Competition/Singapore Open 15
Champions Crowned in Singapore
The final day of the SIM 34th Singapore Open RS:One Asian Windsurfing Championship was yet another frustrating day for competitors as they struggled with a second consecutive day of massive wind shifts and gusts. Luck played a key role in the results for the races of the day but with only two races in the RS:One, RS:X and Techno 293 classes, leaderboard positions remained unchanged from the previous day.
2014 RS:One Men's World Champion Cheng Kwok Fai (HKG-18) proved to be unbeatable, bagging the title of 2015 RS:One Men's Asian Champion with 10 wins in 12 races. In the Women's division, China's Li Xiaoyan (CHN-1) extended her lead over Hong Kong's Ngai Wai Yan (HKG-30) to take home the RS:One Women's Asian Champion title.
In the RS:X class, Phattharadanai Chinain (THA-27) and compatriot Natthaphong Phonnoppharat (THA-6) finished the event tied on points with Phattharadanai edging out Natthaphong in the tiebreaker. Singapore's Leonard Ong (SIN-1) pipped Indonesia's Oka Sulaksana (INA-1) to the podium to take home the bronze medal. Over in the Women's division Audrey Yong (SIN-11) secured the silver medal, losing to Thailand's Siripon Kaenduangngam (THA-57) while Indonesia's Rio Hoiriyah (INA-8) finished third. In the Youth division, Champion Kensei Ikeda (JPN-174) was untouchable, finishing way ahead of second-placed Syadine Arethusa (INA-4). Singapore's Ruth Mow (SIN-27) finished third.
In the Techno 293 class, China's Dong Zhaoguan (CHN-1) and Chen Yujie (CHN-3) won the Gold medals in the Youth Boy and Girl's divisions. The title of Techno Junior Boy Champion went to up and coming windsurf talent, Aung Thein Oo (MYA-9) from Myanmar, while Yui Tamura (JPN-1711) was crowned the Techno 293 Junior Girl Champion.
Over in the Formula class, 2007 Southeast Asian Games Bronze medalist, Joshua Choo (SIN-7) took home the Champion title with three wins in five races while Joe Chua (SIN-181) secured victory in the Raceboard class.
The 6th edition of the SIM Windsurfing Championship concluded with a total of eight races over two days. The Singapore Management University (SMU) topped the leaderboard in the Intermediate Men's and Women's categories while the Singapore Management University (SIM) clinched the Novice Men's and Women's Champion titles.
The five-day event attracted 100 entries from 10 countries, including windsurfing powerhouses Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong, China and Japan.
Here you can view the daily highlights VIDEO from DAY 4: http://youtu.be/d69msUqAYyc
Competitors faced with challenging wind conditions on Day 3
Racing conditions provided to be tricky on the penultimate day of the SIM 34th Singapore Open RS:One Asian Windsurfing Championship as participants found themselves competing in light and extremely shifty winds coupled with occasional gusts. This led to a jostle for positions at the top mark but in the end, it boiled down to who was able to read and capitalise on the wind shifts.
Over in the RS:One fleet, Cheng Kwok Fai (HKG-18) looks set to take home the Men's Asian Champion title with yet another three straight wins. In the Women's division however, the battle for the Women's Asian Champion title remains a close fight between China's Li Xiaoyan (CHN-1) and Hong Kong's Ngai Wai Yan (HKG-30) with just one point separating them.
In the RS:X fleet, Singapore's contenders fought hard to secure a podium finish. In the Men's division, Singapore's Leonard Ong (SIN-1) took a bullet in race 10 to finish third overall, overtaking multiple Asian Games Gold medallist, Oka Sulaksana (INA-1). With just two points behind second-placed Phattharadanai Chinain (THA-27) and three points behind first-placed Natthaphong Phonnoppharat (THA-6), the final day races would be crucial for Ong. In the Women's division, Singapore's Audrey Yong (SIN-11) managed a bullet in Race 9 but this was not enough to displace first-placed Siripon Kaenduangngam (THA-57). In the Youth division, Kensei Ikeda (JPN-174) remains at the top of the leaderboard.
In the Techno 293 fleet, there were no changes to the leaderboard with Dong Zhaoguan (CHN-1) and Chen Yujie (CNH-3) topping the Youth Boy and Youth Girl divisions respectively while Aung Thein Oo (MYA-9) and Yui Tamura (JPN-1711) remained first in the Junior Boy and Girl divisions respectively.
Day 3 of racing also saw the start of races in the Formula and Raceboard class with 3 races completed for each fleet. Chris Newman (GBR-88), runner-up in the Formula class of the 2014 edition of the event, took the top spot in the Formula fleet while Joe Chua (SIN-181) currently leads in the Raceboard class.
The 6th edition of the SIM Windsurfing Championship also kicked off today with four races completed in the 4.0m Novice Men, 4.0m Novice Women, 4.7m Intermediate Women, 5.6m Intermediate Men and 6.2m Intermediate Mixed categories. The Championship sees windsurf novices from SIM, SMU, NTU, NUS and ITE competing for top honours.
Racing will continue on the fourth and final day on Sunday, 25 January, with the first possible start of racing scheduled at 11h00.
Results at the end of Day Three
Here you can view the daily highlights VIDEO from DAY 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhCv_oqlYc8&feature=youtu.be
credit pictures : Howie photos
No surprises on Day 2 of racing
The SIM 34th Singapore Open is hosting the 2015 RS:One Asian Championships with, for the first time, the participation of China. Good breezy conditions but with some tricky wind shifts turned the day 2 into a more tactical format.
3 races back to back were completed with racers enjoying planning conditions.
Current World Champion, Cheng Kwok Fai from Hong Kong is still leading claiming 2 bullets ahead of Zan Zhichao from China.
In the women division, Chinese sailor Li Xiaoyan kept the control on Ngai Wan Yan from Hong Kong.
Forecast for day 3 looks to be lighter with some possible electric activity in the afternoon, so stay tuned!
Men RS:One after 7 races:
1- Cheng Kwok Fai - HKG
2- Zhang Zhichao - CHN
3- Lee Chun Ting - HKG
Women RS:One after 7 races:
1- Li Xiaoyan - CHN
2- Ngai Wai Yan - HKG
3- Ma Kwan Ching - HKG
Full Results Day Two
credit pictures : Howie photos
SIM 34th Singapore Open RS:One Asian Windsurfing Championship
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.
credit pictures : Howie photos
This annual competition organized by the Windsurfing Association of Singapore, the Singapore Open, is the largest event of its kind on the local windsurfing calendar. Attracting top windsurfers from both local and regional countries, the championship is now in its 34th iteration.
The 2015 edition will host the Asian championship level events for the RS: X, RS:One and Techno 293 classes. A Formula Windsurfing and Raceboard competition will be held alongside, complete with a local tertiary competition, the SIM Windsurfing Championships.
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