US Ambassador hosts reception for community leaders at RVYC

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Rare opportunity to hear ‘Sailing Talk’ by sailing legend Gary Jobson

In remembrance of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the Cultural Affairs Office of the Embassy of the United States of America, led by Ambassador H.E. Glyn T. Davies, brought U.S. Sailing Envoy Gary Jobson to the Royal Varuna Yacht Club March 16-17, to conduct a sailing clinic for 66 children from the Human Help Network Foundation Thailand. Jobson is an American world-class sailor, a broadcaster/producer, sailing Analyst, lecturer, writer and an editor-at-large for Sailing World and Cruising World magazines.

Radchada Chomjinda presents a lovely bouquet to Jacqueline Davies.
Radchada Chomjinda presents a lovely bouquet to Jacqueline Davies.

The clinic provided an excellent opportunity for the children, aged 8-18 years, to be trained by the pre-eminent ambassador for sailing in the U.S.

Jobson, who is passionately enthusiastic about this honorable clinic, not only engaged the Thai youth in a dialogue on the importance of sportsmanship, he also taught them to respect one another and work together.

The program commemorated Thailand’s Legendary Royal Sailor, HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej for his passion and dedication to sailing.

On March 17, Ambassador Davies led youth from the Child Protection and Development Center to the RVYC and Yinyom Beach where everyone joined in to clean the shoreline and learned about the waterfront environment. (Pattaya Mail Vol. XXV No. 12. March 24-30 2017 http://www.pattayamail.com/featured/cpdc-kids-learn-sailing-u-s-champ-168139)

Anne Lee Seshadri, Cultural & Educational Officer of the US Embassy Bangkok seems delighted as Gary Jobson greets Sopin Thappajug.
Anne Lee Seshadri, Cultural & Educational Officer of the US Embassy Bangkok seems delighted as Gary Jobson greets Sopin Thappajug.

The following day, Ambassador Davies and his wife Jackie hosted a reception at the RVYC where Jobson spoke of his many experiences as a world-class sailor.

The ambassador also invited HHNF Thailand Director Radchada Chomjinda (Toy) and members of the community who work closely with the HHN to be his guests of honour.

They included Princess Iris of Saxony, Hans G. Mueller, Pratheep S. Malhotra, Samphan Akrapongpanich, Sopin Thappajug, Elfi Seitz, Sue Kukarja, Dr Otmar and Dr Margret Deter, Nittaya Patimasongkroh, and Praichit Jetapai, as well as many members from the Royal Varuna Yacht Club and other sailing enthusiasts.

US Ambassador H.E. Glyn T. Davies welcomes Pratheep ‘Peter’ Malhotra, MD of Pattaya Mail.
US Ambassador H.E. Glyn T. Davies welcomes Pratheep ‘Peter’ Malhotra, MD of Pattaya Mail.

Radchada thanked Ambassador Davies saying, “I take this opportunity to thank H.E. Ambassador Davies for his kind invitation this evening. I really don’t know how to thank you enough for giving us such honor.

“I do hope you all agree that the very entertaining talk by Mr. Gary Jobson, preceded by His Excellency’s most profound introductory speech about our beloved late King, has touched our hearts. Meeting the ambassador and his wife Jackie here today is an experience that we will never forget.

“More importantly the love and kindness that the ambassador and his wife gave our children, along with the knowledge and motivation instilled in them by Mr. Jobson will be imbedded in their hearts and minds for the rest of their lives.”

Ambassador Davies converses with Sopin Thappajug.
Ambassador Davies converses with Sopin Thappajug.
The ambassador greets Elfi Seitz, editor of the Pattaya Blatt.
The ambassador greets Elfi Seitz, editor of the Pattaya Blatt.
Ambassador Davies welcomes Princess Iris of Saxony and Hans Mueller.
Ambassador Davies welcomes Princess Iris of Saxony and Hans Mueller.
Gary Jobson and Ambassador Davies engage in light conversation.
Gary Jobson and Ambassador Davies engage in light conversation.
Ambassador Davies, Jackie and Gary Jobson pose for photos with community leaders.
Ambassador Davies, Jackie and Gary Jobson pose for photos with community leaders.
Ambassador Davies, Jackie and Gary Jobson pose for photos with community leaders.
Ambassador Davies, Jackie and Gary Jobson pose for photos with community leaders.
Ambassador Davies, Jackie and Gary Jobson pose for photos with community leaders.
Ambassador Davies, Jackie and Gary Jobson pose for photos with community leaders.
Anne Lee Seshadri, Cultural & Educational Officer of the US Embassy Bangkok welcomes the guests.
Anne Lee Seshadri, Cultural & Educational Officer of the US Embassy Bangkok welcomes the guests.
Ambassador Davies delivers his profound speech about HM the late King and Thailand in general.
Ambassador Davies delivers his profound speech about HM the late King and Thailand in general.
Gary Jobson’s inspired presentation was entertaining and educational.
Gary Jobson’s inspired presentation was entertaining and educational.
A bird’s eye view of the RVYC showing the US Ambassador speaking to the guests.
A bird’s eye view of the RVYC showing the US Ambassador speaking to the guests.