J24 & Platu Championships 2018

Day 1

For the first time since its inclusion, the Platu Class had all 4 Platus in Singapore participating in the Nationals. In addition to the Club’s Boreas and Notus, SMU Sailing ‘s SMUve and SMUmad made things more interesting on water. Despite the excellent turn-out of 10 boats in total, the weather poured cold water (literally) on Day 1, with multiple bouts of rain causing trouble on the race course. This coupled with neverending windshifts resulted in the first race only commencing after 2pm and a total of 2 races sailed for the day.

In the Platu Class, Rebecca Goh’s SMUve leads the fleet with 2 bullets, fending off Notus and SMUmad – who completed both races in 2nd and 3rd respectively. She will be keeping a lookout for Pascal Radue’s Notus, who we should never write off for a comeback in day 2. The J24s see the rest of the fleet struggling to keep up with NUS Sailing Varsity Team’s RSYC Dua, skippered by Jonathan Yeo. Dua looks more polished compared to their debut last year, and look poised to claim silverware if they keep up the good performance. Shengli sits in 2nd place on 4 points, and will try to sneak in a few bullets on day 2 to close the gap with Dua. Defending Champions Balqis tie points with RSYC Satu and Angel, as all 3 look to get back in the game for the remaining races on Day 2.

Day 2

With the breeze setting in early from the west, Race Organisers were eager to start on time – only to be held back for another 15mins due to a large blue vessel crossing our course. Notus looked promising after Race 3, notching a bullet to close the gap with SMUve. Unfortunately 2 more victories from SMUve in Race 4 and 5 dashed all hopes of winning for Notus in the Platu Class, having to settle for 2nd place. A consolation bullet for SMUmad in the final race secured their position in 3rd on the podium. The J24 Class saw RSYC Dua sweep the remaining 3 races, finishing the series with 5 bullets. Shengli had a small blemish in Race 4, finishing 4th, but still comfortably maintained in 2nd place overall. Completing the podium in 3rd was 2017’s defending Champions, Balqis! Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to Notus, Boreas and Balqis for flying the CSC flag high for this regatta! Also many thanks to SMU Sailing and NUS Sailing Varsity Team for bringing their boats over for this year’s Nationals, making it a record number of 10 teams this year! Enjoy the photos and see you next year!

J24 Class Overall Result

Platus Class Overall Result

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Telok Sengat / Sebana Cruise April 2018

After having focused the first three months of the year on racing, we had our first cruising event; bringing us to Telok Sengat and Sebana Cove. The cruise was held over the Easter weekend starting from the 30 March to 1 April 2018.

Due to time constrain and different interest, the cruise was divided into two interest groups. One consisting of Southern Light, Sui Lynn, Defiance and Cicak who went straight to Sebana while SDF and Red Rum went to Telok Sengat; we were joined by Temptress Of Down and Out Of The Blue II who came from Sebana Cove from where they were based.

For the boats that went straight to Sebana the immigration check-in was as per normal; easy. However, things weren’t made easier for those checking in at Tanjong Pengilih. The marina where we used to enter for immigration clearance has now been taken over by the Malaysian Maritime Police. Pleasure crafts are no longer allowed entry to the marina.

It was a little more troublesome but wasn’t the end of the world for us. We had a tender, so the crew on board SDF and Red Rum were ferried to the passenger terminal for clearance. So, if you are planning to check in at Tanjong Pengilih, remember to bring a tender along, anchor off the passenger terminal and bring yourself in. The local agent that you should contact for assistance is Mr Hairul, Udat Marine, at tel: +601786946889.

By late afternoon all the boats heading for Sengat had arrived. After spending the rest of the daylight putting their boats away, we gathered at 6.30pm at a small seafood/coffee shop for our dinner. And as always, the table was crowded with a variety of seafood dishes. By around 9 pm, we had finished with the feasting and we made our way back to our respective boat for a well-deserved rest.

After breakfast on the following morning, the only ones that had the energy to get back to shore was Derek and his family who had decided to take a short hike to a nearby crocodile farm; time well spent so I understood.

By noon we were all on our way to Sebana to catch up the rest for another night of more food and fun. It was pleasant sail back down the Johor River and into Shanti and arriving at Sebana. Sebana is quite an ideal place if you are looking for a location to spend a relaxing weekend with family or friends.

So thanks to all who came for the cruise.

Sunday Series 1 – Race 3

Very light wind conditions plagued the fleet during the 3rd race of the series, leaving some skippers stranded in the doldrums – eventually having to retire from racing. Invictus continue their win streak, taking advantage of the favourable conditions to power ahead of her rivals in the light air and glassy waters. Despite a poor start, she managed line honours with ease – leaving Jong Dee to settle for 2nd and Red Rum to complete the podium in 3rd for the IRC Class.

The PY Class also sees a strong performance from Balqis, who made it 3 bullets from 3 weekends to stretch their lead in both the Sunday Series and Twilight Series. Arbudhen’s consistent placing in the top 3 for every race strengthens her position in the series – finishing a close 2nd and keeping Balqis on her toes. Sapphire Star returns to racing after a short break, managing to just stay ahead of Minx in the race to sneak into 3rd. A starboard-port situation between Cicak and Baloo right after the start definitely heated things up on water for the Cruising Multihull Class. Witblits stretched their lead, taking advantage of a good start to secure another bullet for the series. The husband and wife team on Jaza Too completed the race in 2nd place – ahead of Cicak who managed to sneak into 3rd after handicap.

Seems like the Beach Catamarans took an off-day today, as Scott McCook’s HIPP and Chris Waddington’s Persian Cat made it 2 for the fleet. HIPP sailed well to her handicap, scoring a comfortable win ahead of Persian Cat to notch another win in the series, making it 2 bullets from 3 races. Congratulations to all the winners – we take a break next week due to the J24 & Platu Nationals, see you on 2nd June for the Twilight Race! Results:

Keelboat IRC Division

Keelboat PY Division

Beach Cats Division

Cruising Multihull Division

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Twilight Series 1 Race 3

Another good turn out on a Sunny Saturday afternoon for our Twilight Race! The 3rd race of the series sees 15 Keelboats, 4 Cruising Multihulls and 4 Beach Catamarans participating. Invictus achieved their first bullet for the series, edging out fierce rivals Jong Dee and Waka Tere in 2nd and 3rd respectively.

The IRC Class was closely contested from 2nd to 5th place, with boats finishing only a few minutes apart from each other. It was great to see 10 Keelboats in the PY class on the start line! Balqis continue their win streak, securing victory seconds ahead of New Blue Eyes in 2nd place and Minx in a very close 3rd. Balqis definitely look ready for their title defense at the J24 Nationals coming end of this month.

The Cruising Multihulls kept it close on the course, with Witblits eventually finishing first, ahead of the nippy Cicak. Eepai return to the podium after last week’s capsize scare, completing the podium winners in 3rd. Madfish II held off 2 Nacra 15s and a Nacra 5.0 (Persian Cat) to take the win in the Beach Catamaran Class. Today, experience triumphed over youth, as Uli Braun (CHN 116) and Chris Waddington (Persian Cat) skippered their Cats to 2nd and 3rd respectively, ahead of possibly the youngest skipper on the course, Bryan Ngu (CAN 117).

Thank you all for another excellent outing on water! See you next weekFor detailed results, please see the following link:

Keelboat IRC Division

Keelboat PY Division

Beach Cats Division

Cruising Multihull Division

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Sunday Series 1 – Race 2

The 2nd race for our Sunday Series resulted in a few casualties in the multihull class – as Eepai and the Nacra 15 had to retire from their respective classes due to capsizing. Glad to see and hear of sailors going above and beyond to try and look out for their fellow sailors in the water. Rescue efforts were swift and effective due to the immediate reports from various participants on the course. This display of good seamanship from our members is something CSC can be really proud of.

In the Beach Catamaran Class, Scott McCook triumphs single-handed on HIPP, taking line honours and staying comfortably ahead of Uli Braun’s Nacra 15 and Kaze in 2nd and 3rd respectively. The other Nacra 15, sailed single-handed by youth member Bryan Ngu struggled after her initial capsize, and eventually retired from the race. Despite furling their head sail at the Club line and forgetting that the course includes a leg to squance and back, Witblits still managed a win over 2nd placed Cicak by a significant margin in the Cruising Multihull Class.

The PY Class saw 5 boats participating, and Balqis securing another bullet to extend her lead in the series. Southern Light finished a close 2nd, edging out Arbudhen in 3rd. Race 1’s runner up Ikaroa had to retire from the race, leaving her the uphill task of crawling back up in the Series with 2 races to go. A good start from all boats in the IRC Class made it a close fight on the first beat to Changi Buoy. Born in Fire’s motley crew eventually emerged victorious despite a nearly 8 minute lead by Red Rum. Red Rum’s efforts rewarded them with line honours and 2nd place by a slim 6 seconds margin over Jong Dee in 3rd.

With that we conclude the second race for the series, please enjoy the photos and click the link below for the results. Thank you and see you next week for our Twilight Race!

Keelboat IRC Division

Keelboat PY Division

Beach Cats Division

Cruising Multihull Division

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Wheels@Ubin 2018

Wheels@Ubin is a ground-up community event. On 26 June 2015, more than 500 volunteers came together to bring 100 wheelchair users to Pulau Ubin – a place the wheelchair-users would not normally have the chance to visit on their own. This year, Wheels At Ubin run their 2nd edition on 2nd March, Friday 2018, and Changi Sailing Club is once again proud to support the event.

Telok Sengat/Sebana Cruise

After having focused the first three months of the year on racing, we had our first cruising event; bringing us to Telok Sengat and Sebana Cove. The cruise was held over the Easter weekend starting from the 30 March to 1 April 2018.

Due to time constrain and different interest, the cruise was divided into two interest groups. One consisting of Southern Light, Sui Lynn, Defiance and Cicak who went straight to Sebana while SDF and Red Rum went to Telok Sengat; we were joined by Temptress Of Down and Out Of The Blue II who came from Sebana Cove from where they were based.

For the boats that went straight to Sebana the immigration check-in was as per normal; easy. However, things weren’t made easier for those checking in at Tanjong Pengilih. The marina where we used to enter for immigration clearance has now been taken over by the Malaysian Maritime Police. Pleasure crafts are no longer allowed entry to the marina.

It was a little more troublesome but wasn’t the end of the world for us. We had a tender, so the crew on board SDF and Red Rum were ferried to the passenger terminal for clearance. So, if you are planning to check in at Tanjong Pengilih, remember to bring a tender along, anchor off the passenger terminal and bring yourself in. The local agent that you should contact for assistance is Mr Hairul, Udat Marine, at tel: +601786946889.

By late afternoon all the boats heading for Sengat had arrived. After spending the rest of the daylight putting their boats away, we gathered at 6.30pm at a small seafood/coffee shop for our dinner. And as always, the table was crowded with a variety of seafood dishes. By around 9 pm, we had finished with the feasting and we made our way back to our respective boat for a well-deserved rest.

After breakfast on the following morning, the only ones that had the energy to get back to shore was Derek and his family who had decided to take a short hike to a nearby crocodile farm; time well spent so I understood.

By noon we were all on our way to Sebana to catch up the rest for another night of more food and fun. It was pleasant sail back down the Johor River and into Shanti and arriving at Sebana. Sebana is quite an ideal place if you are looking for a location to spend a relaxing weekend with family or friends.

So thanks to all who came for the cruise.