SIM 34TH SINGAPORE OPEN
RS:One ASIAN WINDSURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015
Day 4 - 24 Jan
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 a perfect score of 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 (CNH 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 Institute of Management (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.
Photos: Howie Photography
Day 3 - 24 Jan
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 1100 hours.
Results for Day 3
Photos: Howie Photography
Day 2 - 23 Jan
Day 2 of the event saw three back-to-back races being completed in favourable wind conditions. However, shifty northerly and north-westerly winds meant competitors had to choose between the right or left side of the course with those chosing to take the favoured right side of the course being rewarded.
In the RS:One fleet, Hong Kong’s Cheng Kwok Fai (HKG 18) took two wins but lost one race to compatriot Lee Chung Ting (HKG 25). Cheng maintains his position at the top of the leaderboard with a six-point lead over second-placed Zhang Zhichao (CHN 2).
Over in the RS:X Men’s fleet, however, there was a shuffle in the top three positions. Thailand’s Natthaphonng Phonnoppharat (THA 6) and Phattharadanai Chinain (THA 27) closed in on Oka Sulaksana (INA 1). With the top two contenders tied on points after seven races and only one point separating the second and third-placed competitors, the race is still on for podium positions. Improving on his performance on Day 2 of racing and being only two points away from third placed Sulaksana, Singapore’s Leonard Ong is definitely one to watch out for in the coming days. Meanwhile, Siripon Kaenduangngam (THA 57) and Kensei Ikeda (JPN 174) took straight wins in the RS:X Women’s and Youth’s fleets respectively to stay at the top of their groups.
The Chinese continued to dominate the Techno 293 fleet with Dong Zhaoguan (CHN 1) being way ahead of the fleet, even over-taking the trailing pack of the RS:X fleet.
Racing continues on Saturday, 24 January with the start of racing in the Formula and Raceboard classes. The 6th edition of the SIM Windsurfing Championship which sees novice windsurfers compete for top honours for their schools also commences on Saturday.
Photos: Howie Photography
Day 1 - 22 Jan
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.
Photos: Howie Photography
An 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 asian championship level events for the RS: X, RS: One and Techno 293 class. A formula windsurfing and raceboard class will be held alongside, complete with a local tertiary competition, the SIM Windsurfing Championships.
Date: 21 January 2015 to 25 January 2015
Location: National Sailing Centre, East Coast Park. Singapore.
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