Please select your home edition
Edition
Marine Resource 2016

Silver for Singapore in 2014 IODA Asian Optimist Team Racing champs

by SingaporeSailing on 5 Apr 2014
The 2014 IODA Optimist Championships delivers a mix of world-class racing and nail-biting competition SingaporeSailing
Singapore’s junior sailors are doing well in this year’s Asian Optimist Championships held in Bahrain, earning a second and fourth place in the Team Racing event that concluded yesterday. The Team Racing event was held on Day 3 of the championships, which have been plagued by strong winds with gusts of up to 20 knots, making it extremely challenging for the light wind specialists.

Singapore, along with Japan and Malaysia fielded two teams in the Team Racing event, making for a total of 16 contesting teams. Non-Asian teams from notable sailing nations Australia, New Zealand, United States of America and Germany are also participating in this year’s event. Asia was well represented by junior sailors from Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan, Chinese Taipei, Indonesia and China.

Singapore’s team 1 won several matches against Thailand and Japan to book their finals berth. Great effort from Singapore’s team 2 consisting a handful of young, but extremely hardworking and earnest Optimist sailors who fought hard against the team from Japan in the qualifying round earn a fourth overall place in the Team Racing event.

Although Japan fought hard in the next round they didn’t manage to overcome the obstacle of Singapore’s team 1, but they were happy enough to win the bronze medal.

The final sail-off delivered a mix of nail-biting competition and non-stop excitement as the sailors from Singapore and China vied for the esteemed title. Close battles, moments full of tension and great performances lead to a spectacular outcome with China outfoxing Singapore 2-0 to raise the flag and take victory.

Although the young teams from Singapore did not manage to defend their Team Racing title, they have performed extremely well against several highly competitive teams. Congratulations to all team sailors, and SingaporeSailing would like to wish the team in Bahrain all the very best for the remaining races in the Fleet Racing event.

Singapore Team 1 – second in 2014 IODA Asian Optimist Team Racing Event
Samuel Neo, Lu Junrui, Koh Yi Nian, Issac Tang and Ryan Kwok

Singapore Team 2 – fourth in the 2014 IODA Asian Optimist Team Racing Event
Phua Shyn Ee, Jodie Lai, James Koh, Raynn Kwok and Marsha Shahrin



Fleet racing resumes tomorrow, and strong winds are forecast. The current leaders of the fleet racing event are Yu Huijia from China, and Suthon Yampinid and Voravond Rachrattanaruk from Thailand. The Singapore charge is led by Lu Junrui, currently in sixth place. There are four Singaporean sailors in the top 10, all within striking distance of the podium.

The Asian Optimist Championships is a key continental event in the junior sailing development pathway and the depth and quality of the teams represents the vibrant junior and youth sailing ecosystem in Singapore. Team Singapore is represented by 10 sailors, making up the 132 strong fleet.

The Singapore sailing community is proud of our junior sailors’ achievements and wish them the best for the remaining races in Bahrain.

Link to results here:

http://www.optimistasian-bahrain2014.com/result.html


Zhik Isotak Ocean 660x82Wildwind 2016 660x82Bakewell-White Yacht Design

Related Articles

Catching up with Simon Morgan, the founder of Wildwind Holidays
It was an absolute pleasure to catch up recently with Simon Morgan, founder of Wildwind Holidays. It was an absolute pleasure to catch up recently with Simon Morgan, founder of Wildwind Holidays. As many of you will know the Jardine / Morgan relationship goes back generations with Simon's father Tony racing with Keith Musto against my father and uncle, Stuart and Adrian back in the early 60's, mainly in the Flying Dutchman fleet.
Posted today at 3:18 pm
32 females and 54 males crews sailing to gain 470 Junior Worlds’ title
The event officially started yesterday evening with a opening ceremony in Kiel-Schilksee with wonderful weather. Already with the parade of the nations, which was accompanied by the thrilling beats of the samba school Kiel when walking from the sponsors’ area to the Audi stage, it was obvious, that the big part of the junior sailors have had a long travel
Posted on 22 Jun
Kiel Week reaches the traditional transition phase
Olympic fleets have several top international sailors seeking a final competition at this last major all classes event. The 470 Junior World Championships start Wednesday and have attracted 85 crews racing in Men’s and Women’s fleets. The Men’s field sees France’s Guillaume Pirouelle and Valentin Sipan out to defend their title as Italy’s Benedetta di Salle and Alessandra Dubini seek to do also in the Women’s championship.
Posted on 21 Jun
Tension in the air before the start of 470 Junior World Championship
Starting on Wednesday, the athletes younger than 24 will be sailing to win the 470 Junior World Champion's trophy Starting on Wednesday, the athletes younger than 24 will be sailing to win the 470 Junior World Champion's trophy. But before they can start, they have to face the watchful eyes of the measurement team, which is handling measurement marks, checking sails and finally lifting the boats onto the padded scale.
Posted on 21 Jun
27 sailors in nine teams took part in Matchrace Thailand Challenge
Congratulations to Jade, Panot and Christopher (all under 13 years old) who won every race to take first place overall. Congratulations to Jade Gavin, Aim Panot and Christopher March (all under 13 years old) who won every race to take first place overall and overcoming many of our adult members along the way!
Posted on 20 Jun
World's best sailors bringing attention to 470 Junior Championship
32 women crews from twelve nations and 52 men crews from 17 nations did register for the regatta. The junior 470 sailors are also in the focus of the sporting interest in Kiel. Because the Junior World Championship of the two-man dinghy will be a highlight of the Kiel Week 2016, officially starting on Tuesday, 21. June
Posted on 16 Jun
Road to Rio – One Olympic venue to the next
Sailing World Cup touched down in Weymouth and Portland last week and it was one of the last official organised regattas The Sailing World Cup touched down in Weymouth and Portland last week and it was one of the last official organised regattas before the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. It gave the future Olympians an opportunity to test themselves one last time against their Rio competitors, in a full race setting, before the summer showpiece.
Posted on 15 Jun
Rio 2016 – Nathan Outteridge's best Olympic race
Records were created as Malcolm Page became the first Australian sailor to win two gold medals Records were created as Malcolm Page became the first Australian sailor to win two gold medals, demons vanquished as Tom Slingsby overcame his Beijing 2008 nightmare and heroes born when Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen stormed to a memorable win.
Posted on 13 Jun
Images from Carnac - ACO Musto Skiff Worlds
Top international photographer Ian Roman, was at the ACO Musto Skiff Worlds held at Yacht Club de Carnac, France Top international photographer Ian Roman, was at the ACO Musto Skiff Worlds held at Yacht Club de Carnac, France and provided this gallery of one of the world's most challenging singlehanders being sailed in a fresh breeze
Posted on 13 Jun
ACO Musto Skiff Worlds - Germany wins world title for first time
Andi Lachenschmid (GER) is the new ACO Musto Skiff World Champion Andi Lachenschmid (GER) is the new ACO Musto Skiff World Champion. As the final day of the ACO Musto Skiff World Championships dawned there was great anticipation as the wind forecast looked good and the fleet faced the prospect of 3 or 4 races in a good breeze; and sun. Given the schedule the fleet loaded up with energy drinks, bananas and baguettes and headed out for the first race in 13 knots.
Posted on 13 Jun