Optimist sailors star at Asian meet

Optimist sailors star at Asian meet

Singapore's sailors continued to reign supreme after successfully defending the team racing title at the Asian Optimist Championships in Hayama, Japan, on Tuesday.

Fresh from claiming the world team and individual titles in Italy last month, the Republic's two sets of junior sailors - Team 1 and Team 2 - swept aside the competition from countries like Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong on Day 3 of the continental regatta amid light winds in hot summer conditions.

After emerging from a pack of 16 teams to square off in the final, there was a twist in the tale when Singapore's lower seeded Team 2 of Koh Yi Kun, Bertha Han, Ryan Teo, Ryan Kwok and Issac Tang surprised their compatriots by notching two wins in the best-of-three series.

While Bertha and Yi Kun were a part of the world championship-winning outfit, Team 1 featured Edward Tan, Fathin Rasyiqin Mohd Firdaus and Loh Jia Yi, the remaining three members of the all-conquering group that starred in Italy. Jia Yi also won the individual world title.

As of Tuesday, Isaac, Edward, Bertha and Jia Yi occupied fourth to eighth spot in the 103-strong individual fleet after two races. Twelve Singaporean sailors are involved in the individual competition, which will end on Friday.


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