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!

 

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.

 

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
IRC
PY
Cruising Multihull

Hangover Race 2019

Light and shifty winds plagued the course on New Year’s Day, leaving sailors with the challenging task of navigating the Pennant 5 Course.

Despite the heavy night celebrating the New Year, we had a strong fleet of 10 boats in the PY Class. Starting the year with a victory was Arbudhen, who also raced and partied with us on New Year’s Eve. In 2nd place was none other than New Blue Eyes – having sorted out their engine issues, they’re all ready for the upcoming racing season! Completing the podium in 3rd was Minx, much to the delight of Skipper Lucas Van Maarschalkerweerd.

In the IRC Class, Waka Tere led from start to finish to claim first place with a comfortable 23min buffer after corrected time. Judging by their performance, she is the yacht to beat in the new year. The Cruising Multihulls were represented by 2 boats, 1 M23 and 1 Corsair 28. The latter emerged victorious, as Miss Visayan made it 2 wins in 2 days. Last but not least, Stray Catz took 1st place in the Beach Catamaran category, finishing with line honours and a comfortable lead over Bryan Ngu’s Nacra 15.

We hope everyone had an enjoyable Hangover Race – see you on the 6th whereby we commence the Sailing Festival with the Signature Sundays Felkin Buoy Race!

Results

IRC
PY
Cruising Multihull
Beach Catamaran

NYE Twilight Race & Countdown Party

If we could describe the NYE Twilight Race in 1 word: CHALLENGING.

The race started off looking very promising, with a North-Easterly breeze coming in after a heavy bout of rain from the west. But the sailors did not stay dry for long, as they encountered another big weather system from the west, getting absolutely drenched on the 2nd leg. Throughout the race, skippers had to master the oscillating winds and conflicting weather systems to get ahead of each other – a small mistake is all it takes to lose time.

In the IRC Class, it was a thrilling battle between 3 very different boats – Shardana (Dufour 34), SkyBird (Dehler 34) & Notus (Platu 25). As the fastest-rated boat in the fleet, Shardana took an early lead after the start, establishing some distance between her and the chasing SkyBird. Some good calls by SkyBird on the penultimate leg closed the gap and eventually earned her tied-first with Shardana on corrected time.

The PY Class sees Arbudhen take victory – with his steaming light on. It was an effective Father-Daughter combo as sister yacht Sapphire Star sailed 2-up superbly to take 2nd place. Eagle sailed in her maiden race to a podium finish, completing the PY winners in 3rd. Miss Visayan flew the flag high for the Cruising Multihull Class – first and last in a fleet of one.

The evening festivities gradually took over after racing, starting with a Photobooth for guests to make some memories to take home. Followed by a sumptuous buffet spread well put together by the ever-reliable Coachman Inn Restaurant, paired with free-flowing beer and champagne got everyone grooving in no time. The Emcee kept things entertaining throughout the night with the games/lucky draw in between live-music sets by Jam Tyme. Keeping up with the annual tradition – Honorary Secretary Ad Smit sounded the air horn signal at 5 minutes to midnight – signalling the start sequence to 2019!

We’d like to extend a big thank you to all members & friends who ushered in the New Year with us. Also many thanks to our business partners for sponsoring the prizes for the Lucky Draw segment and last but not least, Coachman Inn for the delicious food and impeccable service all night.

CSC is excited to kick off the North-East Monsoon Sailing Festival with the Signature Sunday Series this weekend. See you on the 6th!

Results
IRC
PY
Cruising Multihull

Goodwill Cruise to Nongsa

On 15 & 16 December, CSC organised a Goodwill Cruise to Nongsa Point Marina – in support of the sailors of Riau Yacht Club.

The Riau Yacht Club is a small dinghy club operating off a little beachfront at the western corner of the Marina. They reach out to the children from the rural areas of batam and invite them to learn how to sail on the optimists, bytes and lasers. As these children are mostly from low-income families, the Yacht Club offers a sailing training programme for free, sponsored by Indonesian Businessman Kris Wiluan.

Our Members brought clothes, food, stationery, bags and various other items from Singapore to donate to the young sailors of Riau Yacht Club. 4 out of the 5 boats were on their maiden cruising trip, made further enjoyable by the amazing hospitality at Nongsa Point Marina.

We would like to thank the following Yachts for taking part in our inaugural goodwill cruise:

  1. SDF / Derek Sharples
  2. Emmanuel II / Desmond Wong
  3. Swannee / Mackson Chia
  4. Eriphine / Matthias Gaede
  5. Elessar / Michael Huffines

Not forgetting the Members who donated your pre-loved items and the team at Nongsa Point Marina for helping make this Goodwill Cruise a success – Thank you!

We look forward to making this an annual affair, do join us on our next Goodwill Cruise in 2019. Details to be updated on our E-newsletter and Website.

 

Rainbow Centre Yishun Park School Joy-Sail

On 8th December 2018, Changi Sailing Club once again played host to the students and parents from Rainbow Centre (Yishun Park School).

The Rainbow Centre is a social service organisation in Singapore. It operates three special education schools Margaret Drive School (RCMDS), Yishun Park School (RCYPS) and a third one at Woodlands, for infants, children and youths with special needs like autism, intellectual disability, developmental delay, and multiple disabilities.

All 53 participants enjoyed the morning sail with 10 of our club members/boat owners, who graciously lent their time and boats for a good cause.

Big Thank You to the following boats which made it happen:

  1. Defiance / Ashley Barnes
  2. Shardana / Joe Lombardo
  3. Waka Tere / Kurt Metzger
  4. Ikaroa / Michael Kaus
  5. Minx / Lucas Van Maarschalkerweerd
  6. Firefly / Stefan Vidan
  7. Sapphire Star / Simon Connor
  8. Boreas / Alex, NTU Sailing Club
  9. Emmanuel II / Desmond Wong
  10. Dauntless / Yong Wee Keong

 

Not forgetting Aunty Sharifah and the staff from Rainbow Centre, thank you for giving us this opportunity to share the joys of sailing and make new friends!

 

Pre-Ambassadors’ Cup Fund-Raising Cocktail Reception

Oh what a night!
 
Last night’s fund-raising cocktail reception was the into it’s 4th edition, and as always, was a successful gathering of the diplomatic and sailing community for a night of drinking and revelry for a good cause. Held at the iconic Post Bar at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, it was great to see sailors all dressed up on a Friday night in town!
 
50% of the drink ticket sales and all cash donations go towards supporting the CSC Community Outreach Program. As part of the Club’s Corporate Social Responsibility, the CSC Community Outreach Fund is used to support the running of sailing and recreational programs for the underprivileged community, such as youth at risk, children with special needs and the residents of Homes for the Aged.
 
Big thank you to the Post Bar at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore for being such gracious and accommodating hosts!
 
We are now looking forward to bringing the World Together on 3rd November 2018 with our Signature Event – The Oneberry Ambassadors’ Cup!

Wine Tasting Night

On 28th September, CSC hosted a Wine Tasting Session in conjunction with our Members Night. Brought to you by the friendly people at VCT Group of Wineries Asia Pte Ltd – our Wine sponsors for the past 2 Ambassadors’ Cup Events!
 
4 types of Wines were showcased: Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay from Casillero del diablo .
It was the perfect complement to our Members Night – Flavourful Wine + Live Music + Great Company = Awesome Night!

31st Annual General Meeting 2018

Last Friday, on 20th July, CSC members gathered at Tekong Cove to receive the Annual Report from the Management Committee. Since the renewal of lease was announced last year, the Club was quick to roll out upgrading works and many new initiatives + programmes for Members.

Highlights:

Land lease – The Club has been given a 3 year lease from 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2020. A further 3+3 years is on the cards. As a condition of the lease, part of the boat yard has been returned to the Land Authority.

Club Maintenance – The Club Development Fund was utilized for upgrading/maintenance works to the boatyard slipway, chalets, main club house and various new installments over the past 6 months.

Go Green Campaign – As part of our efforts to be a more eco-friendly and sustainable club, CSC has launched a Go Green Campaign led by James Sharpe (Social Secretary) & Justin Lean. Some of the initiatives include:

  1. Eco-Sailing Day on 9th August 2018
  2. Say NO to single-use plastic straws
  3. Recycle Bins placed at the Jetty
  4. Going Paperless for the Next AGM

Community Outreach Program – Recent sailing and social activities with Yishun Park School – Rainbow Centre and Villa Francis Home for the Aged contribute to a very diverse outreach program, using sailing and the club facilities to give back. This is in addition to Sailability Singapore calling CSC their home, the Sailing arm of Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC).

Welcoming the New Committee onboard:

Vice Commodore – Deborah Barker
Rear Commodore (Sailing) – Paul Kendall
Hon. Treasurer – Andy Willett
Social Secretary – James Sharpe

Upcoming Events:

  1. 19th Ambassadors’ Cup 2018 3rd November – Race & Party 26th October – pre-event fundraising cocktail for the Community Outreach Program.
  2. Eco-Sailing Day 9th August
  3. New Years’ Eve Party 31st December 2018

Next Phase of upgrading / maintenance works:

  1. Jetty
  2. Optimist Racks
  3.  General Painting of the Club

 

For the full reports, please visit https://csc.org.sg/about-us/annual-general-meeting/