MALAYSIA TAKES VICTORY BY 1 POINT AT SINGAPORE YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP
A nail biting final day at the Singapore Youth Sailing Championship 2017, with three races on the programme and just 1 point separating the two leading teams going into the day.
Teams from host nation Singapore were joined by young 420 sailors from Japan, Malaysia and Thailand at Singapore's premier Youth Championship for junior and Olympic pathway classes, hosted at the National Sailing Centre from 15-18 March 2017.
Counting a 21 point scorecard going into the final day were the girls' partnership of Sutida Poonpat/Gunyapom Bueangbon represnting Thailand, with a 1 point advantage over Malaysia's partnership of Muhd Dhiauddin Rozaini/Abdul Latif Mansor. It was to be all or nothing for these two rivals, and a light breeze day was set to decide the leaderboard. In third were Thailand's Suthon Yampinid/Nopporn Booncherd.
Sutida Poonpat/Gunyapom Bueangbon rolled out back to back wins in races 11 and 12, to give them a 3 point advantage heading into the last race. But they faltered to cross the line in 5th, whilst Muhd Dhiauddin Rozaini/Abdul Latif Mansor took the final race win and with it the Championship title.
Thrid place was decided on tiebreak with Suthon Yampinid/Nopporn Booncherd and Malaysia's Alif Safers Azmi/Ikramu Hakimin ending the series on 37 points apiece, with the tiebreak going to Yampinid/Booncherd.
Enjoy the final day video: