SEA Games: Optimist sailors post two wins, races postponed due to lack of winds

SINGAPORE - Singapore's Optimist sailors got their SEA Games campaign off to a good start on Saturday, posting two wins out as many matches in the team event.

They faced Thailand in the first of their round-robin matches on the waters off East Coast Park, beating the reigning world champions. The team, comprising of skipper James Koh, Koh Yi Nian, Jodie Lai, Muhammad Daniel Kei Yazid and Daniel Ian Toh, then beat causeway rivals Malaysia in their second match of the day.

But poor wind conditions, which had already delayed the start of racing by almost four hours, meant that no more races could take place, postponing the remaining races to Sunday.

Singapore are considered world-class in the Under-15 dinghy class, having won the world team title from 2011 to 2013, but ceded the crown to Thailand last year at the world championships.

In other events, the men's Laser Standard, women's Laser Radial and Under-19 Laser Radial events for both men and women, as well as the windsurfing discipline also began.

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