3, Fanny Blankers-Koen won four gold medals for Holland and Bob Geldof’s “Live Aid” concert raised desperately needed cash from a public shocked by scenes of starvation in Africa. And it all happened in one venue.

I am, of course, talking about Wembley Stadium.

Wembley. The very name conjures up images of great sporting moments that will vary depending on your generation and your football team. Almost every Englishman (and citizens of many other nations too) will have at least one or two Wembley moments etched into their memory banks.

Despite being the self-proclaimed ‘Home of Football’, Wembley Stadium has hosted a multitude of events in its time, including boxing, the Olympics, American football, greyhound racing and even skiing. The late Pope John Paul II even graced Wembley’s presence by holding a mass in the stadium in 1982.

But let’s face it, the place was a dump. Sat in one of the ugliest and most awkwardly reached locations England has to offer, by its closure for redevelopment the crumbling Wembley had become a dinosaur. Restrictive viewing was, quite literally, a pain in the neck, and the allocated legroom seemed designed to accommodate 80,000 vertically-challenged dwarves.

So let’s not get misty-eyed about the place. The image of David Seaman diving in what seemed slow-motion to then fumble (and let in) Dietmar Hamann’s free-kick for Germany in the 2000 World Cup Qualifier on a rainy, miserable afternoon sums up the place for many. It was time for a change; something new and inspiring. Kevin Keegan certainly agreed, fittingly announcing his resignation from his England manager position in the toilets following the match.

Onwards and upwards, then. The bulldozers arrived soon afterwards and construction began on a new Wembley; a stadium to eclipse all others and befit the nation that invented the beautiful game.

Yet from the outset the Wembley project has been a tale of disaster. Originally conceived as a multi-purpose stadium to accommodate a variety of sports, including athletics to aid Olympic and World Athletics Championship bids, the ongoing saga of Wembley, its spiralling costs and the careers it has sacrificed along the way makes for uncomfortable reading.

The latest news is that Multiplex UK, a subsidiary of the Australian-owned construction company undertaking the building work, has announced that it will make huge losses on the project, and doubts are beginning to surface of the stadium’s readiness to host the FA Cup Final in 2006. That is yet more bad news for the Football Association, who borrowed 400 million pounds to fund the project and may miss out on some much-needed gate receipt money.

During the early days of arguments over what the stadium should or should not contain, the wonderful Millennium Stadium in Cardiff was designed and built for a paltry 110 million pounds. Set in a cosmopolitan city groaning under the weight of cafes, restaurants and pubs that cater perfectly to the visiting football fan, perhaps an extra season of cup finals and playoff games in Wales isn’t the worst outcome for supporters. The only issue is that getting to and from the Welsh capital on match days makes Bangkok’s well-documented traffic issues seem like a spot of light congestion.

But for everyone waiting for the all-new Wembley, the waiting goes on. And on, and on.

Stateside Success

Meanwhile, England arrived back on home soil from what was billed a ‘meaningless’ tour of the USA in buoyant mood, after back-to-back wins against the USA and Columbia. Stars such as Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney had ruled themselves with wafer thin excuses, but the performances of some of the peripheral squad members brought into replace them delighted manager Sven Goran Eriksson.

The standout man was Manchester United’s Kieran Richardson, who took his chance by scoring both goals in England’s first match against the United States.

Eriksson also reserved praise for Tottenham’s Michael Carrick, who impressed in the central midfield role against Columbia, as well as the other squad members yet to fully establish themselves in the squad. The Swede sounded upbeat when asked about England’s World Cup chances:

“With a year to go, and if we don’t have any injuries, things look very good,” he said.

“I’ve never had a squad so strong, and I am very, very confident in the players.”

Michael Owen showed no signs of depression after leaving Liverpool last summer to win trophies at Real Madrid, as he jetted in for the second match against Columbia and netted a hat-trick in a 3-2 win. The three goals propelled him to fourth-place in the all-time scoring chants, overtaking Alan Shearer, Sir Tom Finney and Nat Lofthouse.

Scotland kept their slim World Cup chances alive with a win over Moldova, whilst the Republic of Ireland allowed Israel to come back from two goals down to earn a draw in a bad-tempered match in Dublin.

I Beg Your Pardew?

It’s a warm welcome back to the Premiership for West Ham, who defeated Preston in the Championship playoff game last week. Their reward will be a windfall of an estimated 30 million pounds and the opportunity to rub shoulders with the Premiership glamour clubs such as Fulham and Birmingham City

Yet even after this achievement many Hammers’ fans still called for the head of manager Alan Pardew. You have to feel for the poor guy, who surely deserves a crack at the Premiership next season despite his lack of popularity with a large contingent of his club’s supporters. He looks destined for an uphill struggle to overhaul Sunderland, big-spending Wigan and another established Premiership side in order to stay up, particularly if Sunday League defender Tomas Repka is still on the club’s books come August.


The Square Ring

by Howie Reed

Well looks like the next time the Scotsman and I get together for a few ambers ones it’ll be me doing the “shouting”. Scott Harrison was back to his old “best fighter” status when he knocked out challenger Michael Brodie (35-3) in four stanza’s as a tune up to Tszyu-Hatton. Harrison came out aggressively in the first staggering Brodie. The next two rounds they exchanged punches with Brodie getting an advantage if one believes the judges. In the 4th Harrison landed a left hook to the kidney that sent Brodie to the canvas where he failed to beat the 10 count. It was over in 46 seconds of the 4th. My beating at the hands of my Scottish friend will last a lot longer. Brodie retired from boxing promptly after the fight.

I have to apologize to my Pal “The Flying Frog” as I was unable to tell for sure if Thailand was getting Kostya Tszyu (31-1)- Ricky Hatton (38-0) live on TV. Tried my best but came up short. So much for being the second best boxing scribe in Asia. Bummer! What I did get right was predicting Ricky ‘The Hitman” Hatton’s (39-0) spectacular performance over 11 gruelling rounds before a packed house in Manchester’s MEN Arena. Must be something in the water as Hatton, a 4 -1 underdog where gaming is legal, was in control from the opening bell with a relentless attack that got stronger as the fight progressed. After the 11th Johnny Lewis, Tszyu’s trainer, suggested that the fight be stopped. There was no argument from the now ex-champ. “You’ll notice I didn’t argue. I just didn’t have it tonight.”

While the American TV commentators and three Yank writers had the fight close the official scores were 107-102, 106-103 and 105-103. The Square Ring had it 106-104 for Hatton. There could have been a bit of controversy had the bout gone to the score cards. In an early round Tszyu landed a body punch on the beltline that sent Hatton down. Referee Dave Parris, who didn’t have one of his finest nights, called it a low blow. “Both fighters went down in the middle rounds from low blows. The shot that dropped Hatton was on the beltline, while the punch that felled Tszyu was very low.” The writer quoted understated the Hatton low blow. It was intentional and a point should have been taken away. Referee Parris also assisted Hatton by allowing almost any tactics. Would it have made a difference? Probably not. As Tszyu said after, “Hatton was the better man tonight.” All hail the champion. Now let’s see if he leaves the friendly confines of Manchester and strikes while the iron’s hot.

How many times have you said to yourself, “The most difficult part of the road back is the first step?” OK but if you didn’t say it someone did. For most boxers that retire, the moment comes when they realize that they really didn’t want to leave the ring. For those boxers that don’t retire but are coming off a terrible loss the trip back is much more difficult because believe it or not boxing is more mental that physical. A case in point is former WBC Flyweight Champ Medgoen Singsurat (41-3). In 1999 he was scheduled to meet Manny Pacquiao for the title. Pacquiao didn’t make weight, lost the title on the scales and then put on a lacklustre performance to get KO’d in 3. Singsurat one the first 2 round in a walk.

The new champ’s first title defense went according to blueprint with an easy 12 round UD (120-105, 119-109, 118-110) over Masaki Kawabata (16-3-2). Then came the meeting with Malcolm Tuncao who at the time was 10-0 and looked like another walk in the park. At the Srimnang Outdoor Stadium in Udon, Singsurat got taken to the woodshed. Trailing on two of the three judges cards Singsurat got TKO’D in 7. Since then Singsurat has fought a bunch of guys that shouldn’t be allowed in the same city as the ex-champ let alone the same ring. The latest was Tata Polinar (2-9) who lasted 5 rounds before kissing canvas. Now reports are circulating that Tata Polinar really wasn’t the name of the boxer. Not hard to find a “fugazi” for a 2-9 boxer.

Since the loss to Tuncao, Singsurat has gone 22-1, which looks OK until you look at the combined win-loss records of the boxers he’s faced. 274-191-33. The one loss in this run was to Joven Jorda (12-19). Tuncao (17-1) only held the title through one defense. In his second Pongsaklek Wonjongkam knocked him “cattywampus” in the opening stanza. Tuncao fights on July 23 at Madison Square Garden in New York for the IBF Super Fly title against Luis Alberto Persz (23-1). Singsurat fights stiffs. Got to take the big step.

Got a note from Pal “OR” Cross. “Now I have a question and a comment for you: What is Teddy Atlas’ background? I’m guessing he was a pro boxer at one time and am curious as to what sort of fighter he was. Was he?”

Yes, Atlas was an amateur boxer and took a route that was kind of familiar years ago. In was hanging around the gym when he got busted for two felony counts in three days. He was grabbing gold chains off people’s necks. Got caught. His Physician father refused to bail Teddy out until Teddy’s mothers threatened divorce. The bail was posted.

Teddy’s pal was Kevin Rooney (who would become a trainer) who had just win the 1975 New York Golden Gloves title at 175. Rooney was training in the Catskills under the tutelage of Cus D’Amato who gained worldwide fame as the man behind Floyd Paterson. Atlas went to D’Amato’s to train. Training with Cus you had to follow his rules. When Atlas did he was welcomed into the family. Cus went to the judge and got Atlas probation as long as Atlas kept his nose clean. He did. Atlas would win the 139 pound Golden Gloves title with all wins coming by KO’s. He also played football hurting his back which ended his boxing career. D’Amato said, “You’re a trainer.” D’Amato would have a second life in the spotlight when he took in a young tough named Mike Tyson. (Tyson fights Sunday in Washington DC against a stiff but then so is he.) Tyson’s first trainer was? Teddy Atlas. He left the Tyson fold after Mike had tried to take some liberties with Atlas’s high school aged niece. Teddy cornered Tyson in the gym, put a gun to his head and said, “If you ever touch my niece again I’ll blow your ******g head off.” Exit, Atlas to be replace by? Kevin Rooney. Atlas was the trainer of Michael Moorer and lately he tried to straighten out Michael Grant. You can’t win’em all. How about them apples? I’ll drink to that.


FRB’S a dying breed - PH3

Pattaya hash is getting old. In the early days there were many FRB’s, sadly they are a dying breed. Machines are replacing leg power, look at all the cars and pick ups surrounding the A site, these are only out numbered by the chairs. Apparently we all parked at the wrong “A” site or so we were told later, presumably the real “A” site was flat with no hidden ankle breaking holes, no dead bodies though at least at this point. I was late, I am always late, however it turns out I am not as late as the GM Flying Frog.

We waited, read some hash sheets, others were chatting. I stood near the beer truck and the back table was in place earlier than normal. Dr Pinky was stood next to it. From the direction of the bus Sun Flower wandered over towards Dr Pinky and she was carrying a very limp duck, (I have not substituted a U for an I) carefully she laid it on the beer truck table, Dr Pinky, ever ready to assist, pulled out his stethoscope and listened to the birds chest. After a moment or two Dr Pinky stared at Sun Flower then looked up into her eyes and said, “I am so sorry your pet has passed away” Sun Flower appearing distressed wailed “are you sure?” (No reference to the hasher). “Yes I am sure. The duck is dead” he replied. “But how can you be sure?” she protested. “I mean you have not done any testing on him or anything. He might just be in a coma or something.” Dr Pinky rolled his eyes, turned around and went behind the beer truck. Moments later he returned with a black Labrador retriever. As the duck’s owner Sun Flower looked on in amazement, the dog stood on his hind legs, put his front paws on the beer truck table and sniffed the duck from top to bottom. He then looked at Dr Pinky with sad eyes and shook his head. Dr Pinky patted the dog, gave it a biscuit and took it back around the front of the beer truck and returned a few moments later with a beautiful cat. The cat jumped up on the table and also sniffed the bird from its beak to its tail and back again. The cat sat back on its haunches, shook its head, meowed softly, jumped down and strolled off towards the jeep for a tuna sandwich. Dr Pinky moves his focus and looked Sun Flower in the eyes and said, “I’m sorry, but as I said, “this is most definitely, 100% certifiably, a dead duck.” Dr Pinky then picked up his bag and reached inside and pulled out a bar bill book and pen, he then scribbled quickly on it and tore out the top page, which he handed to Sun Flower. Sun Flower still in shock, took the bill.”15,000 baht!” she cried. “15,000 baht just to tell me my duck is dead! You crazy, you crazy Dr Pinky she bemoaned” Dr Pinky shrugged. “I’m sorry. If you’d taken my word for it, the bill would have been 1,500 baht. But with the Lab Report and the CAT scan, it all adds up.”

In the mean time a group of perhaps 8-10 persons VV, Peler, Fini, Smiling Brown Spider to mention a few had congregated around Ringworm, each was clutching a news letter, as they quizzed him about the meaning of all those long words in last weeks write up.

Finally the GM arrived, “form a circle” he shouted from his truck, and obediently we did.

As we were getting the information about next week’s Betty Boop run three gun shots rang out from only a few hundred meters away, probably Marathon Man Odd Job creating some of his own breaking news again. New shoes were dealt with and we were off following the rail track, yep you got it, in the direction of the gunshots. The first part of the run twisted us around with some old paper, false trails and loops but it kept the pack together. I was walking along with General Kidney Wiper “****ing Embassy” he grumbled “US$600 just for a visa and you have to be finger printed”, he continued that he may be away for a few weeks as he is going to open a religious book shop in Guantanamo Bay. Through a gully and another good false trail, across the road and a check at the end of an open field. A large group was now forming, most were being distracted by jet another pack of yapping dogs, On-On, was called and we started to run, we were not the only things that had started to run, from the corner of the field a huge FRB (Fast Running Buffalo) came charging towards the pack we scattered in every direction, however the FRB seemed to have taken a liking to Homo Simpson, which is understandable as he is half Norwegian, 1.5 tons of muscle and horns shot past Homo and seemed to miss by inches, it crashed off into the undergrowth, meanwhile as Homo Simpson was emptying his shorts out, thankfully we were on a false trail so could exit the area in the opposite direction, if ever there was a visual warning to walk near cattle and FRB’s that was it.

Over some dried out rice paddies and we were back in sight of the rail track and the final Blue check.

A-Holeo claimed that this was easy, the A site is just down there to the right, we picked up the paper 200 meters to the left and continued in that direction, we weave through shrubs and there was the On In the other type of FRB’s back in about 55 mins, so plenty of exercise for those who wanted it. I walked in past Uncle Pervy’s ever growing gang Drippy, Dr Pinky, ET, Sir Airhead guzzling his home brew , I wandered over near the rail tracks . Miserable C. was whining about the A site, Apples Turnover responded, “well you are the trail master you should check each A site for suitability,” at this point Terminal 4 Skin turned up to comment, “would you two like some cheese to go with that whine”.

The lights go on and its time to form a circle, instantly we are told that the hash shit will be loosing his trophy tonight, but to whom? Sun Flower is hash flash tonight we are informed, which for a moment sounded exciting then she appeared with the camera around her neck, this week’s raffle was conducted by Seaman Swallow the normal prizes and free pass to the bucket. The Bad RA Sir Airhead took over, Hares Mr. Dog and A. Hopper placed themselves on the ice, clearly the RA figured that they should receive hash sh*t for the gunshots, A site, bad smell, packs of dogs, FRB’s so he asked King Yao Yao: “Good run,” he said. So that was that and they got away with it. Which is more than can be said for Wank-King who had dropped a tiny piece of trash in the circle and correctly received the Hash Trash award. A-Holeo was brought in with the new squeeze who really only requires the cosmetic flat head to be perfect and was named Chipmunk. The Chicken Person then serenaded us with a song about Sir Air Head, which was claimed to have been written by Karamba as it made no sense at all. As it had already been decided that the hash sh*it was going out tonight, the GM brings in poor harmless A. Hopper, apparently he went to the On On bar last week and committed the heinous crime of eating before he had bought a drink, this now leaves him mentally scared for life after receiving the Hash Sh*t award. The judge in this case assures us that he is a fine upstanding community member and the punishment was in no way influenced by the fact that he too owns a Hash Bar. Visitors, returnees too many to mention, and leavers with the biggest cheer of the night that A-Holeo was leaving. The French and anybody else who would admit to speaking French were rightfully iced for totally destroying the EU. As Europeans we expected this, as is just normal French pouting because a German took over at Airbus Industries. The German’s were also iced, it seems they are blessed, if they are now unemployed they can get a 20% discount on services from pros, so long as they have an unemployment card, this however is of no use in Pattaya, as there are supposedly none.

For this reason entirely after the Hash Hymn sung by Aussies and the fact that I did not have time to go to Ban Chang where apparently there are some... I went home!

On On
BNB


Rossi does it again at Mugello

Well, Valentino Rossi on his Yamaha did it all over again! Mugello was a virtual repeat of the events of Le Mans three weeks ago. First of all Rossi edged out Gibernau in the dying seconds of the qualifying period to snatch pole. Max Biaggi completed the front row. Second row qualifiers were Nicky Hayden (Honda) John Hopkins (Suzuki) and Capirossi (Ducati).

Rossi could only manage fourth away off the line but that is an improvement on his earlier starts. It was obvious from the off that the Ducati’s have the starting technique sorted since they claimed positions one and three into the first bend with Gibernau filling the sandwich between Capirossi and Checa.

Within the space of one lap Rossi forced his Yamaha passed all three so that he led at the start of the second lap.

Sete Gibernau drifted backwards until by lap five he was in fifth place. The on-board camera views of his front wheel showed he was having tyre or handling problems from the front end and he duly slid off on lap six after losing the front going into a corner. This DNF compounds the disastrous season Sete is having as Honda’s number one man.

Rossi was unable to extend his lead significantly from Max Biaggi and they duelled for the front for much of the race. Behind them there was a ding-dong battle for the third podium spot between Melandri and Capirossi making it a four-way Italian battle, which was won in determined style by a very persistent Capirossi.

Biaggi successfully overtook Rossi at a corner where the vociferous crowd was entirely for Biaggi. Three laps from the finish Rossi retook the lead at the same corner to silence Biaggi’s fans. There are those that would say this was deliberate policy by Valentino!

So, rostrum places were Rossi, Biaggi and Capirossi followed by 4. Melandri, 5. Checa, 6. Hayden, 7. Barros, 8. Tamada, 9. Edwards and 10. Nakano. Notably, this was a good result for Tamada on his return from injury.

Rossi now stands on 120 points, a record for this stage of the season, followed by Melandri on a distant 71 with Biaggi third on 67.

On Sunday June 12, the MotoGP circus comes from Catalunya, Spain. Sete Gibernau will be desperate to make a good showing in front of his home crowd, but would do well to remember he needs any points he can get, another DNF is not what he wants.

Broadcast time for MotoGP from Spain is expected to be 7 p.m. Thai time, but check your TV listings.


Sails ahoy at the Ocean Marina this weekend

This Saturday and Sunday June 12 - 13th will see another exciting weekend of yacht racing from Pattaya’s Ocean Marina. Races begin about 10 a.m. on Saturday and finsh in the early afternoon on Sunday.

Some 12 yachts are expected to be out racing this weekend. If anyone wants to crew on a racing yacht or to take out their own chartered boat with a skilled skipper, helmsman then then call 038 237 752 for details. You can charter and race your own yacht for 10,500 baht for the whole day and take four friends along for the exciting ride.

Want to know how crew a yacht?

The internationally recognized sail training organization International Yachtmaster Training Inc. based in the USA has recently licensed Gulf Charters Thailand Ltd. based at Ocean Marina to open a Yachtmaster training school. The opening course will start on the June 25 and lasts for five days.

This class is for the IYT International Crew Certificate 50% of which is in the classroom and 50% on the water on a yacht. Alternatively for those who can only study on weekends, the course is also available over three consecutive weekends also commencing on the June 25 and culminating in an entry of one of the Gulf Charter fleet boats in the increasingly popular race weekend that takes place every other month from Ocean Marina.

Cost of the course is 25,000 baht and at the end of the course the student will have progressed from no knowledge of boats whatsoever to being a competent responsible member of a crew who can understand and carry out all the commands given by the skipper

For more information contact: Gulf Charters Thailand, Ocean Marina, 167/5 Moo4 Sukhumvit Hwy (Km 157), Tel. 038 237 752, fax. 038 237751 or email: phil @ gulfchartersthailand.com



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