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Organisation/Member Classes/Singapore Asians 15


2015 RS:One Asian Championships - Final Day

With a last day of shifty and light to medium breeze from 6 to 11 knots, the 2015 Asian RS:One Championships ends after 4 days of intenses races with a big range of wind conditions mixing planning and tactical pumping days.  2 races back to back were completed for a total of 12 races for only 4 days of racing!

Current World Champion, Cheng Kwok Fai from Hong Kong has comfortably won this championship with consistency and experience while the younger Zan Zhichao from China will need to calibrate his promising potential for next victories.

In the women division, Chinese sailor Li Xiaoyan took the title but with a very close battle with Ngai Wan Yan from Hong Kong as only 4 points are separating the 2 racers.

The Espoir (under 22 years old) titles were taken by China with Zan Zhichao ahead of Hong Kong sailors Lee Chun Tin and hen Ho Yin.

Hong Kong team has one more time demonstrated an incredible consistency and experience, but China will be the country to watch very soon!

We are now looking forward to the ASAF youth cup to be held in Hong Kong from 14th to 17th February as the next RS:One international event!

Men RS:One after 12 races:
1- Cheng Kwok Fai - HKG
2- Zhang Zhichao - CHN
3- Lee Chun Ting - HKG

Women RS:One after 12 races:
1- Li Xiaoyan - CHN
2- Ngai Wai Yan - HKG
3- Ma Kwan Ching - HKG

Espoir Men after 12 races:
1- Zhang Zhichao - CHN
2- Lee Chun Ting - HKG
3- Cheng Ho Yin - HKG


credit pictures : Howie photos

Competitors faced with challenging wind conditions on Day 3

Racing conditions provided to be tricky on the penultimate day of the SIM 34th Singapore Open RS:One Asian Windsurfing Championship as participants found themselves competing in light and extremely shifty winds coupled with occasional gusts. This led to a jostle for positions at the top mark but in the end, it boiled down to who was able to read and capitalise on the wind shifts.

Over in the RS:One fleet, Cheng Kwok Fai (HKG-18) looks set to take home the Men's Asian Champion title with yet another three straight wins. In the Women's division however, the battle for the Women's Asian Champion title remains a close fight between China's Li Xiaoyan (CHN-1) and Hong Kong's Ngai Wai Yan (HKG-30) with just one point separating them.

In the RS:X fleet, Singapore's contenders fought hard to secure a podium finish. In the Men's division, Singapore's Leonard Ong (SIN-1) took a bullet in race 10 to finish third overall, overtaking multiple Asian Games Gold medallist, Oka Sulaksana (INA-1). With just two points behind second-placed Phattharadanai Chinain (THA-27) and three points behind first-placed Natthaphong Phonnoppharat (THA-6), the final day races would be crucial for Ong. In the Women's division, Singapore's Audrey Yong (SIN-11) managed a bullet in Race 9 but this was not enough to displace first-placed Siripon Kaenduangngam (THA-57). In the Youth division, Kensei Ikeda (JPN-174) remains at the top of the leaderboard.

In the Techno 293 fleet, there were no changes to the leaderboard with Dong Zhaoguan (CHN-1) and Chen Yujie (CNH-3) topping the Youth Boy and Youth Girl divisions respectively while Aung Thein Oo (MYA-9) and Yui Tamura (JPN-1711) remained first in the Junior Boy and Girl divisions respectively.

Day 3 of racing also saw the start of races in the Formula and Raceboard class with 3 races completed for each fleet. Chris Newman (GBR-88), runner-up in the Formula class of the 2014 edition of the event, took the top spot in the Formula fleet while Joe Chua (SIN-181) currently leads in the Raceboard class.

The 6th edition of the SIM Windsurfing Championship also kicked off today with four races completed in the 4.0m Novice Men, 4.0m Novice Women, 4.7m Intermediate Women, 5.6m Intermediate Men and 6.2m Intermediate Mixed categories. The Championship sees windsurf novices from SIM, SMU, NTU, NUS and ITE competing for top honours.

Racing will continue on the fourth and final day on Sunday, 25 January, with the first possible start of racing scheduled at 11h00.

Results at the end of Day Three

No Surprises on Day Two of Racing

Day 2 of the SIM 34th Singapore Open RS:One Asian Windsurfing Championship saw leaderboard positions maintained in most fleets as the top three positions in all but one class remaining unchanged after three back-to-back races were completed.
In the RS:One fleet, Hong Kong's Cheng Kwok Fai (HKG 18) took two wins but lost one race to compatriot Lee Chung Ting (HKG 25). He maintains his position at the top of the leaderboard with a six-point lead over second-placed Zhang Zhichao (CHN 2).
Over in the RS:X Men's fleet, however, there was a shuffle in the top three positions.  Thailand's Natthaphonng Phonnoppharat (THA 6) and Phattharadanai Chinain (THA 27) closed in on Oka Sulaksana (INA 1). With the top two contenders tied on points after seven races and only one point separating the second and third-placed competitors, the race is still on for podium positions. Improving on his performance on Day 2 of racing and being only two points away from third placed Sulaksana, Singapore's Leonard Ong is definitely one to watch out for in the coming days. Meanwhile, Siripon Kaenduangngam (THA 57) and Kensei Ikeda (JPN 174) took straight wins in the RS:X Women's and Youth's fleets respectively to stay at the top of their fleets.
The Chinese continued to dominate the Techno 293 fleet with Dong Zhaoguan (CHN 1) being way ahead of the fleet and even over-taking the trailing pack of the RS:X fleet.
Racing continues on Saturday, 24 January with the start of racing in the Formula and Raceboard classes. The 6th edition of the SIM Windsurfing Championship which sees novice windsurfers compete for top honours for their schools also commences on Saturday.

Results Day Two

Photos: Howie Choo

Champagne sailing on Day One

The SIM 34th Singapore Open is hosting the 2015 RS:One Asian Championships with, for the first time, the participation of China.

Champagne sailing for this first day of the competition with gusts up to 24 knots, 30 degrees and clear Singaporean sky.

4 races were completed with racers flying over the chop of the Singapore straits with massive cargos near by.

Current World Champion, Cheng Kwok Fai from Hong Kong, fired a clear 4 bullets ahead of Zan Zhichao from China.

In the women division, Chinese sailor Li Xiaoyan has dominated Ngai Wan Yan from Hong Kong.

Forecast for the next few days looks really promising, so stay tuned!

Men RS:One after 4 races:
1- Cheng Kwok Fai - HKG
2- Zhang Zhichao - CHN
3- Lee Chun Ting - HKG

Women RS:One after 4 races:
1- Li Xiaoyan - CHN
2- Ngai Wai Yan - HKG
3- Ma Kwan Ching - HKG

Full Results after Day One

credit pictures : Howie photos

This annual competition organized by the Windsurfing Association of Singapore, the Singapore Open, is the largest event of its kind on the local windsurfing calendar. Attracting top windsurfers from both local and regional countries, the championship is now in its 34th iteration.

The 2015 edition will host the Asian championship level events for the RS: X, RS:One and Techno 293 classes. A Formula Windsurfing and Raceboard competition will be held alongside, complete with a local tertiary competition, the SIM Windsurfing Championships. 


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