50 Asian sailors from Thailand, Japan, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, India, China, Malaysia and Indonesia are in Pattaya to select the Asian male and female entries to the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in August 2010.
Asian Qualifier for the 2010 Youth Olympic Games
Above, sailors on the lawn of the Royal Varuna YC get ready for the Practice Race. Thai and Singapore sailors dominated the race with 2007 World CII Champion, Keerati Bualong of Thailand, winning this warm up. Keerati also won the 2008 Asia-Pacific CII Championship, sailed in Pattaya, but will have his hands full with Darren Choy of Singapore, the current CII World Champion from the Kingston Ontario event.
Singapore, the host nation, has a bye into the Games but the remaining qualifiers will be selected from amongst the top three different Countries in the final standings for both male and female finishers. All CII Championships are open events with male and female sailors scored together and final placings will be based on their finishes in the overall scoring.
Although it is the sailor who will qualify their Country with their finish, it should be stressed that this event qualifies the Country, not the sailor. The ISAF Member National Authority (MNA) of the qualified Country will select the sailor who may, or may not, be the one who sailed in this event.
Click here for results.
Byte Champs website
Keerati Bualong, Thailand, Byte CII 2007 World Champion
Darren Choy, Singapore, Byte CII 2009 World Champion