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14 Top Singapore Youth Sailors Experience Life At The Extreme

December 14, 2009 @ 20:35:28   Foto Th. Martinez

Extreme Sailing Series Asia 2009

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Fourteen of Singapore’s young sailors got the ride of their life this morning as they stepped onboard two Extreme 40s with some of the world’s best sailors at the Marina Reservoir. The local sailors spent the morning onboard Masirah and China Team picking up tips from Olympians Leigh McMillan, Mark Bulkeley and Hugh Styles as well as Thierry Barot and Singapore’s very own Tan Wearn Haw.


Fourteen of Singapore’s young sailors got the ride of their life this morning as they stepped onboard two Extreme 40s with some of the world’s best sailors at the Marina Reservoir. The local sailors spent the morning onboard Masirah and China Team picking up tips from Olympians Leigh McMillan, Mark Bulkeley and Hugh Styles as well as Thierry Barot and Singapore’s very own Tan Wearn Haw.

It wasn't just fun for the youth sailors, the opportunity to take the stars of the future out sailing was also a treat for the professional crews. Leigh McMillan, Helm of Oman Sail's Masirah explained, "It is always a really nice experience. They are my favourite guests to take out because they are always so excited. It is a huge experience for them, particularly where they are in their sailing careers. And these kids are so talented, we had an Optimist World Champion, it was awesome!

"When they step onboard, they don't think they will be able to sail the boats, they thought it would be totally beyond them. But we had them all steering the boat and pulling the spinnakers up, doing everything and they loved it. You can see it in their faces. It's an awesome experience for all of us and that's what's so great about these boats - you get the opportunity to share something with your guests first hand."

Racing began at 2pm and The Wave, Muscat put on the performance of the day, rising from fifth overall to lie second behind their stablemates Oman Sail Masirah after six races.

Race five of the day was a short, sharp speed trial with all six Extreme 40s selecting when they could cross the start line in a six minute window, picking their moment for the best wind to get them around the 1.1km course in the quickest time. It was Red Bull Extreme Sailing Team, the fourth team over the start line, that completed the course in the quickest time of 3.01, with Oman Sail's Masirah hot on their heels just two seconds behind.

Racing began at 2pm and The Wave, Muscat put on the performance of the day, rising from fifth overall to lie second behind their stablemates Oman Sail Masirah after six races.

Race five of the day was a short, sharp speed trial with all six Extreme 40s selecting when they could cross the start line in a six minute window, picking their moment for the best wind to get them around the 1.1km course in the quickest time. It was Red Bull Extreme Sailing Team, the fourth team over the start line, that completed the course in the quickest time of 3.01, with Oman Sail's Masirah hot on their heels just two seconds behind.

At the end of the day at the top of the leaderboard it was a Sultanate of Oman one-two with Masirah continuing their dominance, but with The Wave, Muscat jumping from fifth to second place. Paul Campbell-James, skipper of The Wave, Muscat, was punching the air as they crossed the finish line in the last race. "We have had an awesome day. We ended up with three firsts, a second, a third and a fourth. We really needed a good day after not such a great run yesterday and we are back in contention.

"We were fifth going into today and now we are second overall and 13 points off the lead so all to play for tomorrow with the big double points last race."

The pressure will remain on The Wave, Muscat tomorrow as Red Bull Extreme Sailing Team is hot on their tail, trailing by just 1 point and China Team by a further two.

Racing continues at 2pm in Marina Reservoir for the final day of the Extreme Sailing Series Asia, Singapore.



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