The National Sailing Centre (NSC) was filled with participants and parents over the course of the weekend, with NSC Cup Series 1, the first major regatta of the year at the National Sailing Centre (NSC), was held over 4-5 March 2017. The regatta also served as a selection event the 2017 SEA Games for many of the classes, namely Laser Radial, RS:One (Windsurfing), Optimist and 420 (in the 29er).
The first day of racing was washed out by the rain, keeping the sailors on shore. The winds, however, returned in full-force on Sunday, blowing at a reasonable 13 knots throughout the day which allowed the regatta could continue.
A total of 298 participants took part in the first leg of the NSC Cup Challenge series, an increase from the 281 sailors that competed last year.
In the highly competitive optimist class, which had over 200 sailors, 2016 Asian champion Daniel Kei, came out top.
The NSC Cup Series 1 also saw a significant increase in the number of participants in the Laser Radial class. A total of 32 sailors took part with a good mix of experience sailors and those trying the class at a regatta for the first time.
Bernie Chin finished ahead of Lu Junrui and Jevyn Ong to lead the SEA Games trials.
For the 29er, the double-handed youth class of the Singapore Sailing Federation, Jodie Lai and Evangline Tan finished top after four races. This event was the last of three selection events for the 420 class at the SEA Games, the double-handed youth class which will be competed at the SEA Games, and the pair have accumulated the least points.
Their names will now be submitted to the selection panel and the Singapore Olympic Sports Council for approval.