At the recently completed Byte CII World Championship in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, Singapore sailors took the top three positions with Darren Choy the new 2009 World Champion.
Singapore took all them major prizes at the recent Byte CII World Championship held in Canada, sending an ominous message ahead of next year's Youth Olympic Games (YOG), where the Byte CII will be used as equipment in the One Person Dinghy Boys and One Person Dinghy Girls events. All three of the Singapore medal winners are under 16 and will be eligible for the YOG next year (which is open to 15-16 year olds).
Darren Choy sailed an incredibly consistent series in tremendously varying conditions without winning any of the 14 races. His average point score per race, (counting his two drops!) was a mere four, with five seconds, four thirds, a fourth, a sixth and a seventh! Terrence Choo of Singapore was second overall, winning three races but not quite able to match Choy's consistency. Chai Xun of Singapore completed the podium in third overall, beating out Jon Emmett, the defending champion, for third place by one point. Emmett, also recent UK Laser Radial Open winner, was fourth with six wins but still finished 25 points behind Choy.
First female and fifth overall was another Singapore sailor, Najwa Jumali, who put in particularly strong performance during the heaviest day of the series when winds reached 22 knots and she scored three fifth place finishes.
The series was used by many of the nine countries as a training event for the North American Youth Olympic Games Qualifier to be sailed in Cayman Islands in March. Other YOG qualifiers are set to take place in Africa, Thailand, Brazil, Italy and Australia. The final qualification event will be the 2010 Byte CII World Championship, held in Cannes, France next April.
For full coverage of the 2009 Byte CII Worlds is available at www.bytechamps.org
Find out more on the Youth Olympic Games at www.sailing.org/youtholympicgames