Alzheimer’s Association plans ‘Lunch & Learn’ in Milan

first_imgMilan, In. — The Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association will hold a “Lunch & Learn” session on Tuesday, January 8 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Milan Public Library. The library is located at 1171 N. Warpath Drive in Milan.The program will focus on the difference between Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia, the stages and risk factors.The program is approved for continuing education credits for social workers in Indiana and Ohio for a cost of $15.The staff of Ripley Crossing will provide lunch at 11:30 a.m.Register online here or call 513-721-4284.last_img read more

Rodgers plays down Redknapp claim

first_imgLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has played down Harry Redknapp’s assertion he agreed to become his assistant if he got the England job but admits he would have considered the offer. Press Association “My version was that April when I was manager at Swansea, Harry had asked me after the game when we played,” he said. “He pulled me aside and it was a unique conversation because he was obviously very confident – as was the nation – he was going to be offered the national team job. “Here was a Premier League manager asking another Premier League manager to come and work with him at the European Championships. “It was a quick conversation. I was aware he was very keen for me to team up with him if he was given the role. “There was no decision either way. Out of the respect I have for Harry I was going to consider it. “He is a wonderful chemist, he knows what he wants from a team, knows the types of players and knows the exciting type of football and I think he wanted someone to come and implement those ideas. “There was no answer yes or no but I would have considered it for him. “Obviously at the end of it all it was irrelevant as the job was given to Roy and he has done a brilliant job. “I was really happy at Swansea. I had spoken to them about the possibility but it was something that after the appointment was made there were no further thoughts on it. “I saw that if it was to happen it would be a unique opportunity to show British players could play football: they are technically and tactically very strong they just need that support and confidence to go and play that way.” center_img In his recently-published autobiography, Redknapp claimed the Northern Irishman accepted his proposal, which was made when the then Tottenham boss was hot favourite to become Fabio Capello’s successor. However, Rodgers said it never got as far as that. last_img read more

Absence of Warner, Smith would weaken Australian side: Mohammed Shami

first_imgKolkata: India pacer Mohammed Shami on Monday said the possible absence of Steve Smith and David Warner would weaken the Australian side, but India would still require a sound plan to achieve success Down Under.Banned Australian captain Smith and vice-captain Warner could well make an early comeback in the India series after Cricket Australia announced that it will give “due consideration” to the Australian Cricketers Association’s (ACA) demand for revoking the ball-tampering bans on the premiere cricketers.“If those two don’t play, they will obviously be weakened. But in the end, you have to stick to your plan and work on your strengths,” Shami told reporters on the sidelines of Bengal vs Madhya Pradesh Group B Elite Ranji Trophy match.ACA has increased the pressure on CA to lift the ban on Smith and Warner ever since an independent review claimed that the ‘culture’ nurtured by the board contributed to the ball-tampering scandal, which rocked the nation in March.Asked about the team’s preparation ahead of the Australia tour, Shami said the pace battery would look to work on their line and length.“As a fast bowling unit, we did well in England. We are preparing for the Australia series and watching a lot of videos. The plan is to focus on the series as much as possible as the opponents are very strong. We will work on getting the line and lengths right,” Shami said.“We will always try to do our best. Winning or losing also depends on luck. We will give our 100%.”The four-Test series begins on December 6 at the Adelaide Oval.In England, Shami did not fare all too well despite bowling well. The 28-year old took 16 wickets in five matches.In white-ball cricket, the Bengal fast bowler got a chance to prove his mettle against the West Indies in the first two One-dayers where first choice quicks Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were rested.Shami had two average games leaking runs aplenty on each occasion and was subsequently dropped for the last three ODIs.Asked about his chances in the World Cup next year with India having a lot of pace options now, the latest being Khaleel Ahmed, Shami said he can only focus on improving his performance. IANS Also Read: Sports Newslast_img read more

List of Test cricket hat-tricks

first_img(REUTERS) – List of Test cricket hat-tricks after Sri Lanka’s Rangana Herath became the 38th bowler to achieve the milestone against Australia on the second day of the second Test at Galle yesterday.Player Team Opponent DateFred Spofforth Australia England Jan. 2, 1879Billy Bates England Australia Jan. 20, 1883Johnny Briggs England Australia Feb. 2, 1892George Lohmann England S. Africa Feb. 14, 1896Jack Hearne England Australia June 30, 1899Hugh Trumble Australia England Jan. 4, 1902Trumble Australia England March 8, 1904Jimmy Matthews# Australia S. Africa May 28, 1912Matthews# Australia S. Africa May 28, 1912Maurice Allom England N. Zealand Jan. 10, 1930Tom Goddard England S. Africa Dec. 26, 1938Peter Loader England W. Indies Jul 25, 1957Lindsay Kline Australia S. Africa Jan. 3, 1958Wes Hall W. Indies Pakistan Mar. 29, 1959Geoff Griffin S. Africa England June 24 1960Lance Gibbs W. Indies Australia Jan. 30, 1961Peter Petherick N. Zealand Pakistan Oct. 9, 1976Courtney Walsh* W. Indies Australia Nov. 20, 1988Merv Hughes* Australia W. Indies Dec. 4, 1988Damien Fleming Australia Pakistan Oct. 9, 1994Shane Warne Australia England Dec. 29, 1994Dominic Cork England W. Indies July 30, 1995Darren Gough England Australia Jan. 2, 1999Wasim Akram Pakistan Sri Lanka Mar. 6, 1999Akram Pakistan Sri Lanka Mar. 14, 1999Nuwan Zoysa Sri Lanka Zimbabwe Nov. 26, 1999Abdul Razzaq Pakistan Sri Lanka June 21, 2000Glenn McGrath Australia W. Indies Dec. 1, 2000Harbhajan Singh India Australia Mar. 11, 2001Mohammad Sami Pakistan Sri Lanka Mar. 8, 2002Jermaine Lawson* West Indies Australia May 5, 2003Alok Kapali Bangladesh Pakistan Aug. 29, 2003Andy Blignaut Zimbabwe Bangladesh Feb. 22, 2004Matthew Hoggard England W. Indies April 3, 2004James Franklin N. Zealand Bangladesh Oct. 20, 2004Irfan Pathan India Pakistan Jan. 29, 2006Ryan Sidebottom England N. Zealand Mar. 8, 2008Peter Siddle Australia England Nov. 25, 2011Stuart Broad England India July 30, 2011Sohag Gazi Bangladesh N. Zealand Oct. 13, 2013Broad England Sri Lanka June 20, 2014Rangana Herath Sri Lanka Australia Aug. 5. 2016* achieved over two innings# achieved in the same Test, once in each inningslast_img read more

Kessler, Williams “ready to go” for Saturday

first_imgFollowing USC’s 52-13 win over Fresno State in their season opener, the No. 14 Trojans are preparing to take on No. 13 Stanford in Palo Alto, California this Saturday.Sigh of relief · All-American defensive end Leonard Williams rolled his ankle during Tuesday’s practice, but will play against Stanford this weekend. Williams had seven total tackles and an interception against Fresno State. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanReady, Set, Go!All eyes were on USC’s two injured captains at Wednesday’s practice.Redshirt junior quarterback Cody Kessler fully participated in practice after sitting out the day before with a toe injury, but junior defensive end Leonard Williams was unable to practice and wore a tie-up ankle brace after rolling his ankle on Tuesday.When asked about his two leaders, head coach Steve Sarkisian said that both players are “ready to go” and assured all that they would both be able to play on Saturday.Fighting Speed with SpeedA lot of the attention this weekend will be on the explosive offense of Stanford, who beat UC Davis 45-0 last weekend, and how USC will react after running a Pac-12 record 105 plays during its rout of Fresno State.When asked about fighting fire with fire, freshman wide receiver-cornerback Adoree’ Jackson emphasized the mindset it takes.“It’s about doing the little things: playing smart, staying focused and not getting any dumb penalties,” Jackson said.As one of the fastest players on the team, Jackson is again expected to see playing time on both sides of the ball.“The speed that [Jackson] has matches up well defensively for us because he can really run,” Sarkisian said. “Offensively he’ll have a package for us as well.”Amid all of the focus on the speed of the two teams, Sarkisian stressed the fundamentals of defense and converting third downs.“You want to commit to defending the run, but then you know they can beat you with the deep ball to create explosive plays, which they were able to do last week,” Sarkisian said. “Efficiency on third downs is going to be something to watch closely because both of us want to extend drives and the best way to do that is converting on third down.”Just Another GameAfter a successful home opener to start off the year, the Trojans face a much different atmosphere as they head up the road for the first big test as a team aspiring to win the Pac-12 South.Sophomore safety Su’a Cravens did not seem too concerned with all the chatter around the elite matchup.“We can’t make the game bigger than what it is,” Cravens said. “It’s only week two. We’re going to approach it like we approach every game.”Cravens knows all about making an impact against Stanford, as he had a key interception late in last year’s 20-17 win against the Cardinal.Sarkisian hopes to see Cravens utilize his unique skillset again this year.“Su’a’s versatility is a real key for us in this game because he can play down in the box and be physical, and then he can be a deep safety in some of our nickel sets and everything in between,” Sarkisian said.Beat the FarmWhen the word rivalry is heard, most at USC will immediately think of a school in Westwood, California or one in South Bend, Indiana. But the rivalry with Stanford has become one of the most exciting matchups for the Trojans year in and year out.Coming off a year where unranked USC knocked off 5th-ranked Stanford, the two teams enter Saturday side-by-side in the latest AP poll — Stanford sits at No. 13 while USC is No. 14.Senior linebacker Hayes Pullard compared Saturday’s game to a test, saying the preparation done on the practice field has prepared the team for this Saturday’s matchup and that the team is itching to play.last_img read more

3 takeaways from Syracuse’s 71-69 win at Virginia Tech

first_imgBLACKSBURG, VA — Syracuse (11-7, 4-3 Atlantic Coast) beat Virginia Tech (13-5, 4-3), 71-69 in a game that nearly fell out of control. The Orange controlled the game in the first half, yet the Hokies cut the lead to three points once and then to just a point with less than two minutes remaining in the game. Despite a game-icing shot misfiring from Elijah Hughes, the Orange held on.Here are three takeaways from the game.In the doghouseAfter an early timeout and Virginia Tech’s second-straight 3-pointer to jump out to a seven-point lead, Bourama Sidibe waltzed to the bench when he was immediately met by a furious Jim Boeheim who wagged his finger in Sidibe’s face. For nearly a minute, Boeheim hollered at Sidibe, who shook his head and slouched his shoulders. Since he had been in the game, a part of a season-long struggle, Sidibe committed fouls, allowed offensive rebounds against smaller players and failed to rotate properly on defense.Sidibe was replaced by Quincy Guerrier, who the Orange found success with. When Sidibe returned, his clear height advantage sometimes showed. Sidibe finished inside when he was open and pulled down an offensive board, but another over-the-back foul caused Boeheim to approach him again.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCool it, Buddy During a first-half stretch when Hughes went dormant, Buddy Boeheim erupted for 18 points on 7-13 shooting from the field. Over and over again, Buddy was the first person Syracuse looked for at the beginning of the possession and the last one to watch it fall through the net.Buddy’s first shot was an air-ball that caused the crowd to chant playful jeers, and from that moment the sophomore looked for his shot on every possession. He tried tough step-backs, spot-up 3-pointers and looked to shoot every time of the catch. After Guerrier pulled down an offensive rebound, he dumped the ball out to Buddy to start a new possession, but Buddy fired right away. The shot started an eight-point stretch for Buddy alone, including a tough layup finish and a deep pull-up 3-pointer in transition.SU head coach Jim Boeheim called him “the best shooter on the team” two games prior in a win over Virginia, and Buddy played like it. He took the shots the best shooter takes and made many of them seemingly with ease.A near-collapse Though the shots were not falling, Hughes continued to put his head down and drive into the rim. His first step wasn’t quick enough, so he turned his back to the rim and muscled his way inside. His turnaround floater fell, and Hughes trailed the referee down the court, begging him to look closer at the contact that had caused him so much trouble earlier. The shot was Hughes’ second make in nine attempts. The ball came to him often, but the Orange’s best player didn’t deliver.Buddy had cooled off from an electric first-half, and the Orange searched for alternative options. They still looked to get Buddy shots, but most of the time SU was cut off by a Virginia Tech team that tightened its man defense to deny Buddy the ball. And when the Orange lost its scoring touch, the Hokies gained theirs. The Hokies hit multiple 3-pointers in a row and cut the lead to three. The stretch provided flashbacks to Syracuse’s collapse in the Carrier Dome earlier in the year. Even when it seemed like the Orange inched closer away, a 3-pointer quickly changed the game. In the end, the Orange hung on just enough to get the win. Comments Published on January 18, 2020 at 2:07 pm Contact Michael: | @MikeJMcCleary Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Argentina’s qualification hopes hang in the balance

first_img Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 As the enduring South American World Cup qualifying process draws to a close, football fans are left contemplating the possibility of a World Cup without Lionel Messi and Argentina. A disparaging draw with Peru last week has left La Albiceleste desperately needing a victory over Ecuador tonight if they want to save their dwindling World Cup hopes. Although Argentina have lost two out of their last three games in the Ecuadorian capital of Quito, Betway’s Alan Alger told SBC: “It’s still very likely they qualify, obviously.  A win guarantees at the very least a play-off against New Zealand for which they’d be very strong favourites over two legs.“If they win and Brazil don’t lose at home to Chile they qualify automatically. There are a few other scenarios that a draw will also see them qualify automatically.There doesn’t appear too much motivation for Ecuador who have lost their last five qualifiers. The new Head of Sports at LeoVegas, Riku Jokela added: “The last World Cup Argentina have missed was in 1970.  Ecuador away won’t be an easy match for Argentina considering the massive pressure and the fact that the match is played at 2,850 metres in the thin air of Quito.“However, we strongly think that Argentina’s star players will step-up and they will get the crucial win, then it’ll be up to other results in the group to ultimately decide whether they will qualify directly or whether they need to face New Zealand in the Play-offs or not. In case of Playoffs, we strongly believe that Argentina have got what it takes to beat New Zealand in two-legged tie.”Jokela continued: “If Argentina didn’t make it to the tournament- there would be an impact on outright odds as Argentina are currently #5 favourite to win World Cup 2018 – other favourites’ odds like Germany’s, France’s, Brazil’s, Spain’s, Belgium’s and England’s would naturally drop a bit. In general, a World Cup without Argentina, Messi, and other Argentinian star players would likely lose a bit of its charm.Furthermore, Jorge Sampaoli’s side are currently 10/1 outsiders to go one step further in Russia next Summer, then they did at Brazil in 2014, where they suffered an excruciating extra time final  defeat at the hands of Mario Götze and Germany.If Argentina make it to Russia, at the age of 30 it maybe Messi’s last chance to capture international honours, something that Alger anticipates will lead to their misfiring qualifying campaign becoming a distant memory for punters. Alger commented that: “We feel most punters will have forgotten the qualifying process by the time the tournament is near approaching and still be backing Argentina because of the Messi factor regardless of their current struggles.”Jokela agreed that for Argentina the “World Cup 2018 is a whole new ball game from the Qualifying campaign and if/when Argentina qualify for the tournament, they might be much stronger and united team after a more than challenging World Cup Qualifying campaign. At the end of day, when they have got a good day they can beat any team in the world with players like Messi, Dybala, Agüero, Icardi, Di Maria, Otamendi and Mascherano.” Related Articles Submit Share Share ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020last_img read more

Kenny Atkinson nearing contract extension with Nets, report says

first_imgThe Nets are looking to sign their coaching staff to extensions.Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson and his assistants are close to receiving new contracts, according to an ESPN report, which cites unidentified league sources. The deal is expected to be done in the “near future,” the report says.Atkinson, 51, left a job as an assistant with he Hawks to become the Nets coach in 2016. Although Brooklyn didn’t make the playoffs in his first two seasons at the helm, it currently sits in seventh in the Eastern Conference standings. Related News The Nets have steadily improved under Atkinson. After posting just 20 wins in 2016-17, they have ascended to become a 39-win team with four games left in the regular season. Lakers’ LeBron James addresses being shut down, explains offseason motivationcenter_img Warriors star Stephen Curry reveals his list of top 5 all-time NBA players Trading for All-Star guard D’Angelo Russell and drafting promising young players like Jarrett Allen and Caris LeVert have been key for Brooklyn. But it has also signed other players that fit its style of basketball.Atkinson and his staff have a chance to take the Nets to the postseason for the first time since 2015. Now it appears they’ll be rewarded for their efforts.last_img read more

Ravens vs. Titans odds, prediction, betting trends for NFL divisional playoff game

first_imgThe Titans just took down the reigning Super Bowl champion Patriots in a mild upset in the wild-card round of the 2020 AFC playoffs. Now they’ll try to keep it up when going on the road against the Ravens in Saturday’s divisional playoff game (8:15 p.m. ET, CBS).Tennessee needed the final week of the 2019 regular season to get in as a No.  6 seed. Baltimore, coming off the bye, is the top seed in the conference tournament after going 14-2. The Titans won thanks to dominant running from Derrick Henry backed by fundamentally sound defense. Dean Pees, before becoming the Titans’ defensive coordinator, worked for the Ravens in the same capacity and before then, also worked for the Patriots.The Ravens, however, were the most prolific rushing team in NFL history led by the best-ever running quarterback in a single season, 23-year-old league MVP-to-be Lamar Jackson. Can the Titans either slow down or keep up with Jackson?Here’s everything to know about betting on Ravens vs. Titans in the NFL playoffs, including updated odds, trends and our prediction for the AFC divisional game.MORE: Get the latest NFL odds & betting trends at Sports InsiderRavens vs. Titans odds for NFL playoffsSpread: Ravens by 10Point total: 47Odds: Titans -119, Ravens -101The Ravens have seen their favoritism rise as the line started around 9 points early in the week. The Ravens have won 12 consecutive games with limited challenge. The Titans ended up as only 4-point underdogs for the Patriots’ game in New England.Ravens vs. Titans all-time seriesThe Ravens hold a slight edge, 12-11. They got that edge by winning five of the past nine meetings. The Ravens shut out the Titans 21-0 in the last meeting, In Nashville in October 2018. The Ravens most notably in the 2001 playoffs upset the Titans after the 2000 season in route to their first NFL championship in Super Bowl 35.Three trends to know— The Titans are 9-7-1 against the spread this season. The Ravens are 10-5-1. 53 percent of spread bettors side with the Titans. 58 percent of moneyline bettors also like the Titans to win straight up.— The total has gone over in 10 of 17 Titans games. The total also went over in 10 of 16 Ravens games. 56 percent of bettors like the game to have more than 47 points.— The Titans have won and covered in six of their past eight games. The Ravens have won and covered in four consecutive games and also in nine of their past 10.Three things to watchRavens’ run defense vs. HenryThe Ravens ranked No. 5 against the run in allowing only on average 93.4 yards per game. But they did give up 4.4 yards per carry, which put them tied for 20th in the league. There’s no doubt the Titans will be relentless in running Henry, because he’s also the absolute key to getting quarterback Ryan Tannehill to succeed in the play-action passing game. The Ravens have a deep secondary and good pass defense, too, so they can confidently commit extra resources to at least keep Henry from getting back-breaking chunk runs.Titans’ run defense vs. JacksonThe Titans ranked No. 7 in yards per carry allowed (4.0) with a run defense that finished No. 12 in terms of average yards allowed (104.5). But that was more stopping the traditional running game. They did struggle at times with QBs rushing, as Jacoby Brissett, Josh Allen, Deshaun Watson and even Jameis Winston and AJ McCarron did some damage against then. Jackson is a whole different beast behind a mighty offtensive line that can push the Titans around a bit. The Titans need to be careful about worrying about Jackson’s running so much that they become easier pickings for him in the short-to-intermediate passing game.Ravens’ kicking vs. Titans puntingThe Ravens have a premier clutch kicker in Justin Tucker. The Titans have struggled to find a reliable leg all season. The Titans have ace punter Brett Kern, who was tied for fourth in the league in net punting average (43.1) and dropped a league-leading 37 of his 78 punts inside the 20. The Ravens’ Sam Koch wasn’t nearly as effective, but he also punted only 40 times. The Titans will try to win the field-position game, but Tucker can also turn that into a favorable field goal game for the Ravens. Stat that mattersThe Titans were the second-worst AFC defense against the tight end during the regular season. On average, they gave up 5 catches for 57 yards on 7 targets and 9 TDs. The Ravens have a strong trio in Mark Andrews, Hayden Hurst and Nick Boyle. You can bet the Ravens will keep them all busy for Jackson, especially Andrews stretching the middle of the field.Ravens vs. Titans predictionThe Titans had a good run to get into the playoffs with Tannehill, Henry and coach Mike Vrabel. The Patriots win, however, was much like their Chiefs win in the wild-card round a couple years ago. It will be followed by a reality check against a Ravens team that has easily dispatched opponents more difficult than the Titans. Baltimore will show that it’s much better offensively and defensively, while Tennessee still has major limitations on both sides of the ball.Ravens 30, Titans 17last_img read more

Royal Varuna Yacht Club celebrates 60 years of sailing history and…

first_imgHe continued, “Angelo Gaultieri, who became Commodore 45 years ago, is a regular contributor on the committee and with the Phuket King’s Cup; Richard Van Den Heuvel is still a valuable member of the committee; Peter Cummins played a big part of putting RVYC on the map, both with his relationship with His Majesty the late King Bhumipol Adulyadej, but also his prolific writings about the Club in various media.  Al Chandler has also been a very proactive supporter of junior sailing from being a president of International Optimist Dinghy Association (IODA) in the 1970s onwards to active and generous support throughout the years, including the latest IODA Optimist’s World Championships.”Commodore Mark Hamill-Stewart address the club members and guests at the 60th Anniversary party, November 18.The event was a memorable occasion, bringing members together in celebration of this milestone, which culminated with a spectacular fireworks show.The Royal Varuna Yacht Club was founded in 1957 by HSH Bhisadej Rajani and Walter J. Meyer and other members at a time when Pattaya was little more than a sleepy little coastal village.  A two-story wooden seaside house with a beach ideal for sail-boats was located as the site of the first Varuna clubhouse, now a restaurant close to Bali Hai pier.Flag-Commodore Mark Hamill-Stewart (centre-rear) poses with staff members who have all contributed to the Club’s success over the past 20 years.As Pattaya began to develop and the concrete closed in, the Fourth Commodore, Rachot Kanjanavanit (l967-l970), secured the present site – one of the best on the Eastern Seaboard – designed the clubhouse and, in October, l967, led the move “over the hill” to Pratumnak.  The modern new clubhouse is a more recent affair and was opened by His Majesty the current King, then the Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn in 2004.His Majesty the Late King Bhumibhol Adulyadej and HRH Princess Ubolratana, both keen sailors, regularly sailed at Royal Varuna Yacht Club.  His Majesty became an enthusiastic and skilful helmsman, tutored by Prince Bhisadej who assisted the King in building his own enterprise craft, the “Rajpatan”.  One of the memorable outings was in March of l965 and consisted of a race from Varuna to Koh Larn, with the British Royal Consort Prince Phillip also participating as a guest sailor.The unique puppet performance brought fun and enjoyment to all.On September 14, 1968, His Majesty the late King, accompanied by HM the Queen, the Crown Prince and the Princesses, officially opened the Royal Varuna Yacht Club at its current location at Kasetsin Beach in South Pattaya.During the following decades, a quantum leap in enthusiasm for yacht racing took place, with the original – mostly wooden – Fireballs and Enterprise sailing boats being replaced by the sleek Hobie Cats, single-handed Lasers and an assortment of other fiberglass catamarans.  These craft require much less maintenance than the original classes, an important factor in the busy lifestyles evolving among the Thai and expat communities, reflecting a faster-moving world-at-large.From left: Capital TV’s Les Nyerges, Royal Varuna Yacht Club General Manager Baz Osborne, Pattaya Mail Media MD, Peter Malhotra and former RVYC Commodore and sailing author Peter Cummins enjoy the atmosphere at the party.Ruchai Kanjanavanit, brother of Fourth Commodore Rachot, actually introduced the Optimist dinghy into Thailand in the early 1970s with the little dinghy carrying the auspicious number THA 1.  It was shortly afterwards, however, that Al Chandler realized the potential of the Optimist craft for the training of juniors – and for helping ensure that a pool of young sailors was ready to move into adult classes.  Al placed his time, his formidable drive and personal resources behind the development of the Optimist in Thailand.Royal Varuna Yacht Club has given much time and effort to the development of youth sailing and will no doubt continue to do so.  The Club has consistently co-operated with the Royal Thai Navy and the Junior Sailing Squadron of Thailand (JSST) and, makes RVYC facilities available for training, practice and racing.The Royal Thai Navy band played 50s & 60s period music at the party to bring back memories of yesteryear.With 450 members, Royal Varuna is a family oriented club for sailors of all abilities, from the uninitiated to serious racers.  The Club offers a year-round sailing program with cruising and racing and also sailing tuition for adults in its extensive sailing program under RYA accreditation from the UK.For more information about the Royal Varuna Yacht Club, visit website: The modern Royal Varuna and (below) the first clubhouse located at Bali Hai when Pattaya was no more than a sleepy fishing village.This photo from 1970 shows a group of prize winners with their trophies after a round the islands race at Varuna.The modern uniquely styled clubhouse is shown fully decorated on opening day in 2004Promoting junior sailing through the Optimist dinghy schools program has become an important directive for the Club.The Topcat World Championships were held at the Club in 1997.The Royal Varuna Yacht Club occupies one of the prime beachside locations in Pattaya.The Club welcomed international sailors from around the globe when it hosted the 2017 Optimist World Championships in July this year. His Majesty the late King Bhumipol Adulyadej was a regular visitor and sailor at the club during its formative years.Thailand’s famed Royal Varuna Yacht Club held a celebration for its 60th anniversary on Saturday, November 18 with over 200 members joining the gala dinner event held at the club’s ocean-side premises in South Pattaya.His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn, then the Crown Prince, places a garland on a Laser sailing boat presented to him during the grand opening of the new Royal Varuna clubhouse in 2004.The main dining terrace was resplendent in a 1950’s theme to reflect the period of the club’s inception.  Jazz and classical style music was provided by the Royal Thai Navy band and a unique puppet performance brought additional entertainment for those in attendance.Flag Commodore Mark Hamill-Stewart paid tribute to a number of loyal staff members who have contributed to the club’s performance for more than 20 years and also to those involved in the many important events successfully hosted at the club.  The highlights include the World OK Dinghy Championships in 2013, the recent Optimist World Championship in July this year and the promotion and development of sailing sports to the International Schools in Thailand.“The Club is not merely the buildings, the land, the staff and its members.  It is a true case where the sum is greater than the constituent parts,” said the Commodore.  “I would like to mention a few members who have stood the test of time and have made very significant contributions to the heart of the Club almost since its inception and there are of course many others who have made significant contributions, these deserve recognition.”last_img read more