Please select your home edition
Edition
Spinlock - Adventure Proof - 728x90

8th ASEAN Para Games at Singapore - Day 1

by Icarus Sailing Media 7 Dec 2015 21:36 GMT 7 December 2015
Day 1 of the ASEAN Para Games 2015 © Icarus Sailing Media

Hello and welcome to the magnificent vibrant city of Singapore. In conjunction with celebrating 50 years of independence, for the very first time, the island city-state hosts the 8th ASEAN Para Games. A biennial multi-sport event for athletes with a disability.

3,000 athletes and officials are in the city for the seven-day multi-sport event. Most of the competition venues are at the Singapore Sports Hub and Kallang areas whilst the Para sailing events are held in the iconic Marina Bay.

Para Sailing is open to athletes with any type of physical impairment and the classification system is based on four factors: stability, hand function, mobility and vision. Athletes compete in three events Hansa 2.3 Women, Hansa 2.3 Men and the double handed Hansa 303 wide Open.

Marina Bay is the epitome of "stadium" racing, with it's dramatic backdrop on a stones throw from the racing. The unique shifty conditions will challenge the sailors.

In the Hansa 2.3 Women's class, the local hero, Yap Qian Yin had a clean start, opening her account with 2 bullets. But Cherrie Samonte Pinpin from the Philippines is close behind and well within touching distance of the leader.

The Hansa 2.3 Men's class is highly competitive with all the contenders looking to take the prestigious crown. After 2 races, the leaderboard is tight with only 3 points separating 1st from 3rd. Alson Callos Tumbagahan from Philippines has the lead with Malaysia's Al Mustakim Bin Martin and Azmi Bin Ani, hot on his heels.

In Hansa 303 Wide Open class, Malaysia and Singapore are on equal points after the opening day, so still all to play for with two more day's racing still to come.

Sailing is one of 15 sports at the 8th ASEAN Para Games. The event serves as a platform for enhancing inclusiveness, encouraging people to embrace sports, as well as promoting ASEAN solidarity.

The Games also combines numerous onshore activities with a busy social programs alongside the racing. Sailor or non-sailor there are plenty of shore-side festivities allowing spectators and visitors to soak up the fun holiday atmosphere.

Related Articles

8th ASEAN Para Games at Singapore overall
Ken competition in three types of Hansa dinghy There's a buzz of positive atmosphere on the quayside, as day 2 brought clear skies and perfect sailing conditions. The venue is ideal for "stadium racing" allowing fans and spectators to come along and enjoy the competition. Posted on 9 Dec 2015
28th SEA Games at Singapore overall
Final medal races held in Marina Bay Welcome to the final day of the 28th South East Games in Singapore. The medal race track for 3 classes was set up in stunning Marina Bay. Close stadium racing and shifty weather were the main challenges of the day – in the fight to the end for medals. Posted on 15 Jun 2015
28th SEA Games at Singapore day 8
Pressure on during the penultimate day On to the penultimate day of the 28th South East Asian Games, the pressure was high on teams. For some, there was still one more day to consolidate and improve their leaderboard position. For others it was down to the final podium deciding medal race. Posted on 14 Jun 2015
28th SEA Games at Singapore day 7
Plenty of tension and anticipation The 28th South East Asian Games is drawing towards the finish here in Singapore, but there is still plenty of tension and anticipation as we close in on the final 3 days of racing at the National Sailing Center. Posted on 13 Jun 2015
28th SEA Games at Singapore day 6
Are we watching the next new talent in the Optimist fleet? Day 6 of the 28th South East Asian Games and you join us back at the Singapore National Sailing Centre - the host venue and heart of the action for the 20 men's and women's sailing events. Posted on 12 Jun 2015
28th SEA Games at Singapore day 5
Another action packed day Welcome back to Singapore and day 5 of the 28th South East Asian Games. Another action packed day was scheduled and athletes were eager get out racing. Posted on 11 Jun 2015
28th SEA Games at Singapore day 4
Laser medal races and 470 racing underway Welcome back to day 4 of the 28th South East Asian Games. The grey start of "typical" morning rain did not dampen spirits though, as sailors will happily face whatever the weather throws at them. Posted on 10 Jun 2015
28th SEA Games at Singapore day 3
'Celebrate the Extraordinary' Welcome back to the 28th South East Asian Games at Singapore's National Sailing Center. The triumph of the human spirit lies at the heart of the games, and in the theme "Celebrate the Extraordinary". Posted on 9 Jun 2015
28th SEA Games at Singapore day 2
Tropical weather delays proceedings Here in the tropical heat of Singapore, we join day 2 of the prestigious 28th South East Asian Games at the National Sailing Center. The top athletes of the region were eager to get out on the race course, but the tropical weather had other plans. Posted on 8 Jun 2015
28th SEA Games at Singapore day 1
Epic Optimist team racing on the opening day Welcome to the cosmopolitan city of Singapore – a state of the art capital bursting with energy and a fascinating mix of culture, art and architecture. Posted on 8 Jun 2015