Here are 10 Fun Facts about the Singapore Sailing Team at the Asian Games:

1. Sailing has won more Asian Games medals than Bowling and Swimming combined.

The Singapore Sailing Team’s record of 37 Asian Games medals since the 1994 Asian Games is almost double that of Bowling (20 medals) and more than thrice that of Swimming (11 medals).

2. Singapore’s youngest Gold medallist came from the Singapore Sailing Team.

Jodie Lai was only 13-years-old when she became the country’s youngest Asian Games Gold medallist after winning the women’s Optimist dinghy event at the 2014 Asian Games.

3. Singapore’s youngest medallist was also from the Singapore Sailing Team.

Raynn Kwok and Jodie Lai with Coach Fernando Alegre at the 2014 Asian Games
Raynn Kwok and Jodie Lai with Coach Fernando Alegre at the 2014 Asian Games.

At the same edition of the Games, Raynn Kwok became the country’s youngest Asian Games medallist when he cliched the Silver medal in the men’s Optimist dinghy event at the age of 12.

4. Justin Wong is Singapore’s most decorated sailor.

Justin Wong with Team Mates
Justin Wong (2nd from R) on the podium with team mates (from L to R) Andrew Paul Chan, Russell Kan and Maximilian Soh at the 2014 Asian Games.

With 2 Golds and a Bronze to his name, Justin Wong is Singapore’s most bemedalled sailor. He was part of the Keelboat Match-Racing team that clinched the Gold at the 2006 and 2014 Asian Games, and claimed the Bronze with partner Teo Wee Chin in the Hobie 16 class at the 2010 edition.

5. Singapore Sailing Team’s best performance at the Asian Games came in 2006.

Singapore dominated the fleet in Doha, topping the Sailing medal tally with a total of five Golds, three Silvers and two Bronzes. This was the nation’s best showing in Sailing at the Asian Games.

6. Singapore clinched two Silvers the first time Sailing was featured at the Games.

Sailing made its debut at the 6th Asian Games held in Thailand in 1970, where the Singapore Sailing Team took home two Silvers. Yeo See Teck and duo David Low and James Tham finished second in the Moth and double-handed Fireball class respectively.

7. Joan Huang and Naomi Tan are Singapore’s first female sailors to strike Gold.

Joan Huang and Naomi Tan give a thumbs-up at the 1998 Asian Games.
Joan Huang and Naomi Tan give a thumbs-up at the 1998 Asian Games.

Partners Joan Huang and Naomi Tan triumphed in the women’s International 420 event at the 1998 Asian Games and became Singapore’s first female sailors to do so.

8. Dr Benedict Tan is Singapore’s first ever Sailing Gold medallist.

Dr Ben Tan at 1993 SEA Games
Dr Benedict Tan at the 1993 SEA Games. He would go on to win the nation’s first Sailing Asian Games Gold the next year.

Dr Benedict Tan’s Gold in the Laser class at the 1994 Asian Games in Hiroshima was the nation’s first in Sailing. He was also the first recipient of a S$250,000-cash award under the Singapore National Olympic Council’s Multi Million Dollar Award Programme (MAP).

9. A Gold Medallist can earn up to S$200,000.

Savannah Siew and Kimberly Lim winning their MAP award
Savannah Siew (3rd from L) and Kimberly Lim receiving their MAP award after winning Gold in the women’s International 420 class at the 2014 Asian Games.

Under the MAP, an Asian Games Gold medalist competing in an individual event can earn S$200,000, while each pair or team that wins Gold will earn S$320,000.

10. However, not all the money goes to the medalists.

Each Sailing medalist has to plough back 20% of their MAP awards to the Singapore Sailing Federation for future training and development.