Seventeen-year-old Bernie Chin added another “feather to his cap” after finishing third at the Laser Radial World Championships in Ireland on Saturday 30 July 2016.
The SEA Games champion and YOG gold medalist edged out his third placing from a total of 58 competitors, finishing behind overall champion Henry Marshall of United States of America and first runner-up Ewan McMahon of Ireland.
Held in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland, the KBC 2016 Laser Radial Youth World Championships saw 231 entries over 42 countries, Bernie improved his eighth-place finish from last year’s competition, consistency amidst the tricky conditions paid off for the Raffles Institution student, who came in first in two of his earlier races.
“The conditions were really tough and tricky, and everyone had their ups and downs in this regatta,” he said. “I think I was slightly more consistent than my competitors, so I’m really satisfied with my result.”
A recipient of the Sports Excellence Scholarship (spexScholarship) in March, Bernie believes that his improved performance is all due to the support from the scheme, in particular, those of the strength & conditioning trainer; and dietitian who provided him with tips on eating well after training and racing, on top of providing the required supplements to help with recovery.
Finishing 29th at last year’s ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships, Bernie’s training will continue for a selection trial in September, where he aims to qualify for the upcoming edition of the world championships in Auckland at the end of the year.
Bernie’s counterparts in the youth class were Jarold Chia in 7th position (Bronze Fleet), Wen Hsi Chua in 16th position (Emerald Fleet) and Benedict Koo finished in 54th position (Emerald Fleet) while Jevyn Ong finishing in 1st in the final race giving him an overall placing of 24th position in the Men’s class.
For more information about the Laser Radial World Championships, please visit www.laserradialworlds2016.com