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Gangadhara Co. ltd., the developer of “Port Takola Yacht Marina and Boatyard” in Krabi, wants to clarify that its marina is built on a lawful land title, and it has received a permit to dredge a water course on “Klong Nob” according to a lawful process. The company further explains that the canal is a common watercourse that is used by the local communities for transportation. As such, it is public land for public use as defined on the land law not a forest, and it is in an authority of the Harbor Master not the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources.

On 29 June 2016, a representative of the Port Department of Marine and Coastal Resources reported to the media that Port Takola has encroached on 12 rai of the Jilad RiverNational Reserve Forest from dredging activity on the “Klong Nob”. The Representative, with an additional 100 men from various government agencies including the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the Army, and the Administrative Officer, visited the project area to investigate the company’s dredging activity on Klong Nob and whether it had encroached on the Jilad River National Reserve Forest. After the visit, the representative of the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources reported to the media said that the company has infringed the National Reserve Forest Act of 1964 section 14 and the Forestry Act of 1941 section 54 because it has encroached, taken possession, reclaimed, and/or cleared without permission. The representative also reported that the company has widened Klong Nob from a width of about 2-3 metres to about50 meters and that they found dredging activity during the search

SEAY News The Gangadhara Co.,Ltd. would like to clarify the matters as follows:

1) Port Takola is developed on private property that was passed on to the na Nagara family’s lineage. The estate has a pre-emption certificate title that was issued on 1926 and it is has endorsed a “Certificate of Utilization”, recognized as the land certificate according to the Land Code section 1. When the National Reserve Act B.E. 2507 (A.D. 1964) announced the Jilad River National Reserve Area, the Royal Forest Department has also warranted this property and secluded it from the announced area. Forestry Officers have the authority to search and arrest any wrongdoer in the National Reserve Area but not on a private property.

2) Klong Nob is a watercourse that is connected to the deepest channel of the Jiland River and onto the Andaman Sea. Historically, the estate owner has built a pier and allowed the Laempho villagers to use it for transportation and for shelter. As such, Klong Nob is considered public land for public use according to the llaw. It is not a forest area as define in the National Reserve Act.

3) The company has complied with all lawful process in applying for a dredging permit from the Saithai Sub District Administrative Organization (Saithai SDAO). The SDAO received authority from the Harbor Master to permit dredging and a responsibility of maintaining a watercourse of a small canal, according to the Harbor Master’s Order 718/545. The company has also received a permit from the Krabi Harbor Master Office to dredge a channel connecting a mouth of the Klong Nob to the deep channel of the Jilad River. The company plans to dredge a center channel only so it will not damage the mangrove forest along the shoreline on both sides.

4) The report also provides misleading information concerning the width of the Klong Nob that it was only 2 - 3 meters and that the company has encroached the national reserve forest to widen it. This case does not coincide with an aerial photography taken in 2005 by the Royal Thai Survey Department. The aerial photography shows that Nob canal already has between 30 – 50 metres width before the company started construction. There is also a fact that a dredging contractor has not yet performed any work because the dredger is still in a process of assembly.

Matthew na Nagara, General Manager of Port Takola Yacht Marina says, “We are disappointed that the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources has not requested the company to clarify its process in obtaining these permits before releasing this news to a public. We have been collaborative on previous search that occurred earlier this year. We do not understand why the department has not requested for clarification if it has found any wrongdoing. This report will surely effect our development reputation and the construction timeline. We will now seek for justification on this matter.”

Gangadhara Co. Ltd., is a family business entity that was founded to develop Port Takola Yacht Marina & Boatyard. When completed, the marina will become one of the largest inland marinas in South East Asia. The development will add to a marine infrastructure that is missing in the country. It will also establish a new type of industry in Krabi Province that will increase work opportunities as well as technical know-how in the local communities. This will create both economic and knowledge returns to the country. A marina development is also aligned with the Thai government’s policy to develop the Thai Andaman Coastline to become the Yacht and Marina Hub of ASEAN. The company will announce a new soft-opening schedule in the future.Sincerely, Matthew na Nagara, Mob: +66 (0) 81 787 7383, E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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This year’s Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta (RMSIR) will see the addition of a new TP52 division class, with a brand new RMSIR TP52 Cup up for grabs. The TP52 division will require the yachts to compete over four consecutive days consisting of a day of harbour racing in Penang, the passage race from Penang to Langkawi, and two days of harbour racing in Langkawi.

The number of Transpac 52 yachts in Asia has grown steadily over the last few years, paving the way for truly competitive racing for these Gran Prix sailboats in the region.

TP52 owners can choose to compete solely in the very competitive four-day TP52 Division event, or participate in both the full IRC Class 1 racing and the TP52 Cup. In the IRC Class 1, all boats will start and race together but the TP52s will also be scored in the newly formed TP52Division. This follows the format used recently for the last Samui Regatta providig consistency to Southeast Asian yacht racing.“

We are aware that some owners do not wish to sail the longer, more complex passage races but do want to maximize the opportunities to compete against yachts of the same design and very similar IRC ratings. This new TP 52 Division is aimed specifically to meet their needs, while providing variety in courses and locations,” said Royal Selangor Yacht Club (RSYC) Commodore Jeff Harris, who is also the RMSIR chairman.

The aim will be to race two windward–leewards in the Penang harbour, the Penang to Langkawi passage race that has seen good breezes and fast times in recent years, and two days of windward–leewards in Langkawi. Berths will be available at the recently refurbished Royal Langkawi Yacht Club, making logistics easier at that location.

The RMSIR committee welcomes feedback from TP52 owners regarding this new class, so that it can be tailored to their specific needs. A few TP52 owners have indicated their intention to participate at this early stage and the organisers are encouraging more to follow suit.

Registration for the 2016 RMSIR is now open where a Notice of Race has been issued and is available, along with more race information and other updates on the RMSIR website (www.rmsir.com).

The 2016 RMSIR will flag off from Port Klang on 19 November and end with races and the awards ceremony in Langkawi on 26 November. The regatta is organised annually by the RSYC in association with the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC). Selangor Tourism, container port Westports Malaysia and Scottish whisky brand Old Pulteney are the event sponsors.

Known for its unpredictable winds, weather and tide, the RMSIR provides excitement for even the most experienced of sailors, along with an interesting challenge. Add to that a little bit of sightseeing and fun social events at every stop and you have a regatta with everything.

This world-class event requires participating boats to push onwards from the flag-off point of Port Klang to the islands of Pangkor, Penang and Langkawi in an attempt to win the prestigious Raja Muda Cup, among other prizes.

The fleet will take the familiar course along Malaysia’s west coast, and make its way to the various checkpoints via the Straits of Malacca with inshore racing, awards and dinner parties as part of the agenda.

Race management for this year’s RMSIR has once again been placed in the capable hands of returning Race Officer, Jerry Rollin, with Bryan Willis also back to head the International Jury.

The RSYC will set up RMSIR race offices at the Straits Quay marina – which is managed by former RMSIR alumnus, John Ferguson – and the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club (RLYC). Berths are available at the recently refurbished RLYC, which now has a new 44-room boutique hotel.

The RMSIR was established in 1990 by the RSYC’s Royal Patron, the Sultan of Selangor HRH Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah (who was then Raja Muda Selangor) together with Dato’ Johan Ariff and Jonathon Muhiudeen.

Yachts competing in the regatta range from top class IRC1 racers to beautiful classic cruisers with long overhangs dating back over 100 years. Skippers and crew will have to cope with the unpredictable weather, changing tactics and heavy shipping traffic in the Straits of Malacca, all of which make the regatta a matchless experience.

The month of November typically marks the height of the northeast monsoon on Peninsular Malaysia where sailors can expect anything from glassy waters and light breeze to a sea heaving with two metres of swell or higher and 30 knot squalls blowing off the coast. In other words, these northeast monsoon months bring conditions that are challenging enough even for seasoned sailors.

The Royal Selangor Yacht Club (RSYC) is the oldest and most active members’ yacht club in Malaysia. Established in July 1969, it was first registered as the “Port Swettenham Yacht Club”, before changing its name to the “Selangor Yacht Club” in 1972. It was officially given its new name on its 20th anniversary, where it was officially opened and named the “Royal Selangor Yacht Club” in March 1989 by the Patron, His Royal Highness the Sultan of Selangor. Today, the RSYC has more than 1,200 members and caters for sailors, fishermen and powerboat owners.

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Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show returns for a fifth year with the largest display of boats and lifestyle products yet. Held from 24 – 27 November 2016 at Ocean Marina in Pattaya, Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show has been a catalyst for the Gulf of Thailand’s marine industry promoting the onshore facilities and offshore cruising grounds worldwide.“

Since launching Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show five years ago we have seen considerable growth in marine tourism and boat use in the Gulf of Thailand. The boat show has helped to position this region as a leading marine destination in South East Asia. Both the number of boat owners overseas choosing Ocean Marina to base their boats and the number of Thai people buying boats in the region has increased, and this trend looks to continue,” said Mr. Scott Finsten, Harbour Master, Ocean Marina.

With 22 boats up to 119 foot in length at last year’s show, organizers are planning for an even bigger and better display this year, and have expanded the in-water display space to accommodate the increased interest.

Early exhibitor confirmations for the 2016 show include top dealerships Simpson Marine and Boat Lagoon Yachting, both of which have secured larger exhibition space this year. These are joined by luxury Italian boat brand Azimut Yachts, Beneteau, Cranchi, CNB Yachts, Jeanneau, Lagoon, Monte Carlo Yachts, Prestige, Princess Yachts, Viking Yachts and Wider. Superyacht brands represented at the show include Admiral and Sanlorenzo, and a large selection of brokerage yachts will also be available for viewing.

“Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show continues to attract leading marine and luxury brands and 2016 looks to set a new benchmark. With increased exhibition space onshore and in-the-water, and already many top boat brands having confirmed their attendance, we’re looking forward to welcoming more than 6,000 visitors and showcasing the Gulf of Thailand,” commented Dr. Tirachai Pipitsupaphol, Managing Director, Ocean Property.

68% of visitors to the 2015 show were Thai, a key demographic for organizers and exhibitors, and a statistic in-line with Ocean Marina’s experience of a boom in the number of Thai people spending time on the water.

“The number of Thai people enjoying the boating lifestyle has increased exponentially in the last five years. Not only are more Thais coming to Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show as a way to learn about boating and to research and buy products, but we see more Thai people chartering boats, getting out on the water and enjoying the beautiful marine playground here in the Gulf of Thailand,” added Mr. Finsten.

Ocean Marina’s close proximity to Bangkok makes it the number one coastal destination and weekend getaway for the capital’s 8+ million inhabitants. Within minutes of arriving at the marina, visitors can be on the water enjoying the 43 islands that are within one hour by boat. Having recognized this growth in boating interest and subsequent need for more berths, Ocean Marina has undergone a phased expansion over recent years and is now, with 380 berths for boats upto 50 metres, the largest marina in South East Asia.

In addition to the impressive line-up of boats, cars and luxury lifestyle exhibitors, highlights for visitors to the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show include daily yacht cruises, kayak and paddleboat trials, jetpack flying board demonstrations, games, a food and drinks festival, and the Boat and Yacht Thailand Conference.

About Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show

Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show was launched in 2012 to much acclaim from the industry and visitors. Attracting a wide range of marine and leisure exhibitors, the 2016 show will take place 24th to 27th November at Ocean Marina Yacht Club and will showcase Jomtien and the Greater Pattaya region to the world, underscoring the Gulf of Thailand as a strategic yachting hub in South East Asia (www.oceanmarinapattayaboatshow.com).

About Ocean Marina

Situated on Jomtien Beach in Greater Pattaya, Ocean Marina is Thailand’s premier marina resort complex and the largest in South East Asia, a short drive from Bangkok and just one hour from Suvarnabhumi Airport. The world-class marina is complemented by a yacht club, accommodation, fine dining and recreational facilities as well as two luxury residences – San Marino and Ocean Portofino. Ocean Marina is home to the annual Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show and Top of the Gulf Regatta – Asia’s largest multi-class regatta – and has been the official venue for leading international events, including the CataWorld Cup, the 24th SEA Games, as well as large-scale concerts by Grammy, Cool FM and more (www.oceanmarinayachtclub.com).