Opti sailors get down to the pointy end in Hong Kong

There were ideal conditions today; sunny skies and 12 to 20kts across the racetrack.  Coming into Day 4 of the Optimist Asian & Oceanian Championship, Thailand’s Jedtavee Yongyuennarn, Turkey’s Demir Dirk and Thailand’s Panwa Boonnak were the top three contenders on the leaderboard. 

Two races were held for both the Yellow and Blue fleets off Stanley Bay with the only challenging conditions the competitors had to contend with being a 1 to 2kts spring tide running across the race track.

After two inspired races, Singapore’s Muhammad Daniel Kei Bin Muhammad Yazid jumped from 4th to first overall with a 1st and 2nd. He now has a commanding lead on the fleet with a total of 28 points; 15 points ahead of his nearest competitor Demir Dirk from Turkey who maintains his 2nd place overall position with a 4th and a discard today. China’s Xilun Lin is currently 3rd overall after coming 15th and 7th in today’s races.  Lin is five points behind Dirik.

Another jump of the day was from Singapore’s Faith Hailey Toh who sailed her way into 4th overall from 8th after her 2nd and 6th place finishes today. Faith is currently the top girl followed by China’s Yiyin Zeng in 12th and Thailand’s Intira Panpiboon in 13th.

Going into the Finals, five different nations are represented in the top 10; Singapore, Turkey, China, Thailand and Hong Kong.  The top Oceanian competitor is Australia’s Benjamin Hicks who is currently 39th overall.

Representing the Blue fleet was India’s Navyn Prabhakar who had an excellent day today receiving a 1st and 3rd place followed by the Blue fleet’s top girl – New Zealand’s Sydney Cunliffe and Chinese Taipei’s Yu Lin Yang in 3rd.

Day 5 of the Optimist Asian & Oceanian Championships starts tomorrow for the final two races of the series where competitors will be vying for the title of the 2017 Optimist Asian & Oceanian Champion.  Competition between the top spots should be fierce with seven points separating the 2nd to 4th Overall. Racing will be followed by the official ceremony where the 2017 Overall Asian and Oceanian Champions will be crowned. 


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