Twilight Series II Race 4

A steady South-Westerly Breeze brought the re-energized fleet on a quick Twilight Course, with many of the participants fresh from a successful Western Circuit campaign. CSC had much to celebrate for, with CSC Skippers sweeping the titles for 4 classes at the 2018 edition of the Western Circuit Regatta.

In the IRC Class, Born in Fire continue their fine form from the Western Circuit, securing a bullet in the Twilight Series with only 2 sailors on board. They stayed about 1 minute ahead of their nearest rival, Invictus, who sneaked into 2nd place 10 seconds ahead of 3rd placed Jong Dee. The close competition between all 3 boats made for an exciting race to watch.

The biggest fleet for this weekend’s Twilight Race did not disappoint, as 7 sailors competed for a podium finish in the PY Class. After a long hiatus, Ikaroa returned to club racing with a win, sailing well to keep close to the lighter/faster boats and securing their victory after handicap. Southern Light was a close 2nd, followed by Big Bad Wolf in 3rd. Despite not finishing on the podium, New Blue Eyes look poised to take the PY title in next week’s finale, as nearest rivals Minx and Marsh Mellow lay a few points behind.

Witblits secured another bullet in the Cruising Multihull Class, stengthening their position at the top of the table. Cicak’s performance were only good enough for a 4th – just out of podium contention. Baloo sailed well to secured a 3rd place finish, staying well ahead of the Corsairs to earn their place on the podium. Despite being the only boat in the Beach Catamaran Class, we are 100% certain that Chris and Neda were just happy to be out on water sailing on Persian Cat. We look forward to the reutrn of the regular Catamaran sailors – bringing some excitement to the fleet.

Results:

IRC

PY

Cruising Multis

Beach Catamarans

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CSC Eco Sailing Day

Sailors from Changi Sailling Club took part in a beach and water way clean up over National Day this year. The idea was to raise awareness about the ever growing problem in our seas of plastic pollution

The club has started to ban the use of plastic by not giving out plastic bags anymore, and discouraging the use of straws. Even by doing something as small as preventing one person from using a straw or plastic bag, it does mean that one less piece of plastic is used. But is this really enough to raise awareness about the plastic we consume every day?

Most people are not very aware of the harm plastics do to the environment. Sure, they have seen pictures of plastic pollution in other countries, but to them, it does not matter. Why? Because they can’t see it.  Rubbish gets swept into the seas. People that leave their rubbish on beaches get their trash swept away by the waves. Even innocent mistakes happen in which a sudden gust of wind can sweep a plastic cup off a beachside cafe (or boat!) and drop it into the sea. These bits of rubbish, plastic especially, damage wildlife and coastal ecosystems. Animals mistake the plastic for food, they get caught in it and strangle themselves. And that’s just the plastic that we can see. There are micro plastics in the sea too that come from broken down pieces of plastic, the beads in facial and body scrubs, and cosmetic products.

So we thought that it would be good for the club and its members to raise awareness about the harm of these plastic products by arranging a beach cleanup.  We did two beach cleanups. One at Pulau Ketam, a small island to the southeast of Pulau Ubin, and one on the beach in front of Changi Sailing Club.

Pulau Ketam is an uninhabited island. No one lives on it. It’s just full of mangroves and wildlife. At least, that’s what it’s supposed to be like. Instead, what we found was straight out of a horror story. Literally. Plastic bottles everywhere. Deodorant, shampoo bottles. Cigarette lighters, shoes, styrofoam, fishing line, even a helmet.

We did an audit of the rubbish we got from the Ketam. It was about 25 kilograms.  Thanks to Notus, SDF, Southern Light and Emanuel 2 for joining the overnight camp and morning clean-up. In particularly thanks to the NTU team from Notus who collected the lions share of the garbage from Ketam. (A further 25 kilograms were collected from the waterway clean up and the Changi beach clean up by other boats and other members ).  That’s 160 plastic bottles, 34 bottle caps, 5 hangers, 8 pieces of cutlery, 6 cigarette lighters, 10 flip flops, 6 glass bottles, 24 straws, 8 cans, 4 spray bottles and 2 lightbulbs. All in half an hour’s work.

The top brands we counted were Ice Mountain, 100 Plus, Dixy, Coca Cola,  Dasani and Sprite.  46 bottles had no visible brand. But they mostly seemed to be mineral water bottles.

Sadly after the Ketam clean up the island still didn’t look any different, such is the scale of the problem.

What can we as sailors do to help the environment? Here are a few ideas

  1. Take a piece of plastic garbage back every time you visit a beach or go out to sea. (If 1,000 sailors do this every weekend that’s 1,000 fewer pieces of rubbish on our shores).
  2. Refuse mineral water. Fill up your own water bottles from the taps at the end of the pier.
  3. Insist on ‘no straw’ when you order a drink for yourself and others
  4. Bring your own plastic bag when shopping
  5. Don’t do takeaway drinks or food unless you bring your own containers
  6. Suggest to big drinks companies that they spend their Research & Development money on finding bio-degrable alternatives to plastic rather than new tastes or brands of their beverages

Topper Worlds 2018, Shenzhen, China

Over the past 2 months, 2 of our Club’s Youth Sailors have been putting in the extra hours to train and race on the newly acquired Topper dinghies – all in preparation for this year’s 2018 Meisha Campus Topper World Championships, held in Longcheer Yacht Club, Shenzhen.

This was the first time in many years that Changi Sailing Club has sent a team to represent Singapore and the Club at an International Regatta, let alone World Championship. Both Angel Chew and Luc Patel travelled out of the country to compete for the very first time, in the 5.3 and 4.2 class respectively. With 222 participants in the 5.3 fleet and 45 participants in the 4.2 fleet, it was the largest Topper Worlds Event ever! The 267 sailors represents a total of 20 different nations from 5 continents.

Fun facts:

  1. The oldest competitor is 71 years old, hailing from Japan!
  2.  The youngest competitor is 9 years old, from China!
  3. This is the first time the event is held outside of Europe.
  4. John Parrish, PRO for this Championship left at 2am in the morning to officiate at the Asian Games held in Jakarta.

Alas, despite the excellent turn-out, the winds / weather did not deliver. A recent typhoon wrecked havoc in nearby hong kong, sucking up much of the wind pressure, leaving our racing area with erratic bouts of rain and glassy waters. After a frustrating 5 days of racing with only 2 races completed in the 5.3 class and 5 races completed in the 4.2 class, the fleet was left without a World Champion, as a minimum of 4 races was needed to secure the qualifying series and establish the Finals showdown.

Despite the unsatisfactory outcome, sailors made the most of the week in Longcheer, making new friends and exploring the nearby beach + town. Angel and Luc had much to be proud of, the former having nearly secured a top 20 finish in 1 of her races, only to have the race committee eventually abandon the race. The latter was the surprise package of the 2, as Luc completed all 5 races to place a credible 37th out of 45 boats in the 4.2 class. This was a big improvement from his performance at the recent Singapore Nationals in June, where he struggled to finish in most of his races.

More importantly, I strongly believe competitions of this magnitude accelerates positive growth and builds character – both sailors show immense potential in sailing and increased levels of maturity, proving themselves to be dependable, self-reliant and thoughtful athletes over the course of the Regatta.

Angel Chew – 213th out of 222 participants (5.3 Class)

Luc Patel – 37th out of 45 participants (4.2 Class)

Full Results here: http://www.itcaworld.org/international-topper-class-0

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Vanke Meisha Campus for the strong support as sponsors, Longcheer Yacht Club & Hotel for the warm hospitality and officials from ITCA for the race management and logistical feats.

Not forgetting the wonderful support from Angel’s and Luc’s parents – providing us with delicious dumplings, noodles and fruits over the period of the regatta – thank you so much!

Kudos to Angel Chew and Luc Patel for exceeding expectations. Looking forward to great things from the both of you 🙂

 

Choy Yi Hong
Team Manager / Coach
Changi Sailing Club

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Sunday Series II – Race 4

We had a small turn out at this weekend’s race as most of our regular sailors were at the Western Circuit but it was a perfect day for a round Ubin race.

At the start, the steady South Easterly breeze brought the fleet to the first mark and up to TKPK in very quick time. The winds and its direction seemed to have favoured the cats as both Stray Catz and Madfish II led the charge as the zoomed through the channel between Ubin and the Johor coast line. Bab Influence wasn’t too far behind as the three beach catamarans made their way to the Eastern corner of Ubin. Doug in Madfish II was trailing Nigel on the northern side of Ubin but managed to creep past Nigel as they made their way back to the club. The three cats continued in that order and finished the race with Madfish II crossing the line first followed by Stray Catz and Bad Influence in third; making it an average one-and-a-half-hour race for the three boats.

Stefan in Firefly started the race well but turned back shortly due to some technical problems; never fly budget. The cruising multi-hull fleet had a good showing of 4 tris with Firefly making it a 5-boat start. Shaun Norris in Witblitz sailed the race well finishing in 1hr 22min 53sec, corrected time followed by Michael Chia in Eepai, Tim Hill in Cicak and Chris and Dave finishing in the respective order. As the fleet of tris and keelboats made their way towards Serangoon Buoy, the wind picked up, bringing rain onto them.

The increase in wind force created some excitement for the tris and the three keelboats. Churning up bow sprays as they made their way upwind. The winds were strong enough to have both Invictus and Jong Dee spilling their mains as they made their way towards Serangoon. Invictus’s 7-minute lead on elapse time allowed him to keep his 1st placing after corrected over Jong Dee in the IRC division. New Blue Eyes, the lone wolf in the PY division had his share of fun sailing round the course, we hope to see more PY boats in next week’s Twilight race.

Results:

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CSC Eco-Sailing Day 2018

On Singapore’s 53rd Birthday, Changi Sailing Club members stepped out of their comfort zones to do their part for Singapore and the Environment – participating in a large-scale clean-up of our waterways and coast line along the north-eastern rim of Singapore.

Armed with biodegradable trashbags, fishing nets and other interesting tools, sailors on 10 Keelboats, 3 Pacers and 1 Trimaran took part in a 2 hour morning clean-up of the Johor Straits. It was both heartening and sad to see the mountains of trash collected from just 2 hours of sailing – accumulating over 60kg of plastic pollution between CSC and Pulau Ketam.

Boats involved:

  1. Cicak
  2. SDF
  3. Southern Light
  4. Emmanuel II
  5. Notus
  6. Jong Dee
  7. Marsh Mellow
  8. Jong Dee
  9. Big Bad Wolf
  10. Summer Breeze
  11. Olive Oyl

On shore, there were sizzling hotdogs on the bbq for hungry sailors, as well as a myriad of eco-friendly products on sale at the Eco-Bazaar. CSC is very happy to support local eco-brands to raise awareness of the alternatives to plastic available in the market, and make small but consistent efforts to create a more sustainable eco-conscious environment for Members and visitors.

Vendors

  1. Bamboo Straw Girl
  2. Nature Rustic
  3. The Lala Lokal
  4. Coopita
  5. The Green Collective
  6. Oh Honey!

After lunch, further activities included a scavenger hunt-styled beach clean up, movie screening of “A Plastic Ocean” and a live screening of the NDP 2018 at the Ubin Lounge to wrap up a really productive day!

Thank you to all members, family and friends who dropped by to support this Event.

Together, we can make a difference 🙂

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Twilight Series II – Race 3

National Day is just around the corner! Due to the Western Circuit Regatta commencing next week, the fleet participating on Saturday was a wee bit smaller than usual – but no less exciting.

A South Easterly Breeze took sailors on a broad reach down to Squance after the Start. Only realizing she had to start in the opposite direction shortly before the start, Southern Light still managed to produce the best start of the Keelboat fleet – making it back around CSC 1 to cross the line just as the gun went. Despite her brilliant start, the day went to a lighter and more agile boat, as New Blue Eyes comfortably took victory in the PY Class. 2nd and 3rd place was secured by Sapphire Star and Marshmellow respectively.

Invictus returns from a good outing at the RSYC Regatta (2nd Overall) to continue in their winning ways, notching another bullet ahead of fierce rivals, Jong Dee in the IRC Class.

In the Beach Catamaran Class, Uli Braun won comfortably, despite making blunders at the start and finish. At the start, the Nacra 15 thought he was OCS and returned back to the start line for a dip-start (not knowing the individual recall flag was meant for Bad Influence). Half a leg too early to finish, Uli decided to go back to shore – only realizing upon getting closer to the jetty that no S Flag was raised. Despite these silly mistakes, the Nacra 15 still managed to stay ahead of Persian Cat and Bad Influence in 2nd and 3rd respectively.

A match race between Eepai and Baloo in the Cruising Multihull Class sees the latter struggle in yesterdays wind angles – failing to capitalize on a good start, eventually surrendering the lead and the win to Eepai.

Congratulations to all the winners – no racing next weekend due to the Western Circuit Regatta. Looking forward to an awesome day out at the Club on 9th August, National Day, where we host the first-ever CSC Eco-Sailing Day!

Details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/825157471015228/

Results:

IRC

PY

Cruising Multihull

Beach Catamaran

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