Villa Francis Home for the Aged – Community Outreach Program 14 March 2019

On 14 March 2019, Changi Sailing Club once again hosted 10 Elderly and 10 Caregivers from Villa Francis Home for the Aged. This year we had the honour of hosting Executive Director Sister Maria as well, who accompanied the residents and caregivers to soak in the beautiful weather/scenery and mingled with members at the Club.

Coachman Inn Restaurant generously sponsored a sumptuous lunch to conclude a fruitful morning for our dear friends from 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. They regularly partner with various groups in the community, such as private corporations, religious groups, schools, tertiary institutions, SAF, SCDF & the Home Team.

CSC is proud to host Sister Maria, residents and caregivers of Villa Francis – and look forward to more of such visits in the future!

 

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

 

CSC Community Outreach Program – Down Syndrome Association Singapore

On 20th January, as part of our Community Outreach Program, Changi Sailing Club hosted 11 members and 13 caregivers from the Down Syndrome Association Singapore (DSA)(S).

DSA(S) is a primarily self-funding, non-profit voluntary welfare organisation with IPC (Institute of Public Character) status, which works closely and regularly with healthcare and educational professionals, and voluntary welfare organisations. The Association is affiliated to international bodies such as Down Syndrome International (DSI), the Asia-Pacific Down Syndrome Federation (APDSF), Asian Federation of Mental Retardation (AFMR) and the International Association of the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities (IASSID).  In April 2004, DSA(S) was invited to organise and host the 8th World Down Syndrome Congress in Singapore, which attracted participants from more than 34 countries.

http://downsyndrome-singapore.org/

CSC is happy to support such organisations and their programmes – looking forward to bringing them out on a sailboat on the next visit to the Club!

NTU Basic Sailing Course Jan 2019

On 7th January, we conducted our very first 2019 Basic Sailing Course for NTU students. Students learn the ropes over a gruelling 3 days – overcoming strong north-easterly winds and a tight schedule to emerge as newly minted Level 1 Proficient Dinghy Sailors! The Students were treated to a short introductory sail on the Platus on the afternoon of the last day, giving them a taste of keelboat sailing!

Congratulations to the 4 NTU Boys – we look forward to seeing all of you when you return to sail regularly with the NTU Sailing Club!

Goodwill Cruise to Nongsa

On 15 & 16 December, CSC organised a Goodwill Cruise to Nongsa Point Marina – in support of the sailors of Riau Yacht Club.

The Riau Yacht Club is a small dinghy club operating off a little beachfront at the western corner of the Marina. They reach out to the children from the rural areas of batam and invite them to learn how to sail on the optimists, bytes and lasers. As these children are mostly from low-income families, the Yacht Club offers a sailing training programme for free, sponsored by Indonesian Businessman Kris Wiluan.

Our Members brought clothes, food, stationery, bags and various other items from Singapore to donate to the young sailors of Riau Yacht Club. 4 out of the 5 boats were on their maiden cruising trip, made further enjoyable by the amazing hospitality at Nongsa Point Marina.

We would like to thank the following Yachts for taking part in our inaugural goodwill cruise:

  1. SDF / Derek Sharples
  2. Emmanuel II / Desmond Wong
  3. Swannee / Mackson Chia
  4. Eriphine / Matthias Gaede
  5. Elessar / Michael Huffines

Not forgetting the Members who donated your pre-loved items and the team at Nongsa Point Marina for helping make this Goodwill Cruise a success – Thank you!

We look forward to making this an annual affair, do join us on our next Goodwill Cruise in 2019. Details to be updated on our E-newsletter and Website.

 

Rainbow Centre Yishun Park School Joy-Sail

On 8th December 2018, Changi Sailing Club once again played host to the students and parents from Rainbow Centre (Yishun Park School).

The Rainbow Centre is a social service organisation in Singapore. It operates three special education schools Margaret Drive School (RCMDS), Yishun Park School (RCYPS) and a third one at Woodlands, for infants, children and youths with special needs like autism, intellectual disability, developmental delay, and multiple disabilities.

All 53 participants enjoyed the morning sail with 10 of our club members/boat owners, who graciously lent their time and boats for a good cause.

Big Thank You to the following boats which made it happen:

  1. Defiance / Ashley Barnes
  2. Shardana / Joe Lombardo
  3. Waka Tere / Kurt Metzger
  4. Ikaroa / Michael Kaus
  5. Minx / Lucas Van Maarschalkerweerd
  6. Firefly / Stefan Vidan
  7. Sapphire Star / Simon Connor
  8. Boreas / Alex, NTU Sailing Club
  9. Emmanuel II / Desmond Wong
  10. Dauntless / Yong Wee Keong

 

Not forgetting Aunty Sharifah and the staff from Rainbow Centre, thank you for giving us this opportunity to share the joys of sailing and make new friends!

 

Pre-Ambassadors’ Cup Fund-Raising Cocktail Reception

Oh what a night!
 
Last night’s fund-raising cocktail reception was the into it’s 4th edition, and as always, was a successful gathering of the diplomatic and sailing community for a night of drinking and revelry for a good cause. Held at the iconic Post Bar at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, it was great to see sailors all dressed up on a Friday night in town!
 
50% of the drink ticket sales and all cash donations go towards supporting the CSC Community Outreach Program. As part of the Club’s Corporate Social Responsibility, the CSC Community Outreach Fund is used to support the running of sailing and recreational programs for the underprivileged community, such as youth at risk, children with special needs and the residents of Homes for the Aged.
 
Big thank you to the Post Bar at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore for being such gracious and accommodating hosts!
 
We are now looking forward to bringing the World Together on 3rd November 2018 with our Signature Event – The Oneberry Ambassadors’ Cup!

Sailing & Sustainability Program 19-21 Oct 2018

On 19th October, 128 Secondary School Students departed from Changi Sailing Club for Outward Bound Singapore (OBS) Pulau Ubin for a 3D2N camp as part of their final phase of the annual Sailing & Sustainability Program.
 
This being the 5th edition, the program has come a long way since it was first introduced in 2014. CSC is proud to continue supporting this enriching program which gives opportunities for students to learn life-skills through sailing. ⛵

Villa Francis Home Visit

Earlier this year, Changi Sailing Club successfully hosted a group of residents from the Villa Francis Home for the Aged.

On 17th October, in partnership with Villa Francis, the Club once again invited 15 residents and 15 staff from the Home to a sumptuous lunch by the sea – generously sponsored by Coachman Inn Restaurant. It was a morning of rest & relaxation, as our senior visitors were treated to a cool morning with a great view and fresh sea breeze.

Changi Sailing Club is always very happy to host the lovely residents of Villa Francis – looking forward to their next visit!

SMU Basic Sailing Course 8, 10 & 11 Oct 2018

What a week! We had 13 students from SMU Sailing participating in the annual Basic Sailing Course on 8, 10 & 11 Oct 2018.

Despite the challenging conditions (storms & strong tides), the students learnt the ropes of sailing and eventually emerged as proficient level 1 dinghy sailors!

Changi Sailing Club wishes all of you the very best in your future sailing endeavours!