National Sailing Centre, Friday, 16 March 2018 — A passing storm on the third day of racing at the Singapore Youth Sailing Championship resulted in tricky race conditions for the sailors, particularly the Optimist fleet on the Bravo Racing Area.
“During the first two races, the wind was more stable, with the right side of the course being more favoured. However, before Race 3 there was a passing storm so the wind shifted left to the North-East direction and it started getting more shifty,” explained Muhammad Raihan Bin Mohd Airudin, who is currently the third Singaporean Optimist sailor.
Despite posting two top ten finished in the first two races of the Final Series, Raihan had to eventually settle for sixth due to a poor showing in the last race.
“I made a tactical mistake by going to the right, when the wind ended up shifting to the left,” he added.
After one discard, Thai sailor Jedtavee Yongyuennarn is currently leads the Optimist Gold fleet with 35 points, a good 10 points ahead of Singaporean Dylan Fang Wei Jie. Germany’s Anna Barth, who came out tops on Day 1, is two points behind in third.
At the Charlie Race Area, Techno windsurfer Alexander Lim was sending a clear signal that he was in a class of his own, after scoring bullets for all ten of the races.
He attributes his impressive performance on water to the additional hours he has been putting in at the gym.
“In the lead-up to the regatta, I have been focussing more on my strength and conditioning as my boat handling, such as my tacking and gybing, are up to pace,” said Alexander.
Teammate Marsha Shahrin is in second place with 20 points, while Cara Loo is third with 28 points, both having excluded their worst race.
Both Alexander and Marsha are set to represent the nation at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games and their strong performance puts them in good stead ahead of the Buenos Aires Games.
Racing will continue on the fourth day with the Optimists completing their Final Series and the rest of the classes sailing their Final Race. The top ten boats from the Laser 4.7, Laser Radial and Byte classes will be racing in the Medal Race.
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