Sunday Series II (Race 3)

Our Sunday Series II Race 3 took place on 28th July, in a delightful South-Easterly breeze, complete with a welcome sprinkle of rain to cool the sailors down at the start. With race organizers deciding to go for something different for Race 3, the pennant 7 course was chosen, taking them to South Angler and back.

The initial leg to Changi Buoy felt slow and a struggle at times, but the light winds were short-lived as they turned the corner past the SAF Ferry Terminal. In the IRC Class, it was a 2-boat race between Jong Dee and Invictus, with the former nailing the start and taking an early lead. Unfortunately Jong Dee‘s good performance upwind was marred by equipment failure, as her chainplate gave way and resulted in the mast crumpling in a strong gust, breaking in 2 places and effectively retiring her from the race. Despite a poor start, Invictus wins by default, surviving the gusty conditions to complete the course.

A 7-strong PY fleet took part yesterday, with every boat participating of similar caliber. Making amends for the omission of CSC 1 when sailing the Twilight Course last week – Skipper Lucas of Minx sailed a disciplined race to take line honours and finish 4 seconds behind champions Ikaroa after corrected time. In hindsight, the results may be different if Minx were to hold their kite longer on the final stretch to finish. Completing the podium was Marsh Mellow, displaying good boat speed sailing with the wind abeam and downwind.

The return of Kaze, Witblits and Jaza Too meant that we had a grand total of 5 Cruising Multihulls racing yesterday, with the same 3 taking podium. Scoring the bullet with a comfortable lead over the rest, Witblits crossed the line 8 minutes ahead of Miss Visayan, who came up tops among the pack of 3 chasing boats. She beats Jaza Too by a second across the line, and Kaze by 18 seconds! Despite her efforts, she finishes behind them on corrected time, settling for 4th. Jaza Too claimed 2nd and Kaze 3rd respectively.

Bad Influence & Itchy-Go were very sporting to continue racing despite being the only boats for their respective classes. Lets hope we get more participation from the beach catamarans and wetas in the subsequent weeks!

Enjoy the photos and see you next week for Twilight Series II Race 3.

Results
IRC Keelboat
PY Keelboat
Cruising Multihull

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Twilight Series II (Race 2)

It was nice to see a consistent Easterly breeze settling in for the afternoon, giving sailors a natural windward-leeward course between Changi and Squance. In addition to sailing the course well, sailors also had to be extra vigilant, having to avoid a school of canoes on the start line and big commercial vessels sailing through the course.

A good start from the IRC Class saw a quick breakaway from the fleet, with Jong Dee taking an early lead. Skipper Paul Kendall read the shifts well to stay on top of close rivals Waka Tere, but struggled to stretch the lead over the course of the afternoon. When the numbers were crunched, both boats tied for first on corrected time – an extremely rare occurrence! To make things more exciting, Skybird finished a mere 8 seconds after on handicap, awarding them with a well-deserved 2nd place behind the joint-winners.

It was exciting to see all 7 boats from the PY Class so close to each other on the first beat to Changi, with NTUSC’s Notus holding a marginal lead rounding Changi Buoy. A superb downwind to Squance after that extended their lead, which eventually helped seal their victory. Southern Light made amends for their poor performance during last week’s Sunday Series, scoring 2nd place on corrected time – just 6 seconds ahead of Balqis in 3rd! It was also worthy to note that 2 boats in the PY Class sailed with minimal crew, Balqis sailing 2-up and Minx sailing solo!

It was an intimate affair for the Multihulls, with a total of 4 boats representing the 3 classes. Cicak bested Miss Visayan over the finish line and on handicap, taking the win in the Cruising Multihull Class. Keeping the flag flying high for the beach catamarans and wetas were Bad Influence and Itchy-Go respectively.

Congratulations to all the winners – looking forward to next week’s Sunday Series II (Race 3)!

Results

IRC Keelboat
PY Keelboat
Cruising Multihull

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32nd Annual General Meeting 2019

On 19th July 2019, Changi Sailing Club conducted their 32nd Annual General Meeting, “Moving Forward”.

Helmed by Commodore Jeffrey Leow and his Management Committee, the Meeting elaborated on key topics such as Membership, our Sailing Calendar, the Community Outreach Programme and Mooring+Boat Storage. Highlighting the need to increase our membership numbers, measures/initiatives will be taken over the next half-year to promote our Club Membership to potential youths/young adult members.

Our Sailing Calendar continues to be the most eventful and exciting amongst all the sailing clubs/marinas in Singapore and perhaps South-East Asia (arguably!). Rear-Commodore (Sailing) Paul Kendall went on to share all of our events which took place in 2018/2019, and whats to come for the rest of this year.

Community Service has always been a big part of Changi Sailing Club’s Mission, now made more visible with the establishment of our Community Outreach Programme. The Club will continue to work closely with the various communities and organizations, bringing joy through sailing to the less-privileged and youth-at-risk.

Works on building a completely new Mooring system will commence end of this month. The new moorings are designed to take an approximate total of 120 boats, to accommodate the growing number of boats moored at the Club. We’re excited to see the finished project at the end of September!

The 32nd AGM also sees the election of a new Commodore (Deborah Barker), Rear Commodore (H&G) Ad Smit and Honorary Secretary Mackson Chia. We would like to thank Outgoing Commodore Jeffrey Leow, Rear Commodore (H&G) Mackson Chia and Honorary Secretary Ad Smit for their service and contributions to the Club. It would be worthy to note that Ms Deborah Barker made history by being elected the first ever Female Commodore at Changi Sailing Club and possibly also amongst all Sailing Clubs and Marinas in Singapore.

Thank you all for attending the 32nd Annual General Meeting – see you at the Club!

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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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Villa Francis Home for the Aged (12 July 2019)

On 12 July 2019, 27 Residents and Care-Givers from Villa Francis Home for the Aged travelled from their Home in Yishun to the best-kept secret that is Changi Sailing Club, for a morning excursion to enjoy the refreshing sea breeze and tranquil scenery. In appreciation of their hard work and dedication to the residents, Care-givers were also treated to a joyride on our CSC Ferry Boats, exploring our coastline from a different perspective!

We interviewed Sam Lim (Executive Community Partnership) and Jacqueline Soe (Enrolled Nurse, Supervisor) to get a better insight of the daily responsibilities of a Care-Giver.

How long have you been working with Villa Francis and what are your responsibilities at the Home?

Sam: I have been working with Villa Francis for 9 years, since May 2010. My major roles and responsibilities at the Home is to work with various communities, organisations and corporate groups to organize events and programmes for the residents.

Jacqueline:?9 years! I am an enrolled nurse, and I am part of a supervisory team for a ward at Villa Francis. Our responsibilities include but are not limited to: scheduling medication, meal preparation, housekeeping, wound dressings, patient reports and many other forms of patient care.

What was your most rewarding experience?

Sam: We recently organized a programme which involved primary 4 students entertaining and interacting with residents from Villa Francis. For residents, it rekindles memories of their childhood and/or their experiences with their own grandchildren. At the same time, students gain a better understanding that there are these groups of Elderly who need our care and support – also raising awareness of the ageing population in Singapore and the importance of adequate support systems in place to accommodate that.

Your saddest experience?

Sam: Every passing of a resident is a sad experience. Think of Villa Francis as one big family. Every resident is a family member, and it is always extremely heart-breaking to see family members go. Of course, over the years we have come to realise that it is part and parcel of life, making the pain more manageable.

Share a typical shift (work routine) in the life of a care-giver.

Jacqueline: The morning shift starts with serving medication at 0615-0620hrs, with breakfast service starting at 0700hrs. This is followed by wound dressings and patient medical reports. At about 0800hrs to 0900hrs, we have to conduct rooming cleaning followed by medication preparation for the afternoon shift. After 0900hrs, we have to bring patients for their morning exercise for about 30mins. At 1030hrs, we will prepare and serve lunch to the residents. This part includes cooking, blending the food and feeding the patients. Laundry and Housekeeping takes place at 1130hrs. At 1200hrs, we will serve the second portion of medication, ending off the morning shift by 1220hrs.

Last question! How can the public support or contribute to Villa Francis and its efforts?*

Sam: One of the easiest and most straight-forward ways is through monetary donations and food donations. It is popular for companies and members of the public to donate food during festive occasions such as Chinese New Year and Mid-Autumn Festival. This, in addition to traditional breakfast fare such as Chee Cheong Fun and Lor Mai Kai – which are crowd favourites and suitable for the residents diet.

With regards to volunteering, we also have some members of the public committing 1 to 2 hours of their time every day to assist with patient care, simple chores and communicating with the residents in their native dialect. This is important as there is a significant language barrier; many of the residents can only speak in dialect/mandarin, and most of our care-givers are foreigners.

*For more details on making a donation or supporting the Home in other ways, please visit www.villafrancis.org.sg

Thank you Sam and Jacqueline for sharing with us intimate details of your experiences as care-givers with Villa Francis! Also big thank you to Stephen and the Coachman Inn Restaurant for once again generously sponsoring a delicious lunch for the residents and care-givers. Looking forward to the next collaboration!

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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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