2018 CSC Sailing Festival Regatta

A fortunate weekend to complete seven races for 2018 CSC Sailing Festival Regatta, the last race of the monsoon racing season. On day 1, with consistent NE winds and sailor’s great hard work, managed to secure 4 races. Steve Manning’s Red Rum despite finishing the races with line honours, it was not enough to stop Waka Tere helmed by Kurt Metzger to sweep 4 bullets. However, Invictus skippered by Justin Lean and Born in Fire Pascal Radue on helm battled on 3rd placing.

On PY class, A great racing skills from Souhern Light helmed by Leslie Sharpe strongly holding on the top of the podium. It’s between New Blue Eyes and impressive Ikaroa to which gets the second best spot, while Minx skippered by Lucas needs to be ahead of these boats to get a better placing. On the other hand, Balqis on Zaheera Hashim on helm maintaing the pace.

Scott McCook, a pro multihull saiors shows what racing on this boat is all about, his great contender Martin Pickrodt finishing next to him.Nigel Signal, hard work pays off for possible podium. Cruising Multihulls, Cicak skippered by Tim Hill and Dash Boot Clive Van Onselen on the helm exchaning places for the top spot.Deborah Barker’s AbracaDeborah joined them on 2nd day, even with 2 bullets, it was not enough to outwin Cicak from the podium place.

Packed with exciting actions and probably tiring day for sailors. Backed to the bar early to grab the thirst quenching beer! Day 2, the exact opposite of day 1. Unconsistent wind and threatening storm, challenging day for race committee. A slow start for Race 5. A promising fresh breeze, sailors were sent to course no.7 the longest course for Race 6, unfortunately, with the rain and wind dies off, race 6 was shortened. Rushing back to start line for the last race fortunately, wind came in fair enough to allow all the boats to finish to a shortened course for race 7.

Overall winners was declared when sailors gathered back at the bar with chilled beers, great tasting burgers and fries served.

2018 CSC Sailing Festival Regatta winners:

  • Cruising Multihull : 1. Clive Van Onselen “Dash Boot” 2. Tim Hill “Cicak”
  • Beach Catamaran : 1. Scott McCook 2. Nigel Signal “Stray Catz” 3. Martin Pickrodt
  • Keelboat Club Racer :  1. Leslie Sharpe “Southern Light” 2. Zaheera Hashim “Balqis” 3. Jon Button “New Blue Eyes”
  • IRC : 1. Kurt Metzger “Waka Tere” 2. Pascal Radue “Born In Fire” 3. Steve Manning “Red Rum”

And for the SailFest Overall Leaderboard, here are the winners:

  • Cruising Multihull : 1. Deborah Barker “AbracaDeborah” 2. Tim Hill “Cicak” 3. Michael Chia “Eepai”
  • Beach Catamaran : 1. Nigel Signal “Stray Catz” 2. Dough Fimmell “Madfish II” 3. Scott McCook
  • Keelboat Club : Racer 1. Jon Button “New Blue Eyes” 2. Michael Kaus “Ikaroa” 3. Lucas Van Maarschalkerweerd
  • IRC : 1. Kurt Metzger “Waka Tere” 2. Pascal Radue “Born In Fire” 3. Justin Lean “Invictus”

We would like to thank everyone for joining us throughout this monsoon racing season and for supporting us to be a great racing place in the island. Sailors will have a break for Easter Week and will be back in action on April 7 for Race 1 of Twilight Series I. See you at the club! Enjoy the photos!

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CSC East Johor Straits Race 2018

The inaugural East Johor Straits Race dragged sailors out to CSC early on a Sunday morning, gathering a good 10 Keelboats on the Start Line. The winds arrived in time for the Start, which saw a downwind chase through the East Johor Straits all the way to Denmen Shoal, the turning point. Invictus, favourites to get line honours in the IRC Class did not disappoint, leading from start to finish to secure first place across the line. However, a superb solo sail by Kurt Metzger’s Waka Tere denied them a handicap victory, having to settle for 2nd position. Paul Kendall’s Jong Dee made amends for their bad start by securing 3rd place overall after a good comeback.

In the PY division, New Blue Eyes shined brightly, shrugging off bigger and faster rivals to finish ahead, earning them the bullet for the race. close behind in 2nd place after handicap was Southern Light, after a short holiday taken to do some repair works on the boat. Visiting yacht Arbudhen continue their fine run from the Commodore’s Cup, finishing in 3rd for PY. Thank you all sailors who took part in the inaugural CSC East Johor Straits Race, we look forward to an exciting 2 day finale next weekend!

Keelboat IRC Division

Keelboat PY Division

Cruising Multihull Division

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CSC Catamaran Championships 2018

Day 1 (17 March 2018)

The 18th CSC Catamaran Championship started off in a building North-Easterly breeze, with Race 1 taking the 10 multihulls to TKPK and back. Damien Geoffray’s Kaze drew first blood, clinching line honours with ease. a 3rd and 2nd in Race 2 and 3 secured them top position going into Day 2. The start line saw some aggressive moves by some of the sailors, resulting in an OCS for Madfish II in Race 2 and an OCS for Uli’s new Nacra 15 in Race 3. Martin Pickrodt’s Carbon 20 trails by 1 point in 2nd place, after scoring 2 consecutive bullets to make amends for a dismal 5th in the first race. The One Design Class is led by Nigel SIgnal’s Stray Catz, who also sits in 3rd for the Open division, 2 points behind the Carbon 20. Louis Lim will be looking to bounce back from a DNS in Race 1, sitting 6th overall and 2nd in One Design. 3 races to go, and a solid breeze already setting in this Sunday morning. Stay on this page for more updates!

Day 2 (18 March 2018)
Day 2 started off with a clean sheet from all the sailors at the start-line, probably cautious from yesterday’s OCS’s at the start. The steady NE breeze delivered yet again, this time with Martin Pickrodt’s Carbon 20 leading from start to finish to clinch another 2 bullets – securing his win in the Open Division. Despite having 2 capsizes in 1 race, Damien Geoffray’s Kaze Cat hung on to receive 2nd place 1 point ahead of Stray Catz – the other capsize king for the weekend. In the One Design Class, Nigel fended off a late assault by Doug’s Madfish II, winning by a point as well – with Uli’s new Nacra 15 rounding off the podium finishers in 3rd. Thank you everyone once again for a great regatta! enjoy the photos and see you next week for the SailFest Finale!

Overall Results

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Sparse And Fickle Winds Unsettle Sunday Series II Finale 2017

Another day of tricky wind conditions left some sailors with a nearly four-hour long race for the Sunday Series Finale. The poor wind conditions in the early afternoon forced race organisers to send sailors on a pennant five course to Serangoon, hoping the current would be able to take the fleet back to the club line in the light air. Unfortunately, the wind was sparse and fickle on their journey up to Serangoon Buoy, so it was a challenge to make any headway against the outgoing tide.

Stranded in Serangoon

IRC Division Champions from the Twilight Series, Invictus led the fleet from the start, making the return leg with the outgoing tide. She was joined by two beach catamarans and Born in Fire, leaving the remaining boats stranded for a longer time at Serangoon Buoy. With the rest of the fleet still struggling, coupled with the tide turning at 4:00pm, the course was shortened with Invictus taking line honours in the IRC Division.

Unfortunately, they could not lengthen their lead to secure the victory after corrected time, surrendering the bullet to Born in Fire. Jong Dee’s perseverance awarded her with a third-place finish in the IRC Class, and overall Sunday Series II Champions. They completed the series comfortably with a six-point lead over first runner-up Invictus. Regular attendance over the series meant that Simba could still retain third in the series despite not racing in the final two races.

Jubilation on the Waters

In the PY Division, Minx sailed well to take line honours and victory. Their jubilation was well heard as they crossed the finish linein little to no wind. Balqis was a distant second after corrected time and probably thankful for the late easterly breeze that came in to take the rest of the fleet back across the finish line.

Although Wild Card finished ahead of Balqis, their lead was not sufficient to make up for their low handicap and had to settle for third. Despite failing to finish the race yesterday, SDF did enough to clinch the PY Challenge Trophy three points ahead of Minx. SDF’s consistent attendance coupled with a series of podium finishes made this a well-deserved title. Balqis’s overall third in the series were probably due to their absence during the Western Circuit – a commendable result despite not sailing in four races for the series!

Magnificent Multihulls

The Cruising Multihulls out did themselves yet again, with a total of five corsairs and an M23 in attendance for the Finale. It was a reversal from Saturday’s result as Witblits triumphed over Jaza Too to clinch the bullet for the final race. Cicak completed the podium in third, securing their second position in the overall standings.

Despite a poor finish, Baloo had done enough to win the Challenge Trophy in the Cruising Multihull Division, edging out Cicak by two points. Witblits’s late burst of bullets in the last four races was too little too late as Eepai’s two bullets and three other podium finishes put them on a total of 31 points and overall third in the Series.

Cats Battle Katz

Madfish II and Stray Katz had a close contest throughout the course, with Stray Katz taking line honours, but failing to break free from the chasing Madfish II, resulting in the latter’s victory in the Bach Catamaran Class. In the Overall standings, Persian Cat’s third place finish was enough to keep her ahead of Stray Katz by one point, securing the double for the Twilight and Sunday Series II! Madfish II’s bullet in the final race propelled her to tie points with the absent Bad Influence, but missed out on third position due to a fewer number of firsts. Congratulations to all the winners and once again a BIG thank you for another wonderful season of Club racing.

Commodore’s Cup 2018

The Commodore’s Cup returns to CSC after a 4-year break, taking full advantage of the prevailing North-East Winds over the weekend. An excellent turn-out of 18 Keelboats, 5 Cruising Multihulls and 3 Beach Catamarans coloured the east johor straits with a myriad of spinnakers – and a competitive fleet coupled with fresh breeze set the stage for 2 days of intense racing.

In the IRC Division, it was a close tussle for line honours among all 5 boats, with Born in Fire claiming 2 on the first day and Invictus taking all 3 on the 2nd day. Despite being rated as the fastest boat in the fleet, Red Rum struggled to sail to their handicap, only managing line honours on the 3rd race. Rivalry between Born in Fire and Waka Tere was fierce, only on the 6th race could the victory be determined, as a mere 1 point separated the 2 yachts for most of the regatta. Waka Tere eventually claimed the challenge trophy and 2018 Commodore’s Cup IRC title after a strong showing of 2 bullets in races 5 and 6 – securing their victory. Invictus’s improved sailing on Sunday also propelled them to a well deserved 3rd place finish, pipping Team Shardana by 1 point in the overall standings. The biggest fleet of this regatta also had their fair share of close racing and start-line drama, as adrenaline kicks in and skippers try to edge each other off the line.

Despite a shaky finish for race 5 and 6 of this regatta, Notus sailed well enough to fend off a strong comeback by 2nd placed Arbudhen, finishing 1 point ahead of her in the overall series and claiming the PY Title. In fact, it was close racing for the next few boats as well, with 3rd and 4th placing tied on points and 5th placed Mystic River a narrow 2 points adrift. New Blue Eyes had their bullet on Race 3 to thank, securing 3rd place from Temptress of Down, who had to settle for 4th overall, just missing out on podium. A glimpse of good performances all round in the fleet, with Team Olmeto also managing to sneak in a bullet in the last race, ending the regatta on a positive note.

AbracaDeborah worked their magic over the weekend, dominating the Cruising Multihull Class with 5 bullets from 6 races. Their only blemish came from race 2, which was claimed by Cicak. Stefan Vidan’s Firefly nearly claimed their first bullet from Race 5, as they sailed superbly to claim line honours. Despite not sailing in race 2 and 3, Clive Van Onselen’s Dash Boot did well on the 2nd day to claw back up on to the podium, securing a 3rd place finish overall on 15 points – 3 behind 2nd place Cicak.

The Beach Catamarans thrived in the NE breeze, zipping up and down the course effortlessly. Nigel Signal’s Stray Catz started off well with a bullet from Race 1, but struggled to keep up with Doug Fimmell’s Madfish II for the remaining races. Madfish II’s superior boat speed eventually rewarded them with comfortable victory and the Beach Catamaran Title. Despite what looked like a horrific crash after race 3 for Scott’s Viper, the accident did little to rattle them as they continued racing for all remaining 3 races on the final day. Congratulations to all the winners and many thanks to the 7 visiting yachts from the various Clubs and Marinas who have traveled from far to race with us over the weekend. We hope you had an enjoyable 2 days of racing at the 2018 Commodore’s Cup – looking forward to the East Johor Straits Race on 18th March!

Overall IRC Division Results

Overall PY Division Result

Overall Beach Cats Division Result

Overall Cruising Multihull Division Result

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