National Sailing Centre, Langkawi, 26 August 2017 – The 470s and 420s will head to the medal race with medals placings hardly a forgone conclusion after sailing concluded a weather-interrupted Day 6 of competition.
A huge storm prevented sailors from launching before 4pm where winds started to blow 8 to 10 knots across the three courses. Another storm hit shortly after the first race for some classes, ending the day early.
It is a winner-takes-all contest in the women’s 470 class. Singapore’s Yukie Yokoyama and Cheryl Teo kept top spot in the standings and will have to beat the Malaysian defending champions in the medal race to take the gold medal. They finished third in the only race of the day while the Malaysians finished second.
It is a similar situation in the men’s 470 but Singapore will be fighting for bronze against Philippines. Currently in third, they are two points ahead of the Filipinos and will have to finish ahead of them to assure Singapore of the bronze medal.
In the men’s 420, Koh Yinian and Wong Riji will need to finish ahead of the Thai pair to ensure that silver goes to Singapore. After today’s race, where they finished third, the Singaporean duo are just a single point ahead of the Thais.
In the Laser standard class, a third-place finish in the first race of the day meant that Ryan Lo’s lead at the top is down to a single point. However, he recovered well to claim a bullet in the next race.
For Jillian Lee in the women’s Laser Radial, she holds a four-point lead at the top after her Malaysian opponent retired from the single race of the day. After three days of fleet racing, she has been racing well and looking good.
In the women’s RS:One, a bullet for Nicole Lim in the only race of the day means that she is now in the medal positions after being fifth for the previous two days. She is now has 21 points, one point ahead of Syadine Arethusa of Indonesia.
Day 6 also featured the men’s RS:One, men’s Laser Radial and Optimist races. For more results, head to: http://sailing.org.sg/sea-games-2017/results-and-schedule/
Day 7 brings the medal races and with it, the promise of medals in the double-handed dinghy classes. The other fleets will continue their races as well.