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Me Too: The skipper of the Sudsakorn Too clambers on board under tow

Phuket Graveyard Shrinks: Two Boats Saved

Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Rescue Photo Album Above

A YACHT and a catamaran escaped from the boat graveyard on Phuket's Kata beach today, with a dive boat dragging one free and a gaggle of tourists lending a hand to push the other out to sea.

Phuketwan's photographer captured the owner of the yacht Sudsakorn Too, jumping on board his yacht at the last second as it was pulled free from the sand, where it has been stuck fast since Saturday.

Miss Saigon's owner shook hands with the tourists in swimming trunks who helped to push his race-winning catamaran back into the water today.

No doubt the owner of the yacht will shake hands with the crew of the rescuing dive boat, MV Andaman Seafarer, when he gets the chance.

Two more boats remain buried at the beach, with one likely to be lifted out later today. Mystery surrounds the fate of the other, the worst damaged of the dozen Phuket King's Cup Regatta racers that were swept from their anchorage by a stiff westerly in the early hours of Saturday.

It was to be the last day of racing, but for the first time in the prestigious history of the regatta, racing and the traditional sail past had to be cancelled while the storm raged.

December usually hails the high season and brings much more tranquil conditions on Phuket, but not this year.

Environmentalists were pleased to see that oil that had polluted the surf on Kata beach since Saturday appeared to have vanished today.
Lifted to Safety, Phuket Yachts May Race Again
Photo Album Rescuers were hoping to pull five yachts from the beach at Phuket's Kata ''graveyard'' by using an excavator and a crane. It was another different day for tourists.
Lifted to Safety, Phuket Yachts May Race Again

Phuket Yacht Breaks Free by Surfing 'Graveyard'
Graveyard Photo Special One yacht surfs free from a graveyard for expensive boats on Kata beach. But for others valued at 30 million baht, the prospect of sailing again seems an unlikely dream.
Phuket Yacht Breaks Free by Surfing 'Graveyard'

Stranded Phuket Fleet Faces More Pounding
Latest Several classy yachts had to be left where they lay on Phuket's Kata beach as darkness descended on a day of destruction that will long be remembered in King's Cup Regatta folklore.
Stranded Phuket Fleet Faces More Pounding

Phuket Marine Police to Tow Yachts Free
Photo Album Marine Police were attempting to tow stranded yachts free after a wild westerly routed the Phuket King's Cup Regatta fleet off Kata beach, pushing 10 vessels ashore.
Phuket Marine Police to Tow Yachts Free

Fleet Beached on Phuket: Regatta Photo Special
Photo Special Crews struggled in roaring surf to try to right valuable yachts that had been beached as a wild Phuket storm struck the King's Cup Regatta fleet of more than 100 at anchor off Kata.
Fleet Beached on Phuket: Regatta Photo Special

Phuket Storm Rips Regatta Fleet: Yachts Beached, Sail Past, Racing Cancelled
Breaking News A savage storm rips the Phuket King's Cup Regatta fleet, sweeping many boats onto Kata beach and forcing cancellation of the sail past and today's innovative racing.
Phuket Storm Rips Regatta Fleet: Yachts Beached, Sail Past, Racing Cancelled

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Phuket King's Cup Regatta sailing boats stranded for a long time on Kata Beach is not good advertising for Thai local administrations for not helping to remove the boats, as well for the selfish tourism industry in Phuket.

Thousands of tourists make pictures of it and will laugh at home with friends about the poor seamanship of Phuket sailors.

Posted by Whistle-Blower on December 15, 2010 11:01

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From the fotos the catamaran looks like a trimaran. But maybe you meant a Kata-trimaran?

Posted by Joe on December 16, 2010 12:18

Editor Comment:

Everybody knows journalists can't count.


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