The 2014 RS:One Trikora Beach World Championship has officially taken off yesterday with challenging weather conditions in Bintan island, Indonesia. For the first time, Indonesia, the 2018 Asian Games organisers, has held an international RS:One event with the strongest fleet an RS:One world championships have seen so far.
The winter monsoon has also decided to welcome the international racer with a massive electric system which showed up at the horizon soon after the first race started.
A medium breeze of 12 knots rapidly built up and obliged the race committee to send back to shore all racers after race 1 with gusts blowing up to 30 knots and apocalyptic scary sky.
In the second race of the day, the sailors braved the tropical rain and a light wind progressively dying at the end of the race.
Taking the lead, the 2013 RS:One World Champion, Cheng Kwok Fai, from Hong Kong pressurised the 2012 RS:One World Champion from Philippines, Geylord Coveta. Coming in first place for women was Ma Kwan Ching also from Hong Kong (2013 RS:One World Champion).
We are now looking forward for further racing with fierce battles and hopefully more sunny and stable conditions.