Youth Sailing World C’ships: Bernie Chin, Bertha Han, and Evangeline Tan are top Asian sailors

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By Nur Adilah Binti Masismadi/Red Sports

Bernie Chin of Singapore in laser radial action at the Aon Youth Sailing World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo 1 © Pedro Martinez/Sailing Energy/World Sailing)
Bernie Chin of Singapore in laser radial action at the Aon Youth Sailing World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo 1 © Pedro Martinez/Sailing Energy/World Sailing)

Auckland, New Zealand, Tuesday, December 20, 2016 — Bernie Chin of Singapore came in 26th in the ninth and final race to place 12th out of 57 sailors in the overall standings for the Laser Radial Boys class at the Aon Youth World Sailing Championship.

Bernie finished as the top Asian sailor, and also improved from his 29th-place showing last year.

Bertha Han and Evangeline Tan finished 11th overall after achieving 9th place out of 24 teams in the final race in the 29ers Girls class. They also finished as the top Asian sailors.

In the 29ers Boys class, the Singaporean duo of Yi Nian Koh and Riji Wong concluded the 13-race series with a 9th-place finish to end up in 15th overall out of 25 teams.

Final standings

LASER RADIAL BOYS
1st Finnian Alexander (AUS) – 45 pts
2nd Paolo Giargia (ITA) – 64 pts
3rd Carrson Pearce (USA) – 69 pts
*12th Bernie Chin (SGP) – 122 pts

29ER BOYS
1st Crispin Beaumont & Tom Darling (GBR) – 55 pts
2nd Gwendal Nael & Lilian Mercier (FRA) – 58 pts
3rd John Cooley & Simon Hoffman (AUS) – 67 pts
*15th Yi Nian Koh & Riji Wong (SGP) – 151 pts

29ER GIRLS
1st Natasha Bryant & Annie Wilmot (AUS) – 36 pts
2nd Aleksandra Melzacka & Maja Micinska (POL) – 63 pts
3rd Greta Stewart & Kate Stewart (NZL) – 64 pts
*11th Bertha Han & Evangeline Tan (SGP) – 140 pts

Auckland, New Zealand, Monday, December 19, 2016 — Bertha Han and Evangeline Tan have climbed up to 12th position in the overall standings for the 29er Girls after achieving top-10 finishes in all three races today. The girls claimed 8th, 4th and 10th placing in Races 10-12.

Bernie Chin reclaimed 11th position in overall standings in the Laser Radial Boys class, having finished 13th in Race 7, then 16th in Race 8.

Yi Nian Koh and Riji Wong had two consecutive 6th-place finishes in the 29er Boys races. They followed those up with a 14th-place finish to climb up the overall standings to 15th.

The final race for all classes will be held tomorrow. At the end of the race series – nine for the Laser Radial classes, and 13 for the 29er classes – the sum of placings for all races are added up, excluding the worst result. The sailor or team with the lowest points total will be crowned winner of that particular class.

Auckland, New Zealand, Sunday, December 18, 2016 — Weather conditions delayed the start of Race Day 3 of the Aon Youth Sailing World Championships.

Eventually, the sailors got out onto the water, just about an hour behind schedule.

The 29er Boys team of Yi Nian Koh and Riji Wong sailed to 11th, 9th and 24th place finishes in Races 7-9 of the series, improving to 16th position in the overall standings.

Meanwhile, the 29er Girls team of Bertha Han and Evangeline Tan finished in 21st, 8th and 6th place in the day’s racing. It was not enough to maintain their overall standing and they moved down one spot to 20th overall.

Similarly, Singapore’s sole representative in the Laser Radial class, Bernie Chin, also moved down a position to 12th in the overall standings after a day that saw him claim 16th and 20th place in his two races.

Auckland, New Zealand, Saturday, December 17, 2016 — A great day of sailing for Team Singapore saw all three class representatives move up in the standings at the Aon Youth Sailing World Championships.

The team of Bertha Han and Evangeline Tan rose to 19th place in the standings for the 29er Girls Class after six races. They finished 2nd, 13th and 17th in today’s races. The results put them ahead of their Russian, Canadian, American, Czech, and South African counterparts.

The girls also won a protest, resulting in Denmark’s disqualification. There was a one-place promotion for the teams that initially placed behind Denmark for Race 5.

The 29er Boys team of Yi Nian Koh and Riji Wong also moved up the standings to 17th place after achieving 13th, 10th and 9th-placed finishes in today’s three races.

Laser Radial Boys sailor, Bernie Chin, is now 11th in the standings having come in 10th and 9th in his races today.

Auckland, New Zealand, Friday, December 16, 2016 — Five Singapore sailors got underway at the Aon Youth Sailing World Championships. The 46th edition, from December 14-20, has more than 380 sailors from 65 nations sailing in more than 260 boats across nine disciplines.

2014 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) gold medalist, Bernie Chin, who sailed the Byte CII dinghy back then, currently sits in 24th place in the Laser Radial Boys Class after two races. He finished 36th out of 57 sailors in the first race, before improving to a 12th placed finish in the second race.

The 29ers Boys duo of Yi Nian Koh and Riji Wong failed to finish their first race, before finishing 19th and 22nd in the subsequent two races.

Meanwhile, the 29ers Girls duo of Bertha Han and Evangeline Tan placed 21st in their first and third races, but did not finish the second race.

The 29ers boys and girls team currently stand in 22nd and 24th place in their respective classes after the first day of racing.

This post will be updated regularly. Check back to follow the progress of the Singapore sailors.

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