CSC@Besar Regatta 2018 – Series Day 3 and Closing Ceremony

Our final day of racing around the beautiful islands of Mersing brought sailors on the longest passage yet, to Pulau Harimau. Pulau Harimau if translated to English means ‘tiger island’ is an uninhabited island, its deserted locale serves as a sweet spot for scuba diving and snorkeling. The light winds and glassy waters gave early indications of a long and arduous race – putting the sailors to a test of tactical prowess and perseverance.

Leading the fleet from start to finish, Shardana continue their unbeaten streak to cross the line first, finishing the serious with 3 bullets. Both Shardana and Cicak were the first to receive the new breeze coming from a south-easterly direction, nullifying all initial thoughts of race abandonment. Naya crossed the line 3rd just after 5pm, thus settling for 2nd place in the IRC Class.

Cicak’s line honours for the PY Class rewarded them with a well-deserved 3rd place finish after corrected time, behind Windancer and Minx, who were the last 2 boats who crossed within the time limit for the Harimau Passage. Windancer’s performance made it an unblemished record for the series, also finishing with 3 points, taking the PY Title for 2018. Minx’s 2nd place finish was the best of the 3 days, consolidating their series in 3rd. Despite finishing just outside of the time limit, Southern Light did just enough to secure their 2nd position overall, their good results from Day 1 & 2 carrying them through.

Recapping the overnight Singapore-Besar Passage Race Results, Line Honours was taken by the superfast Zanzibar, with debutants Invictus securing the IRC Title for 2018. Naya took 2nd by a close 3 minutes behind. In the PY Class, the PY Passage Race Title also went to a new entrant – Minx! They sailed well beyond expectations to cross the line before sunrise.

At the Closing Ceremony, we had the honour of having Mr Rajpal Singh, Consul-General of the Singapore Consulate-General in Johor Bahru and Encik Zamri from Jabatan Laut, Mersing gracing the event. We would also like to thank the Malaysian Marine Police for supporting our event with a patrol vessel over the past 3 days. Without the support of these Government Officials – the event would not have been able to run so smoothly.

Not forgetting the 110% support from the team at Aseania Resort, Besar Island. Their ever-accommodating staff and hard work behind the scenes to ensure the sailors’ accommodations, food, water, party, transport and other miscellaneous needs are well taken care of.

Last but not least, thank you all sailors for joining us for the 5th CSC@Besar Regatta 2018! Another magical week of sailing and partying at possibly one of the most scenic locations in Eastern Malaysia.

We look forward to seeing everyone back for this event next year – till then, happy sailing!

Pulau Besar Series Overall IRC

Pulau Besar Series Overall PY

SG – Besar Passage Race Results

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CSC@Besar Regatta 2018 – Series Day 2

Day 2 of the Pulau Besar Series started off slow, as various weather systems in the horizon kept the winds away from us for the morning, thus forcing the race committee to wait it out with the AP flag up. Initial intentions to start the day with a windward-leeward course were eventually scrapped due to the unstable winds and lack of time. When the wind finally set into a strong southerly direction at 1315, sailors were sent onto a short passage around Pulau Hujong and Pulau Tengah.

Good starts by a few of the keelboats made for an exciting first beat down south of Besar. Shardana notched another bullet in the IRC Class, displaying some good angles and boat speed on the upwind legs. They were kept vigilant by the chasing Naya, who looked a lot faster compared to day 1 – making it a thrilling 1-2 finish separated by seconds!

A cheeky overtaking move inbetween Southern Light and Windancer right after the start just demonstrates how fast Minx can be, using pure boat speed to power past the 2 yachts. Their efforts rewarded them with a 2nd placing across the line and a 3rd after corrected time. Cicak took line honours with a time of 2hrs 7mins and 33 secs, nearly 10mins ahead of the next boat. It was however not enough to secure them a podium position after handicap, settling for 5th. Windancer continue their fine form to clinch another victory to make it 2 out of 2, putting them in good stead for the final day of sailing. Close rivals southern light also thrived in the bellowing winds, completing the podium in 2nd place. Sangaree’s debut outing in this Regatta continues on a good note, another 4th place finish very commendable considering the very lean crew outfit on a physically demanding boat. last but not least, surprise new entrants Anjo’s Jest did well to keep up with the fleet until their headsail gave way – forcing them to retire from the race.

Sailors were treated to a gorgeous sunset after racing, and the usual delicious dinner spread prepared by Aseania Resort. This week is passing too quickly!

With that we conclude day 2 and are now looking forward to the signature passage to Harimau tomorrow (hopefully the winds arrive on time!) and the Regatta Closing Party thereafter.

IRC Day 2 Series Results

PY Day 2 Series Results

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CSC@Besar Regatta 2018 – Series Day 1

The first day of racing saw a strong southerly wind arriving early on the course, encouraging a couple of sailors to put a reef in at the start. Organisers went for a pennant 3 course, bringing sailors to Pulau Rawa, Hujong, Tengah and back to finish in an anti-clockwise direction.

In the IRC Class, Shardana drew first blood, taking advantage of the long upwind beat after rounding Hujong to extend her lead on the fleet. Conversely, Naya struggled in the close-haul conditions, and will be looking for some different wind conditions on Day 2.

There was some action throughout the race for the PY Class, as Windancer had some close encounters at the start, avoiding the marine police boat and other keelboats in the process. Minx had 2 hourglasses in their kite, one during a gybe and one at the hoist. This definitely contributed to their eventual 3rd place finish. Southern Light thrived in the 15-20 knot wind conditions, taking 2nd place just 40 seconds behind Windancer after handicap correction.

Wind/weather forecast is expected to be the same on Day 2 – as sailors prepare for an early day and 2 scheduled races. Enjoy the Photos!

IRC Day 1 Results

PY Day 1 Results

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CSC@Besar Regatta 2018 – Passage Race

The 5th edition of CSC@Besar Regatta commenced with the iconic night passage race up the eastern coast of malaysia to Pulau Babi Besar. This year we see a mix of new and old in the entry list – as we welcome first-timers Invictus, Minx, Sangaree and Bayu Sayang on their maiden night passage to Besar.

Despite the small fleet of 7 Keelboats racing up due to a few boats making their way up early for some cruising around the surrounding islands, there was some close competition amidst the challenging conditions. The first leg to Lima Channel after the start took extra long, with lead boat Zanzibar taking a whole 4 hours! Their eventual finish time was 04:29:11, sufficient to clinch line honours comfortably. However, it was not enough to defend their IRC title, succumbing to the rest of the IRC fleet, of which debutants Invictus emerged victorious. Naya once again came close to being champions, only to miss out by a mere 4 minutes.

In the PY class, it was a three-way battle of newbies as Minx, Sangaree and Bayu Sayang race overnight for the first time. Minx was the surprise package of the trio, sailing really well to even beat Shardana (IRC Class) across the finish line by a comfortable margin. Minx takes the Passage Race PY Title comfortably, with Sangaree in a distant 2nd. Special commendations to Bayu Sayang for completing the entire race with only 2 up! Sisters Esther and Siew Ju sailed well to finish not too far behind despite their crew disadvantage.

Apart from the racing, good to see familiar faces and new friends at the Aseania Bar after a long night of sailing. We are looking forward to the next 3 days of the Pulau Besar Series Racing! Enjoy the photos and stay on this site for more updates.

5th CSC Besar Passage Results 2018

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Villa Francis Home for the Aged

On 13 June, Changi Sailing Club hosted 14 elderly residents and 16 helpers for a day of relaxing paired with a sumptuous lunch sponsored by Coachman Inn Restaurant (Seafix).

VILLA FRANCIS

Villa Francis Home for the Aged was set up to provide inpatient nursing care for the destitute poor and sick, regardless of race or religion. The nursing home partner with various groups in the community, such as private corporations, religious groups, schools, tertiary institutions, SAF, SCDF & the Home Team. These groups can provide general financial assistance, sponsor an event, or organize on-going programs where their members can also benefit from interacting with the nursing home residents.

CSC is excited to join the above list of partners in enriching the lives of the residents of Villa Francis.
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Sunday Series 1 – Finale

4 races over 2 months – we’ve finally come to an epic conclusion for our first Sunday Series of the year! Race Organizers decided to send sailors on a Pennant 8 Course with the prevailing South-Westerlies. A close encounter between IRC boats Shardana and Invictus seconds before the horn went made for an exciting start for the Keelboats.

Going into the final race, Jong Dee were in the driving seat, leading the IRC Class by a comfortable 5 points. However, a blunder with their spinnaker bag and a less-than-ideal start added to their woes – finishing the race with a dismal 5th. Despite their poor result, it was just enough to stay 1 point ahead of Invictus in the Series – claiming the IRC title for Sunday Series I. A 2nd place finish by Red Rum yesterday secured them overall 3rd in the Series. New entrants Shardana, who just arrived during the week in preparation for the upcoming CSC@Besar Regatta gave the fleet a good run for their money, coming in 3rd for yesterday’s race. That coupled with a protest against Invictus at the start kept the rest of the sailors on their toes.

Yesterday’s results were a reflection of the PY standings. Another bullet by Zaheera Hashim’s Balqis made it a clean sheet for them, claiming the PY Class title with 4 points. Arbudhen sailed well to finish in 2nd, ahead of close rivals Minx, securing them the 2nd place finish in the Series. Minx completes the podium by finishing 3rd overall, 6 points adrift. From the results, you can tell attendance is key, as all 3 boats on the podium took part in all races for the Series, building a comfortable buffer over the rest of the fleet.

Despite dropping the wrong sail during the race, Cicak still managed to clinch the bullet yesterday – sealing the overall title in the Cruising Multihull Class. Cicak leapfrogged Witblits and Jaza Too, whose DNCs in yesterday was too punishing for them to maintain their position in the overall standings, settling for 2nd and 3rd instead. A solid performance by Baloo earned them a well-deserved 2nd for the final race of the series, finishing in overall 5th.

Will Waddington returns to sail Persian Cat after testing out her new spinnaker on Saturday. This time finishing with a bullet to secure Persian Cat’s victory in the Overall Series. A close fight between Kaze and the Nacra 15 saw the former emerge 7 seconds faster, breaking the dead-lock and taking 2nd position overall. Uli Braun’s Nacra 15 rounds up the winners in 3rd.

Congratulations to all the winners, see you in July for Sunday Series II!

IRC Race 4

PY Race 4

Cruising Multihulls Race 4

Beach Catamarans Race 4

IRC Overall

Overall (all classes)

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Twilight Series I Finale

The Twilight Series Finale took place on the 9th of June, with a decent turn-out of 15 boats over 4 Classes. Flukey Southerly winds made for a challenging finale – with close encounters in all classes.

Invictus enters the finale with a slim 1-point lead over close rivals Waka Tere, and managed to defend their lead to finish ahead of Waka in 2nd place to secure the Series I victory in the IRC Class. Jong Dee won the race on Saturday, sneaking ahead of Red Rum to complete the podium in 3rd.

It was a close fight to the very end between Arbudhen and Minx in the PY Class, as the latter sailed well to finish 2nd and ahead of Arbudhen in 3rd. This closes the 1 point gap Arbudhen had going into the finale, putting them on the same number of points for the Series. Unfortunately for Minx, an earlier bullet in April from Arbudhen was the tie-breaker, allowing Arbudhen to secure the PY title in our Twilight Series I. Sangaree’s attendance for the last 2 races of the series was the deciding factor for their 3rd place finish overall. Despite winning Saturday’s race, New Blue Eyes had to settle for 5th in the Series due to a no-show for Race 1 & 2.

The Cruising Multihulls saw some big changes in the overall standings. Witblits leads the fleet going into the final race, but a much needed haul-up earlier in the week resulted in a DNC for them on Saturday, dropping them to 3rd overall. Both Eepai and Cicak benefit from this, with the latter finishing 2nd on Saturday and clinching overall 1st ahead of Eepai by 2 points.

Damien Geoffray marks his return to Twilight racing with a bullet in the Beach Catamaran Class, sailing Kaze to a comfortable victory. HIPP was a close 2nd, ahead of Persian Cat in 3rd. Poor attendance all round in the Beach Catamaran Fleet sees Doug Fimmell’s Madfish II emerging the best of the fleet despite DNCs in Race 4 & 5. Uli Braun’s Nacra 15 was a close 2nd under the same circumstances, and Chris Waddington’s Persian Cat finishes 1 point behind in the overall standings to complete the Series podium winners.

With that we conclude the Twilight Series I – enjoy the photos and see you next month for the start of the next series.  Visit our Facebook for more photos!

IRC Class Race 5

PY Class Race 5

Cruising Multihulls Race 5

Beach Catamarans Race 5

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