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

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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

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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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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
Beach Catamaran
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Keelboat PY
Keelboat IRC

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

 

 

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