Pre-Ambassadors’ Cup Fund-Raising Cocktail Reception 2019

This year’s Cocktail Reception was once again held at The Post Bar, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore. Since its introduction 5 years ago, the Fund-Raising Event has grown to become synonymous with the Regatta, bringing the Ambassadors and Sailors together for an evening of drinks and revelry for a good cause.

Donations collected will benefit our Community Outreach Programme, whereby we partner with various organisations and groups to bring sailing to people with disabilities, the underprivileged, youth-at-risk and the elderly. Some of our partners include:

  1. Rainbow Centre
  2. Singapore Association for Mental Health
  3. Villa Francis Home for the Aged
  4. Good Shepherd Nursing Home
  5. Sailability Singapore

Thank you all for joining us yesterday, and for your generous contributions. For the Sailors and Ambassadors who missed out on the event and would like to donate, we will be doing a second drive on the Ambassador’s Cup Event as well!

Looking forward to Bringing the World Together on 2nd November 2019.

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Experiential Sailing with Rainbow Centre (20 Oct 2019)

Just 2 days after a successful outing with the caregivers and residents of Villa Francis, CSC returned to playing host to the wonderful families from Rainbow Centre. Taking place on 20th October with a total of 68 participants, it was our largest Joy Sail to date!

The Rainbow Centre is a social service organisation in Singapore. It operates three special education schools Margaret Drive School, Yishun Park School and a third one at Woodlands, for infants, children and youths with special needs like autism, intellectual disability, developmental delay, and multiple disabilities. For this round, we had the privilege and opportunity to bring 3 wheelchair-bound students out sailing as well, a first for this programme!

The 68 beneficiaries departed for a morning sail along the north-eastern rim of Singapore, under the careful steersmanship of 10 CSC boat owners/skippers who kindly lent their support for the event. We were blessed with good weather and a gentle breeze – the perfect environment for an introduction to sailing! It was great to see Members & Participants interacting while enjoying a leisurely morning cruise together. All smiles upon disembarking, everyone was treated to some food and refreshments to complete a wonderful day out.

Here’s a FB link to a heartwarming write-up from one of the participants!

Changi Sailing Club is always excited to partner with Rainbow Centre to conduct these Experiential Joy Sails, as part of our Community Outreach Programme. We’re looking forward to the next one in 2020!

Big Thank You to the following boats who volunteered their boat and time to support a good cause:

  1. Red Rum
  2. Waka Tere
  3. Birregurra
  4. Olmeto
  5. Genesis
  6. WYSIWYG III
  7. Emmanuel II
  8. Baby Beluga
  9. Firefly
  10. Cicak

#vibrant #inclusive #forwardlooking #communityoutreachprogramme #changisailingclub

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Villa Francis Home for the Aged Visit [18 October 2019]

On 18 October 2019, 22 Care-givers and 7 Residents from Villa Francis Home for the Aged travelled from their Home in Yishun to the best-kept secret that is Changi Sailing Club, for a morning excursion to enjoy the refreshing sea breeze and tranquil scenery. This round, the focus was on thanking the care-givers. With an increasingly aging population in all developed societies, the role of caregiver has been increasingly recognized as an important one, both functionally and economically. In appreciation of their hard work and dedication to the residents, Care-givers were treated to joyrides on our CSC Ferry Boats, exploring our coastline from a different perspective!

We value the work care-givers have put in to ensure the safety and quality of life for the residents. Big thank you to Coachman Inn Restaurant for sharing in these beliefs and once again supporting this event via the catering of a simple lunch for both care-givers and residents.

#inclusive #vibrant #forwardlooking #changisailingclub #communityoutreachprogramme

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Subic Bay Sailing Camp 2019

Last week, five young sailors from Changi Sailing Club visited Subic Bay, Philippines to attend a sail training camp in preparation for the upcoming Hong Kong Open and National next month. It was fascinating how these kids connected so quickly with each other and enjoy the friendship that they have created with one another in a different environment. Every sailing trip is a learning experience; from understanding new cultures to communications within the team.

Despite the prevailing monsoon season, we were blessed with good weather upon arrival at Subic Bay. Sailors had great fun and intense training with Philippine’s top Optimist National sailors. Despite the difference in experience and training advantage of being in the national team, our sailors held their own to keep up with the country’s best sailors. “Our kids very much enjoyed their time in Subic Bay. They also enjoyed competing with Filipino sailors. We believe that in order to get better, you need to sail and compete in different places,” said one of the parents. The sailors were able to experience and adapt to a variety of weather changes which is essential in learning sailing.

We look forward to seeing these kids back in Subic Bay for the Chairman’s Cup Regatta next year. Hopefully we will have our own sets of optimist sailors from Subic Bay,” said Marcus Avecilla, head coach of the Subic Sailing Club. “We need to create more interest with the younger kids. It’s a very fun sport not just for kids but for the entire family as well, “he added.

“We are just amazed by how dedicated the parents and sailors from Singapore are. Then we realized that it’s the coach, Coach Jhing is doing an amazing work,” said Zed Avecilla, Executive Director at SAGS Subic Sailing.

Thank you very much to Subic Sailing Club for allowing us to use their facilities during our stay and the hospitality extended to us. To the parents and your consistent support for these young aspiring sailors, to Philippine Sailing Association, for the good training and friendships, to Lighthouse Marina & Resort for the comfortable accommodations and good service and not forgetting to Changi Sailing Club for supporting this opportunity for me to help organize and accompany our young sailors on this sailing camp.

Thank you Subic Sailing – we hope to be able to return for the Chairman’s Cup Regatta next year and more importantly, welcome your sailors to Changi Sailing Club for our events in the near future!

 

Coach Jhing

 

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CSC Open House 2019

It was a bustling day at the 2019 CSC Open House with many activities lined up to showcase what Changi Sailing Club has to offer.

Joyrides on the Pacers, Platus and Southern Light gave participants a quick glimpse into how sailors work with the wind to sail a boat. It was a fun way for the participants to experience sailing and check out the beautiful surroundings of CSC.

For the adventurous participants who want a more hands-on experience to understand sailing, the sailing taster gave them a crash course on sailing. For an hour and a half, participants learnt some basics on sailing the toppers such as steering the boat, controlling the sail and recovering from a capsize.

Besides sailing, families looking for an activity to do together joined the parent-child boat race. Using the bytes and paddles, it was a tippy and exciting race.

By the end of the day, CSC welcomed 17 new members! It was a team effort that made the open house progress smoothly throughout the day.

Without the members spreading the word to their friends and family, the crowd would not have been as lively. Special thanks to James Sharpe (Social Secretary) and his family for tirelessly bringing guests out on Southern Light for joyrides. We would also like to thank our young sailors from CSC – Anumita, Izumi and Aidan for taking time off of their schedule to bring people out on the Pacer joyrides. Not forgetting Ad Smit (RC H&G) for aiding the registration ladies with his charm & charisma, contributing to the new additions to the CSC Family!

A big shout-out to the NTU Sailing Club for supporting us in managing the Sailing Joyride Registrations, Pacers, Platus and Sailing Lesson Taster as well.

So many people to thank – if we missed out, and you had a part to play in the success of our Open House – Thank You too ❤

Next year’s Open House will be even better and we look forward to welcoming a bigger crowd in 2020!

Article by: Alex / Choy
Photos by: Benjamin

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32nd Annual General Meeting 2019

On 19th July 2019, Changi Sailing Club conducted their 32nd Annual General Meeting, “Moving Forward”.

Helmed by Commodore Jeffrey Leow and his Management Committee, the Meeting elaborated on key topics such as Membership, our Sailing Calendar, the Community Outreach Programme and Mooring+Boat Storage. Highlighting the need to increase our membership numbers, measures/initiatives will be taken over the next half-year to promote our Club Membership to potential youths/young adult members.

Our Sailing Calendar continues to be the most eventful and exciting amongst all the sailing clubs/marinas in Singapore and perhaps South-East Asia (arguably!). Rear-Commodore (Sailing) Paul Kendall went on to share all of our events which took place in 2018/2019, and whats to come for the rest of this year.

Community Service has always been a big part of Changi Sailing Club’s Mission, now made more visible with the establishment of our Community Outreach Programme. The Club will continue to work closely with the various communities and organizations, bringing joy through sailing to the less-privileged and youth-at-risk.

Works on building a completely new Mooring system will commence end of this month. The new moorings are designed to take an approximate total of 120 boats, to accommodate the growing number of boats moored at the Club. We’re excited to see the finished project at the end of September!

The 32nd AGM also sees the election of a new Commodore (Deborah Barker), Rear Commodore (H&G) Ad Smit and Honorary Secretary Mackson Chia. We would like to thank Outgoing Commodore Jeffrey Leow, Rear Commodore (H&G) Mackson Chia and Honorary Secretary Ad Smit for their service and contributions to the Club. It would be worthy to note that Ms Deborah Barker made history by being elected the first ever Female Commodore at Changi Sailing Club and possibly also amongst all Sailing Clubs and Marinas in Singapore.

Thank you all for attending the 32nd Annual General Meeting – see you at the Club!

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Villa Francis Home for the Aged (12 July 2019)

On 12 July 2019, 27 Residents and Care-Givers from Villa Francis Home for the Aged travelled from their Home in Yishun to the best-kept secret that is Changi Sailing Club, for a morning excursion to enjoy the refreshing sea breeze and tranquil scenery. In appreciation of their hard work and dedication to the residents, Care-givers were also treated to a joyride on our CSC Ferry Boats, exploring our coastline from a different perspective!

We interviewed Sam Lim (Executive Community Partnership) and Jacqueline Soe (Enrolled Nurse, Supervisor) to get a better insight of the daily responsibilities of a Care-Giver.

How long have you been working with Villa Francis and what are your responsibilities at the Home?

Sam: I have been working with Villa Francis for 9 years, since May 2010. My major roles and responsibilities at the Home is to work with various communities, organisations and corporate groups to organize events and programmes for the residents.

Jacqueline: 9 years! I am an enrolled nurse, and I am part of a supervisory team for a ward at Villa Francis. Our responsibilities include but are not limited to: scheduling medication, meal preparation, housekeeping, wound dressings, patient reports and many other forms of patient care.

What was your most rewarding experience?

Sam: We recently organized a programme which involved primary 4 students entertaining and interacting with residents from Villa Francis. For residents, it rekindles memories of their childhood and/or their experiences with their own grandchildren. At the same time, students gain a better understanding that there are these groups of Elderly who need our care and support – also raising awareness of the ageing population in Singapore and the importance of adequate support systems in place to accommodate that.

Your saddest experience?

Sam: Every passing of a resident is a sad experience. Think of Villa Francis as one big family. Every resident is a family member, and it is always extremely heart-breaking to see family members go. Of course, over the years we have come to realise that it is part and parcel of life, making the pain more manageable.

Share a typical shift (work routine) in the life of a care-giver.

Jacqueline: The morning shift starts with serving medication at 0615-0620hrs, with breakfast service starting at 0700hrs. This is followed by wound dressings and patient medical reports. At about 0800hrs to 0900hrs, we have to conduct rooming cleaning followed by medication preparation for the afternoon shift. After 0900hrs, we have to bring patients for their morning exercise for about 30mins. At 1030hrs, we will prepare and serve lunch to the residents. This part includes cooking, blending the food and feeding the patients. Laundry and Housekeeping takes place at 1130hrs. At 1200hrs, we will serve the second portion of medication, ending off the morning shift by 1220hrs.

Last question! How can the public support or contribute to Villa Francis and its efforts?*

Sam: One of the easiest and most straight-forward ways is through monetary donations and food donations. It is popular for companies and members of the public to donate food during festive occasions such as Chinese New Year and Mid-Autumn Festival. This, in addition to traditional breakfast fare such as Chee Cheong Fun and Lor Mai Kai – which are crowd favourites and suitable for the residents diet.

With regards to volunteering, we also have some members of the public committing 1 to 2 hours of their time every day to assist with patient care, simple chores and communicating with the residents in their native dialect. This is important as there is a significant language barrier; many of the residents can only speak in dialect/mandarin, and most of our care-givers are foreigners.

*For more details on making a donation or supporting the Home in other ways, please visit www.villafrancis.org.sg

Thank you Sam and Jacqueline for sharing with us intimate details of your experiences as care-givers with Villa Francis! Also big thank you to Stephen and the Coachman Inn Restaurant for once again generously sponsoring a delicious lunch for the residents and care-givers. Looking forward to the next collaboration!

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Experiential Sailing with Rainbow Centre (7 July 2019)

Since 2016, CSC has been organizing Experiential Sailing Programs for our friends from Rainbow Centre. The Rainbow Centre is a social service organisation in Singapore. It operates three special education schools Margaret Drive School, Yishun Park School and a third one at Woodlands, for infants, children and youths with special needs like autism, intellectual disability, developmental delay, and multiple disabilities. Now into its 4th year, we are proud to once again conduct this program, bringing sailing to a wider community.

The 40 beneficiaries departed for a morning sail along the north-eastern rim of Singapore, under the careful steersmanship of 12 CSC boat owners/skippers who kindly lent their support for the event. We were blessed with good weather and a gentle breeze – the perfect environment for an introduction to sailing! It was great to see Members & Participants interacting while enjoying a leisurely morning cruise together. All smiles upon disembarking, everyone was treated to some food and refreshments to complete a wonderful day out.

Changi Sailing Club is always excited to partner with Rainbow Centre to conduct these Experiential Sailing Programs, we’re looking forward to the next one!

Big Thank You to the following boats who volunteered their boat and time to support a good cause:

  1. Southern Light
  2. Waka Tere
  3. SDF
  4. Olmeto
  5. Eriphine
  6. Valor
  7. N’Joy
  8. Boreas
  9. Notus
  10. Cicak
  11. Jaza Too
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Experiential Sailing with SAMH! 25 June 2019

On 25th June, Changi Sailing Club partnered with the Singapore Association of Mental Health to bring some of their beneficiaries out Sailing on Pacers!

9 participants and 8 volunteers spent at day at the Club learning the ropes while enjoying the sun, sand and sea.

This activity is part of SAMH’s Creative SAY!, which stands for Sports, Arts and Youths, echoing SAMH’s belief that youths should have a SAY! in their lives. As physical health and mental health are closely linked, the Centre offers sports, outdoor and art activities to help spark conversations, promote general well-being, cultivate resilience, and prevent the onset of mental illness.

The Experiential Sailing Program is supported by the National Youth Council, National Youth Fund and is part of the SG Youth Cares movement. CSC is proud to run this program, and we are looking forward to more sailing activities with SAMH in the November/December School Holidays!❤

#nycsg #nationalyouthfundsg #sgcares #samh #changisailingclub

 

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A Memorable Visit to Changi Sailing Club (Good Shepherd Home 2019)

I am Swee Lim*, one of the few men among the ladies in the nursing home and assisted living facility. You see, ladies generally outlive men. It almost becomes true for me because about 5 years ago, I had a sudden terrible headache when I was at work in the office and I almost passed out. When I was rushed to the hospital, the A&E doctor diagnosed that I had a brain bleed and I underwent an urgent operation. When I recovered, I wasn’t walking normally and I couldn’t find the words I wanted to say. I was just 51 then.

Anyway, here I am in Good Shepherd Loft. I think I am the youngest among the residents.

The daily routine is rather predictable in the Loft which is why I am very excited about today’s visit to Changi Sailing Club. I have heard many songs about sailing the seas but this might be the first time in my life I am going to get up close to a yacht. The chief nurse told me I am going to get to swim in the club pool and she packed my swimming trunks for me.

Early at 6.30am, we begin to go for our shower, one by one. Then we had breakfast in the dinning room and we are ready! I heard from the nurses’ conversation that for the outing there are 11 people on wheelchairs and 10 who can walk on their own and I am one of them; I walk with a walking stick.

Yay! The bus is here. There is a rule in the Loft: those on wheelchairs will board first. The male nurses carried the seniors off their wheelchairs and put them on the bus one at a time. When all 11 are on the bus, the sweaty nurses come over and declare that we can board the bus. Hurray! The rest of us get on with help and soon we are on our way. It is a long way from Newton to Changi. Maikal our social worker leads us through the songs and hymns and we arrive in the blink of an eye.

Look! Turning into the car park, I can see the yachts bobbing in the turquoise blue sea. With the sunny sky and coconut trees swaying, it feels a bit like paradise. I have not been to the beach for a while, let alone seen so many yachts at one go. We are really at Changi Sailing Club!

We disembark as fast as we can with the help of the nurses and the club staff. The ones on wheelchairs go first. “Don’t forget the rules,” I remind myself despite my enthusiasm. The friendly club staff are there to welcome us and help us down the bus.

I am trying to take in the view all at once. Hmm…A well sited club house is right by the beach with the pool in the centre and surrounded by Changi Hall (a large hall), Tekong Cove (the restaurant), the board walk, the beach BBQ pit. Just a few steps from the pool is the jetty on which visitors can walk straight out to sea where the tenders are.

With all facilities in such proximity, I challenge myself to enjoy all of them within the next hour. The male nurse, Melvin seems to have second guessed my thoughts and he guides me to the “Heads” (nautical term for toilet) to change and then into the pool I go. Relaxing in the cool pool water as I gaze out at the sea is the best thing to do on this hot and humid morning! I am surprised to meet another resident, an old auntie in the pool in her purple short sleeved swimsuit. She looks trendy despite her age. I said to her, “Auntie Joy, how old are you? I didn’t know you swim.” Her cheeky reply was,” I am 96 and when I could swim you were not born yet, adik…” (Malay word for “younger brother”)

After I have had enough of the pool, Melvin helps me dress up and I am off to the board walk. Again I run into Joy doing the same walk. She is spritely and together with Melvin, we take a short walk and enjoy the sea breeze. A pair of mata putih birds followed us inquisitively and chirping merrily. They are enjoying the laidback lifestyle and welcoming us.

On the return leg of the walk, Melvin takes us out to the jetty. It is really rustic with a tall attap hut at the far end of it. It is quite a clever design with two separate gangways which leads down to the more than 4 boats that are tied up against the pontoons.

Joy and I put on our life vests and get on the tender for a ride to nowhere. The pontoon is wobbly to step on and I feel excitement as well as a fear of dropping into the sea. Melvin is always there for us so I feel safe. Soon, the friendly boatman Hairul takes us out to sea. To tell you the truth, it is not that scary because the boat is really smooth and the engine quiet. Hairul gives a running commentary as we go along. The famous Pulau Ubin is not far across the Straits with many fish farms nestled off her shore. As we sail past the numerous yachts moored off the club, he shows us the Fairy Beacon which is a huge boulder at sea with a large luminous red beacon built on it.

Hairul takes us by the longer way back to the jetty knowing that we do not want the boat ride to end so soon. We are very grateful! He is so kind.

When we reach back on land it is time for lunch. We walk straight into Tekong Cove where we are treated like VIPs. There is a sumptuous spread of sambal skate, BBQ squid, hot plate deer meat, garlic fried chicken with ice cold fruit punch waiting for us. We enjoyed the hearty meal with gusto.

Now that I recall that beautiful day, when all of us came in from the scourging sun, there was a gust of cool wind and the rain started. The Heavens were watching over us!

This is the best outing I have had in years. Here is a big THANKS to Changi Sailing Club for making it all happen for my friends and me from Good Shepherd Loft and St Bernadette Lifestyle Village.

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