Signature Sunday Series – Round Ubin Race

The Signature Sundays came to a dramatic end, with the Round Ubin Race resulting in many thrills and spills (some literally). A total of 33 boats took part in the final race for the series, an impressive turn out which tops last week’s Round Tekong Race. There was very little room for error at the start line, as sailors faced a strong outgoing tide which eventually pushed some boats over the line before the horn went.

Gary Schmidt, skipper of The Blue Bug became the first MoB for 2019, getting a lot Weta than he probably wanted to. In a show of great sportsmanship, Jong Dee and Temptress of Down from the IRC and PY classes respectively sprung into action to pick up the skipper and stray boat. Not giving up, The Blue Bug continued to circumnavigate Ubin and eventually completed the race in a respectable 2hrs 40mins! Amongst the other 3 Wetas ahead, R2D2 took first place and line honours, followed by Itchy-Go in 2nd and The Striped One in 3rd. Despite the MoB, The Blue Bug did enough to take 3rd place in the overall standings, tied on points with 2nd placed Itchy-Go bust bested by her bullet at the Round Tekong Race. R2D2 became the first Weta champion for the Signature Sunday Series, scoring 2 bullets from 3 races to finish with 7 points in total.

In the Beach Catamaran Class, Madfish II return to their winning ways, scoring a bullet comfortably ahead of close rival and defending champions Stray Catz. Their time of 1hr 13min 18sec may not have broken the under 1hr record set by Martin Pickrodt’s Nacra Carbon 20 in 2017 (0hr 59min 17 sec) – but was still an hour faster than last year’s timing due to the favourable conditions. Stray Catz‘s 2nd place finish was more than enough to secure her win and defend her title in the overall series, topping the table with 4 points from 3 races. The Taipan F16 007 helmed by Louis Lim completed the Round Ubin podium in 3rd. Despite finishing outside of podium in yesterday’s race, Persian Cat did enough to secure herself a 2nd for the overall series, 5 points adrift. Madfish II’s bullet played a big part in ensuring they made up for missing Round Tekong and taking 3rd overall.

A massive fleet of 9 boats for the Cruising Multihulls took part in the sprint around Ubin, making it the 2nd-largest class participating. Jaza Too continue on their red-hot form, taking victory for the Round Ubin Race in a time of 1hr 43min32sec. It was a close fight for the top 3 till the end, as 2nd placed AbraCaDeborah finished a slim 20secs after and Eeepai trailing by less than a minute behind. It was AbraCaDeborah’s win overall, as her consistent performance of three 2nd-place finishes from 3 races rewarded her with the 2019 Cruising Multihull Title. A bullet at the Felkin Race sealed Eeepai’s 2nd position overall, just 1 point ahead of Miss Visayan in 3rd.

The PY Class was represented by 12 boats, resulting in an excitingly crowded start line. A heated encounter between Southern Light & Temptress of Down took place at the start, the only exciting exchange before the sailors settled into their journey around Ubin. Just missing out on podium at the Felkin Race and leaving out Round Tekong due to the lack of crew – made victory yesterday so much sweeter for Defiance. The grand dame took line honours and won on handicap to beat 14 (including the IRC) other boats across the finish line. Sangaree made amends for her disappointing performances over the last 2 weekends, finishing the Series with a 2nd for Round Ubin. A 3rd for defending champions Ikaroa was more than enough for her to secure the overall 2019 PY Title with a total of 5 points. Close rival Southern Light hung on to 2nd by a single point, fending off a strong performance by Arbudhen at the Round Ubin Race. Arbudhen’s 4th place finish for Round Ubin closed the gap between her and Southern Light, rewarding her with a well-deserved 3rd overall.

Waka Tere made it 3 wins out of 3 races to take victory in the IRC Class for the Signature Sunday Series. Initially neck and neck with Born in Fire at the start, BiF had to drop out due to a snapped main halyard, effectively handing the lead to Waka Tere. It was exciting to watch her on the final stretch as she pressured PY Class’s Defiance in various attempts to overtake. Shardana’s 2nd place finish in the Round Ubin Race meant that the ‘Italian Stallion’ secured 3rd overall in the Series, despite not participating in the Felkin Race. Jong Dee’s heroics during the MoB incident did not affect her eventual results, as her 3rd place finish was sufficient in maintaining her 2nd overall in the Signature Sundays.

Congratulations to all the winners and everyone who took part over the past 3 weekends! We now take a break for 3 weeks due to the upcoming Nongsa Regatta (25-27 Jan), Nongsa Neptune Regatta (2-9 Feb) and Chinese New Year (5-6 Feb)! Some of our sailors will be flying the CSC Flag high during the above races, we wish them all the best!

Results (Round Ubin)

Beach Cats & Weta
Cruising Multihull
PY
IRC

Results (Overall Signature Sundays)

Weta Overall
Beach Cat Overall
Cruising Multihull Overall
PY Overall
IRC Overall

Signature Sunday Series – Round Tekong Race 2019

Another weekend of fantastic weather meant that the Round Tekong Race was a breeze for all 31 participating boats.

Despite a passing shower taking place in the early afternoon, the north-easterly winds did not let up, carrying the fleet around Tekong in a maximum of only 5hrs, with the fastest boat circumnavigating the island in 2hrs 27mins 53secs.

The above honour goes to Nigel Signal’s Stray Catz, who only just missed out on beating his personal best by 3mins & 26secs! She leads the Beach Catamaran Fleet of 4, with the next Cat (Bad Influence) finishing a distant 26mins behind her. Bad Influence eventually takes 3rd place, surrendering 2nd place to Persian Cat on corrected time. The Wetas struggled to keep up with the Beach Cats in this race, with the fastest Weta R2D2 leading the pack. Despite being the first Weta to complete the race, a costly blunder of passing CAAS 2 on the wrong side resulted in a ‘RAF’ score for R2D2. This promoted Itchy-Go to first place, followed by The Striped One and The Blue Bug in 2nd & 3rd respectively.

In the Cruising Multihull Class, it was line honours yet again for the mighty FireFly! But she only just misses out on podium this round, failing to put enough distance between her and the chasing corsairs on the final leg to finish. 3rd place was awarded to Miss Visayan, who made amends for a disappointing performance during last week’s Felkin Race. AbraCaDeborah remains the most consistent, scoring another 2nd to put her in the driving seat to clinch overall victory in her class. Jaza Too returns from holidays to start her season with a bullet, and will be looking to double that tally at next week’s Round Ubin Race.

Our biggest fleet keeps getting bigger! Making up nearly half the entire fleet taking part in the Round Tekong Race, the PY Class was closely contested amongst the 13 boats in participation. Temptress of Down starts her 2019 campaign on a high, clinching line honours 15mins ahead of the next boat. Hot favourites Ikaroa continue their fine run with 2 bullets in 2 weekends, and is hungry to complete the Series with a clean sweep. Southern Light pulled an amazing overtaking maneuvre on leeward for a photo-finish just seconds ahead of Ikaroa. This rewarded her with a well-deserved 2nd place. The lighter and faster boats struggled to stretch their lead on the cruisers, with Arbudhen emerging as the best of the rest, securing 3rd place after corrected time.

The return of Shardana livened things up in the IRC Class, giving front-runners Waka Tere and Jong Dee a run for their money. Shardana’s best efforts could only reward her with a 3rd on the podium, bested by Jong Dee’s line honours and eventual 2nd place on corrected time. Waka Tere wins by a slim 49 seconds ahead of Jong Dee, making it an extra-sweet victory for the former. She now leads the overall standings with 2 points from 2 races. If Waka Tere continues her fine form in the Round Ubin Race, she looks poised to take overall victory in the IRC Class.

Congratulations to all the winners, we look forward to consolidating the results and crowning 2019’s Signature Sunday Series Champions on 20th January!

Results

Beach Cats/Weta
Cruising Multihull
PY
IRC

Overall Signature Sunday Series Standings

Beach Catamaran
Weta
Cruising Multihull
PY
IRC

 

Signature Sunday Series – Felkin Buoy Race

What an amazing way to kick-start the North-East Monsoon Sailing Festival! A consistent 12-15 knot breeze filled in early in the morning, setting the stage for a wonderful day of sailing along the East Johor Straits.

The Signature Sunday Series consist of 3 passage races unique to our locale. They are the Felkin Buoy Race, Round Tekong Race and Round Ubin Race. It has grown in participation over the years, with this year’s Felkin Buoy Race having 26 boats in participation. A downwind start for all classes made it a thrilling countdown from the first warning signal, as boats scrambled to avoid each other in the heavy winds and set up their kites at the same time.

In the IRC Class, Waka Tere and Born in Fire kept us on the edge of our seats at the finish line – with the former pulling off an overtaking maneuver on the last stretch to cross with line honours 4 seconds ahead of Born in Fire. She went on to take handicap victory as well, ahead of Born in Fire and Jong Dee in 2nd & 3rd respectively.

Sangaree survived a protest and late surge by Defiance to secure 3rd in the PY Class. This was despite winning line honours ahead of the IRC Boats. The heavier boats lapped up the conditions, as defending champions Ikaroa started off their campaign on a good note – drawing first blood by winning the Felkin Buoy Race barely a minute ahead of 2nd placed Southern Light after corrected time. If the winds stay this way over the next 2 weeks, they will be the boats to beat.

Firefly was off to a flying start for 2019, taking line honours and 3rd place on corrected time in the Cruising Multihull Class. She was bested by the blistering pace of the chasing Corsairs, as Eeepai kept it close all the way to finish for a well-deserved victory. AbraCaDeborah completed the podium in a not-too-distant 3rd.

The fastest fleet yesterday did not disappoint, as 2018 Signature Sundays Champion Stray Catz completed the course in 1hr 38mins 41secs to take 1st place in the Beach Catamaran Class. It could have been Madfish II’s victory – if not for a very bad (wide) mark rounding at Felkin, allowing Stray Catz to overtake and slip into 2nd. 3rd place went to last year’s Felkin Buoy Race winner, Persian Cat. 3 Wetas raced with us as well – with R2D2 taking 1st place comfortably ahead of The Blue Bug. We look forward to seeing more of them over the next few weeks!

Thank you everyone for participating, we’re excited to conquer the Round Tekong Race with all of you on 13th January!

Results
IRC Felkin 2019
PY Felkin 2019
Cruising Multihull Felkin 2019
Beach Catamaran & Weta Felkin 2019

 

 

CSC Optimist Championships Gold Fleet – Day 2

Day 2 of the Gold Fleet Championships blessed the sailors with 4 races, despite the consistently shifting winds due to the conflicting weather systems. From a light westerly in race 1 to a fresh north-easterly in race 3, race organisers spent the entire day chasing winds to secure the much needed 4 races.

Muhammad Raihan Bin Mohd Airudin did well to stretch his lead at the top, mastering the everchanging conditions to consistently place in the top 10 today. He now sits a comfortable 7 points ahead of 2nd placed Ethan Teo Yuan Xin, who finished with his first bullet for the regatta in race 6. Josiah Tan completes the top 3 on 34 points. Top girl currently is Radiance Koh, who places 5th after 6 races, after securing top 5 finishes in races 4 to 6. CSC Sailor Antonin Radue slipped from 6th to 13th after an erratic showing today, struggling to grasp the conditions on the various courses.

We’re halfway through the championships – good luck to all sailors on the remaining days!

Results

2018 Optimist Gold Fleet Day 2

CSC Optimist Championships Gold Fleet – Day 1

Having concluded the Silver Fleet Championships last week with 9 races in decent weather, sailors and organisers were optimistic when commencing the Gold Fleet Championships this morning. A steady west-northwesterly breeze settled in early for Race 1, taking sailors on a course in an unfamiliar direction. The joy was short-lived as a storm swept through the race course in the early afternoon, only allowing for 2 races to be completed.

At the end of Day 1, 2017 Defending Champion Muhammad Raihan Bin Mohd Airudin sits in top spot with 10 points, but will be kept on his toes for the coming races due to the slim margin between him and the runner-ups. Kenan Tan trails behind by only 3 points, and Theodore Lau by another 2 to round up the top 3. Flying the CSC Flag high, last year’s Silver Fleet Champion Antonin Radue is currently placed 6th, a good result since his promotion to Gold Fleet.

The heavy rain sent sailors back for an early rest – we look forward to more winds and more races tomorrow!

Results

2018 Optimist Gold Fleet Day 1

CSC Optimist Championships Silver Fleet – Day 3

On the 3rd and final day, the preferred north-east conditions continue to elude race organizers, having to settle for a course set in a light northerly breeze to complete the last 2 races.

Caden Tan made amends for Day 2’s results, sailing a superb 2 races today to notch 2 bullets and seal the Silver Fleet Championships victory. John Wong maintained a comfortable 7 point lead over Caleb Ng in 3rd, rounding off the top 3. Strong currents and light winds dealt a brutal hand to the lower half of the fleet in Race 9, with many sailors struggling to finish within the time limit.

In the Junior Mixed Division, 5th to 2nd were all from MOESSC, with Brandon Lee taking 5th place, Gabi Oh finishing in 4th  Abigail Ling in 3rd, Lucas Quek in 2nd and breaking the top 10 overall. The best performer in the Junior mixed Division went to Nicole Lim Xinyi from SAFYC, securing 1st place and 5th overall.

Overall, our best performing CSC sailor was Christine Anne Tan in 23rd, whose experience from many regattas reflected in her results, posting consistently in the top half of the fleet. Our first-timers exceeded expectations to sweep the top 4 out of 5 in the Novice Mixed Division – for first-time racers in a ranking event. 5th place went to Harumitsu Fuchikami from SAFYC. In 4th place, we have Tupil Yohan Ayush. Just 3 points ahead in 3rd was Nadia Chan. Angyal Chew placed 2nd and Natasha Kemp rounded off the Novice Mixed Division winners in 1st place. All 4 sailors represent Changi Sailing Club – we are super proud of them! We would also like to acknowledge the hard work put in by all the CSC sailors over the intensive CSC optimist training camp and this regatta, we hope you enjoyed your first racing experience!

Congratulations to all the winners, and a big thank you to Xtreme Sailing Products for sponsoring the prizes once again. We would also like to thank Uncle Mike for officiating as Jury over the past few days, keeping the sailors disciplined on water. Last but not least, thank you all sailors, coaches and parents being a part of the CSC Optimist Championships.

Results

Day 3 Final Results 2018

CSC Optimist Championships Silver Fleet – Day 2

The north-easterly breeze continues to play hide and seek with us, as wind conditions were shifty and inconsistent earlier this afternoon.

Day 2 of the Silver Fleet Championships sees a shuffle in the results, with Day 1’s leader Caden Tan losing his comfortable lead after a disappointing performance. Caleb Ng from MOESSC cruised his way into the top 3 with another bullet in today’s first race, adding to his two bullets from Day 1. This in addition to discarding the BFD from Race 2, puts him on 34 points in 3rd.

The rest of the fleet posted mixed results, having to contend with shifty winds and strong currents. Today’s top performer from CSC goes to Christine Tan! 2 races in the top 20 pushes her into 22nd place, a good improvement from yesterday. The rest of the CSC sailors are not far behind, with 6 more sailors placing in the top 40.

1 more day and 2 more races for the Silver Fleet – enjoy the photos and see you tomorrow!

Results

Day 2 Results – Optimist Silver 2018

CSC Optimist Championship Silver Fleet – Day 1

The 2018 CSC Optimist Championship Silver Fleet got off to a flying start today, as 79 sailors battled it out at loyang basin over 4 races. Changi Sailing Club fields their biggest squad ever with a total of 16 sailors racing in the Silver Fleet. 13 of the 16 sailors were sailing in their maiden ranking event – what better way to do it than on home ground!

The wind conditions reflected the prevailing weather forecast for this time of the year, a persistent incoming north-easterly breeze coupled with occasional showers.  Strong outgoing tides and a careless fleet meant that there was a large number of BFDs in Race 2, totaling 13 sailors.

Caden Tan emerged tops after day 1, leading the fleet after 4 races, scoring 2 bullets in Race 1 & 2 with a total of 7 points. The chasing pack is another large contingent of SAFYC sailors from 2nd to 6th, all boasting consistent top 20 results.

Further down the standings, Our best performing CSC sailor Angyal Chew sits in 23rd, an amazing result considering this is her first national ranking event! Scoring her best finish of 11th in Race 2, this should be a big encouragement for her to continue doing her best over the remaining 2 days. The rest of the CSC squad are not far behind, Yohan placing 28th, and Nadia placing 30th to round off the top 30.

With 5 races and 2 days to go, anything can happen. But whatever the results, always remember to go out there and enjoy the sailing!

Results:

Race 1-4 Optimist Silver 2018

 

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

 

 

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