With all the preparations in place it was now left to whomever had the strongest connection with the creator to provide the competition with fair winds and weather. The afternoon of the 29th was practice race day and by 1400 hours everything couldn't have gone better then we had planned for. The wind was blowing a decent 10 to 12 knots and what an encouragement it was for the organisers. The only hiccup was that a temporary walk through boat-wash had to be rigged and manned as the water supply line was accidentally damaged during the construction of the tent. The sailors thought that they were gonna have special washing service during this regatta. Dream on guys! It's been fixed.
With a nice canopy up and a stage and all the trimmings for the opening ceremony, it was now as ready as can be. 1830 hours on the 29th December saw the arrival of the guest of honour, Mr Alex Chan, Chairman of the Singapore Sports Council. All competitors, parents and guest were seated to witness the presentation of the various country flags. A representative from each participating country marched in and took their place in front of the spectators and when introduced, they placed their respective flags into holders. Simple yet meaningful was the general comment received.
The guest were then treated to a sumptuous dinner and it was back to bed for all competitors except for Julian and his merry men who stayed a little longer arguing over the difference in taste between our local and Thai beer. I'm sure they haven't found the answer yet. I guess I'll see them over the next few evenings.
The morning of race day One started on the gloomy side. Slightly overcast and with nothing more then a 2-knot puff, it looked like nothing was going to happen for a while. Our friends from overseas seemed to have experienced this before with comments like, "It usually happens on race days". Well patience's proved the better as the wind did finally come in just after 2 pm. It's a light start to the event but pray hard guys and it may just blow in the days ahead. Fair sailing to all.
Top Ten Results (After 3 Races)
|1||Tiffany Koo Yee Chin||MAS||4||6||4||14|
|2||Justin Tan Weizheng||SIN||10||4||1||15|
|3||Jeremy Koo Wui Ken||MAS||2||5||8||15|
|6||Mabel Ong Yun Cen||SIN||12||13||7||32|
|7||Jasmine Tan Jia Xing||SIN||14||9||9||32|
|8||Jonathan Tan Wei Yew||SIN||3||10||20||33|
|9||Maximilian Soh Khyan Tat||SIN||9||18||6||33|
|10||Timothy Tan Wei Yan||SIN||25||8||3||36|