National Sailing Centre, Langkawi, 24 August 2017 – All fleet racers have taken to the water on the fourth day of competition as the Laser Standard, Radials and Optimist representatives began their races.
The day started off slow, with the lack of wind keeping sailors on shore until about 2pm in the afternoon. In the light wind conditions, Singapore began their hunt.
Ryan Lo, in the Laser Standard, finished the day with two bullets from his opening two races. His quest for a second gold medal of these games, after winning the team racing event, will be challenged strongly by Malaysian Olympian, Khairulnizam Bin Mohd Affendy. Kahirfulnizam is in second place at the moment.
Defending champion Bernie Chin, competing in the men’s Laser Radial, is currently in second spot after finish third then second in his two races. Malaysia’s Ahmad Latif Khan holds the top spot while Apiwat Sringam of Thailand is in third.
In the women’s Laser Radial, debutant Jillian Lee is tied for top spot with Malaysian Olympian Nur Shazrin Bt Mohamad Latif. Both have 3 points each.
The double-handed dinghies and windsurfers continued their fleet races with most of the positions staying similar to the previous day’s results.
At this half-way mark of the competition, it is still anybody’s game and Singapore will have to keep their eye on the prize to finishing strongly.
“The sailors have been fighting hard and going all out on the water,” said Christian Chua, team manager of the sailing team. “Conditions have been fluky, but that means we have to put our eyes on the water. It’s great to know that Singaporeans are behind us as well and all the support will go towards the accomplishment of what we set out to do.”