Sailors completing yesterday's race 5 & 6 have reached the half way point of the XXI SEA Games sailing competition
Their performance so far and the result sheets is the source of concern for team managers and speculation is rife on how many gold medals each national team hope to be awarded at this Sunday's prize giving ceremony.
Malaysia's win on Tuesday in the Optimist teams competition and the record haul of medals (55) won already at these Games has stirred fellow athletes along and given them the confidence to go on and finish the job. The fresh 10 to 12 knot SW breeze saw the Thai sailors even up the scoreboard and improve their overall standing with Damrongsak and Wandee Vongtim leading the way by taking 2 wins apiece in their respective 470 classes. Singapore's Tan Wearn Haw still leads the 470 men but has seen his lead diminish as the Philippine and Malay teams have shared the honours and kept the final result wide open. Malaysia's Kelly Yin who leads the 470 women endured a similar fate.
Malaysia's Jeremy Koo (despite having a disqualification) and Nurul Ain carry a slender points lead in the 420 men and women's classes into the next round of races and have the Myanmar and Singapore sailors hot in pursuit.
In the Laser classes Tiffany Koo (women's radial) has kept the neatest score sheet with 6 wins in a row with Malaysian team-mate Kevin Lim (men's laser) and Myanmar's Aung Myin Thu (Laser II) recording 5 wins apiece have taken a commanding lead over their foreign counterparts in these classes and have all but struck gold.
Indonesia's Gusti Made Oka Sulaksana made the most of the fresh midday breezes to make it 2 wins for the day and draw level on points with Thailand's Phanuthat Ruamsap who had previously been leading in the heavy weight men's Mistral class. A ding dong battle to the end is expected here. A different tune plays for Arun Homraruen (LWM)
and Napalai Tansai (women) from Thailand who have dominated their class with 6 and
5 wins respectively to be well on the way to taking the gold medals home with them.
After the gruelling Optimist team racing the best representative sailors have now settled into the relatively mundane individual event. Traditional rivalry between Singaporean and Malaysian Optimist sailors have been renewed with Abdul Rahim who led the Malaysian team to the gold medal yesterday showing his light weather speed to record 3 wins in a row and take a firm grip on the medal. Singapore's Sarah Tan Wei Lin has shared the honours with Malaysia's Sandra Lili Yin in the girls class to hold a slender 1 point lead and this close duel is expected to continue over the final 4 races.
Today's layday gives the competitors time to asses their performance and take what ever corrective measures deemed necessary to improve their standings and carry them successfully through till the end.