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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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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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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Training Camp at Riau Yacht Club, Nongsa – 15 to 18 March 2019

The sailing camp in Nongsapura, Batam, Indonesia was a successful overseas trip for our young Optimist sailors for the first time. It took us months of planning and coordinating to ensure that everything is going to be alright. Thinking that it’s a debut event for these sailors and for us too, we want it to be fun, enjoyable and learning new things for the campers. Even before the camp date, sailors went through intense training and drills to get them ready to sail and expect the prevailing Northeast monsoon wind at Indonesia. A total of 13 Optimist sailors took part for the camp with accompanying parents.

We left Singapore on March 15, took the afternoon ferry and reached Riau Yacht Club about 5pm Indonesia time, not wasting time immediately rigged up the sail, checked the boat and settle equipment until sunset. First dinner at the hotel, food was good and quickly went to chalets to get a good night rest, prepare for the next day training.

Day 1, Saturday

Sailors were up early, surprised! Didn’t get a hard time to wake them up. At 9am everyone has rigged up the sail, boats are ready to launch! Amazing! A short welcome speech was given by our CSC General Manager, Mr. Edwin Low, talked about the value of friendships amongst sailors and how fortunate they are to be in the camp, indeed they are! Right after the speech, sailors went to out to test the waters. It was intense sailing in the morning with those choppy waves and heavy winds. Exhausted from morning drill, went back for lunch break and out again for the race.

We did a race together with Indonesian sailors, our sailor was overwhelmed how good, quick and experienced these sailors are. But I must say that our sailors did they very best to keep up with them. In fact, I’ve never seen them hiking out so much during the training. Good job sailors! Another tiring day has ended! Dinner time we went to Wandi’s Rock Restaurant to have a good time together enjoying local food and truly it was.

Day 2, Sunday

I should say, the most exhausting and highlight of the camp. We did a Team Racing! Yes, I thought of putting these sailors to the test of their skills. They have been training for at least a year for some and I think it’s a good time to level up their abilities. It’s not easy to do a team racing, it’s a combination of different level of skills and mentally torturing. Team work is the key to winning, everyone should be aiming for one goal, to gain advantage and make sure to penalized the opponent. In total, we did a whopping 28 races in 5 hours’ time! These made me really proud as their coach on how strength they have to fight for their team!

Sailors were allocated and formed into 4 teams, combination of Singapore and Indonesia sailors. Leading the flight was the Silver Team, led by Emily Kemp’s team mates Nadia Chan, Trevor Ng, Edward O’Shea and Fikri. Outstanding results. At the end, Silver and Pink Team made it to the Finals! A breath taking tied points with both have 2 winnings, last race…a deciding, while racing sailors already calculating the results, they knew it’s going to be a tied points. The rule is, whoever gets the 1st place, team loses. It was intense, but Jerry of Silver team had no choice but to finish first. Right after he crossed the finish line, you could hear the  Silver team sailors rejoicing and declares as champion! I felt that I was watching the Optimist World’s Championship, everyone was on high spirit and enjoyed that moment of joyful event. Kuddos to all the sailors, you put a great show! Such an accomplishment to me and specially for them.

And, that ends the 2 days intense sailing, the next day, we went to Pulau Putri as a reward for their hard work, enjoying the trip and relaxation.

A very successful sailing camp, everyone was happy, enjoyed the sailing, environment, a short get away from busy Singapore. Made me think that this is not going to be our last sailing trip, definitely not! I would like to end this story to thank firstly, sailors…for obeying their coach, cooperating and listening what is asked to do, their parents…the very and ever supportive mummies and daddies who’s always there to support their kids, the trust that they to their coach is undoubtedly well appreciated. To the people of Riau Yacht Club, Mr David Lee, Commodore, Weng Samsi, Budi and so many to mention. The Management of Changi Sailing Club for supporting this event, staff, Ying Ying for such a great Team Manager and others who has been part of this memorable event. Truly this event is not just about sailing, it brought us to be closer to each other, the values of friendship, meeting new people and appreciation of what you have. Sailors, you are lucky to experience this, value your parents!

Thank you all!

Fleet Racing Race Results

  1. Jerry
  2. Fikri
  3. Natasha Kemp
  4. Emily Kemp
  5. Angyal Chew

Fleet Racing Junior Division

  1. Ikuto Mori
  2. Trevor Ng
  3. Ethan Marc Cornelius

Team Racing

1st place – Silver Team /Team Leader – Emily Kemp

Members: Nadia Chan, Fikri and Edward O’Shea

2nd place – Pink Team /Team Leader – Jerry

Members: Imran Habbard, Ikuto Mori and Trevor Ng

3rd place – Purple Team /Team Leader – Angel Chew

Members: Chery Yong, Simone Ng, Shintya and Muslim

4th place – Blue Team /Team Leader – Natasha Kemp

Members: Angyal Chew, Jayden, Riska and Ethan Tan

From: Jaydn Wilkins

The trip to sailing trip Batam was great, and I would like to share some little stories,

The first one is that as we went out to the channel we were sailing through a rough patch of waves, and someone’s sprit decided to fall off, so I was just like ,..arrr… oh well lets go and get it. So, I sailed over, retrieved it and gave it the chase boat.  The nice people from Raiu sailing club then help put the sprit back into the Opti it came from.

Then the next day we went to do some racing, but the winds were a little stronger, and there was one time where my boat started to fill up with water from the bow. I had to spend 5 minutes bailing it out. Thank goodness my super handsome daddy brought me a new bailer

Later that day the winds were even stronger, and I almost capsized three times, but because of the expert training from my coach, I was able to adjust my weight, lean back and I stayed upright.

After that hanging out with my friends from the sailing club was really cool, and I had an amazing time.

I really want to thank Changi Sailing club and Riau Yacht Club for such an amazing trip.

From: Imran

It was a very good experience to meet the Indonesian sailors: they were very skilled and generous. We all got along very well, even if we had to use a bit of sign language at times! What I enjoyed most about the camp was the team racing: it was the first time I had tried it, and I found it very pleasurable. When you do team racing, there is paradoxically a lot more pressure on you, because if you fall behind, then the whole team suffers. So you really try your best – for the team.

It was extremely nice of David, the Commodore of the local sailing club, to invite us and lend us their equipment.

The wind conditions in Batam were much stronger and fiercer than in Singapore – the waves and the current were also much more powerful than what we are used to at CSC. This added to the learning experience.

Thank you to coach Jhing for organising this great trip, and to Ying Ying for helping us out!

From: -Simone Ng

“All of us that went on this trip, we are all so fortunate! 😊 That is why I treasure this experience. I have met new Indonesian sailors. I have also learnt about new sailing stuff⛵. Such as team sailing, we had to help our team members, not only ourselves. Overall, it was awesome😎 and I hope that we have more trips like this in the coming future. 😆

From: Cheryl Yong

I think that the sailing camp was fun! Especially if you love to sail. We had gone through individual racing and team racing. I think that team racing was the most fun event of all, as you have to win together, not just by yourself.

I think also that if you like to sail, you should join the next sailing camps it exposes you to different weather of different countries.

From: Nadia Chan

During this camp, I experienced what it was like to work together while racing.  Team racing was the highlight of the trip for me.  It was exhausting, but it was worth it.  I liked how Coach Jhing rewarded us with a day off to relax and swim in the ocean.  Overall, I really enjoyed this amazing experience to go overseas for sailing training.

From: Ikuto

It was my first time to be apart from my parents and go foreign country with my elder sister.  I had been a bit nervous but when I saw Reau yacht club, my anxiety was gone.  I enjoyed that rough wind and current with my friends, Indonesian sailors and coach Jhing.  This brilliant experience made me stronger.

I am looking forward to going back to Batam and catching up with Indonesian sailors.

From: Edward O’Shea

“The Nongsa trip was lots of fun! At the end, though, I was very tired. I enjoyed the team racing because we had to work together.

Thank you Coach Jhing and Ying Ying for organizing this trip”

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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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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!

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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

 

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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!

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My First Racing Experience at the Topper Worlds in Shenzhen, China

This year’s Topper Worlds was to be held in Longcheer Yacht Club, Shenzhen, China—the first time it was held outside of Europe. As Luc and I were the only 2 representatives from Singapore, I felt the pressure on me. We were supposed to take off for Hong Kong Airport at 6:45 in the morning on the 13 of August, but we only took off at 9:15am. We later learnt why: there was a typhoon brewing in Hong Kong. The flight was uneventful, and when we landed we found the organisers of the regatta waiting for us. Then there was a three hour car ride through the China-Hong Kong border to Longcheer Yacht Club.

After settling down, we went to look for our boats. The search for our boats was a rather long ordeal, as a number of boats were still being unpacked and put together on registration day. We eventually found our allocated boats, which were on opposite ends of the boatyard. I had boat number 312 and Luc had boat number 361. There were two categories: The 5.3 (222 participants) and the 4.2 (45 participants). I was in the 5.3 while Luc was in the 4.2. After pulling Luc’s boat to a corner where all the small teams’ boats were kept, we headed off to collect our sails. We checked our equipment; I was missing my mast and downhaul. Thankfully that was swiftly sorted by the helpful officials, setting us up for the final stage of registration – boat measurement.

At this point, the wind was very strong—20-25 knots?—because of the growing typhoon south-west of us in Hong Kong. There was a typhoon warning—China’s version of a Category 1 Lightning Warning— for the day we arrived and the day after, preventing us from doing our practice race. Throughout the next 2 days of preparation, we grew accustomed to frequent and fleeting bouts of rain, coupled with extended periods of glassy waters.
The Opening Ceremony was held on the 15 of August, and there was a parade! It was a grand affair, with all the countries lined up in alphabetical order and China, as the host country, bringing up the rear. There were some speeches in Chinese which I only half understood, though I think that was already much better for most of the people there. We felt extremely proud to be Singapore’s Flag Bearers, making our entrance into the main hall for the Opening Ceremony. There was sumptuous dinner spread after, and the hall turned into a big scrum of people queueing for food.

The next day, it rained, again. After the competitor’s briefing, we waited for a while, then the 5.3 fleet set out. We sailed, no, paddled, rocked, and sculled just to get to our race course. Once we arrived at the race course, we waited. And waited. And waited for wind. We were arranged into fleets, and my fleet which was to start first was lucky enough to get in three starts. I say three because we started three times. Every time, they abandoned the race. In the end we did not even finish a race. The 4.2 class had better luck, securing 3 races on the same day. Luc faired very well for his 2nd competitive Regatta ever, finishing ahead of some more experienced competitors in his fleet!

There were valuable takeaways from the subsequent days of racing, mainly:

  1. Know your Flags / Race Signals ! My initial joy from finishing 7th in my first race turned to dismay, after realising I mistook the “C” Flag for a shortened course signal. That ultimately meant that I sailed the wrong course and finished prematurely.
  2. Good Starts are super-duper important! Starting badly in a 70-strong fleet sailing a short course made me learn the hard way.
  3. Come prepared. Be prepared to launch, prepared to change/adapt, prepared to wait…always be prepared.

Throughout the whole regatta, the one thing that we undoubtedly did the most was wait for wind. The reason why there was no wind was that the typhoon had swept the wind away. People always tell of the calm before the storm, but they never tell of the calm after the storm… Despite the poor conditions, Luc and I found some time to keep occupied by the beach, as the Vanhang Longcheer Team organised beach activities for the sailors on the last day of racing.
At the end of the regatta, the 5.3 fleet had only completed two races. During the closing ceremony, everyone received a participation medal (glass!) and the first person in the country for the overall standings in the 5.3 class got a glass trophy engraved with “First in Country”. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my Parents, Vanhang Loncheer Yacht Club Officials, Race Officials, Luc and Coach Choy for the invaluable experience competing in a major international regatta! I learnt many different things, made new friends, and (mostly) enjoyed it!