Racing started in almost perfect conditions on 22 January 2014 at the SIM 33rd Singapore Open Asian Windsurfing Championships taking place at The National Sailing Centre. Three races were held "back to back" in 12 to 18 knots and all had a chance to show their skills on these challenging waters.
There are 7 Mistral One Design competitors representing three countries on the water. At the end of day one Hong Kong competitors appeared to be dominating with Cheng Kwok Fai just one point ahead of Lee Chun Ting at the top of the MOD leaderboard.
This domination continued through day two, Cheng Kwok Fai seemingly untouchable at the top of the MOD leaderboard with a perfect score of 5, a clear 5 points ahead of Lee Chun Ting who again was a clear 5 points ahead of Ma Yik Kau. And this is where the real battle might be - Phonoppharat Natthaphong was just one point behind and no doubt very keen to step on to the podium.
At the end of Day Three Phonoppharat Natthaphong achieved his aim and with a couple of second places under his belt, managed to step up into third place overall, breaking the podium domination of the Hong Kong sailors, and a clear two points ahead of Ma Yik Kau. No doubt he will have been extremely pleased to follow Lee Chun Ting over the finish line in front of Cheng Kwok Fai in race 8!
On the last day of competition the Hong Kong team continued its dominance in the Mistral One Design Open class where 2013 Asian Champion Cheng Kwok Fai retained his title while his compatriot Lee Chun Ting took second spot. Phonoppharat Natthaphong from Thailand maintained his third place on the podium.
All involved in staging the 33 SIM Singapore Windsurfing Championships are to be congratulated for the slick operation both on and off the water and for their wonderful hospitality. The tricky conditions not only proved challenging to the race committee but also to the competitors as tactics came into play. In the end, it was the ones who could best read the wind conditions who triumphed.
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