National Sailing Centre, Wednesday, 14 March 2018 — The first day of racing at the Singapore Youth Sailing Championship 2018 saw good winds and strong current, with the shifty conditions gave the 339 sailors from 7 countries an added challenge.
“Yesterday was really shifty. The wind was lighter in the morning but picked up towards the afternoon. The current was really strong and had a big effect on racing as well,” explained Laser 4.7 sailor Boston Cortis, who comes from Down Under.
With a fifth, third and two first-place finishes under his belt, he is the current leader of the Laser 4.7 fleet. Singaporean Daniel Hung is narrow one point behind, with teammate James Koh in third.
Besides the Laser 4.7s, the 29ers and Nacra 15 were also competing at the Alpha Racing Area. Much was at stake for the 29ers as this regatta will be used as a qualifying event for multiple overseas regattas – the Dutch Youth Regatta (Netherlands), Kieler Woche (Germany) and the Youth Sailing World Championships (USA). The latter is considered to be one of the most prestigious youth sailing events.
Current leaders Ellyn Tan and Tessa Neo felt having a little luck gave them an added boost today and were hoping to cement their lead going forward.
“There’s a bit of pressure (to keep our lead), but hopefully we will be able to either maintain or widen the gap,” said Ellyn.
The regatta attracted many international entries and the Laser 4.7 class was no exception, with more than half the fleet hailing from Australia, Thailand, Hong Kong and Malaysia.
“The fleet is very competitive,” said Boston, who finished in first runner-up at the recent Australian Nationals.
The international participants were certainly taking the competition to a whole new level, including in the Optimist class, which had the sailor’s positions constantly reshuffling throughout the entire race. However, it was Germany’s Anna Barth who eventually emerged at the top of the table, thanks to two second-place finishes after three races.
Singapore’s Dylan Fang Wei Jie and Hong Kong’s Duncan Gregor finished the day second and third respectively.
The great sailing conditions meant that racing was going according to schedule, with all fleets completing at least three races.
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