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!