National Sailing Centre, Langkawi, 22 August 2017 – Singapore has won a gold, silver and bronze medal in the team races on the second day of racing at the 2017 SEA Games sailing competition.
It took a while for the winds to come in at the start of the day with the A/P flag keeping sailors on shore until later in the morning. Shifty winds were the story of the day as the course needed to be shifted a couple of times.
Ryan Lo, Bernie Chin and Mark Wong, in the men’s Laser Standard team racing, took home the gold in the final against Malaysia. Racing a best of three final, they defeated the defending champions 2-0.
In the Laser Radial, Singapore, represented by Jillian Lee, Jessica Goh and Simone Chen, repeated the nation’s silver-medal achievement in the last games, as they went down swinging 0-2 in the final to Thailand.
“Everyone did what they had to out there and I’m really happy for the team,” said Ryan Lo, winning team captain of the Laser Standard team. “We really have to pay tribute to all those that have supported us, our family, friends, because without them we wouldn’t be here today.”
Mark Wong paid tribute to his team, saying, “I’m pretty proud of my teammates here, they did the best they could – I really couldn’t ask for a better team.”
For the Optimist team, Singapore overcame Myanmar 2-0 in the third/fourth placing match to bring home the bronze. Earlier in the day, they lost to Thailand in the semi-final.
The four double-handed dinghy classes also began their fleet races today. In the 470 women’s, Yukie Yokoyama and Cheryl Teo are tied for first with first and second place finishes in their two races. Their male teammates, Daniel Ian Toh and Xavier Ng are fourth in their category.
In the double-handed youth class, the 420, the Singapore women are currently leaders in the fleet after two races. The men’s 420 are third after the same amount of races.
“Mix results throughout the teams, but medals at of the start of a competition is certainly a great boost for morale within the Singapore camp,” said Christian Chua, team manager. “The team demonstrated a great deal of teamwork to achieve what they have done and we are extremely proud of the effort put in. The support was great too, from the parents, to the sports scientists and even within the teams – that is what makes a champion.”
Fleet racing continues tomorrow with the double-handed dinghies while the RS:One windsurfing competition commences as well.
“A new day of racing starts tomorrow and we’re excited about the upcoming days. Plenty of racing still to be done, the games are not over,” added Christian.