2-Island Race 2019

2-Island Race 2019 – breaking records… and other things.

It takes a good blow to find out what needs replacing on the boat, but one should never have to find out under such circumstances. Ashley Barne’s Defiance experienced a variation of Murphy’s Law during yesterday’s 2-Island Race, breaking nearly everything possible on the boat before being forced to retire. Displaying a star-studded crew of ex and current Asian GP Circuit Winners onboard, Defiance was looking to better her 2018’s timing of 5hrs 1min 6sec taken to circumnavigate Tekong & Ubin. Alas, a bad start, torn genoa, torn spinnaker, broken clew amongst other things eventually forced the mighty Defiance to surrender the race and retire back to the moorings. 2 more retirements plagued the PY fleet, as Brio gave up the fight halfway – and newcomers Nifty Flapper struggled against the strong outgoing tide late into the evening, getting escorted by one of our safety boats back to the club.

Temptress of Down holds the 2018 PY record for fastest keelboat, and was also looking to beat her PB of 4hr 52min 48sec. This year, she once again took PY line honours, smashing the record by 3mins & 2 secs! She earns herself a well-deserved 2nd place after corrected time, trailing by about 2mins behind winners Sangaree. Minx returns to her winning ways with a solid performance – completing the podium in 3rd. The PY class continues to grow, with an outstanding turnout of 13 boats! We are excited to see more boat owners joining us for our weekend races (e.g. Nifty Flapper, Emmanuel II & Zoo Too) – hope you enjoyed the champagne sailing conditions!

In the IRC Class, it was a close battle between 5 performance cruisers, with Steve Manning/Paul O’Malley’s Red Rum leading the pack for most of the passage. Despite also beating her previous record by about 3 minutes and her comfortable lead over the chasing fleet, she fails to triumph on handicap, settling for 5th. A good start was probably the only thing that went right for Born in Fire, as she struggled to keep up with the front runners after an early halyard malfunction, costing her valuable time and a position on the podium. First place went to Paul Kendall’s Jong Dee, scoring a victory by a slim 1min 38 secs margin ahead of Joe Lombardo’s Shardana on corrected time. third place went to the 2018 defending champions, husband & wife combination of Kurt & Gill on Waka Tere – sailing superbly to their non-spin TCC to secure 2nd runner up.

Records continue to be broken in the remaining classes, as Tim Hill’s Cicak eclipsed Phoenix’s 2018 timing by a whole 10 minutes, taking line honours and handicap victory in style. Eeepai trailed about 6 minutes behind to take 1st runner-up, followed by Witblits in 3rd. David Stanton’s M23 Baloo struggled to gain any ground throughout the race, finding it difficult to grasp the strong tides on the first leg and patchy winds behind the islands.

The fastest boat in the Beach Catamaran Fleet came back in a ridiculously quick time of 3hr 26min 40sec, with Scott McCook’s Carbon F20 returning to shore before the tide turned. He smashes the previous record 3hr 30min 35sec set by Madfish II, but still had to settle for 3rd on the podium after handicap. 2nd place was awarded to Madfish II, as she surrendered her title to the newly crowned 2019 champion Stray Catz!

We’re really stoked to see 27 boats taking part yesterday – thank you all for enjoying the race with us. As we finished racing late into the evening yesterday, prize presentation for the 2-Island Race will take place together with the Commodore’s Cup presentation on the evening of 3rd March. Looking forward to another exhilarating weekend of racing at the CSC Commodore’s Cup next week – please send in you forms this week to facilitate administration and logistics, thanks again!

Results

IRC
PY
Cruising Multihull
Beach Catamaran

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19th CSC Catamaran Championships Final Day

With lacklustre winds, a strong outgoing tide and 2 bouts of flash showers, sailors struggled to make the best of the challenging ever-changing conditions on the course.

Day 2 sees 3 boats sharing the spoils over 3 races – As Jeremy Nixon’s Bad Influence claimed victory in Race 5, followed by Scott McCook’s renewed challenge in Race 6 on his Nacra F20 Carbon and Louis Lim’s F16 Taipan wrapping up the day with a bullet in Race 7.

When the numbers were crunched, Doug Fimmell’s Madfish II held on to 1st place from Day 1, claiming the weekend double in the Overall Open Division and F16 One-Design Division. Jeremy Nixon’s Bad Influence sits 7 points adrift in 2nd place for the Open Division. Despite scoring an OCS in race 5, Uli Braun’s Allo managed to secure a place on the podium with a 3rd – rounding off the Open Division winners. In the One-Design Division, Madfish II shares the podium with Nigel Signal’s Stray Catz and Jeremy Nixon’s Bad Influence in 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Special mention goes to our Singapore National Youth Sailors Sophia Meyer and Chia Teck Pin, whose Nacra 15 Ole finished a commendable 5th Overall, considering this was their first CSC Catamaran Championships. We look forward to seeing more National Catamaran Sailors joining us in the 20th edition next year!

Results

Races 5 – 7

Overall

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19th CSC Catamaran Championships Day 1

The Club resumed racing in the North-East Monsoon with  the fastest fleet at CSC, as 8 Beach Catamarans competed in the 19th CSC Catamaran Championships. As defending Champion Martin Pickrodt’s Nacra Carbon F20 could not compete this year, the title was open for a new challenge – with a few new challengers joining the fray.

Bad Influence, helmed by Jeremy Nixon returns from a 1 year hiatus, missing out on last year’s championships due to work committments. Starting day 1 with a commendable 14 points after 4 races, she ties for 3rd place with veteran Allo in the F16 One-Design Class going into Day 2 – and will look to push the boat harder to break into the top 2. Newcomer Sophie Meyer from the Singapore National Youth Team gave the home teams a run for their money, as she sailed her Nacra 15 “Ole” superbly to lay in 2nd place on 12 points in the open division. Doug Fimmell’s MadFish II will be the boat to watch, as she bounced back from a dismal 4th place finish in 2018 to position herself as the current leader in both open and one-design divisions, securing 3 bullets and 4 bullets respectively in each class.

The 2 Carbon F20s struggled to stay ahead of the fleet, as Scott McCook’s Carbon suffered various breakdowns resulting in an early retirement – and Campbell Jenkin’s KungFu Panda barely made line honours in each race, defending against the chasing F16s. They will be looking to make amends in the remaining 3 races tomorrow – likely to take place in similar conditions.

Looking forward to another exciting day tomorrow! 3  more races and everything to fight for – good luck to all 8 participating catamarans!

Results

Race 1 – 4

Day 1 Overall

 

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NTUSC goes Sailing!

With wind in their sails, the Nanyang Technological University Sailing Club (NTUSC) started sailing at Changi Sailing Club (CSC) in August 2018. Besides sailing on the club’s Platus-Boreas and Notus – every week, the active sailing community at CSC has also given us the chance to sail on their boats which is an eye-opener and rare opportunity to learn more about different boats and improve our seamanship. It also allows us to learn concepts that we can bring back to our own sailing and we are grateful to the different teams for having us on board. We have also received help frequently from the various boat owners, CSC members and the operations staff at CSC. We appreciate the help from everyone and will return the favour back some day.

At CSC, we got to interact with an international community from all walks of life through various activities such as the Ambassadors’ Cup, monthly Members’ Night and gatherings after a club race. The CSC members also give back to the society via the CSC Community Outreach Programme, which we are also glad to be a part of. Some of the activities include the CSC Eco Sailing Day, Goodwill Cruise to Nongsa and the Joy Sail for the Rainbow Centre (Yishun Park School).

Every start of a new school semester in January and August, NTUSC organizes a fun sail where people from the NTU community who are interested to join sailing can experience for themselves what it is like on a sail boat before making a more informed decision. For the recent fun sail in January, about 80 people from the NTU community turned up and we were able to bring them out on the Platus and on Skybird with the help of Edwin owner of Skybird and GM of Changi Sailing Club. For most of the participants, it was their first time sailing and we are glad that everyone enjoyed themselves.

Outside of CSC, NTU emerged as the First-Runners Up in the inaugural Inter Tertiary Match Racing organised by Singapore Sailing Federation. Every tertiary institution was invited but only one team from NTU, three teams from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and a team formed by sailors from different tertiary institutions took part in the match racing. Singapore Polytechnic and Singapore Management University were unable to participate due to various constraints.

Helmed by Jevyn Ong with Samantha Yom on the Mains, Jeremiah Guo on Trim, Putra Syafiq on Pit, Danial Norman Tan on Mast and Koh Yi Qian on Bow, we really gave the other teams a run for the title when we won seven out of eight races in the first two days and on the last day qualified for the finals. In the Finals, victory goes to the team that wins two rounds first. After two intense matches between NTU and NUS where the score was tied 1-1, NUS came in just seconds before us in the last round. In all, it was a good experience for the team, where we got to sail on the SM40 and pit our skills with the other schools before meeting again for the Inter Tertiary Fleet Racing in June.

It has indeed been an exciting and eventful first 6 months at CSC, and we are thrilled to see what the rest of 2019 brings for this NTUSC x CSC Partnership.

 

Alex Chong

President
Nanyang Technological University Sailing Club

 

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