Sunday Series II Race 2 (14 July)

Just when we thought the winds have settled into a consistent South-Westerly direction, sailors were greeted with a gusty South-Easterly breeze, putting them through a patchy pennant 4 course.

In the absence of regulars and close rivals Red Rum (away for the RSYC Regatta) and Born in Fire, Jong Dee and Invictus were the only keelboats participating in the IRC Class. The latter underestimated the outgoing tide at the start, crossing the line pre-maturely to give an early lead to Jong Dee. Despite clawing back to claim the lead and eventual line honours, Invictus had to settle for 2nd, struggling to put distance between her and Jong Dee.

The PY Class was hotly contested, with a total of 8 boats participating. False starts from Southern Light, Balqis and Marsh Mellow meant the 3 of them had to play catch-up with the rest of the fleet. Leading the fleet most of the way were Ikaroa and Minx, 2 boats which thrive in stronger winds. With 3 boats hot on her heels, the Ikaroa eventually scored line honours and victory on corrected time, ahead of Minx, Marsh Mellow and Balqis. When the numbers were crunched, Marsh Mellow emerged as 1st runner up, followed by Balqis in 3rd. Minx got the short end of the stick, finishing just out of podium position.

Weta Trimaran, Beach Catamaran and Cruising Multihull Classes had 1, 2 and 3 participants respectively in each class, a lower than average turn out for the multihulls. Tim Jackson’s Itchy-Go continues to fly solo, enjoying the pockets of breeze and lapping up the favourable wind angles. Jeremy Nixon’s Bad Influence won the duel in the Beach Catamaran Class, besting veterans Stray Catz across the finish line and on corrected time. A 100% effort from Eeepai gave them a hard-fought victory in the Cruising Multihull Class, fending off a strong challenge from Cicak.

Congratulations to all the winners, good luck to Red Rum and Invictus at the upcoming RSYC Regatta taking place on 20, 21 & 27 July 2019.

Results
IRC Keelboat
PY Keelboat
Cruising Multihull
Beach Catamaran

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Experiential Sailing with Rainbow Centre (7 July 2019)

Since 2016, CSC has been organizing Experiential Sailing Programs for our friends from Rainbow Centre. The Rainbow Centre is a social service organisation in Singapore. It operates three special education schools Margaret Drive School, Yishun Park School and a third one at Woodlands, for infants, children and youths with special needs like autism, intellectual disability, developmental delay, and multiple disabilities. Now into its 4th year, we are proud to once again conduct this program, bringing sailing to a wider community.

The 40 beneficiaries departed for a morning sail along the north-eastern rim of Singapore, under the careful steersmanship of 12 CSC boat owners/skippers who kindly lent their support for the event. We were blessed with good weather and a gentle breeze – the perfect environment for an introduction to sailing! It was great to see Members & Participants interacting while enjoying a leisurely morning cruise together. All smiles upon disembarking, everyone was treated to some food and refreshments to complete a wonderful day out.

Changi Sailing Club is always excited to partner with Rainbow Centre to conduct these Experiential Sailing Programs, we’re looking forward to the next one!

Big Thank You to the following boats who volunteered their boat and time to support a good cause:

  1. Southern Light
  2. Waka Tere
  3. SDF
  4. Olmeto
  5. Eriphine
  6. Valor
  7. N’Joy
  8. Boreas
  9. Notus
  10. Cicak
  11. Jaza Too
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Twilight Series II 2019 (Race 1)

The Twilight Series II 2019 got off to a wet wet start, as sailors were greeted with a refreshing shower on the first leg towards Changi Buoy. The east-south-easterly breeze gave participants a nice initial windward beat, complete with shifty and patchy winds.

Leading the IRC class was none other than Invictus, who capitalized on a false start by Jong Dee to take an early lead in the 3-way contest. Unfortunately the lack of winds towards the end of the race and work in the evening meant that Invictus skipper Justin Lean had to forfeit the race and retire prematurely. Series I winners Waka Tere emerged the victor by default, starting their campaign with a bullet. Jong Dee settled for 2nd, left lamenting what could have been if they scored a good start.

We welcome the return of Simba to Club Racing, after a long 1 and a half year break due to boat maintenance and repair. They start this series in PY Class, but are looking to return to IRC in the coming weeks. We also welcome visiting yacht Caminata, skippered by CSC Member, Clive Van Onselen. Visiting for the weekend, Clive had to schedule a Caminata‘s first Twilight Sail with the Club. Withe the 2 boats above, the PY Class sees a total of 7 boats participating. Topping the fleet was little Brio, whose skipper has also returned from a short break in Korea. She sailed well in the light airs to stay ahead of bigger and faster boats like Boreas and Minx, securing a 1st place on handicap and missing out on line honours by 7 seconds! 2nd place was taken by Simba, a deserving result for the returning Dehler. Completing the podium in 3rd 2 weeks in a row is Southern Light, only just sneaking ahead of last week’s Sunday Series Race 1 winner Olmeto after corrected time.

In the Cruising Multihull Class, Cicak made amends for their performance at the Sunday Series, sailing well 3-up to finish ahead of Kaze and Eeepai in 2nd and 3rd respectively. Despite her best efforts, Miss Visayan struggled to break into the top 3, settling for 4th. 2 participants in the Beach Catamaran Class and 2 participants in the Weta Class meant that sailors had to keep a close eye on each other, with very little room for error. Scott McCook draws from his wealth of experience to sail a good race, scoring Gulf‘s first win for the Twilight Series Beach Catamaran Class. Persian Cat‘s new owner Shaun Norris is still getting to know the boat, and we look forward to seeing more of her in the coming races! Tim Jackson’s  Itchy-Go made it 2 wins from 2 weekends, comfortably notching another bullet in the Weta Class. We hope to see more participation moving forward – lets give the regulars a proper challenge!

Thank you all for another great racing weekend, see you next week for Sunday Series II Race 2!

Results

IRC Keelboat
PY Keelboat
Cruising Multihull
Beach Catamaran
Weta

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Sunday Series II (Race 1)

After a month-long hiatus, sailors were raring to return to racing! A gentle south-westerly breeze took sailors up to Tekong Buoy and back, but not without challenges. Offshore winds and airplane downdrafts meant that winds were shifty and unpredictable in the vicinity of CAAS2, resulting in a shuffle of positions across all classes.

In the IRC Class, Red Rum found it hard to shake off Jong Dee throughout the course, with the latter nearly besting the Archambault 40 across the finish line. Jong Dee went on to take victory after corrected time, and Red Rum surrendered 2nd place by 8 secs to visitors and newly crowned 2019 Besar Series Champions Rainbow Dream on handicap – leaving them in 3rd.

Despite the modest numbers in the PY Class, it was great to see the fleet closely packed together, as leaders Southern Light and Minx struggled to lengthen their lead on the chasing boats. 1st & 2nd place went to Olmeto and Ikaroa respectively, with both boats sailing a superb race to keep the front-runners in sight, and taking full advantage of their spinnakers to close the gap on the downwind. Scoring line honours just ahead of Minx was not the only reason for Southern Light‘s joy, as their efforts also rewarded them with a 3rd on corrected time – completing the podium.

Shaun Norris’s Witblits looks re-energized on the course today, sailing with Series I Beach Cat Champions Persian Cat sailors Chris and Neda onboard. Witblits did well from start to finish to score a bullet in the Cruising Multihull Class. Jaza Too’s Skipper Graham Horn survived a minor scare on the boat, injuring his thumb through a sailing manouevre. The accident did not stop Jaza Too from cruising to 2nd place – a commendable effort from the Horn family! Some wasted time tacking near the finish line did not dent Eeepai’s pursuit for a podium position, eventually crossing the line and scoring 3rd on corrected time. Despite what seemed like a decent lead over Cicak, Baloo did not do enough to widen her lead, missing out on 4th place by just over a minute after corrected time.

Madfish II started their Sunday Series II campaign with a victory over Stray Catz in the Beach Catamaran Class, but not without the latter putting up a fight. The final leg saw the 2019 Catamaran Nationals Champions overtake the veterans to score both the line honours and win on corrected time. In the Weta Class, Itchy-Go was joined by Tantrum and Ex Igne VI for a 3-way battle. Unfortunately Tantrum & Ex Igne VI found the course too long and physically draining, both eventually handing the win to Itchy-Go by deciding against sailing to Squance for the final leg and returning to shore.

Great start to Sunday Series II – Thank you all for participating, see you next week for Race 1 of the Twilight Series II!

Results

IRC Keelboat
PY Keelboat
Cruising Multihull
Beach Catamaran
Weta

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Experiential Sailing with SAMH! 25 June 2019

On 25th June, Changi Sailing Club partnered with the Singapore Association of Mental Health to bring some of their beneficiaries out Sailing on Pacers!

9 participants and 8 volunteers spent at day at the Club learning the ropes while enjoying the sun, sand and sea.

This activity is part of SAMH’s Creative SAY!, which stands for Sports, Arts and Youths, echoing SAMH’s belief that youths should have a SAY! in their lives. As physical health and mental health are closely linked, the Centre offers sports, outdoor and art activities to help spark conversations, promote general well-being, cultivate resilience, and prevent the onset of mental illness.

The Experiential Sailing Program is supported by the National Youth Council, National Youth Fund and is part of the SG Youth Cares movement. CSC is proud to run this program, and we are looking forward to more sailing activities with SAMH in the November/December School Holidays!❤

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CSC@Besar Regatta 2019 (Day 3)

The third and final day of racing around the beautiful islands of Mersing brought sailors around Rawa and back, but not without putting the participants through a lull for the first hour after the start.

Flying a pennant 4 was a risky decision which eventually paid off for race organizers, with a consistent Southerly breeze filling in after 1pm. Rainbow Dream took an early lead to arrive at Rawa first, with Shardana hot on her heels. Upon rounding Rawa, yachts were taken on close-haul, giving Shardana the advantage. She sailed a strong upwind to close the gap and overtake Rainbow Dream and secured line honours for the final race. Despite Shardana‘s valiant efforts, Rainbow Dream made it 3 wins from 3 races after corrected time.

Windancer bounced back from 4th place in Day 2 – to unleash her kite for the downwind legs, not allowing the fleet ahead to extend their lead. She danced her way to victory after corrected time, scoring a total of 7 points over 3 days to finish 2nd overall in the PY Class. Southern Light sailed their best race of the series, taking full advantage of her enormous kite to take the lead on the downwind and secure 3rd overall. Despite scoring her worst result of the series, Minx managed to survive the late onslaught from close rivals Windancer and Southern Light to take overall 1st for the Pulau Besar Series.

Upon return to shore, sailors proceeded to do their Port Clearance, Customs and Immigrations on-site. made possible by the government officials from Mersing. Later in the evening, surprise guest Peter Diaz got the party started, lifting everyone from their seats and onto the dance floor.

Thank you all for participating in the 6th edition of the CSC@Besar Regatta, may the 7th return to Besar with a bigger fleet!

IRC Day 3 Besar 2019
PY Day 3 Besar 2019

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CSC@Besar Regatta 2019 (Day 2)

Day 2 of racing took sailors on the Tiger Challenge, sending participants on a beautiful passage to Harimau and back. With it being the longest course available, the race committee needed the wind gods to cooperate to ensure sailors returned to the bar before nightfall. Luckily for everyone, the winds delivered, blowing strong and true from the South-West for the whole day!

Acing the start was Southern Light, whose nimble manoeuvres at the pin-end resulted in a well-timed start right by the yellow buoy. Both Shardana and Southern Light took an early lead, pulling away from the fleet. Despite being sandwiched between Shardana and Windancer right after the start, Rainbow Dream sailed extremely well on the downwind leg to Harimau, overtaking everyone to clinch the day 2 double.

In the PY Class, Defiance defied all odds to clinch victory on handicap, thus keeping overall leaders Minx on their toes going into the final day. An excellent move to sail on a long tack towards mainland on the upwind leg paid off handsomely, keeping her in pressure all the way to the finish line, overtaking Southern Light in the process. The latter sailed a strong downwind leg, but struggled with the lighter winds on the return beat. Despite that, she was consistent, making it a second 3rd in 2 days. The decision not to fly a spinnaker and sticking close to Besar Island on the downwind leg could have been the main reasons behind yesterday’s 1st-runner up Windancer‘s (or now affectionately known as “Angin Joget” by the locals) poor result, trailing behind the rest of the fleet. We are certain Angin Joget will make a roaring return tomorrow!

With the shortest and longest course ticked off the list, we can expect the contest tomorrow to be a race around Rawa and back, completing the 3 signature passages of this Regatta!

IRC Day 2 Besar 2019
PY Day 2 Besar 2019

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CSC@Besar Regatta 2019 (Day 1)

Crystal clear waters and a gentle South-Westerly breeze greeted sailors this morning, an encouraging start to day 1 of the Series racing at Pulau Besar.

With the recent winds still uncertain, race committee played it cautious with the course, displaying a pennant 1 for both the IRC and PY classes. Pennant 1 takes sailors around Besar and its adjacent islands (Tengah & Hujong), the smallest round-island course available for pickings.

Yachts were taken on a beam reach right off the start, with Shardana taken an early lead over their only IRC rival, Rainbow Dream. A limited sail wardrobe meant the former found it hard to extend her lead over Rainbow Dream throughout the course, with the latter taking advantage of their limitations to briefly take the lead on the downwind stretch. Despite crossing the line first, Shardana relinquished their victory to Rainbow Dream after corrected time, failing to put enough time between them.

In the PY Class, Minx capitalized on a good start to take an early lead, sticking with the IRC sailors for a good amount of time. She continued on her fine run from the previous day’s victory, eventually taking both line honours and handicap victory in the PY Class, well ahead of close rivals Southern Light and Windancer. Limited by the lack of crew and no spinnaker, Defiance found it hard to close the gap with the fleet – but almost successfully pulled off an overtaking manoeuvre on Windancer during the final leg. Unfortunately they finished just outside of podium placing after corrected time. Separated by a mere 40 seconds after handicap, Windancer emerged the better of the two, taking 1st-runner up ahead of Southern Light. The latter struggled with a wild spinnaker for a brief period, due to an uncooperative shackle.

That wraps up day 1, we look forward to more exciting racing tomorrow!

IRC Day 1 Besar 2019

PY Day 1 Besar 2019

 

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CSC@ Besar Regatta 2019 (Passage Race)

The 6th CSC@Besar Regatta’s Passage Race up to Pulau Besar could be renamed “A Series of Unfortunate Events” – as the event ruthlessly takes many casualties in various forms. Starting with an early surrender from the mighty Sangaree, her campaign ended even before the start of the Passage Race – due to a lost propeller on her trip to the start line. This was followed by double trouble for Shardana, who not only survived a scare from her anchor dragging during immigration clearance at Tanjung Pengelih – but also had to tackle an engine issue enroute to Pulau Besar.

Joining Sangaree on the retiree list were Windrose and Defiance, both retiring at different points after the start. Lack of crew and insufficient training were some of the reasons brought up by the defeated – an indication of how the seemingly harmless 90Nm overnight coastal passage can bring misfortune if you are not prepared.

It was not all gloomy for the fleet, As Zanzibar once again breezed to a 3rd consecutive Line Honours, together with victory in the IRC Class. New entrants Rainbow Dream hugged the mainland for most of their passage up north, capitalizing on Shardana‘s woes to take 2nd place after corrected time – a great start for their virgin Besar experience! Amongst all the participants in the PY Class, Minx was the only surviving yacht. Not only did they win, but they sailed superbly – reading the wind and tide conditions well to finish ahead of Rainbow Dream and Shardana from the IRC Class!

With the South-Westerly Monsoon slowly but surely settling in, we are quietly hopeful for some good breeze over the next 3 days of round-island races. Southern Light and Windancer returned from their cruising adventures and arrived earlier this afternoon to join the party, boosting the PY fleet by 2. Looking forward to a week of great sailing 🙂

2019 CSC@Besar Regatta Passage Results

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Sunday Series I Race 4 (Finale)

Our Sunday Series concluded yesterday, with a variety of wind conditions over the course of the afternoon. Looking a lot better than Saturday’s glassy Twilight Race, sailors were sent on a close reach up to Tekong Buoy and back, with the beach catamarans even managing to fly their windward hulls!

The multihulls were better represented this time, with 3 Wetas and 3 Beach Catamarans taking part in the finale. Itchy-Go was joined by The Striped One and Tantrum in the Weta Class – and they finished the race in that order respectively. Despite a horrendous start from Viper F16 Allo, skipper Uli Braun manage to catch up and clinch line honours in the Beach Catamaran Class. However, it was too little too late as Persian Cat scored the victory after corrected time – relegating Allo to 2nd.

Fresh from their battle on the Twilight Course, second round between the 2 corsairs Eeepai and Cicak saw the latter struggle with the light and patchy conditions between squance and CSC, eventually squandering her lead on the final stretch – allowing Eeepai to sneak ahead and claim line honours in the Cruising Multihull Class.

8 boats contested in the PY Class, with a strong initial burst from Minx and Brio allowing both boats to lead the fleet on the first rounding. Throughout the various wind changes, positions shuffled constantly, down to the final leg to finish. 4 boats crossed the line within a span of 14 seconds, with Southern Light taking line honours. After corrected time, Marsh Mellow emerged the victor, beating Southern Light and Boreas in 2nd and 3rd respectively. Minx was the unfortunate 4th boat, only just left out of podium contention.

In the IRC Class, a masterful performance by Red Rum powered them through the course ahead of initial leader Born in Fire after rounding CAAS 2, but fell short in extending their lead on the fleet, leaving them seething in 4th after handicap. A good start by Jong Dee and some accurate decisions on the course awarded her with a bullet on corrected time. An MoB on the last 200m to the finish line from Born in Fire could have been the reason separating her from a victory in the IRC Class – eventually settling for 2nd. Not her best performance, but Invictus did well to stay out of trouble and complete the podium winners in 3rd.

In the overall standings, Itchy-Go remains the most competitive of the Wetas, having sailed and won 2 out of the 4 races in the series. A 2nd and 3rd from The Striped One and Tantrum in Race 4 was the one and only race with 3 boats on the start line. Persian Cat‘s consistent performance of three 2nd place finishes and a bullet in yesterday’s race sealed their win in the beach catamaran class. Allo‘s 1st and 2nd in Race 2 & 4 was just enough to fend off Bad Influence, both separated by only a point in 2nd and 3rd overall after 4 races.

The Cruising Multihulls looked like a two-horse race for most of the Series, with occasional victories from 3rd placed Jaza Too. Between Eeepai and Cicak who both did not sail a race each, was a gap of only 1 point – the former emerging the winner of the Sunday Series I. Both boats share the spoils for the weekend, with Cicak fresh from their Twilight Series I win on Saturday.

Going into the final race, Southern Light and Minx were neck and neck on points, with both boats needing to finish ahead of the other to secure the overall series win. The former did just that to overtake Minx and cross the line seconds ahead, and taking 2nd on handicap. The result was enough for her to take the Sunday Series I title in the PY Class, 3 points ahead of Minx. NTU Sailing Club’s Boreas notched their best performance so far in the series, helping them jump ahead by a few places to take 3rd overall on 20 points.

Red Rum‘s poor result in yesterday’s race did not make a dent in their pursuit for the Series I IRC title, as their victory was mostly assured having scored 2 bullets in Race 1 & 2. Her win is a combined result of consistent attendance and reliable crew. Jong Dee‘s bullet yesterday consolidated her position in 2nd, staying ahead of 3rd placed Shardana, a boat let down by poor attendance.

Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you to all 29 boats for participating in this series! We now look forward to our 6th CSC@Besar Regatta, taking place on 15 – 21 June 2019. If you are not joining us at Pulau Besar, we’ll see you for the start of Sunday Series II on 30th June 2019.

Take care and happy sailing!

Results

Weta
Beach Catamaran
Cruising Multihull
PY Keelboat
IRC

Overall Sunday Series I Results

IRC Overall
All Other Classes Overall

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