Pre-Ambassadors’ Cup Fund-Raising Cocktail Reception 2019

This year’s Cocktail Reception was once again held at The Post Bar, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore. Since its introduction 5 years ago, the Fund-Raising Event has grown to become synonymous with the Regatta, bringing the Ambassadors and Sailors together for an evening of drinks and revelry for a good cause.

Donations collected will benefit our Community Outreach Programme, whereby we partner with various organisations and groups to bring sailing to people with disabilities, the underprivileged, youth-at-risk and the elderly. Some of our partners include:

  1. Rainbow Centre
  2. Singapore Association for Mental Health
  3. Villa Francis Home for the Aged
  4. Good Shepherd Nursing Home
  5. Sailability Singapore

Thank you all for joining us yesterday, and for your generous contributions. For the Sailors and Ambassadors who missed out on the event and would like to donate, we will be doing a second drive on the Ambassador’s Cup Event as well!

Looking forward to Bringing the World Together on 2nd November 2019.

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Experiential Sailing with Rainbow Centre (20 Oct 2019)

Just 2 days after a successful outing with the caregivers and residents of Villa Francis, CSC returned to playing host to the wonderful families from Rainbow Centre. Taking place on 20th October with a total of 68 participants, it was our largest Joy Sail to date!

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. For this round, we had the privilege and opportunity to bring 3 wheelchair-bound students out sailing as well, a first for this programme!

The 68 beneficiaries departed for a morning sail along the north-eastern rim of Singapore, under the careful steersmanship of 10 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.

Here’s a FB link to a heartwarming write-up from one of the participants!

Changi Sailing Club is always excited to partner with Rainbow Centre to conduct these Experiential Joy Sails, as part of our Community Outreach Programme. We’re looking forward to the next one in 2020!

Big Thank You to the following boats who volunteered their boat and time to support a good cause:

  1. Red Rum
  2. Waka Tere
  3. Birregurra
  4. Olmeto
  5. Genesis
  6. WYSIWYG III
  7. Emmanuel II
  8. Baby Beluga
  9. Firefly
  10. Cicak

#vibrant #inclusive #forwardlooking #communityoutreachprogramme #changisailingclub

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Villa Francis Home for the Aged Visit [18 October 2019]

On 18 October 2019, 22 Care-givers and 7 Residents 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. This round, the focus was on thanking the care-givers. With an increasingly aging population in all developed societies, the role of caregiver has been increasingly recognized as an important one, both functionally and economically. In appreciation of their hard work and dedication to the residents, Care-givers were treated to joyrides on our CSC Ferry Boats, exploring our coastline from a different perspective!

We value the work care-givers have put in to ensure the safety and quality of life for the residents. Big thank you to Coachman Inn Restaurant for sharing in these beliefs and once again supporting this event via the catering of a simple lunch for both care-givers and residents.

#inclusive #vibrant #forwardlooking #changisailingclub #communityoutreachprogramme

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Twilight Series III Race 2

The last club race before our 20th Ambassadors’ Cup took us on a Twilight course in a freshening South-easterly breeze, leaving sailors hopeful for similar conditions for the Club’s premier sailing event on 2nd November. A big turn out of 11 keelboats made for an impressive start line for both the IRC & PY Class, as boats jostled to get the perfect start in the race.

Looking more polished this time, Born in Fire’s 2nd club race with new skipper Thomas Reckefuss sees them closing the gap with experienced rivals Waka Tere. Despite their best efforts, they still fall short by a few minutes, and will be looking to tie up loose ends before the Ambassadors’ Cup weekend.

In the PY Class, Balqis executed the best start of the fleet to secure an advantage on the first beat to Changi Buoy. Alas, missing CSC 1 on the return leg from Squance made them scramble back to round the mark, costing them valuable time and possibly a place on the podium. Helmed by new owner Ad Smit, the other J24 (Bapsy) sailed an excellent race to finish up there with bigger and faster boats such as Birregurra and Southern Light. Their efforts paid off, scoring a bullet on their first race this season. Despite crossing the line first, Birregurra had to settle for 3rd, losing to Southern Light by just over 1 minute on corrected time.

With a total of 18 hulls representing the multihull class yesterday, it was a sight to behold on the start line! Despite being the 2 closest boats to the line when the horn went, Itchy-Go and Miss Visayan were overtaken from the leeward side by the speedy Cicak, whose boat speed off the line was unparalleled in the fleet. It was not all easy sailing for Cicak as she struggled on the return leg from Changi Buoy, and positions shuffled within the fleet. Buay Kaola was the eventual trimaran which bagged line honours, but settled for 2nd place by a mere 45 seconds on handicap to Cicak. An even slimmer margin separated Buay Kaola from 3rd placed Miss Visayan, whose efforts was awarded with a place on the podium.

Rounding off the classes in participation were the only 2 beach catamarans, Kaze Cat and Stray Catz. A straightforward affair between both boats, as the latter struggled with technical issues to effectively hand Kaze Cat an easy win.

Thank you everyone for joining us – no racing next week due to the Deepavali Cruise to Nongsa on Saturday, 26th October. Our Pre-Ambassadors Cup Fundraising Cocktail takes place on Friday, 25th October at the Post Bar, Fullerton Hotel. Join us for a lovely evening networking and catching up with old/new friends all for a good cause. See you there!

Results

IRC Keelboat
PY Keelboat
Multihull
Beach Catamaran

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Sunday Series III Race 2

With weather systems around the region going a little out of the norm, yesterday’s uncommon sea of white caps also came as a surprise, signalling a fresh north-easterly breeze for the sailors racing in the Sunday Series. Even though it lasted only for the first 20 minutes of the race, it managed to carry sailors all the way to the battle ground between Ubin and Tekong – where many sailors faltered to the merciless currents, sudden drop in wind strength and erratic wind shifts.

In the IRC class, everything came together nicely for Invictus, as she crossed the line first in a fleet of 3, also taking the bullet on corrected time. She excelled in the lighter air, displaying good boat speed on both the upwind and downwind legs. Waka Tere‘s 2-up power combo of Kurt and Gill did commendably in the strong winds just off the start, but struggled with the limitations of crew and sail wardrobe to fully maximize the Nelson 30’s potential. Despite being shorthanded, she managed to fend off Born in Fire and her new owner, Thomas Reckefuss to take 2nd place. Thomas will be looking to fine tune his rig and get to know his new acquisition better over the coming weeks, in preparation for the Ambassadors’ Cup in November!

Southern Light slayed the fleet of PY boats yesterday, with some excellent calls and good boat speed throughout the race. Everything seemed to work out well for skipper James and crew, as they not only took first place on corrected time, but also snatched line honours ahead of faster boats like Sangaree and Sapphire Star. Sangaree found themselves in an unusual position – having to play catch up with Sapphire Star and Southern Light. Her struggles compounded with further technical issues on the boat, eventually battered and settling for 3rd. A bullet in race 1 and 2nd in race 2 means that Sapphire Star is now in the driving seat for the PY Class, Sunday Series III. To round off the fleet, the 2 boats (Minx & Brio) which succumbed to the light winds and strong currents up at Tekong Buoy received a standing ovation from the bar upon crossing the finish line – a truly heartwarming display of camaraderie amongst members/sailors.

Buay Kaola‘s baseline boat speed was evident in yesterday’s wind strength, as she powered her way through the course in clinical fashion. The Corsair 31 managed to stay well ahead of the nippy Cicak, securing victory with just under 2 minutes separating both boats after corrected time. Little Itchy-Go completed the podium in 3rd place, in addition to being the fastest Weta on the course.

Equipment malfunction from Bad Influence meant that she gave Stray Catz a head start in the Beach Catamaran Class – having to play catch up throughout the race. Despite the late start, Jeremy Nixon put in a great effort to close the gap with Nigel, finishing only 5 minutes behind. These 2 stalwarts of the beach catamaran class keep things very lively despite the small numbers – we hope to have more of the beach catamaran owners joining us on the weekends for a fun/casual race! If you’re looking to race but are hesitant/don’t know where to start – these gentlemen would be two of the best people to introduce you to club racing on beach catamarans.

Thank you all 16 boats for participating!

See you on Friday, 18th October for Members Night, and Saturday for our Twilight Series III Race 2!

Results

IRC Keelboat
PY Keelboat
Multi-hull
Beach Catamaran

 

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