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2 January 2003, 08:56 am
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Light Wind on Day One

Byte World Championship

It was during the last SEA Games in Malaysia when the idea of bringing the Byte Worlds to Singapore was first mooted.
Months of preparations followed, various groups were formed to look into the areas of concern. Negotiations were held with NTUC Downtown East Resort, the venue for accommodations. Singapore Food Industries were also brought in to supply the daily breakfast and lunches. Sailboats Enterprise was also quick in their support to supply charter boats for the event. Race management teams and International Judges were also on standby.

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)

Position Name Nation R1 R2 R3 Total
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
4 Pontep Sukudom THA 1 7 10 18
5 Thanakorn Khajitsri THA 7 1 15 23
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
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