National Sailing Centre, 15 January 2017 – Thailand’s Navin Singsart was crowned the men’s RS:One Asian Champion at the 36th Singapore Open Windsurfing Championship after he over took his compatriot and the 2016 Rio Olympian Natthaphong Phonoppharat on the final day of competition.
The RS:One men’s title was a close contest between Natthaphong and Navin in the field of 25 windsurfers throughout the competition. Heading into the final day two points behind Natthaphong, Navin leapfrogged the 2015 SEA Games Champion with two first-place finishes out of three races in the final day of competition.
He won 6 of the 11 races while Nattaphong only managed three – both coming in the first two days of competition as the Thai Olympian faded in the final days.
There was no upset in the women’s division, however, as Thailand’s Siripon Kaewaduang Ngam dominated the field of 12 windsurfers from start to finish to emerge as the RS:One Asian Champion. Out of 10 races, she finished first seven times while her compatriot Sarocha Prumprai was in second.
Organised by the Windsurfing Association of Singapore (WAS), the 36th Singapore Open Windsurfing Championship was held from 12-15 January 2017 at the National Sailing Centre (NSC) and is the largest competition of the local windsurfing calendar.
62 participants from 10 countries including Korea, Hong Kong, Taipei, India, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Myanmar and Singapore competed in six categories. An International Windsurfing Association sanctioned event, the Singapore Open Windsurfing Championship also served as the 2017 RS:One Asian Championship, 2017 RS:X South East Asian Championship, 2017 Techno 293 South East Asian Championship, 2017 Raceboard Open, and 2017 Formula Windsurfing Open.
“We are so happy to see a great turnout from countries all over Asia for this prestigious event,” said Joe Chua, President of the WAS. “The event had great wind conditions on the final day that made for eciting racing and leaving tired, but happy windsurfers from around the region.”
On the local front, 2017 South-East Asian Games hopefuls Ynez Lim, Nicole Lim, Ruth Mow, Clara Loo, Alexander Lim, Chuah Jun Ler, and Reynold Chan raced in the RS:One Division and this regatta is one of three nomination events for the SEA Games selection.
Nicole Lim was the best performer as she finished second in the Women’s Division Espoir category and 6th overall among 12 windsurfers.
The seven athletes will now head to Pattaya, Thailand to compete at the 2017 Thailand Windsurfing Championship before returning to home waters for the next nomination event, the NSC Cup Series 1 in 4-5 March 2017.