Singaporeans reject Thai iceberg theory & deep-fried grub
Apparently the practice races at Pattaya for the SEA Games went ahead satisfactorily in 15 – 18 knots of breeze yesterday and a short, sharp opening ceremony (just what sailors like, we believe!), at which everyone had a good time. The SIN Coach was not so good in the morning when he found his fibreglass and, supposedly, unsinkable Boston Whaler mysteriously submerged (foul play was ruled out, but the sailors wondered if it was a cunning coach's ruse to get closer to the race course under the water!). SingaporeSailing is evidently keen on nutrition as they had to reject food provided by the organisers - “We couldn’t accept the food because it was deep fried,” said team manager Andrew Sanders, who is also SingaporeSailing’s chief executive officer. We were not surprised to learn that the SINs main competition in the 420s is anticipated from Myanmar (who also sent a team to Europe this year). “Unlike international regattas where the fleets are much larger, the fleets in the SEA Games are much smaller, around six per class. So the points will be far closer and tighter and the sailors must adapt to this……although it may not be as big as some other international regattas, the SEA Games is special, and with it comes a lot of expectation and pressure on the sailors to deliver”, Sanders told Tan Yo-Hinn of Singapore’s “Today”. Full stories available on the SingaporeSailing website.