Vesak Day Nongsa Cruise 2019

We were blessed with a rare long weekend due to Vesak Day celebrations, the perfect opportunity for a short getaway to Nongsa Point Marina & Resort, Batam.

3 was the magic number – as 3 boats, 3 couples and 3 families departed CSC moorings for Batam on Saturday, 18th May. Immigrations & Customs was a smooth affair – thank you Ronny for the efficient and reliable administration/documentation, as always!

The journey south was calm and uneventful, with a welcome shower greeting us as we entered the Eastern Anchorage being the only source of excitement. Southern Light took the shortest route to Nongsa, braving the rain clouds to set a straight course of 170 to the marina entrance, wasting no time getting across the shipping channel to safe haven and an inviting pool. Both Waka Tere and Elessar took their time to enjoy a short beat south with the gentle breeze, arriving 2 hours later to complete the CSC family at NPM.

Evening dinner plans took most of us to Wandi’s, a seafood restaurant just 5-10mins drive from the Marina. They served up a sumptuous spread of seafood paired with ice-cold bintangs, a perfect end to our first day.

Day 2 was free & easy, Kurt and Gill from Waka Tere did some boat maintenance in the Marina, Elessar went for a day cruise, Team Southern Light enjoyed some water games and jet-skiing at Turi Beach and Stefan soaked in the beauty and tranquility of Nongsa Village with his family.

I think the lure of cruising to Nongsa, Batam lies in the accessibility of the location and flexibility of the itinerary. Just a leisurely 3 hour sail from Singapore, it is definitely the go-to location for a short-weekend getaway with full amenities.

Big thank you to Southern Light for having myself and Nicole on board – we had a wonderful time! Not forgetting Prakash and Team, for the impeccable service. With it being an easy entry-level cruise, we look forward to having more members joining us for the next Cruise to Nongsa – we can’t wait!

Choy

Twilight Series I Race 2

Sailing at this time of the year can be frustrating, and is a great test of patience and resilience. Sailors were once again faced with the challenging task of navigating the course in a roller-coaster of wind conditions, with some eventually surrendering and putting the boat to bed early.

Race 2 of our Twilight Series I sees the addition of a classic boat in the PY Class. 48 footer Winrose is a beautifully maintained ketch intending to sail in the 2020 Sydney-Hobart Race under the CSC Flag. Skippered by Member David Whitfield and berthed at One Degree 15, the yacht will also take part in our upcoming CSC@Besar Passage Race, logging the necessary miles for her SHR entry qualification. The light winds yesterday did her no favours, resulting in her crew adjourning to the bar early for drinks. The PY Class saw a victorious Sangaree take line honours and the Bullet for race 2, holding a very comfortable lead over Bapsy and Brio in 2nd and 3rd respectively.

A false start made it an uphill task for Jong Dee to catch up with Waka Tere and Red Rum – leaving her out of the podium in the IRC Class. Sailing with 2 up gave Waka Tere the advantage in these light airs, securing her 2nd bullet out of 2 races, putting her in driving seat to win the Twilight Series I on 1st June. Red Rum sailed with 3 new crew on board today, who undoubtedly experienced the authentic CSC hospitality at the bar later in the evening.

It was a sweet result for Cicak yesterday, scoring a win ahead of strong contenders Jaza Too, Eeepai and Baloo in the Cruising Multihull Class. We were pleasantly surprised by a visit from an old friend and ex-member, Nicolas Gillier (remember Corsair Singaloc?). Nicolas crewed for Graham Horn on Jaza Too, earning themselves 1st runner-up. Eeepai completed the podium finishers in 3rd.

Doubling their numbers from the last race, we are pleased to see not 1 but 2 Wetas on the Twilight Course! Tim and Antonio of Itchy-Go and The Striped One made it a little match race between the 2, matching each other tack for tack. Glad to see the return of The Striped One, hopefully more will turn up for the final race on the 1st of June.

Vesak Day celebrations commence next week, with 4 boats cruising up to Nongsa Point Marina for the long weekend. We welcome 10 teams from Changi Sailing Club, SAF Yacht Club, NTU Sailing Club, SMU Sailing Club & NUS Varsity Sailing Club over the following weekend for the CSC One-Design Keelboat Championships.

Club racing resumes on 1st & 2nd June, marking the end of both Sunday Series & Twilight Series I. See you then!

Results
Weta
Cruising Multihull
PY Keelboat
IRC Keelboat

 

Sunday Series I Race 3

It was another weekend of waiting and hoping for some breeze to fill in, as the morning and early afternoon was a struggle to make any headway for all sailors, beginners and racers alike. The 3rd race of the Sunday Series started in near-nothing glassy conditions, with what little tide and wind pushing them across the line to commence the long journey west to Serangoon Buoy. Thankfully a new breeze creeped in from the east, sending them on a gentle downwind 30 minutes into the race.

The Weta and Beach Catamaran Classes were represented by a total of 3 boats, with Tim Jackson’s Itchy-Go flying solo yet again for the Wetas. She sailed well to finish amongst the Corsairs and ahead of Persian Cat, looking comfortable in yesterday’s wind strength & direction. Unless we see an improved attendance, we will consider merging this class with one of the multihull classes in subsequent club series. Jeremy Nixon’s Bad Influence scored a victory in the Beach Catamaran Class, besting Chris Waddington’s Persian Cat by 5 minutes after handicap correction.

Despite not getting her ideal start, Jaza Too was the first Corsair to cross the line, sailing well to overtake Cicak and claim the bullet for Race 3 in the Cruising Multihull Class. Cicak squandered their good start but managed to maintain a respectable 2nd place across the line. A poor start and costly tactical decisions by Miss Visayan at the finish line left the only Corsair 28 in the fleet out of the podium finishers, surrendering 3rd place to Eeepai.

The PY Class remains hotly contested as usual, with the entire fleet finishing within 28 minutes of each other. Line honours was not enough for Sangaree to break into the top 3, settling for 5th. A questionable tactic to hang on to a mooring until the last few minutes before the start by Minx may have cost them a podium finish, as they completed the race 4th on corrected time. With the fleet so close together, it was unsurprisingly happy days for the 3 biggest handicapped boats, as Olmeto, Ikaroa & Bapsy secured 1st, 2nd & 3rd respectively to round off the PY Class.

2 false starts from the only 2 boats in the IRC fleet was the only exciting moment witnessed from the crows nest, as Red Rum & Jong Dee made light work of the course and wind conditions to finish 3 minutes apart from each other in that order respectively. When the numbers were crunched, Jong Dee emerged the clear winner for the IRC Class.

We take a break from racing next week, and will be back for the Twilight Series I Race 2 on 11th May.

Happy Labour Day Sailors!

Results
Weta
Beach Catamaran
Cruising Multihull
PY Keelboat
IRC Keelboat

 

 

Easter Weekend Cruise 19-21 April 2019

The final count was 16 boats, such a big turnout for a Sebana/Telok Sengat cruise…Fantastic!!! Happy to share my short account of the weekend.

By 9.30 am, almost all the boats had left the mooring and headed towards Angler’s for the immigration clearance. The tide was rather slack which made the sail out easier, notably for me as I had a cooling water issue on Skybird. 1200 rpm was about the best I could do, which meant near zero forward movement against the strong tides that took control for the rest of the journey.

The smooth clearance at Angler’s helped make a good start to the trip to Sungei Shanti and onto Sebana. The breeze then was generally light and was coming on the nose which made sailing to Angler difficult, so most decided to motor the way there.

The faster ones made it good up river and arrived nice and dry, unfortunately, the few that were slower, where caught in a heavy downpour and were left drenched to the bones. It has been quite a while since I last stood in a downpour and it was quite cold. As we finally approached the marina, Desmond in Todak, who wasn’t too sure about Sebana, radioed me to ask which berth he should take, my answer to him was to find one that wasn’t raining. Fortunately, the rain cleared as we entered the marina, clear skies took over and the rest of the afternoon went to immigration clearance, hotel check-ins and boat cleaning.

Free and easy was the call for the night, Southern Light played host by opening up their boat for a Dock BBQ. However, some already had plans of their own and it ended with BBQ’s at various boats, some went into town for the annual seafood fix at Sungei Ringgit.

As part of this cruise to Sebana, boats can also choose to sail up the Johor River to Teluk Sengat. From the immigration point at Tanjung Pengelih; Sengat is about 13 nautical miles away, a nice 3-hour sail, if the conditions are right. Kurt and Gill in Waka Tere were the only ones that did it and had themselves a sumptuous seafood dinner. The next day they joined the rest of us at Sebana.

Soon the hours went by and everyone went into their own cozy corner for a well-deserved sleep. The nice thing about Sebana is that you can actually chillout there. No hard and fast rules or programmes to follow, truly, to each his own. I feel that it is this common thought that many of us have that make the trip to Sebana a very relaxed and enjoyable event.

Saturday was no different, we all went about doing our own things, some took advantage of the time and convenience to give a good cleaning to their boat. Others went to town while others just lazed around. Together with the crew from Todak, we went further up river in our tenders in search of an old crab farm. After meandering up the river we finally reach the location, it looked so run down that we thought it was shut. Sections of the zinc roofing were blown off, wooden planked-walls were torn, a small fish holding area that was there which didn’t look functional. Must have been some big winds that had come along and took parts of the structure along.

Even then we motored forward to have a closer look. Then we saw an area to the back that was still intact and out popped a head through a window of sought. We asked if they still sold crabs, then the RM250 answer came back and we were in business. After some talking and bargaining, we walked away with three huge crabs and at that price, we were happy. And that was dinner for the night. May be this could be one of a new attraction for our next visit to Sebana; bring your own tender for a crab cruise.

Another thing which I would like to share with you is our visit to Dr. Raymond Tan and his dear wife Margaret. They owned one of those units opposite of the Marina which has their own berth. Ray and Margaret have been members of CSC for a long time. What I actually want to share is that he brought out an old club T-shirt to show and it was made of towel material. Odd but interesting, photo’s will be shown. Btw, Raymond is retired and in he’s earlier days, he circumnavigated the world together with his wife in their yacht Tien Fei. To my knowledge, that makes them and Richard Howe, in his yacht Rum Bottle, the only members from CSC that had done it. If this is incorrect, sincere apologies to all other circumnavigators of CSC!

Time went by swiftly; we soon devoured the freshly bought Crabs in the evening and by late night we had our usual CSC gathering at the Oyster bar and in the Pirates Creek. It was nice to be able to sit around and chat with like-minded people; sailors!!

On Sunday, it was time to bid our farewell to Sebana Cove Resort as boats made preparations for the return trip to Singapore. By 1130, all boats had departed Sebana and headed for their clearance into Singapore. Then came the journey out the river and towards Anglers, many had already reached the location while I was still awhile away. I could hear the calls to immigration and hearing the reply that we needed to get coastguard clearance before proceeding to immigration. A tone of clear frustration was how I thought of the situation. Immigration was trying to offer queue numbers to the horde of boats but there was a queue. It looked like this is to be the norm when coming back into Singapore waters, so PCG before ICA. It was nice that the police were friendly about it, a nice hello on ch. 16 and we were cleared. Being about the last to arrive, the waiting time wasn’t too long before we were on our way back to the club. After clearing immigration, a 10 to 12 knot breeze came and that made our sail back to the club fun and much quicker then motoring. That was the only moment in the entire event when I could actually shut off the engine and sail Sky Bird.

With that we conclude another fun cruise and we thank all the participants for making this another successful event and for breaking the record for having the greatest number of boat entries; 16.

 

Thank you; Waka Tere, Southern Light, Ikaroa, New Blue Eyes, Midnight Blue, Withywindle, Sui Lynn, Zephyr, Cicak, Miss Visayan, Temptress of Down, Todak, Elessar, Defiance, Firefly and Gary Ng + Family (Cartman) who joined us via land transport!

 

Twilight Series I Race 1

13 April 2019

 

As we begin to see the change in the monsoon winds, conditions become fluky and unpredictable. Right from the early hours of the day, the wind did not appear as predicted by the various online apps.

But very fortunate for us, though light, the wind crept in from the easterly direction as boats were being readied for the 4 pm start. With the incoming tide and the shifty wind direction, the choice of the RED course was called.

A poor turnout in the multihull class saw the Trimaran, the beach cat and the Weta represented by only one boat each. Tim Hill in Cicak, Tim Jackson in Itchy-Go and Chris Waddington in Persian Cat; thank you guys for keeping the flag flying. In true sportsmanship they went round the course with the clock as their only competitor.

As the race progressed, the wind freshened to approximately 8 knots and came in from the easterly direction. The smaller boats could be seen being knocked over by the occasional gust.

The number three seemed to have plagued the IRC class; only Jong Dee, Waka Tere and Born in Fire were at the start. Paul Kendall in Jong Dee sailed very well to the conditions and kept the lead throughout the race. However, Kurt in Waka, trailed not too far behind keeping within the time margin and took the first place off Paul’s hands by a very narrow 2-seconds after corrected time. The fire wasn’t burning too brightly for Pascal in BIF as she seemed to have trouble trying to keep up with the other two. We hope to see the return of Shardana, Red Rum and Invictus for the coming IRC races; maybe even Skybird???

Great support in the PY category; 8 boats made it to the start and as usual the tussle for a good start was on everyone’s mind. John Boers in Sangaree short off the line in good speed and position and led the PYers all throughout the race. As the winds became more stable, blowing easterly, the stretch from Squance to Changi turned into a long windward leg. With an almost ideal Twilight condition, John Boers in Sangaree took line in the PY class and also finishing first after corrected time. A well sailed Boreas helmed by Pepe Yabe came in second and Kevin Harris sailed Temptress of Down to the third spot.

Welcome back Choy as he had just completed his two week reserve training in the army, back to you!!

RESULTS
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PY

Sunday Series I 2019 – Race 2

Sunday Series 1, Race 2; Right to the last hour, before the start sequence, the wind didn’t seem to want to show. Very fortunately, some great guy must have heard our plea and turned on his fan and the breeze kicked in at the very right moment.

The multihulls where the first to be started off, followed 5 minutes later by the keelboats. A little jostling at the start line saw three boats, Brio, Red Rum and Sangaree being caught OCS. Steve was quick to swing Red Rum back across the line to be the first to be exonerated.

The generally easterly wind direction at the start made CAAS 2 the ideal windward mark. The winds continued to be in our favour, the three beach cats took advantage of it and zoomed towards Tekong. Unfortunate for Jeremy, a wrong mark rounding caused him to have to retire. Uli Braun in Allo finished 1st and Chris Waddington came in 2nd in Persian Cat.

Tim Jackson held the Weta flag flying as he did a solo run around the course. Calling all Weta owners, come keep Tim company at the next race please.

Finishing only 12 seconds apart after corrected time, Tim Hill in Cicak managed to hold Graham Horn in Jaza Too for most part of the race. Unfortunate for him Graham took over the lead to secure his 1st place. Shaun finished 3rd about 11 minutes later.

Steve Manning did a quick recovery from his OCS start and took line in the IR class. His lead was good enough to also come in 1st for the race. Shardana’s lead over Jong Dee also saw her maintaining her 2nd placing across the line, Jong Dee finished 3rd.

And forming the biggest class, the PY division saw ten boats at the start line. Kevin in Temptress of Down had a good start and managed to hold the lead throughout the race. It was rather close sailing for the top 5 PY boats. Temptress of Down, Southern Light, Sangaree, Bapsy and Minx were only 11 minutes apart in actual sailing time. In the end, after corrected time, the 1st place went to Southern Light, 2nd place to Temptress of Down and 3rd to Bapsy.

Big thank you to all sailors who have participated in the second race of the Sunday Series! We look forward to seeing you on 13th April, for the Twilight Series.

Protest Result – 2019 Protest Sunday Series 1 Race 2 Brio VS Sangaree

Results for 7 April:

Lady Helm Race 2019

The 2019 Lady Helm Race took place in glassy conditions, putting the tactical and technical prowess of all 14 Female Skippers to the test. The race comes 3 weeks after the official International Womens Day (8 March) and also celebrates Charley’s Birthday (She turns 50 this year!). The Skipper of New Blue Eyes, together with Rosanna Van Maarschalkerweerd from Minx kindly sponsored some finger food for the event, to feed the hungry sailors after a long and arduous afternoon of racing in 1-2 knot winds.

IRC Class was led from start to finish by the mighty Red Rum, under the steady helmswomanship of Lim Su Sian. She was indeed the rose amongst the thorns, being the only lady on board. 2nd place went to Sky Bird, skippered by their secret weapon – Coach Jhing from our CSC Youth Sailing Squad! Having her racing experience (former Philippines National Sailor) on the helm and a light crew of only 3 up helped them pip Marissa See’s Shardana to the podium.

The lighter boats thrived in the super light airs, and the results show for the PY Class. 3rd place went to the nippy Brio, sailed superbly by Desiree Lim, a Team Singapore Para Sailor! 2nd was clinched by New Blue Eyes, skippered by Wendy Baker. The boat was armed with water guns to beat the heat (and make mischief)! Their perseverance paid off, rewarding the team with line honours and a well-deserved place on the podium. NTU exchange student and skipper of Boreas – Mata will only be here for another week before she returns to Poland. Yesterday’s winning result with NTU Sailing Club (NTUSC) on Boreas made it a sweet memory for her to take home, after an eventful time spent as a member of NTUSC.

Lets not forget that despite being the only multihull on water, Jaza Too was very sporting and also the fastest boat in the fleet! Congratulation Anette, well sailed!

Kudos to all the winners, this will definitely be an annual event at CSC – plans have already been made to shift it closer to the NE Monsoon season next year, hopefully with more winds!

Results
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PY
Cruising Multihull

Sunday Series I 2019 – Race 1

With the North-East Monsoon Season finally over, sailors participating in the first Sunday Series Race of 2019 had to contend with tricky wind conditions on course 5, a refreshing change from the windward leewards between Ubin & Tekong.

The Multihulls seemed visibly tired/exhausted from the past 3 months of racing, as only 2 Beach Catamarans and 1 Trimaran took to the start line. Kaze Kat and Persian Cat were a Nacra 20 and Nacra 5.0 respectively, 2 very different designs from the same company. The former claimed line honours comfortably, and won the race by a slimmer margin after handicap. Chris Waddington’s solo sail on Persian Cat marked her return to racing, we’re excited to see more of Persian Cat over the next 2 months!

In the PY Class, 9 boats contested for podium – and the flames of competition were ignited at the start-line. With it being a downwind start and winds shifting south-south east, sailors tussled for their favoured spot on the line, eventually erupting into a near-collision at the pin-end. Brio emerged 3rd in the fleet after handicap, a few minutes behind 2nd placed Minx. Southern Light continue their winning ways from the recently concluded SailFest Regatta, scoring their first bullet for the Series after corrected time.

Red Rum executed a perfect port tack start, leading the IRC Fleet from start to finish to secure a comfortable win ahead of Shardana and Born in Fire in 2nd & 3rd respectively.

Big thank you to International Jury, Uncle Hong Kit for once again chairing the Protest Committee, together with Jury Members Edwin & Bryan. Thank you everyone for joining us for the first Sunday Series of 2019! We look forward to a delightful afternoon on 30th March, Saturday, where we commence the 1st Lady Helm Race at Changi Sailing Club!

Results
IRC
PY
Cruising Multihull
Beach Catamaran

Protest Hearing Decision
SUNDAY SERIES 24 MAR 19 MARSH MELLOW VS SOUTHERN LIGHT

SailFest Regatta Day 2

Back with sore and aching muscles after a full day of racing on Day 1, some sailors looked visibly tired making their way down the jetty to prepare their boats on Sunday Morning. The winds delivered on time yet again, but possibly a tad lighter in strength compared to Day 1.

Needing to win races to reclaim her position at the top after an early retirement on Day 1, Doug Fimmell’s Madfish II did exactly that to score 3 victories in the remaining races to win the SailFest Regatta 2019 in the Beach Catamaran Class. Day 1’s leader Bad Influence slipped to 2nd place after struggling to find her place at the top, consistently placing 3rd in races 5 to 7. He also only just barely managed to, beating 3rd placed Nacra 15 on tie-breaker. Being the only Weta on the course, The Blue Bug did well to keep up with the fleet, but struggled to gain any momentum in the largely windward-leeward courses.

The Cruising Multihulls sees tit-for-tat results amongst the top 3, as they took turns to lead throughout the races. Kaze eventually emerged on top, just 1 point ahead of Jaza Two in 2nd and 2 points away from Dash Two in 3rd. Baloo’s returned to racing was shortlived, as they got grounded at Changi Creek right after the start of Race 6. that coupled with a broken tiller meant an early retirement for the duo (David & Chris).

In the PY Class, it was a close fight for 2nd to 4th placings, with Balqis scoring a bullet in Race 5 to secure 2nd 1 point ahead of Brio in 3rd. Minx struggled to gain podium placing in day 2, her best placing being a 3rd in the first race of the day. She settles for 4th, just outside of podium in the overall results. Southern Light claimed the SailFest Regatta 2019 title by a comfortable margin, completing her victory with a bullet in the 6th and final race for the regatta.

Red Rum continued to claim all line honours in the remaining 3 races for the IRC Class, but could not stay ahead of the chasing pack on handicap, as Waka Tere scored 2 wins on corrected time to overtake the Archambault 40 as the IRC winner. Invictus‘s podium finishes (3-1-2) for Races 5 to 7 placed them 3rd overall on 14 points, 1 behind Red Rum. Critical Crew changes made all the difference to Born in Fire‘s performance on Day 2, but it was too little too late as they settled for 4th overall.

2019 CSC Sailing Festival Overall Leaderboard

The SailFest Regatta 2019 concludes 3 months worth of intense racing at CSC in the North-East Monsoon, with a total of 51 boats participating over 4 classes. This does not include the 4 Wetas introduced midway in the season, which brings it to a grand total of 55 boats!

In the Beach Catamaran Class, a consistent effort to participate in all 5 Regattas resulted in a clear victory for Madfish II, skippered by Doug Fimmell. His crew, Erica, also bagged the prince (or princess) of darkness award, given to the most angsty and naughty sailor on water. A hat-trick of wins in the Catamaran Nationals, Commodore’s Cup and SailFest Regatta helped form an insurmountable lead of 6 points over 2nd placed Stray Catz. A 4th and 2nd in the remaining 2 Regattas placed Bad Influence as the best of the rest, finishing this season in 3rd on 21 points.

Consistency really is key for the Cruising Multihulls, as the top 2 boats not only raced in at least 4 out of 5 regattas, but did not win any of them! 1st place went to Eeepai, whose best finish of 2nd in the Signature Sundays and 2-Island Race made it possible for her to become the Sailing Festival 2019 Cruising Multihull Champions on 11 points. Witblits raced in every regatta available to place 3 points adrift. Contrastingly, poor attendance left Cicak in 3rd, despite victories in the 2-Island Race and Commodore’s Cup respectively.

Same could be said for the PY Class, as the top 5 boats participated in at least 4 of the 5 regattas. Lack of crew for the East Johor Race and SailFest Regatta resulted in an initially strong campaign by Ikaroa fizzling out and ending in 5th overall. Arbudhen‘s damage and early retirement in the SailFest Regatta diminished all hope of a podium finish, as she took 4th 3 points behind close rivals, New Blue Eyes. Last year’s PY Champions had to settle for 3rd, struggling throughout the season to find consistent and experienced crew to compete. Newcomers Brio had many things to be thankful for – from a completely refurbished boat to having Paralympian sailor Jovin Tan racing on board for certain regattas, it was definitely a well-deserved 2nd place finish for the young outfit. Missing out on victory by a slim margin on their first campaign in 2018 made victory so much sweeter for newly crowned 2019 CSC Sailing Festival Overall PY Champions Minx. Despite not winning any of the regattas, consistently placing in the top 4 for all regattas gave them a comfortable 3 point lead over Brio.

It was utter dominance by Waka Tere in the IRC Class this season, as they sweeped all regattas sans 2-Island Race. A strong crew consisting of ex and current SMU Sailors made their conquest a lot smoother, while other teams struggled with inconsistent crew rosters. Nearest rivals Jong Dee came closest to dethroning them, but a series of unfortunate events led to an early retirement in the SailFest Regatta. Shardana, Red Rum and Born in Fire all tied on 14 points after 1 discard, but the Italian Stallion emerged on top after the tie-breaker, scoring more podium finishes – thus completing the top 3 in IRC Class.

 

We’re really glad the NE Monsoon did not disappoint over the past 2 months, one of the key factors to the success of this annual CSC NE Monsoon Sailing Festival. The Club Racing Scene continues to grow, and it is encouraging to see the number of boats participating slowly increasing since its inception in 2017. Congratulations to all the winners, and a big thank you to all 55 boats which sailed with us!

SailFest Regatta Results
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CruisingMultihull
Keelboat PY
Keelboat IRC

CSC NE Monsoon Sailing Festival Overall Leaderboard
Beach Catamaran SF_Overall
Cruising Multihull SF_Overall
Keelboat PY SF_Overall
Keelboat IRC SF_Overall

 

SailFest Regatta 2019 Day 1

The final weekend of racing in this season’s CSC NE Monsoon Sailing Festival kicked off with a solid 4 races for most classes, leaving sailors bruised and battered at the end of day 1. some boats suffered more serious problems, with a start incident resulting in the retirement of Jong Dee & Arbudhen from Race 2 and subsequent races. This coupled with Brio snapping their rudder, Madfish II snapping their spinnaker pole, a grounding from Arbudhen, beach catamarans getting stuck on moorings after launching, wild spinnakers and a few other things made for an exciting and interesting day for all 23 boats participating.

After 4 races, Red Rum finds themselves in an unfamiliar situation, sitting 1 point ahead of Waka Tere at the top of the fleet in the IRC Class. They secured 2 bullets and 4 line honours in the fresh North-Easterly Breeze – made easier with a strong crew outfit. Invictus struggles to break into the top 2, with their best finish being a 2nd in race 4. They now sit in 3rd, 4 points away from Waka Tere. Damage to Jong Dee in the start of Race 2 made it an unexpectedly short day for Paul and crew, despite a stellar performance scoring a bullet in Race 1. Citing the lack of experienced crew after today’s disappointment, Born in Fire will attempt to rectify the issue and look to climbing up the IRC standings in the remaining 3 races tomorrow.

Scoring 3 bullets from 3 races left Southern Light in the driving seat, as Skipper Leslie Sharpe relished the idea of a victory to complete a successful return to Club Racing for Southern Light. Trailing by 4 points is Minx, who are in the running for the overall Sailing Festival PY leaderboard. 2 points adrift is J24 Balqis, whose performance placed her on the podium after 4 races, comfortably 4 points ahead of 4th placed New Blue Eyes. With 3 more races and potential reshuffling due to the activated discard tomorrow, sailors have everything to play for on day 2! Favourites Arbudhen called it an early day after the start line incident resulting in damage to her boat and Jong Dee’s.

In the Cruising Multihull Class, only 1 point separates the top 3 boats – setting the stage for an exciting finish for Kaze, Dash Two and Jaza Two tomorrow. Scoring 2 bullets puts Kaze in the driving seat, but Damien faces a tough challenge from 2019 Trimaran Champions Dash Two and fierce rivals Jaza Too in the remaining 3 races. It was not all happy thoughts as AbracaDeborah gave up on Race 4, succumbing to fatigue – leaving it to Witblits to complete the fleet in 4th.

After 4 races today, Bad Influence leads the Beach Catamaran fleet with 7 points, amidst broken spinnaker poles and unwarranted crashes with boats on the moorings. Favourites Madfish II snapped their spinnaker pole in Race 2, forcing them to retire for Race 3 & 4.  A consistent performance by Nacra 15 skippered by Uli Braun place him 2nd and 1 point ahead of Madfish II in 3rd. Despite being the only Weta Trimaran in the fleet, The Blue Bug was sporting to participate in all 4 races, and CSC is very appreciative of that!

All in all an eventful day 1 of the SailFest Regatta 2019, looking forward to an exciting conclusion over Day 2!

 

Results
IRC
PY
Cruising Multihull
Beach Catamaran