CSC Optimist Championship Gold Fleet (Final Day)

The start of the final day of the CSC Optimist Championships 2023 was a repeat of yesterday, as winds were shy to blow on the waters of the racing area. With the blazing sun beating down on the backs of the sailors, many did not hesitate to cool off in the sea. However, once the wind had filled in by the afternoon, there was a frenzy among race officials to squeeze in 2 last races for the Gold Fleet.

The regatta concluded in a dramatic fashion, as Ethan Chia Han Wei (121) and Zeph Wan (122) exchanged tacks to the finish line, with Zeph barely edging out Ethan to score his first bullet in this regatta. Nonetheless, that clearly did not matter to Ethan, as his incredible record of 9 points in 7 of his best races deems him miles ahead from the rest of the fleet. As such, he emerges as the undisputed champion for the CSC Optimist Championships 2023 in the Gold Fleet!

Sean Kum Kok Wei (142) concretises his spot on the second step of the podium after finishing top 10 in both of today’s races. However, his closest rival Nigel Tan Xu Yuan (4693) falls to 6th overall after finishing 36th in the final race which was a result that did cost him. Sailors that have recorded their best placings today and made their way into the prizewinners list are Nathaniel Cheung Lap Yan (156), Desiree Lee (4698), Mikaele Rae Ng (151) and Ashlea Tham (175). Well done to them!

Our best CSC sailor clearly goes to Cheryl Yong Heng Xi (744) who is not only 3rd overall, but also the top female sailor of the fleet! Although the sailors are only able to discard 1 race, that was all she needed to get rid of a UFD in race 3 with top 10 finishes in almost all other races. Sitting comfortably at 28th place is Yong Heng Yi (755) who has improved steadily since Day 1. In the last 4 races, he was able to finish in the top quarter of the pack, an achievement that he ought to be proud of! Right below him is Lyric Li Yuxuan (728) who had a bleaker day in comparison. In race 8, she had crossed the edge of the start line at the very last second, and as a result was handed a BFD. Nonetheless, her daringness to push herself to the limits definitely deserves notable acknowledgement.

We hope that this year’s championships was a meaningful one for all sailors filled with valuable learning opportunities. Once again, thank you to our sponsor Xtreme Sailing Products for providing the prizes to our winners. We would also like to extend our appreciation to international sailors from China for flying down to Singapore to participate in this regatta. Lastly, thank you to the race management committee for keeping our sailors safe, and coaches and parents for their guidance. See you all at the next regatta!

Results

Day 4 Results -Race 8

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CSC Optimist Championship Gold Fleet (Day 3)

The third day of the championships for the Gold Fleet yet again brought tough luck as there was almost a complete absence of the monsoon winds. The AP signal was up for a couple of hours, and sailors hung around on shore impatiently as race officials kept watch for any sign of a breeze. While the anticipation of better conditions on the shores was palpable, the open sea offered no response. Eventually, the sailors were brought out to the waters to compete in 1 race, before having to head back to CSC right before an intense downpour ensued.

Still flying high at the top of the fleet is Ethan Chia Han Wei (121). He continues his streak of consecutive bullets for all races, besides the ever so slight blemish of second place in race 1. Seemingly in a league of his own, Ethan extends his already massive lead to 51 points! After finishing 3 places above his closest competitor in today’s race, Sean Kum Kok Wei (142) now overtakes Nigel Tan Xu Yuan (4693) for 2nd overall. However, only 3 points separate the pair, and so they will have to battle it out on the last day to solidify our runner-up. Nicole Ashley Quek (108) also replaces Ashlea Tham (175) as the top female sailor after Ashlea was 53rd to finish the last race, a record that certainly did not reflect the best of her abilities.

Cheryl Yong Heng Xi (744) moves up a place to 19th after scoring an incredible second place in race 6! Her fiery and competitive spirit truly shone through today, given her desire to make up for the positions lost in yesterday’s races. Lyric Li Yuxuan (728) is also another strong contender from the CSC pack making her way up the rankings. Demonstrating immense consistency, she was at the top 15 in the last 4 races, and now sits 29th overall. A few places below her at 32nd is Yong Heng Yi (755), who finished just behind Lyric in race 6. He registered his best result today, promoting him 10 places up which is an impressive feat in the Gold Fleet. Further down the rankings, a mere 12 positions separate 8 of our sailors, with Cecilia Kong (715) in 47th and Riley Sullivan (21745) in 58th. This will be a tight competition among the CSC team for sure!

Time indeed went by quickly, as tomorrow already concludes the last day of the CSC Optimist Championships. All the best to every sailor, and give it your best shot!

Results

Day 3 Results – Race 6

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CSC Optimist Championship Gold Fleet (Day 2)

Thankfully, most of the challenges that characterized the first day are not apparent on day 2, as we are blessed with clear skies and some North-Eastern winds. However, shifty winds continue to be a running theme, keeping race officials on their toes to constantly reset the course. Nonetheless, with the serendipitous blend of good weather and skillful management by the race officials, the fleet was able to complete four races today.

Proving himself to be unbeatable is Ethan Chia Han Wei (121), who had a flawless day with bullet finishes in all 4 races! This is a testament to his unrivalled skill with a magnificent 43 point lead from the second placer, Nigel Tan Xu Yuan (4693). Although Sean Kum Kok Wei (142) was the first to cross the finish line in race 1, he is now third overall after placing 24th and 16th in race 4 and race 5, tainting his excellent record in the first 3 races. The different set of conditions today also brought a reshuffle to the top 10. One notable mention of sailors who are currently in the top set is Desiree Lee (4698). Placing 26th yesterday, she has steadily improved each race to achieve her best position of 5th in race 5, and now sits 7th overall.

Within our home team, Cheryl Yong Heng Xi (744) dropped to 20th after an unfortunate UFD in race 3. We are hopeful she will make a comeback soon! On the other side of the spectrum, some of our sailors are beginning to find their footing after a rough first day, such as Lyric Li Yuxuan (728). Despite retiring in race 1, she climbed up the rankings to 34th after consistent top 15 finishes in the last 3 races! Additionally, CSC sailors who have maintained their consistency are Pitsilis Amandine Zoe (702) and Yong Heng Yi (755), who are both hovering around the top 45. Sibling duo Charles Kong (716) and Cecilia Kong (715) are also now neck and neck in the provisional rankings, attaining 45th and 46th position respectively.

With 5 races in the bag, let us all hope for even more favorable conditions in the next 2 days. Good luck to all competitors for the second half of the regatta!

Results

Day 2 Results – Race 5

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CSC Optimist Championship Gold Fleet (Day 1)

The 2023 CSC Optimist Championships resumes this week with the Gold Fleet! A total of 73 boats are registered for the regatta, ready to compete in the open waters near Chek Jawa.
Almost immediately, the race committee encountered a formidable obstacle. The fleet had to restart not once, not twice, but three times as the wind’s inconsistency played havoc with the predetermined course. Furthermore, in an unfortunate turn of events, the race had to be abandoned amid initial optimism. Although the wind finally seemed promising, the sudden loss of its vigour combined with the unyielding current rendered the boats virtually stationary and unable to make headway toward Mark 1. As a result, this forced sailors to return to the start line in preparation for the next race.
Compounding the challenge, the wind persistently shifted North-West, creating a logistical nightmare for the race officials attempting to set a course that would be fair for all. As sailors waited it out by plunging into the waters for some brief fun, everyone eventually had to settle for a shortened course sailed in extremely light winds. Although 12 boats failed to complete the race within the finishing window and conditions were lackluster to satisfy everyone’s desire for competitive racing, this was the best outcome possible for the weather’s poor showing.
Navigating today’s light winds superbly are Sean Kum Kok Wei (142), Ethan Chia Han Wei (121) and Nia Zahedi (4670) who have placed themselves in the top 3. Among CSC sailors, Cheryl Yong Heng Xi (744) is at the front of the pack, finishing at a remarkable 6th place! Charles Kong (716) has also made the most out of the unfavourable conditions by finishing 31st. Other CSC sailors who are in the top 55 are John Raphael Lim (788), Yong Heng Yi (755), Pitsilis Amandine Zoe (702), Cecilia Kong (715), Kate Yeh Zi Ning (797) and Misa Lim (744). A very well done to all our sailors for their commendable performance!
Despite the fact that the first day of the Gold Fleet Championships definitely did not unfold as planned, we shall hope for a better outcome in the next 3 days. Continue to press on everyone!

 

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