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2009年12月15日 (火)

14 Top Singapore Youth Sailors Experience Life At The Extreme

14 December 2009

14 Top Singapore Youth Sailors Experience Life At The Extreme

Fourteen of Singapore's young sailors got the ride of their life this morning as they stepped onboard two Extreme 40s with some of the world's best sailors at the Marina Reservoir. The local sailors spent the morning onboard Masirah and China Team picking up tips from Olympians Leigh McMillan, Mark Bulkeley and Hugh Styles as well as Thierry Barot and Singapore's very own Tan Wearn Haw.

This was the first experience of its kind for the local sailors, sailing alongside their more experienced peers. Griselda Khng, 2006 Optimist Female World Champion and 2009 ISAF Youth Worlds Championship bronze medallist, said, "This is a totally different boat to what I'm used to and it was so amazing and inspiring to sail with the sailors. The boat is so much faster and more exciting than I ever thought. There is an adrenaline rush especially when the crew is counting on you to steer the boat. I hope I'll get an opportunity to race onboard the Extreme 40s if and when they return to Singapore."

Low Teo Ping, President of the Singapore Sailing Federation and Vice-President of the International Sailing Federation gave the event the thumbs up. "It is a big treat for the young sailors to sail on the Extreme 40s. The sailors are used to dinghies which are relatively slower though just as precise. I'm sure the sailors will remember today's experience for a long time."

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It wasn't just fun for the youth sailors, the opportunity to take the stars of the future out sailing was also a treat for the professional crews. Leigh McMillan, Helm of Oman Sail's Masirah explained, "It is always a really nice experience. They are my favourite guests to take out because they are always so excited. It is a huge experience for them, particularly where they are in their sailing careers. And these kids are so talented, we had an Optimist World Champion, it was awesome!
"When they step onboard, they don't think they will be able to sail the boats, they thought it would be totally beyond them. But we had them all steering the boat and pulling the spinnakers up, doing everything and they loved it. You can see it in their faces. It's an awesome experience for all of us and that's what's so great about these boats - you get the opportunity to share something with your guests first hand."

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