Signature Sundays Finale – Round Ubin Race

A record turn-out of 15 Keelboats, 8 Cruising Multihulls and 4 Beach Catamarans made up the 27 boats participating in the 3rd and final installment of our Signature Sunday Series (Round Ubin). Despite lacking the fresh unadulterated winds that were present last weekend, sailors still managed to complete the Round Ubin Course in beautiful weather and reasonable time – utilising the westerly breeze at the beginning and a late north easterly in the middle of the afternoon.

In the IRC Class 3 boats stuck close to each other for most of the race, leaving the rest of the keelboat fleet a long way behind. Born in Fire’s line honours was not enough to secure a bullet as they surrendered the race Waka Tere who was less than 2 minutes behind. This victory sealed the series win for Waka Tere, finishing at the top of the table with a total of 4 points, 1 point ahead of 2nd placed Born in Fire. Jong Dee completed the podium in 3rd. The PY Division was most well participated, with 12 boats in attendance. New Blue Eyes secured their first bullet for the New Year, sailing well to keep ahead of her bigger rivals. Southern Light’s equipment offloading on saturday probably contributed to their 2nd place finish yesterday, sailing considerably higher on the water. Temptress of Down completed the podium in 3rd, mirroring her overall finish in the series as well. Ahead of her in the series, Minx managed to hang on to 2nd position despite a poor finish for the Ubin race, amassing a total of 12 points, 3 points behind overall Series winner, Ikaroa.

The Cruising Multihulls welcomed the return of Witblits and AbrakeDebra 2, making it a total of 8 boats for the class. Kaze once again triumphed after their successful circumnavigation of Tekong last week, making it 2 bullets out of 3 races. AbrakeDebra 2 finished a close 2nd and Cicak completed the course just ahead of Jaza Too in 3rd. Jaza Too only had themselves to blame for missing out on a podium finish, as they messed up their kite routine at the start, allowing the spinnaker to end up under their hull – losing valuable time retrieving the kite. Despite their mistake, the 4th place finish was enough to secure them the overall series title ahead of Cicak by 1 point and Eepai rounded up the winners in 3rd. Stray Katz and Persian Cat were joined by Madfish II and the Nacra Carbon F20 for a 4-way Catfight around Ubin.

A dismasting resulted in an anticlimatic end for the Carbon F20, surrendering what would have been an easy line honours for the speed machine. Madfish II finished in first place ahead of Stray Katz, with Persian Cat taking a comfortable 3rd. Stray Katz’s 2nd place result around Ubin was enough to ensure his overall Series win over Persian Cat, pipping the latter by 1 point. Madfish II’s efforts yesterday was enough to award them with a 3rd overall, concluding the results for the afternoon.

Thank you all sailors for the excellent attendance! Fair winds to all CSC Sailors participating in the Nongsa Regatta on 26 to 28 January, we look forward to resuming racing in February!

Round Ubin Race Results:

IRC Class – Ubin 2018

PY Class – Ubin 2018

Beach Cats Class – Ubin 2018

Cruising Multihull Class – Ubin 2018

Overall Results (Finale):

IRC Overall Result

PY Overall Result

Beach Cats Overall Result

Cruising Multihull Overall Result

 

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Signature Sundays 2018 – Round Tekong Race

The Round Tekong Race achieved a milestone yesterday, when the winds delivered and brought some of the sailors around Pulau Tekong in record time! Nigel Signal’s Stray Katz smashed the previous record (3hrs 11mins 6 secs) held by Alan Hodges and his Nacra Carbon 20 in 2013. Stray Katz now holds the record fastest time to sail around Tekong, crossing the line in 2hrs, 24mins and 27 secs – making it the new time to beat for future challengers. What made it extra sweet was that the other beach catamaran competing, Chris Waddington’s Persian Cat – also finished ahead of Alan’s time, sailing single-handed on a Nacra 5.0 to complete the course in 3hrs, 4mins and 54 secs.

In the IRC division, breakages and mishaps eventually forced hot favourites Invictus to retire, surrendering the win to defending champions Born in Fire. They look poised to retain their Signature Sunday Series Challenge Plate should they continue sailing well in the 3rd and final instalment (round Ubin) this coming Sunday. Waka Tere and Jong Dee finished in 2nd and 3rd respectively to complete the podium. A total of 9 boats participated in the PY Class, with the 47ft Sun Odyssey Temptress of Down enjoying the superb breeze to claim line honours for their class. After handicap correction, they only just missed out on podium, as Ikaroa, Southern Light and Minx finished in 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively. Really glad to see the newly refurbished Southern Light back on water, looking forward to seeing more of her in action for the coming races!

Damien Geoffray’s Kaze returned to racing on a positive note yesterday, winning in the Cruising Multihull division ahead of 3 other Corsairs and 2 M23s. 2nd place went to Michael Chia’s Eepai and Jaza Too claimed 3rd after corrected time. With only 1 point separating the top 3 Cruising Multihulls (Jaza Too 4, Eepai 5, Cicak 6) after yesterday’s race, it definitely looks like a close contest for the finale! With that we conclude the Round Tekong Race, 2nd race of a 3-part Signature Sunday Series.

We look forward to an intense showdown on the 21st, racing around Pulau Ubin! First Warning is at 1155hrs, see you there!

IRC Division – Tekong 2018

PY Class – Tekong 2018

Beach Cats Result – Tekong

Cruising Multihull Class – Tekong 2018

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Signature Sundays 2018 – Felkin Race

We commenced the CSC Sailing Festival with a Race to Felkin, one of 3 Passage Races unique to our sailing area. Well attended by sailors as they return from a long holiday break in December, the fleet comprised of 12 Keelboats, 5 Cruising Multihulls and 2 Beach Catamarans. Despite the initial light winds, participants made steady progress to Felkin with the incoming tide, eventually catching a fresh north-easterly which released them from the doldrums between Serangoon and West Punggol.

An impressive solo performance by Kurt Metzger on Waka Tere earned her the bullet in the IRC Class, ahead of close rivals Born in Fire and Invictus in 2nd and 3rd respectively. Taking both line honours and handicap victory, Minx was once once again all smiles after a superb performance which saw them keeping up with the IRC leaders for a good portion of the race. Ikaroa made it a close 2nd after corrected time, ahead of new entrant Summer Breeze in 3rd.

The Cruising Multihulls were out in nearly full force today, as both M23s and 3 Corsairs made it an interesting tussle throughout the course. Despite a good comeback to finish with line honours, David Stanton’s Baloo just missed out on podium and surrendered his win to Graham Horn’s Jaza Too, which lead for most of the race to earn them a well-deserved win, followed by Cicak and Eepai who clawed back to a very close 2nd and 3rd place finish. A match race between 2 single-handed beach catamaran sailors saw the slower boat returning triumphant! Nigel Signal’s Stray Katz was the fastest boat on the course, finishing in 3hrs and 38mins. Despite this feat, he could not put enough distance between him and Chris Waddington’s Persian Cat, who did well to utilize the shifting winds on the return leg, powering him through the channel and across the finish line.

Thank you all for participating in the first instalment of the Signature Sundays, we look forward to better winds and less soaking conditions for this Sunday’s Round Tekong Race!

IRC Result – Felkin 2018

PY Result – Felkin 2018

Beach Cats Result – Felkin 2018

Cruising Multihull – Felkin 2018

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New Year’s Eve Party Welcomes in 2018 in Style

After a year of milestones members of the Changi Sailing Club came together on New Years to celebrate the past year and welcome in the new.

At 1155pm, CSC’s tradition of counting down to the New Year using the sailors’ five-minute warning signal sequence commenced. It culminated with the air horns going off full blast at the stroke of midnight – ushering in 2018 Family and friends celebrated this special moment together. CSC has much to be thankful for in a year of milestones for 2017.

The Club initiated new programmes and established collaborations with various government agencies. The Club hosted the largest Ambassadors’ Cup in the history of the event and enjoyed the inaugural CSC Sailing Festival. And, of course, most importantly the renewal of our Land Lease happened! We look forward to sharing many more years of sailing and activities with our members and partners – here’s to another great year at the Club!

Hangover Race 2018

Showing true Changi Sailing Club spirit, sailors took to the waters on January 1, 2018 to continue the Club tradition of the Hang Over Race.

The annual tradition of racing on New Year’s Day after a long night of partying continued in 2018 when the sun rose on a hazy New Year, as did a few intrepid sailors. A total of eight boats managed to crawl to the start line. The slightest of breeze and the initial outgoing tide made it difficult for boats to make progress sailing up to Serangoon Buoy. Invictus claimed line honours and won the Hangover Race comfortably ahead of PY Champion Minx. Minx sailed well with only two up, as Jonathan Syke’s Olmeto and Derek Sharple’s SDF completed the race in second and third respectively.

It was nice to see Eagle racing in the Hang Over Race for the first time in a long while, we look forward to seeing more of Charlie and his cheery green Eagle in upcoming regattas!

Despite the gloomy weather and endless rain on New Year’s Eve, some participants still found joy sailing in the rain, organising an impromptu optimist dinghy race amongst themselves. With the Twilight Race for the afternoon cancelled, many started the alcohol flowing early – in anticipation of the party to follow!

The meticulous effort by many CSC members in coming dressed in the 1920s theme, from waistcoats to pearl jewellery, was really impressive. The men and women who came in the fashion of the day really outdid themselves.

Members and guests were treated to the smooth tunes of the Hypnotics and were entertained by the line-up of games and lucky draws. Together with a groovy 1920s soundtrack and a sumptuous buffet spread prepared by the ever-reliable Coachman Inn Restaurant, the night was immersive and a feast for the senses.

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