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.

Results

IRC

PY

Cruising Multihull

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

IRC

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

IRC

PY

Cruising Multihull

Beach Cat

Series Overall IRC

Series Overall All Classes

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

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

 

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:

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!

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Results:

IRC

PY

Cruising Multihull

Beach Catamaran

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Sunday Series II – Race 3

Sunday Series II racing yesterday made it an exciting weekend for some of the boats, with broaches, botched spinnaker hoist/drop and last-minute overtaking maneuvers taking place all over the BC5 Course. With the winds building nicely in the afternoon, the pennant 7 course was an easy decision to make, sending sailors north of Tekong on a long passage around the BC5 Buoy and back.

Invictus returns from a successful RSYC Regatta campaign, finishing 2nd in their class over the 3 days of racing. Alas, it was a repeat result yesterday as they could not capitalize on Jong Dee’s unintended spinnaker washing, settling for 2nd. Jong Dee recovered well from the mistake, scoring another bullet for the Series in the IRC class.

The biggest fleet on Sunday was undoubtly the PY Class, with 7 yachts participating. Another close fight in the top 4, Minx emerged triumphant – beating close rivals New Blue Eyes and Olmeto in 3rd and 2nd respectively. Despite taking line honours in the PY class, Temptress of Down missed out on podium by seconds to New Blue Eyes – ending the day with a hard-fought 4th.

A close encounter between Firefly and one of the trimarans at the start line made things interesting for the Cruising Multihull Class. It was business as usual for Witblits, taking victory over Baloo and Eepai in 2nd and 3rd respectively. Line honours and a good lead over Eepai for Baloo gave them a well-deserved 2nd, this comes after missing out narrowly on podium for the past 2 weekends.

Uli Braun and Bryan Ngu partnered to sail the Nacra 15 to a nail-biting victory in the Beach Catamaran Class. Madfish II fell victims to a massive wind-hole on the last 100 metres to the finish line, allowing the Nacra 15 and Bad Influence to sneak in and finish ahead of them from the leeward side.

Congratulations to all the winners, see you next week for Race 3 of our Twilight Series II!

IRC

PY

Cruising Multihull

Beach Catamaran

Twilight Series II – Race 2

With a few of our regular yachties racing over at RSYC this weekend, the Twilight Racing yesterday was an intimate affair of 6 Keelboats, 3 Cruising Multihulls and 1 Beach Cat.

Both Jong Dee and Persian Cat gained tremendously from the small numbers, securing a bullet for the series in their respective classes (IRC & Beach Catamaran).

In the PY Class, New Blue Eyes took full advantage of the light and gusty conditions to power ahead of her heavier rivals – securing first place after corrected time. Minx looked a comfortable 2nd, as she eased their way throughout the course – some of her crew even having time for a leisurely photoshoot with the camera / safety boat. Marshmellow completed the podium in 3rd, a consistent performance by Skipper Nicky Marsh and crew to keep them in the running for the overall Series II title.

The Cruising Multihulls were led for most of the course by Baloo – the quickest trimaran in the fleet. However, they fell just a little shy of a podium finish, missing out on 2nd place by less than a minute on handicap. Cicak’s awesome start most definitely helped them to secure a deserving bullet – a minute ahead of 2nd placed Eepai.

Congratulations to all the winners, we look forward to next week’s Sunday Series II – Race 3. Good luck to all CSC boats participating at the RSYC Regatta!

IRC

PY

Cruising Multihull

Beach Catamaran

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Sunday Series II – Race 2

With the RSYC Regatta commencing on Saturday next week, we had a smaller fleet of boats participating in yesterday’s Sunday Series II. Despite the small numbers, competition was close – with some exciting action taking place on water.

In the IRC Class, a near-collision scare with Wild Card did little to slow Jong Dee down, clinching a bullet ahead of Invictus. Reaching a speed of over 8 knots – Southern Light thrived in Sunday’s wind conditions, fending off stiff competition from the rest of the PY fleet to finish in 1st place after corrected time. New Blue Eyes continue to sail well to complete the race in 2nd, and Wild Card edged out Olmeto by seconds to claim 3rd.

Baloo’s speed for the race yesterday was phenomenal, finishing a fair distance ahead of the other 2 trimarans competing. Unfortunately, that performance was not enough for Baloo to earn a spot on the podium, also missing out by seconds. It was Witblit’s victory in the Cruising Multihull Class, followed by Eepai in 2nd place. Despite being the only beach catamaran that finished, Uli Braun’s Nacra 15 had loads of exhilarating fun, lapping up the strong winds and taking her to extraordinary speeds.

 

Congratulations to all the winners and good luck to all CSC sailors participating in next weekend’s RSYC Regatta!

IRC

PY

Cruising Multihull

Beach Catamaran

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