Optimist Asian Championships
Ryan Teo from Singapore crowned 2013 Optimist Asian Champion
Ryan Teo (SIN) Asian Champion
Thursday 29 August
Racing started early today and the race committee did a great job and ran three races in a breeze which ranged from 5 to 20 knots.
Ryan Teo (SIN) sailed consistently and retained first place with a 6 point lead ahead of Bertha Han, first girl and Edward Tan in third place both also from Singapore.
This evening is the closing ceremony where members of the Japanese royal family will be honoured guests. Despite the difficult wind conditions, this was a very successful championship. Congratulations and a big thank you to the organisers for their hard work and to the sailors for making this such a great event.
Wednesday 28 August
A further 4 races were run today and the first discard has now been applied.
The first two starts were very difficult with the wind constantly shifting but then it settled with 4-12 knots. This kept the race committee very busy, continually resetting the course.
© Adamo Aono
After 6 races, Singapore and Thailand are dominating the leader board. With the discard now available Ryan Teo (SIN) has been able to exclude his black flag score from race 1 and moves into 1st place. Only three points behind and first girl, is Kamonchanok Klahan (THA).
The final day of racing is tomorrow.
Tuesday 27 August
The Optimist Asian Team Racing Championship saw favourable conditions today, ensuring that the Race Committee could complete all 32 races using the standard Optimist format with a 7 flight grid and 16 teams registered.
Thailand 1 and 2, USA, Korea and Singapore 1 and 2 were all strong from the start, winning their first round matches. In the following flights the top teams all lost one match other than SIN 1 who remained undefeated and from Flight D qualified for the final. This left KOR, SIN 2, THA 1 and USA to fight it out to sail against them. SIN 2 knocked out KOR and then THA 1, strong from the beginning, knocked out USA.
This left the fight for a place in the final between SIN 2 and THA 1. THA 1 put up a good fight but eventually lost out to SIN 2, ensuring a final of SIN 1 vs SIN 2. Thailand 1 had secured third place after some fantastic sailing and first place eventually went to Singapore 2, who sailed brilliantly to defeat Singapore 1 who had until then been undefeated.
Fleet racing will continue tomorrow.
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Monday 26 August
Today was scheduled to be the Optimist Asian Team Racing Championship. However, due to lack of wind there had been no fleet races completed on the previous 2 days. At least 1 race has to be completed for team racing event to take place to allow seeding of teams.
A light onshore breeze arrived at 1100, at 1120 the D flag was raised and the sailors were sent out to the course. After a difficult day for the race committee 2 races were completed. Race 2 was underway as the light began to fade.
Tomorrow the Team Racing Championship will take place, with further fleet racing on Wednesday and Thursday.
Sunday 25 August
Difficult conditions continue with no racing again on the second day of the championship.
Saturday 24 August
Today was the first official day of racing for the Optimist Asian Championship 2013, Hayama, Japan. The Championship sees 105 competitors from 14 countries competing.
Flag bearers at the start of the Opening Ceremony © Adamo Aono
The scheduled time for a warning signal for the first race of the championship was 1100 but the fleet were held ashore due to low wind conditions.
At 14:30 the wind came in from 230 degree with 6-9 knots, the fleets were released but once on the course the wind was not stable enough to start racing and the sailors returned ashore without having been able to start a race.
Team Thailand being towed out to the course © Adamo Aono
Tomorrow is scheduled as another day of fleet racing before the commencement of the Optimist Asian Team Racing Championship.
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