Twilight Series III Race 4

The weather during yesterday’s Twilight Race showed signs of the North-Easterly Monsoon trying to settle in, giving sailors a nice beat up to Changi Buoy on the first leg.

Jong Dee, Emmanuel II and Southern Light were a bit too eager – incurring an OCS and subsequent penalty, costing them valuable time at the start. Despite the blunder, Jong Dee was quick to recover, catching up with Notus and Sky Bird at Changi Buoy. She eventually crossed with line honours, and clinched victory in the IRC Class by a slim margin of 8 seconds over Sky Bird on corrected time.

In the 7-strong PY Class, Temptress of Down had a fantastic start, wasting no time in establishing a good lead over the rest of the pack. Sangaree did well to bounce back from a couple of too-close encounters to finish just outside of podium. Temptress of Down slipped to 3rd when the wind died down on the final leg, allowing the chasing boats to close the gap. Sapphire Star sailed a superb solo race to finish 2nd on handicap, missing out on 1st place by 2 seconds to Boreas. Nanyang Technological University Sailing Club notched their 1st bullet ever while sailing Boreas in our Twilight Races, congratulations!

The Cruising Multihulls witnessed a crucial mistake by leaders Miss Visayan, as she failed to keep CSC 1 to starboard while sailing down from Changi Buoy. It was Team Cicak‘s gain as they secured their 2nd bullet for the Series, with Eeepai completing the podium as runner-up.

Thank you all for taking part in the 4th race of our Twilight Series! Looking forward to more North-Easterly Winds over the next few months!

Results

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Cruising Multihull

 

Oneberry Ambassadors’ Cup 2018

This year’s Ambassadors’ Cup marks the 19th Anniversary of the event, proudly sponsored by Oneberry Technologies. As Changi Sailing Club’s Signature Event, the Regatta sees boats from Raffles Marina, Marina at Keppel Bay, One Degree 15 Marina and SAFYC coming from halfway across the island to take part.

With a total of 57 boats on water, it was a grand sight to behold from the Jetty, as the crew commence their preparations for the start. Atul Sinha’s Meraki and Paul Kendall’s Jong Dee got a little too excited before the horn went, having to turn back after starting a few seconds too early. The light North-Easterly breeze took all 25 yachts in the Ambassadors’ Division on a short-lived gentle sail down the coast of changi – only to be met with a strong weather system coming inland from above Tekong.

Despite trailing the leaders at the beginning, Jonathan Mahony’s Zanzibar did well to catch up, rounding North Angler in 1st place and eventually taking line honours with Chilean Ambassador Mr James Sinclair on board. Justin Lean’s Invictus flew the European Union flag, taking 2nd place in clinical fashion. Paul Kendall’s Jong Dee made a few critical decisions amidst the challenging wind conditions on the return, which allowed her to cross the line 3rd and ultimately win the prestigious 19th Ambassadors’ Cup after corrected time with Hungarian Ambassador H.E. Istvan Szerdahely on board. Defending Champions Zanzibar return home empty handed this year, missing out on 3rd place by a slim 15 seconds to Brazil and their hosts, Born in Fire – skippered by Pascal Radue. Also separated by seconds, Invictus maintained their 2nd position after handicap – just 24 seconds behind Jong Dee and 17 seconds ahead of Born in Fire…. close racing indeed!

A similar situation arose in the Non-Ambassadors’ Division, as the boats in 3rd-5th place were separated by mere seconds, with NTU Sailing’s Just A J (Norway) emerging the best of the rest – 21 seconds ahead of Mackson Chia’s Swannee (Korea). As only Bapsy (Sri Lanka) and Sky Bird (Poland) finished the race within the time limit, the former helmed by ex-Olympian Siew Shaw Her’s Bapsy fittingly triumphed over Edwin Low’s Sky Bird on handicap.

27 hulls on the start line made it an impressive start for the Trimaran Division – as Abra Ca Deborah Too established on early lead on the first stretch. Gary Curtis’s Miss Visayan sailed well to eventually claim line honours but surrendered overall victory on corrected time to Deborah Barker’s Abra Ca Deborah Too. Graham Horn’s Jaza Too completed the podium in 3rd.

A baffling u-turn by Quack after the start was the only blemish on late-comer Scott McCook’s race, as Quack sailed superbly single-handed to sneak ahead of Jeremy Nixon’s Bad Influence on the return leg, securing victory in the Beach Catamaran Division. Philippe Girardot’s Hobie 16 took 3rd in the 3-strong fleet. For the 3rd year in a row, Stefan Vidan’s Firefly won in the Cruising Catamaran Division, well ahead of Mark Richard’s Pawmark (Cambodia). The Cruising Catamaran Division were sorely missing regulars Ximula, Katrianne and Annette, due to various schedule conflicts / commitments. We look forward to their return next year!

As always, it did not take long for sailors and diplomats to get the party started, with Après-Sail Drinks and Snacks brimming with South American flavours to welcome sailors back from the afternoon’s race. The Evening’s festivities were graced by Guest-of-Honour Mr Albert Chua, Permanent Secretary (Environment & Water Resources). Fueled by the free-flow of Tiger Beer, sumptuous dinner buffet by Coachman Inn Restaurant and smooth tunes from the EuroAsia Band, participants danced the night away in what was yet another night of unbridled revelry.

The success of this Event would not have been possible without the strong support from Title Sponsors Oneberry Technologies, Gold Sponsors Yanmar & Chong Lee Leong Seng (CLLS), supporting sponsors Power Partners Pte Ltd, Kaefer Prostar, Cosmosteel, Casillero Del Diablo, Asia Pacific Breweries Singapore and new sponsors The Luxury Network Singapore +Diplomatic Council (The Global Think Tank).

The evening brought further great news for the event as Oneberry and Yanmar committed their support for the 20th Ambassadors’ Cup next year. Thank you all Sailors and Sponsors for being a part of what is now without doubt the biggest Sailing-Social Event in Singapore.

See you next year for the 20th Ambassadors’ Cup – Bringing the World Together!

Results
Captain Marty’s Asian Yachting Report

 

 

Sunday Series III Race 4

We had some interesting / challenging conditions during the 4th race of our Sunday Series III, with most sailors unfortunately getting caught in the approaching rain from the west. At the Start, the decision to send participants on a pennant 5 course was also due to a looming north-easterly storm. That kept sailors dry on the journey to serangoon buoy, only to be hit by heavy showers arriving at the turning point.

In the IRC Class, Invictus led from start to finish to clinch victory for race 4, as Jong Dee got caught off-guard with an unexpected wind shift on the approach to Squance. Being the only 2 participating in the IRC Class, these 2 boats stretch their lead on the fleet in the overall standings for the Sunday Series.

The PY Class saw an excellent turn out of 7 boats, with visiting yacht Sea Monster making their debut sail in our Sunday Series! Despite retiring after the first leg, the Beneteau 50 Skipper and Crew look all ready for the Ambassadors’ Cup on 3rd November. Leading the pack was Temptress of Down, thriving in the windy conditions to complete the race comfortably with line honours and a bullet 20 minutes ahead of 2nd placed Sangaree. New Blue Eyes only just sneaked on to the podium, as they finished 13 seconds ahead of 4th placed Minx after corrected time.

Also looking impressive were the Cruising Multihulls, really enjoying the cold front that came with the storm. Despite having to do a 720 penalty towards the end, Jaza Too still finished with a 2min 40sec lead over 2nd placed Eeepai. Witblits had to settle for 3rd, losing out to Eeepai by a slim margin of 12 seconds.

Despite getting dunked in the water, Scott McCook still managed to escape with a win over Jeremy Nixon’s Bad Influence in the Beach Catamaran Class. It was a close battle between both Vipers, as Scott McCook’s single-handed efforts on the Viper triumphed over Bad Influence, scoring another bullet for the series.

Thank you all for participating! We are now highly anticipating this Saturday’s Oneberry Ammbassadors’ Cup – Bringing the World Together.

Results

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Cruising Multihull

Beach Catamaran

 

Twilight Series III Race 3

Our 3rd race for the Twilight Series III was blessed with a gentle south-southwesterly breeze, looking a lot more promising compared to last week’s washout.

A little drama ensued in the Beach Catamaran Class not too long after the start, as Scott McCook’s Viper F16 capsized near a fish farm in the vicinity of Squance. Scott escaped unscathed and soon returned to racing, playing Cat-ch up. Further up at the top of the fleet, Stray Catz and Madfish II took turns to lead over the various legs, with the latter eventually claiming line honours and victory. Persian Cat managed to fend off the chasing Viper over the last few legs to complete the podium in 3rd.

CSC welcomes the return of Dash Boot! Dash Boot returns to club racing in style, scoring a bullet comfortably ahead of 2nd placed Eepai in the Cruising Multihull Class. Cicak had a young skipper on the helm for this Twilight, as 13yr-old Yasmine steered the the boat to a hard-fought 3rd. Despite Miss Visayan’s and Baloo’s best efforts, they missed out on a podium position by a slim 18 sec margin after handicap.

With a total of 8 boats participating, the PY Class had the biggest fleet on water yesterday, with some very close battles in the middle of the pack. Southern Light was sailed superbly to victory, a feat made possible by the collective efforts from the helm, crew and a slippery clean bottom. In 2nd place was an all-ladies crew on New Blue Eyes! Despite their poor start, they clawed their way back to take line honours, but surrendered to Southern Light on corrected time. 3rd place went to a solid solo effort by Loh Wai Kin on Big Bad Wolf. He emerged the best of the rest, just sneaking ahead of Balqis to take the podium. Great to see Swannee sailing on her maiden Twilight Race! Sailed by CSC Stalwarts Mackson Chia & Michael Tan – Swannee held her own to finish a credible 7th.

Making it 2 bullets out of 2 races, Waka Tere strengthens her hold on the IRC title for Twilight Series III – dominating the IRC fleet in yesterday’s conditions. She takes line honours and victory over 2nd placed Invictus, who relinquished their lead somewhere midway in the race. It was exciting to watch both Jong Dee and Sky Bird competing to get ahead of each other, with both skippers displaying their tactical prowess in close-quarters sailing. The latter eventually emerged triumphant, claiming 3rd on the podium.

Thank you all for participating in the Twilight Series III – Race 3!

Looking forward to seeing everyone looking dapper at the Pre-Ambassadors’ Cup Fund-Raising Cocktail on 26th October taking place at The Post Bar – Fullerton Hotel Singapore.

Results

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Cruising Multihull

Beach Catamaran

 

 

 

Twilight Series III Race 2

Despite the persistent rainfall in the early afternoon – the winds delivered, allowing for a timely start for the 22 boats participating in yesterday’s Twilight Series III. Our fortnightly club series welcomes new entrants Emmanuel II, who were racing for the first time under the firm stewardship of skipper Desmond Wong. Looking forward to seeing more of her in future races!

In the IRC Class, nearly the entire fleet of IRC yachts in CSC took part, sans Simba. Invictus bounced back from a dismal Sunday Series performance last week to notch a bullet. Waka Tere returned to club racing after a long break, as skipper Kurt Metzger sailed her single-handed to a 2nd place finish. Born in Fire continue to produce consistently good results, rounding up the podium finishers in 3rd.

With a total of 9 boats participating, the PY Class was the largest fleet on the course, but also the fleet that struggled the most with the challenging conditions. Only 2 boats finished within the time limit of 2hrs 30mins. The mighty Sangaree fended off stiff competition from New Blue Eyes to clinch victory, as the latter settled for 2nd place after corrected time. Minx was the best of the rest, as skipper Lucas van Maarschalkerweerd’s solo efforts paid off – securing him a 3rd in his class.

It was another case of impressive solo-sailing in the Cruising Multihull Class, as Graham Horn skippered Jaza Too to a narrow win over Gary Curti’s Miss Visayan. Baloo found it difficult to sail at the optimum boat speed and wind angles, eventually surrendering 3rd place to Cicak.

A solo sailor in every class! Scott McCook was the Beach Catamaran Class’s contribution to the Singles Club, sailing the Viper F16 to yet another victory, despite her poor start. Nigel Signal’s Stray Catz was a close 2nd. Kudos to Persian Cat for persevering and finishing the race just within the time limit.

Thank you all for another excellent turn out! See you next Sunday for Race 3 of our Sunday Series.

Results

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Cruising Multihull

Beach Catamaran

 

Sunday Series III Race 2

The 2nd Race of the Sunday Series III saw an amazing turnout of 22 boats on the Start-line, looking like a dry run for the Ambassadors Cup this November. The wind did not disappoint as well, as a building east-southeasterly breeze took sailors on a long beat to North Angler Buoy and back on a spinnaker run.

Witblits conquered the largest fleet of competitors on Sunday, finishing ahead of 6 other Cruising Multihulls to clinch their first bullet for the Sunday Series III. It was certainly commendable, as Skipper Shaun Norris sailed with only 2-up in a breeze consistently above 10 knots. Same goes for 2nd placed Jaza Too, who were also only 2-up, but looking very comfortable ahead of the pack. Miss Visayan continue their good performance to finish in 3rd, producing consistent results over the past 2 weekends.

In the Beach Catamaran Class, Scott McCook returns to racing on a Viper F16 with new sails. Sailing solo, he displayed a convincing performance to sneak ahead of the young guns on Madfish II to finish first. Despite crossing the line just seconds behind the Viper, The lone Taipan Stray Catz had to settle for 3rd on handicap. Damages to their headsail resulted in a premature end for Bad Influence, forcing them to retire from the race.

Both Sangaree and Temptress of Down took full advantage of the unfiltered winds, taking first and second in the PY Class. With Skipper John Boers absent, Xenia helmed Sangaree to their second consecutive bullet in the series, putting them in the driving seat. Despite losing control of their spinnaker on the last stretch down to the club line, Minx recovered and sailed well enough to secure their place on the podium in 3rd.

Some stiff competition between the 30-40 footers in the IRC Class took place – with the Italian Stallion Shardana emerging victorious to make it 2 bullets out of 2 races. Competition was so close between 2nd and 3rd place, as Born in Fire placed ahead of Red Rum by a mere 5 seconds after corrected time!

Fantastic weather, excellent turnout, thank you all for joining us over the weekend!

Results

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Cruising Multihull

Beach Catamaran

Twilight Series III Race 1 (Cicak Challenge 2!)

Yesterday’s Twilight Series III  Race was a fun-filled affair, as we celebrated Cicak Challenge 2 together with all the pirates in attendance! The first Cicak Challenge was conceived as a 50th Birthday celebration for Cicak‘s Skipper, Tim Hill. This year, it was first mate Penny Hill’s turn to celebrate her 50th Birthday together with the Cicak Family and Sailing friends at Changi Sailing Club. Many sailors came dressed to the pirate-theme, with some sailors putting in amazing effort for their costumes!

The racing was a little trying towards the end, as winds struggled to pick up and incoming tide gave many boats an added uphill challenge beating up from squance to the finish club line. In the IRC Class, Invictus took full advantage of the 3 OCS (Jong Dee, Ikaroa & Southern Light) at the start to comfortably take top spot. Sky Bird was a distant 2nd, their best performance over the 3 series. Some notable sailors onboard – Kimberly Lim and Cecelia Low, the 49erFX Asian Games Gold Medalists at the recently concluded 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta. Red Rum‘s efforts rewarded them with a 3rd, missing out on 2nd by a slim margin of 58secs.

Despite her false start, Southern Light clawed back to claim 3rd in the 7-strong fleet of PY boats. New Blue Eyes better their performance from last weekend’s 3rd placing at the Sunday Series, securing 2nd just 14secs behind winner Sangaree after corrected time. Although one eventually retired and the other finished 5th, the crew of both Olmeto and Ikaroa looked like they had a fabulous time dressing up as Pirates!

Fending off stiff competition from both Baloo and Eepai, Cicak fittingly took victory in the Cruising Multihull Class, the perfect result for a Cicak Challenge! Despite having to retire, the result did not stop Firefly from having a blast together as a Pirate family, complete with eyeliner, tattoos and 2 Captain Kidds.

The Beach Catamaran Class were the speediest as usual, but also had to deal with 1 retirement from the Nacra 15, sailed by youth member Bryan Ngu. Madfish II drew first blood to continue stretching her lead over Stray Catz for the overall trophy to be awarded at the end of all 3 series.

Back on shore, sailors were treated to some light snacks and rum – all kindly sponsored by Team Cicak! A great party to end our first Twilight Race for the Series, thank you Team Cicak for bringing the fun to our races 🙂 See you next week for Race 2 of our Sunday Series III!

Results

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Cruising Multihull

Beach Catamaran

Sunday Series III Race 1

Both our Club Series for 2018 have been a popular activity for our Members ever since the first series race commenced in April. It has been exciting to see teams getting more competitive each weekend, vying for weekly podium places. If you have not been doing so well over the past 2 Series for the Sunday Series and Twilight, do not fret – there is still a chance to attain the overall Challenge Trophy for the respective Series classes, as this is determined by a combination of all 3 series results.

The Sunday Series III kicked off to a blistering start, as 19 boats participated in a steady South-Westerly Breeze – taking them to BC5 and back. Shardana continue to improve, displaying a strong performance to draw first blood in the IRC Class. They claimed victory over 2nd placed Red Rum by a slim margin of 1min 9secs. It was also a close fight for 3rd place, as last Series’ overall 1st (Invictus) and 2nd (Jong Dee) kept it really tight to see the latter come up just under a minute quicker. Jong Dee‘s consistent performance over the past 2 Series puts them in pole position to claim the overall IRC Title in December.

The largest fleet of the 4 classes was equally intense, as the PY Yachts made some aggressive moves against each other throughout the course, keeping sailors on their toes. The 44-foot Sangaree emerged victorious, but suffered a little damage to their sail in the process. Another big boat joined her on the podium, as Temptress of Down secured 2nd position just a minute and 10 seconds ahead of last Series’s Champions, New Blue Eyes. Great to see close competition on handicap, with all 6 boats finishing within 5 minutes of each other.

In the Cruising Multihull Division, Corsair 28 Miss Visayan marked her debut with a place on the podium, finishing 2nd, just behind the nippy Jaza Too. Cicak finished a commendable 3rd, fending off Baloo and Eepai in the process. Super excited to see more boats taking part in the Cruising Multi Class!

After a long break, Madfish II returns to clinch victory in the Beach Catamaran Class, staying comfortably ahead of veterans & fierce rivals Stray Catz and Nacra 15 in 2nd and 3rd respectively. A capsize near TKPK meant an early end for the single-handed Bad Influence, who would have given the podium finishers a run for their money if not for the unforeseen incident.

Thank you all for participating this weekend! Next week our first Twilight Race for Series III will be a special edition! Cicak Challenge 2 is back, come dressed in pirate outfits for the race (or after) and stand to win a prize for the best dressed sailor/team! There will be some finger food post-race as well, looking forward to racing and partying with everyone on Saturday.

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Beach Catamaran

Sunday Series II – Finale

The Sunday Series II Finale sees a whooping total of 17 boats taking part, bringing the fortnightly racing series to an exciting close. This was despite the light air and strong currents, providing yet another challenging test of perseverance and tactics throughout the pennant 4 course.

Series leaders Invictus led the fleet from start to finish – securing the IRC Title with another bullet. They make amends for their DSQ during Saturday’s Twilight Finale, displaying a dominant performance for the 5th race of the Sunday Series II. Yesterday’s results were also the exact reflection of the Overall IRC Series results, with Jong Dee and Shardana claiming 2nd and 3rd respectively.

In the PY Class, Sangaree returns from a triumphant Western Circuit campaign to secure line honours ahead of the rest of the fleet, but only manages 4th after handicap correction. Southern Light kept close to the leaders to earn her a well-deserved bullet, finishing the Series on a high. 2nd place went to the Lucas Van Maarschalkerweerd’s Minx, staying just ahead of 3rd placed Olmeto. Southern Light’s win could only muster an overall 4th placing in the Series, 1 point behind Olmeto, whose 3 points yesterday contributed to their 3rd in the overall standings with 13 points. A bullet and consistent performances from Minx earned them a 2nd for the Series, this following their overall 3rd in the Twilight Series II. Despite finishing a dismal 5th in the fleet for the last race of the Series, New Blue Eyes did enough to secure a weekend Club Series double and the PY Title on 7 points.

Shaun Norris’s Witblits had a similar outcome in the Cruising Multihull Class, recording their worst result for the series yesterday, but had already secured the Cruising Multihull Title with 4 bullets from Race 1 to 4. Kaze’s return to club racing reward them with a bullet, serving as clear indication that they’re back in contention for subsequent club series! Consistency is the key factor to Eepai’s well-deserved 2nd in the race and 2nd overall, notching top 3 finishes for all the races she participated in. Baloo’s strong attendance in the Series gave them the right to be on the podium in 3rd, completing the Series on 14 points – 5 points adrift of Eepai.

Despite a no-show from the Beach Catamarans yesterday, we’d like to congratulate Uli Braun and his Nacra 15 for winning the Sunday Series II Title with 2 bullets. Doug Fimmell’s Madfish II sits pretty 2 points away on 2nd place and another Viper, Jeremy Nixon’s Bad Influence, took 3rd on 21 points.

Congratulations all winners, thank you for another great Sunday Series turn-out! We will be taking a break from racing next week, Sunday Series III race 1 commences on 16th September, 2pm. See you there!

Results

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PY

Cruising Multihull

Series IRC Final

Series Final

 

 

Twilight Series II Finale

The 2nd Twilight Series for 2018 came to a thrilling end yesterday, with a near collision encounter between Red Rum and Invictus, resulting in a Protest decision from the former.  At the beginning, Winds blew steadily from a Southeasterly direction, keeping the fleet compact and competitors on their toes. Subsequent wind shifts and major changes in wind pressure led to a re-shuffling of the boats in the course, and could have been a pivoting factor for some of the results.

Despite the initial breeze during the 1st half of the evening, The IRC, Cruising Multihulls and Beach Catamaran Class were left struggling on the final leg up to squance, where the race was shortened due to the strong currents and weakened winds. In the IRC Class, Invictus managed to clinch line honours, but chalked up a DSQ from the ensuing protest by Red Rum. This resulted in a bullet for Jong Dee and 2nd place finish for Red Rum. Skybird completes the podium in 3rd. The result for the 5th and final race for the Series sealed Jong Dee’s victory in the IRC Class, beating Invictus by 2 points. Steve Manning’s Red Rum gained from the successful porotest outcome, securing his position in 3rd.

For the PY Class, the race was shortened for an East-West finish at the Club line, giving opportunity for some of the slower boats to finish within the time limit. First across the line and first after handicap correction went to New Blue Eyes, securing their 3rd bullet for the Series. Only a minute separated 2nd placed Minx and 3rd placed Marsh Mellow. Their positions were switched in the final series results, with Marsh Mellow clinching 2nd by 1 point ahead of Minx – a testament of the friendly rivalry between both boats. New Blue Eyes took the PY Title comfortably with a total of 5 points for the Series, putting themselves in the driving seat for the 3rd and final installment of the Twilight Series starting 22nd September.

The Cruising Multihulls see Witblits take the bullet by a comfortable lead over Cicak & Baloo (in 2nd & 3rd respectively). Despite stalling at Squance for some time due to the ripping currents and light winds, Witblits eventually managed to finish with 30 minutes to spare. With that, Witblits made all their races count, clinching 3 bullets from all 3 races sailed for the Series, securing the Cruising Multihull Title with 8 points. Eepai came close to dethroning Witblits, but fell short with the lacking number of bullets. Cicak completed the podium 1 point adrift, on 9 points.

Chris Waddington’s dominant performance on Persian Cat gave him a comfortable win with 3 bullets and a total of 5 points for the Series. A poor attendance by the rest of the fleet seem to have contributed to the overwhelming victory, and we hope to see better participation from the Beach Catamarans next season!

Congratulations to all the winners for the Twilight Series II! We hope you had fun over the past 2 months, looking forward to the start of the 3rd and final Twilight Series for 2018 – commencing on 22nd September!

Results

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Cruising Multihull

Beach Cat

Series Overall IRC

Series Overall All Classes