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/

New Year’s Eve Party Welcomes in 2018 in Style

After a year of milestones members of the Changi Sailing Club came together on New Years to celebrate the past year and welcome in the new.

At 1155pm, CSC’s tradition of counting down to the New Year using the sailors’ five-minute warning signal sequence commenced. It culminated with the air horns going off full blast at the stroke of midnight – ushering in 2018 Family and friends celebrated this special moment together. CSC has much to be thankful for in a year of milestones for 2017.

The Club initiated new programmes and established collaborations with various government agencies. The Club hosted the largest Ambassadors’ Cup in the history of the event and enjoyed the inaugural CSC Sailing Festival. And, of course, most importantly the renewal of our Land Lease happened! We look forward to sharing many more years of sailing and activities with our members and partners – here’s to another great year at the Club!

Hangover Race 2018

Showing true Changi Sailing Club spirit, sailors took to the waters on January 1, 2018 to continue the Club tradition of the Hang Over Race.

The annual tradition of racing on New Year’s Day after a long night of partying continued in 2018 when the sun rose on a hazy New Year, as did a few intrepid sailors. A total of eight boats managed to crawl to the start line. The slightest of breeze and the initial outgoing tide made it difficult for boats to make progress sailing up to Serangoon Buoy. Invictus claimed line honours and won the Hangover Race comfortably ahead of PY Champion Minx. Minx sailed well with only two up, as Jonathan Syke’s Olmeto and Derek Sharple’s SDF completed the race in second and third respectively.

It was nice to see Eagle racing in the Hang Over Race for the first time in a long while, we look forward to seeing more of Charlie and his cheery green Eagle in upcoming regattas!

Despite the gloomy weather and endless rain on New Year’s Eve, some participants still found joy sailing in the rain, organising an impromptu optimist dinghy race amongst themselves. With the Twilight Race for the afternoon cancelled, many started the alcohol flowing early – in anticipation of the party to follow!

The meticulous effort by many CSC members in coming dressed in the 1920s theme, from waistcoats to pearl jewellery, was really impressive. The men and women who came in the fashion of the day really outdid themselves.

Members and guests were treated to the smooth tunes of the Hypnotics and were entertained by the line-up of games and lucky draws. Together with a groovy 1920s soundtrack and a sumptuous buffet spread prepared by the ever-reliable Coachman Inn Restaurant, the night was immersive and a feast for the senses.