Signature Sundays 2018 – A Well Attended Battle

Felkin

The CSC Signature Sundays 2018 sailing festival commenced with a race to Felkin, one of three Passage Races unique to our sailing area. The race was well attended by sailors as they returned from the long holiday break in December. The fleet comprised of 12 Keelboats, five Cruising Multihulls and two Beach
Catamarans.

Light Start

Despite the initial light winds, participants made steady progress to Felkin on the incoming tide, but eventually a fresh north-easterly 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 second and third respectively.

Taking both line honours and handicap victory, Minx was 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 second after corrected time, ahead of new entrant Summer Breeze in third. MULTIHULLS IN FULL FORCE The Cruising Multihulls were out in nearly full force, as both M23s and three 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 the 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 very close second and third place finishes. A match race between two 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 three hours and 38 minutes. Despite this feat, he could not put enough distance between him and Chris Waddington’s Persian Cat, who did well to utilise the shifting winds on the return leg, powering him through the channel and across the finish line.

Tekong

The Round Tekong Race achieved a milestone on January 14, 2018 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.

Mishap & Misses

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 third and final instalment (Round Ubin). Waka Tere and Jong Dee finished in second and third respectively to complete the podium. A total of nine 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 the podium, as Ikaroa, Southern Light and Minx finished in first, second and third respectively. Great to see the newly refurbished Southern Light back on water, looking forward to seeing more of her in action for the coming races! CROWDED AT THE TOP Damien Geoffray’s Kaze returned to racing on a positive note, winning in the Cruising Multihull division ahead of three other Corsairs and two M23s. Second place went to Michael Chia’s Eepai and Jaza Too claimed third after corrected time. With only one point separating the top three Cruising Multihulls (Jaza Too 4, Eepai 5, Cicak 6) after the Round Tekong Race, it definitely looked like a close contest for the finale.

Crowded at the Top

Damien Geoffray’s Kaze returned to racing on a positive note, winning in the Cruising Multihull division ahead of three other Corsairs and two M23s. Second place went to Michael Chia’s Eepai and Jaza Too claimed third after corrected time. With only one point separating the top three Cruising Multihulls (Jaza Too 4, Eepai 5, Cicak 6) after the Round Tekong Race, it definitely looked like a close contest for the finale!

Two-Island Race 2018

The 2nd edition of our signature Two-Island Race saw a total of 10 Keelboats, 2 Cruising Multihulls and 6 Beach Catamarans taking part. The prevailing NE monsoon delivered, albeit a little delayed. In the IRC division, Born in Fire commenced her title defense in a strong position after the start, leading the fleet on the way down to South Nelayan. Despite their strong start, they could not seem to break away from fierce rivals Waka Tere, who eventually scored the victory on handicap – taking home the 2018 Two-Island Race Title. New entrant Red Rum looks promising as the current fastest boat in the CSC fleet – registering a 1.090 for their IRC.

Scoring line honours and an eventual 3rd after corrected time for their debut race at the club, we look forward to great things from this racing machine. New Blue Eyes continue their fine form after their victory at the Round Ubin Race, scoring a dominant victory over defending champion Defiance and the largest boat in the fleet – 47 footer Temptress of Down in the PY Class. Ikaroa narrowly missed out on a podium position, and we are sure it would have been an even closer contest amongst the PY boats should Minx and Sangaree have flown their spinnakers for the race.

A 2-way fight between Phoenix and Firefly saw the former clinch victory, as the rest of the Cruising Multihull fleet decided to take a break after a week in Indonesia competing in the Neptune Regatta. The beach catamaran class saw a boost in attendance, with a total of 6 boats taking part. Jeremy Nixon’s Bad Influence was forced to retire early in the race, suffering from a torn kite. Regulars Madfish II and Stray Katz finished in 1st and 2nd position after corrected time. We were also delighted to see Scott McCook and Alice Lim racing on the Viper, together with Louis Lim and new entrant Rene Hillig enjoying the race course and unadulterated winds.

New records were set for all classes(yay!) – we’re looking forward to organising the Two-Island Race again next year! Thank you all who raced with us – see you again next week for the CSC Commodore’s Cup 2018!

Keelboat IRC Division

Keelboat PY Division

Beach Cats Division

Cruising Multihull Division

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China-Singapore Winter Sailing Camp 2018

Changi Sailing Club hosted young sailors from China who gained more than knowledge about sailing on challenging waters.

Changi Sailing Club conducted four days of intense training from 6 to 9 February 2018 for five sailors from the Schönst Sailing Club, China. Schönst Sailing Club is one of many young sailing clubs located in Jiangsu province, west of Shanghai. The sailors travelled to Singapore to escape the wintery conditions and experience sailing on a different level in warmer climate.

Having only ever sailed in a lake (flat water and no current) these young sailors had the uphill task of conquering the windy North East monsoon and choppy open seas. New friendships were forged through the training with the local club sailors on the third and fourth day. The sailing team returned home with refined sailing skills and new friends. We hope the success of this China-Singapore Winter Training Camp will pave the way for similar collaborations in the near future!

CSC Trimaran Championships 2018

Day 1

The North-East Monsoon has arrived! Just in time for our annual Trimaran Championships, which sees 5 Corsairs and 2 M23s vying for the 2018 Championship title. The fresh North-Easterly made it an easy 4 races for the fleet, but the end of day 1 also resulted in some equipment breakages for the teams. 2 boats tie on 6 points to lead the fleet after 4 races – Kaze and DingHao. Both boths share 2 bullets each, and will be looking to pull away in the remaining 3 races. Heading the chasing pack, Witblits notched a consistent 3 3rd place finishes and a 4th to conclude the day in 3rd on 13 points. Baloo and Phoenix will have an uphill task of catching up with the fleet after some equipment malfunction, and look to claw their way back up on Day 2. Looking forward to racing and the Finale tomorrow!

Day 2

The North-East Monsoon continued to blow strong and true, easily gusting to 25 knots for Day 2. Baloo ended her campaign spectacularly – with a capsize during the first race for the day. Thankfully the rescue boats were quick to assist in uprighting the boat, and her skipper and crew escaped unscathed. Having blown their spinnaker to shreds yesterday, AbrakeDebra 2 sported a new kite in yesterday’s races, but struggled to keep up with the front-runners. The highly anticipated rivalry between Kaze and Ding Hao saw the former fizzle out, mustering a distant runner-up position for all of the remaining 3 races. Ding Hao’s dominant performance resulted in a deserving win for Scott McCook and crew, taking home the 2018 title. Witblits rounded up the podium finishers in 3rd. Congratulations to all winners and thank you for participating in the 2018 edition of our CSC Trimaran Championships! Good luck and fair winds to all CSC Members participating in the upcoming Neptune Regatta.

Trimaran Overall Result

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