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!