Racing got off to a perfect start at the SIM 34th Singapore Open RS:One Asian Windsurfing Championship. The event sees Asia's top-ranked windsurfers pit their skills against each other in the largest multi-class event on the local windsurfing calendar. The event has drawn competitors from 10 territories - Indonesia, Myanmar, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Hong Kong, Japan, China, India and Singapore.
Windsurfers from the region are using the event to prepare for the upcoming 28th Southeast Asian Games (28th SEA Games) to be held in June 2015 in Singapore. Competing for top honours are seasoned Olympian and multiple Asian Games Gold medallist, Oka Sulaksana, from Indonesia and World Champion, Geylord Coveta from Philippines.
Representing Singapore are 2010 Youth Olympic Games Bronze medallist Audrey Yong, 2011 Jakarta SEA Games Bronze medallist, Leonard Ong, and 2013 Myanmar SEA Games Silver medallist, Ynez Lim. All three will be competing in the RS:X class. The RS:X class is the current Olympic class and 28th SEA Games class for Windsurfing.
Also at stake are the Men's and Women's Asian Champion titles in the RS:One class, the newly included Windsurfing class at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta. Current RS:One World Champions in the Men's and Women's divisions - Cheng Kwok Fai and Ma Kwan Ching from Hong Kong, will be vying for the Asian titles in the RS:One class.
A total of four races were completed on Day 1. Racing continues tomorrow and Saturday at the National Sailing Centre with final races taking place on Sunday, 25 January.
Here you can view the daily highlights VIDEO from DAY 1: http://youtu.be/e_TmuI6ZDLw