ARHUS, Denmark – Singapore’s Low Wen Chun and Jonathan Chew are currently the Republic’s best performers at the Volvo ISAF Youth World Championships in Arhus, Denmark, as of Sunday.
The duo, who are competing in the Sirena SL16 class, find themselves currently in fifth spot with 20 points after finishing sixth, second, fifth and seventh in their first four races.
South Africa’s Mathew Whitehead and MIchael Overstone are currently leading the 16-strong field with 12 points ( 5th, 4th, 1st and 2nd ), while Danes Simon Micahelsen and Jacob Dannefer are lying second with 14 points. Britain’s James Ellis and Andrew Glover are third with 15 points.
Elizabeth Yin – a bronze medallst at the Australian Youth Championships in January – had mixed fortunes, however, on the first day of competition in Arhus. She is currently sixth in the Laser Radial with 21 points despite posting two first-placed finishes in her first and fourth race). This is because she also finished eighth and 11th in her second and third races.
Australian Gabrielle King leads the packs with 15 points after maintaining consistency throughout the day (fifth, second, fourth, fourth).
Meanwhile, former world optimist girls champion Griselda Khng and her Singapore Sports School schoolmate Cecilia Low are lying ninth in the Girls 29er with 49 points after five races (fifth, 10th, 11th, ninth, 14th) – a distance away from front-runners Frances Peters and Claire Lasko of Great Britain.
The British pair certainly knew how to master the strong winds and showers as they won their first and thid race, finished third and their second and fourth, and finished second in their fifth. They currently have 10 points.
Asian Games gold-medalists and European 420 junior champions Justin Liu and Sherman Cheng are lying 16th in the Boys 29er. They have 75 points (10th, ninth, 23rd, ninth and 24th) while yet another British pair is taking the lead. James Peters and Edward Fitzgerald have won three of their five races so far, and finished fifth and 10th in two others for a tally of 18 points.
Finally, Lo Jun Hao appears to be struggling with the conditions at Arhus. The Laser sailor is 23rd with 90 points ( 26th, 33rd, 11th and 20th).
In contrast, Cypriot Pavlos Kontides is making it all look so easy. He has a mere five points after wininng three of his four races. He missed out on making it a perfect four out of four when he finished second in his second race.
Singapore’s best result at the ISAF World Youths occured in Busan, South Korea, in 2005, when Teo Wee Chin and Terrence Koh won the Boys 420 crown. It was the first time an Asian nation had won a dinghy event in the 35 years of the Championships.
Yours in sport
The Singapore Sports Fan
(Note: Picture taken from www.sailing.org.sg)