National Sailing Centre, Langkawi, 21 August 2017 – Day 1 of the 2017 South-East Asian Games sailing competition has wrapped up with Singapore right in the medal mix, with a positive showing in the team racing events.
Laser Standard and Radial events have secured places in the final. The Optimist team will also have a shot at the medals as they are in the semi-finals of their category.
Conditions steadily picked up throughout the day, starting off with a five-knot breeze to an eventual 10 knots south-westerly wind.
In the Optimist team racing category, Singapore finished the day with a 2-4 record, good enough for third in the table and a place in the semi-final against Thailand. Malaysia topped the table while the Thais are in third. Myanmar rounds off the teams, having failed to win any of their races.
In the men’s Laser Standard team racing event, the trio of Ryan Lo, Mark Wong and Bernie Chin have secured at least a silver medal for Singapore as they topped the group of three after a double round-robin format. They had a great start, winning their matches against Malaysia and Thailand. Although dropping one to Malaysia, they ensured a final spot with victory over the Thais.
Malaysia will be their opponents in the final where the destination of the gold medal will be decided.
Mark Wong said, “Team did really well and we’re all really happy with how we sailed today. Tomorrow is a new day and we hope to continue the good work that we have done today to bring the gold home.”
The Laser Radial women looked equally sharp as their male teammates, winning the first two races of the day over Malaysia and Thailand as well. Jillian Lee and Simone Chen, who were making their SEA Games debut, together with 2015 silver medalist Jessica Goh, brushed off any signs of jitters as they romped to victory over Malaysia and Thailand to start of the day. The only blemish on their score card is a loss to Thailand on the last race of the day.
The team will be looking for gold against Thailand in the final.
“Generally, everything went according to plan,” said Christian Chua, team manager of the SEA Games sailing team. “On this first day of racing, the team has done well and we look forward to sending some good news back home tomorrow.”