SEA Games: who sails?
The Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) are a biannual, multi-sport event involving the 11 countries of Southeast Asia. The 24th SEA Games are in Thailand, starting in Saturday. The sailing will be from 6 – 14 December at Ocean Marina YC, Pattaya.
The SEA Games are along ISAF Youth/Olympic lines, with one boat from each country in each Class (although some may not participate in all events), so the points can be tight! We have not found an entry list yet (anyone able to help?). But there is full info. about Singapore's team on SingaporeSailing. So the rest is guesswork for now.
We feel sure that Nay La Kyaw & Min Min and Su Sandar Wai & Khin Nyo Lin of Myanmar will be there. Both were at the Junior Europeans at Medemblik and at the GBR Nationals at Hayling Island in August, with their coach. The men and Su Sandar Wai competed in the 2006 ISAF Youth World Championships; Su Sandar Wai took 7th and Nay La Kyaw & Min Min 15th in their respective fleets. Su Sandar and her crew took 11/77 at the GBR Nationals, and Nay La Kyaw & Min Min, 12th. We hope Emerson Villena & Lester Tayong of the Phillipines, the leading 420 (overall 2nd) at the Hong Kong International Regatta in September, will be there. We also hear that Malaysia have 420 teams entering the event.
But there's a powerful entry from Singapore. Justin Liu & Sherman Chang must be strong favourites in the Men’s. They are the reigning Asian Champions from Doha last year, represented SIN at the 2006 ISAF Youth World Championships (where they conceded a few places to their Myanmar rivals though!). Many 420 sailors worldwide will know these successful 420 sailors from their triumph at the Jnr Euros. Jovina Choo & Sara Tan also competed there, finishing one place ahead of the Myanmar women’s team.