After a weekend of high performance racing at the Royal Varuna Yacht Club in Pattaya, Keerati Bualong and Kamolwan Chanyim retained their titles as national champions in their respective Olympic class sailboats. In the Laser Standard, Keerati, 21, almost effortlessly reclaimed the title of National Champion for the fifth time over the weekend of February 22-23. His talented Sattahip training partner and friendly rival Supakon Pongwichean lifted only one bullet point off the Olympian, finishing a respectable second. Former Dart world champion Gareth Owen took third place ten points behind.Keerati Bualong (left) and Kamolwan Chanyim (right) with the RVYC’s Malee Whitcraft.The leading lady of the fleet, Koravic Bhanubandh, finished an impressive 7th overall, and Charlie Zbinden was named top Laser Great Grand Master (a title reserved for those aged 65 and up), age being no limit in the light conditions. In the Laser Radial fleet, which uses the same hull but a slightly smaller sail for sailors of lighter weight, the Kingdom Property sponsored Kamolwan Chanyim, 18, finished second behind visiting Singaporean Jevyn Ong after overcoming the first day’s challenge by current European Grand Master Champion Max Hunt of the UK and taking first place from Jevyn in two of the final day’s races. She had secured her title for the third time on the first day however as the top Thai national in the fleet, finishing the first four races well ahead of Sattahip’s sailing sisters Kanapan and Yanakamin Pachatikapanya.Top Laser Radial sailors (from L to R): Neil Dunkley, Kamolwan Chanyim, Jevyn Ong and Max Hunt.The event welcomed sailors from the UK, Myanmar, Singapore, Japan, and Sweden, setting the bar high for those after a podium finish.Wind proved initially elusive on the first day of racing, only just filling in enough to race by the noon start. Sattahip’s Keerati quickly showed he was in top form with his first win of the weekend. The RVYC’s Gareth did his best to keep him in sight and finished second.The second race saw the race committee resort to a black flag start as the tide was pushing the boats over the line. Two boats still fell afoul of being over the line and were duly penalized, as Supakon followed Keerati home.At the start of the third race it was fun and games at the pin end of the start line with one incident resulting in the only protest of the weekend. Supakon managed to take a win in the third race, but Keerati was close behind. The final race of the day reverted to form with Keerati followed by Supakon, but this time chased home by Don Whitcraft.In the Radial, Singapore’s Jevyn showed off his masterful boat speed skills to take three firsts and a second on the first day. Just behind, there was a tight battle for second place between Max and Kamolwan. Max starred in the third race, taking a race win. Kamolwan fought back to finish in front of Max in the last race of the day, but both allowed Kanapan to get through to second to follow Jevyn across the line.Royal Varuna Yacht Club a hive of activity on race weekend.The tide was a bit stronger for Sunday’s early start, but there was enough wind to get the racing underway. In the Standard, the domination of the top two continued. They were obviously enjoying the light to medium wind and catching shifts up the first beat, getting across to the right side where a little extra wind and a lift paid off. Behind them, the RVYC’s Chris Dando and Don Whitcraft took third places in the first three races of the day.For the final race of the championship, both Keerati and Supakon decided they had secured the top spots and went home for an early shower. Again the right of the beat paid and it was Japanese Shin Suenaga who led round the first mark. He was chased by the UK’s Peter Young with the rest of the pack bunched together behind. Eventually Peter managed to run Shin down and take the lead downwind to win the final race of the Championship.Also on Sunday, the top of the Radial fleet saw a great battle between Jevyn and Kamolwan, the young sailors showing the more experienced mariners chasing them just how to do it. Four races were sailed and both took two wins and two seconds.
There a great new sport in Nelson — and it’s called Pickleball. Nelson pickleball has taken over Selkirk College’s Mary Hall gym on Sunday for an afternoon of continuous play on five courts.For people unaware of the sport, pickleball is the fastest growing game in North America, especially with the 55-plus crowd.But anyone is welcome to join the players who can usually be found playing at Mary Hall (10th Avenue campus) Monday to Thursday 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and on Fridays and Sundays at 1:30, p.m. as long as the gym is free.Selkirk students often join the regular players, notably several students from India who are enrolled in the Hospitality and Tourism program.It’s an easy-to-learn sport which is played on a badminton-sized court with a hard paddle (often graphite) and a wiffle ball. For more information visit Pickleball Canada or this link.
DORTMUND COULD RUN IN TRIPLE BENDDortmund, the 2015 Santa Anita Derby winner recently transferred by owner Kaleem Shah from trainer Bob Baffert to Art Sherman, could make his first start for Sherman in next Saturday’s Grade I Triple Bend Stakes if he’s ready for the seven furlong race.“He worked five-eighths in 59 the other day and went really well,” said Art’s son and assistant, Alan, of a breeze at Los Alamitos on Wednesday. Los Alamitos head clocker Russ Hudak said the five-year-old son of 2008 Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown “looked good.”“He might run in the Triple Bend, I’m not sure. It might come up too quick,” Alan said. “I just don’t know if we’ll have him quite tight enough for that, but he’s getting close.”As to two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome, retired to stud at Taylor Made Farm in Kentucky following his farewell race in the Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 28, the six-year-old California-bred is enjoying himself.“He’s doing great,” Alan said. “He’s bred to two mares every day and loving life.” Jerry Hollendorfer9218111820%51%$1,331,108 Stewart Elliott10611131610%38%$533,282 GRAZEN SKY STRETCHES OUT AGAIN IN TIZNOWGrazen Sky, a consistent son of the hard-hitting sire Grazen, returns to a one mile race Sunday when the stretch-running gray runs in the $100,000 Tiznow Stakes for California-bred or sired horses.Owned and bred by Nick Alexander and trained by Steve Miyadi, Grazen Sky was second last out going seven furlongs in the Cary Grant Stakes for state-breds Nov. 20 at Del Mar. His three races prior to that were at a mile, winning one at that distance in an overnight event at Del Mar last July 15.“There’s nowhere else to run him,” Miyadi said in explaining the move. “It could be a sloppy track and we’ll find out if he likes the mud.”Grazen Sky has won four of 19 starts, with eight seconds and four thirds, good for $392,638 in earnings.The field for the Tiznow, which goes as the eighth of nine races: Indygo Holiday, Martin Pedroza, 20-1; Magic Mark, Joe Talamo, 5-2; Patriots Rule, Israel Ocampo, 8-1; Solid Wager, Victor Espinoza, 3-1; Acceptance, Stewart Elliott, 4-1; Grazen Sky, Tyler Baze, 4-1; and Avanti Bello, Flavien Prat, also 4-1. Peter Miller742017727%59%$1,069,715 Mark Glatt54911717%50%$400,570 John Sadler41781017%61%$465,304 Mike Smith37123932%65%$1,192,159 Tyler Baze16530341818%50%$1,413,051 BAL A BALI TRAINING UP TO KILROE MILEBal a Bali, who worked seven furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast main track Friday in 1:26.80, is training for his return to the races in the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile on March 11.The seven-year-old Brazilian-bred full horse has not raced since finishing eighth in the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita going a mile and a quarter on dirt last June 25.“I don’t have an option but to train up to the race,” said Richard Mandella, who conditions the son of Put It Back for Calumet Farm. “It’s the only thing I’ve got to do with him, and he’s a good horse, so I’m going to give it a go.”Bal a Bali was third in the 2016 Kilroe behind What a View and runner-up Bolo, who worked five furlongs on the main track today in 1:00.80 for Carla Gaines, who has the son of Temple City ticketed for this year’s Kilroe. Flavien Prat15837242823%56%$2,447,134 Richard Baltas9016151418%50%$843,117 Tiago Pereira751071013%36%$306,130 Rafael Bejarano9918151718%51%$983,493 Joseph Talamo1021481714%38%$461,108 BAL A BALI TRAINING FOR GRADE I KILROE MILE William Spawr2192243%62%$264,271 Victor Espinoza43911621%60%$610,292 Martin Pedroza809161411%49%$428,288 J. Keith Desormeaux3372521%42%$435,960 Kent Desormeaux10121121021%43%$1,268,091 DORTMUND ‘GETTING CLOSE’ FOR TRIPLE BEND Vladimir Cerin3387624%64%$283,374 Peter Eurton4285419%40%$445,269 Philip D’Amato611371021%49%$809,080 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.75117615%32%$575,940 Trainer Mts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Doug O’Neill10611221910%49%$1,026,406 GRAZEN SKY BACK AT A MILE IN TIZNOW STAKES Bob Baffert4296721%52%$884,686 Luis Contreras8810102311%49%$487,192 Santiago Gonzalez9110121111%36%$462,642 (Current Through Friday, Feb. 24) FINISH LINES: Stewart Elliott, on becoming the 68th winner of the prestigious George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award: “It’s a great honor, especially because it comes from my peers.” The 51-year-old Toronto native, winner of more than 4,700 races including the 2004 Kentucky Derby aboard Smarty Jones, will receive his award in a Winner’s Circle ceremony at Santa Anita next month . . . Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner and 2016 Eclipse champion in that category Champagne Room worked four furlongs on the main track Saturday in 47.60. Trainer Peter Eurton has her pointed to the $75,000 China Doll Stakes at a mile on turf March 11 . . . Imperative worked six furlongs on the training track in 1:16.40 for Bob Hess Jr. who is preparing the winner of more than $2 million for the Santa Anita Handicap . . . Streaking Grade II winner Vale Dori, working for the Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes March 18 and a possible meeting with Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint winner and Eclipse champion Finest City, went six furlongs for Bob Baffert in 1:15 . . .To view uncut morning workout videos, visit XBTV.com, under the video on demand link; http://www.xbtv.com/video-on-demand/workouts/ . . . Dan Ward, assistant to Jerry Hollendorfer, reports two-time champion Songbird “sounder than ever” as she prepares for her four-year-old campaign. The daughter of Medaglia d’Oro currently is jogging two miles daily . . . Team O’Neill has horses running on four fronts this weekend: Qatar (where trainer Doug O’Neill is with Royal Albert Hall), the Fair Grounds, Golden Gate Fields and Santa Anita . . . Dawn Wells, known to millions as Mary Anne on one of the most popular sitcoms in television history, CBS’s Gilligan’s Island, will present the trophy to the winning connections of today’s Sensational Star Stakes, along with Bill Spawr, who trained the multiple stakes winner for which the third race is named . . . All THOROUGHBREDS members at Santa Anita on Big ‘Cap Day, March 11, will receive a free Santa Anita umbrella with paid admission while supplies last. There will be a $1 million guaranteed Late Pick 4 and a $100,000 guaranteed Pick 6. First post time is 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. SANTA ANITA STATISTICS
Katrin Klingenberg, the founder of the Passive House Institute U.S. in Urbana, Illinois, has announced the launch of a new non-profit advocacy group to increase awareness of the Passivhaus standard. Called the Passive House Alliance, the group will engage in marketing, public relations, outreach, and political lobbying. Among the goals of the Alliance: to incorporate the Passivhaus standard into residential energy codes in the U.S. by 2020 or 2030.The launch of the Alliance will allow the Passive House Institute U.S. to focus on its core goals: training architects and builders in the use of the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) software; providing quality control for Passivhaus construction projects; certifying completed Passivhaus buildings; and organizing conferences.“I think that this is big news,” Klingenberg told attendees at the October 23 Passivhaus Symposium at the Boston Architectural College. “As we form this Alliance, we are working closely with the Passivhaus Institut in Germany and advocacy groups in Germany.”For more information, visit the Alliance’s new Web site, www.phalliance.com.
The Australian Men’s National Training Squad will train in Sydney this weekend as they prepare for the 2014 Trans Tasman Series in April next year. The camp is the first opportunity for the Australian Men’s Open contingent to train together since the announcement of the squad in June, in the lead up to the series which will be played at Mudgee’s Glen Willow Regional Sporting Complex from Friday, 25 April to Sunday, 27 April 2014. The Men’s Open team will be hopeful of reclaiming the division back from New Zealand, following their 2-1 series loss at the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series in Auckland in February. Stay tuned to www.austouch.com.au for all of the latest news and information on the Australian teams in the lead up to the 2014 Trans Tasman Series. Be sure to also follow Touch Football Australia on our social media pages:Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyausYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus Instagram – search for ‘Touch Football Australia’Related LinksAussie Men’s Camp
Father of Ajax defender De Ligt opens door to Juventusby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe father of Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt has opened the door to a move to Juventus.De Ligt’s agent Mino Raiola met with Juve officials this week.“Juve could be a possibility, but they’re not the only team interested,” Frank de Ligt said.“Now we’re focusing on this season with Ajax. Turin is a beautiful city, I came here for the Netherlands match in June too.“In the next few months, I, my son, and [agent Mino] Raiola will make the best decision for his future.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Emerson Palmieri set to land a contract with Chelseaby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEmerson Palmieri is set to land a new contract with Chelsea.TMW says now a regular starter under manager Frank Lampard’s training, Palmieri is very close to penning a contract renewal. It will be an upgrade that will lead him to receiving €5m-a-year, plus an extension until June 30, 2024. Emerson’s form has also seen him force his way into Italy coach Roberto Mancini’s plans.The fullback is in his third season with the Blues.
West Ham blow as keeper Fabianski out for EIGHT weeksby Ian Ferris25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham keeper Lukasz Fabianski has been ruled out for at least two months with a torn hip muscle.The 34 year old Polish stopper suffered the injury taking a goal-kick during West Ham’s 2-2 draw at Bournemouth on Saturday and was substituted in the 34th minute. TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say
CALGARY – Uniformed police officers will not be marching in Calgary’s annual Pride parade in September.Calgary Pride said Wednesday that it encourages police to take part, as long as it’s without uniforms, firearms, vehicles or institutional representation, such as floats.“We acknowledge the historical oppression and institutionalized racism faced by queer/trans people of colour and Indigenous persons, and the potentially negative association with weapons, uniforms, and other symbols of law enforcement,” the group said in a news release.“We also recognize the oppression of the gender and sexually diverse community at large, the discrimination faced by members of law enforcement who identify as part of the (gender and sexually diverse) community and the challenges they may have encountered as a self-identified (gender and sexually diverse) community member in the workplace.”Calgary Pride said it also wants top brass at the Calgary Police Service, including Chief Roger Chaffin, to have formal diversity and inclusion training.As in past years, the group said police will provide security at the Sept. 3 parade, which attracts more than 60,000 spectators.“We believe banning (the Calgary Police Service), and other law enforcement agencies from participating in Calgary’s Pride activities deters from engaging in meaningful discussions on how law enforcement agencies can best support Calgary’s gender and sexually diverse community,” Calgary Pride’s release said.“We welcome the participation of Calgary Police Service, and other law enforcement agencies in a manner that demonstrates allyship and understanding.”The Calgary Police Service said it will have an entry in the parade, but will respect the request that no uniforms be worn.“We are obviously disappointed with the decision that police will not be allowed to march in uniform, but we are not going to allow it to undo decades of progress between law enforcement and the LGBTQ community in Calgary,” Chaffin said in a statement.“We have a far better relationship with the LGBTQ community now than we did even ten years ago and we want to keep that forward momentum.”VOICES, a group that describes itself as “Calgary’s coalition of two-spirit and racialized LGBTQIA and their chosen allies,” said it had collaborative discussions with Calgary Pride and Calgary Police.LGBTQIA is an abbreviation that refers to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual people.“What we have here is a symbolic step which does not eliminate police violence and misconduct, but rather opens up a discussion and first steps towards creating a community that is safe for all and the one that truly honours the history of what Pride marches are meant to be,” the group said in a statement.Law enforcement involvement in Pride events has stirred controversy.In January, Pride Toronto organizers agreed to a list of demands from the city’s chapter of Black Lives Matter, including a ban on uniformed officers and police floats in the parade.The issue first came to widespread public attention during last year’s parade, when members of the anti-racism group staged a sit-in that halted the march until Pride organizers agreed to a list of conditions.Pride Winnipeg invited police to march in its parade in June, but without cruisers or uniforms. Halifax police opted out of last weekend’s Pride parade, citing the national debate on the topic.In Vancouver, officers will be allowed to march as part of the city’s contingent Aug. 6, alongside city municipal staff and other first responders. But no marked cruisers will be included and most of the marching officers will wear T-shirts rather than uniforms.In St. John’s, N.L., the Pride committee reversed course and invited uniformed police officers to march in the city’s parade, which was held earlier this month.
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Two more dead whales have washed ashore on Newfoundland’s west coast.The federal fisheries department says the discoveries bring the total of confirmed North Atlantic right whale deaths to at least nine.The department says one of the animals had not been counted amongst the previous eight right whale carcasses that have been spotted in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in recent weeks.Officials didn’t immediately say when the carcasses washed ashore.Scientists are working to confirm the identities of the whales and learn more about the causes of death.The government says one of the carcasses was initially believed to be another species of whale, but was later confirmed to be a North Atlantic right whale.Fisheries officials examined the remains of another right whale at a site in western Newfoundland last week.North Atlantic right whales are critically endangered, with only about 525 believed to be alive.