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24 July 2003, 02:40 pm
The Morning Chat
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Liying TOH (r) and Siobhan TAM

ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship
Canical, Madeira

At this morning's team leaders briefing, the weather forecast is read and the PRO tells everyone what his thoughts are on the format, number and duration of the racing.
This morning, the prospect of two races looks slim as the breeze, already at around 20 knots offshore, looks set to increase to 25-30 knots as the day progresses. Combined with the kind of shifty conditions we have been experiencing - Not pretty.

The competitors have left the shore for today's racing and there was an amount of trepidation in the dinghy park as everyone checked, and rechecked their equipment in preparation for the battering they were about to receive at the hands of the Atlantic breeze.

One thing of note coming out of this Championship so far is the current position of the Singapore double-handed girls team in the 420. They are currently in third place, and although not really built for the big breeze, have proved that it's all about technique.

The last time Singapore won a medal at the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship was a silver medal in 2001 in the boys-double handed event, also sailing in the 420, in France, so it does not come as a surprise to see them at the front of the girl's fleet this year.

What is a surprise is that the partnership has only been in existence for six months before this Championship, and during those six months the pair have been on a sharp learning curve. Both Liying TOH and Siobhan TAM have Youth World's experience. Liying went to both Sydney in 2000 and Canada in 2001, whilst Siobhan competed in the girls single-handed dinghy fleet in a Byte at last year's World Championship in Canada.

Talking about their results so far, they both commented that, "We are very happy, as we have only been sailing together for six months". Today they were ready for the heavier conditions but not relishing the prospect, "We'll try and put in some more good results, hopefully top three".
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