CSC Optimist Championships 2022 (Gold) Day 4

Day 4 – we finally started the day without a single drop of rain! With only two races scheduled (Final & Medal Race), sailors were looking relaxed and unfazed in their morning preparations. Winds came on time again from a North-North-Easterly direction, albeit a little light.

The Final Race was the first event on the menu, as sailors ranked 11th to 70th after Race 9 sailed as a fleet in a race which could not be discarded. It was a ladies 1-2 finish, as Ashlea (4453) and Mikaela (4424) scored a finish in close succession, resulting in the latter consolidating her position in 11th and the former improving by 1 place to complete this regatta in 15th overall. CSC’s Samuel (727) had a good day on water as well, arriving at the first mark in 2nd place, but could not maintain his lead for the subsequent legs, resulting in a 9th place finish – no less commendable. The performance nudged him up to 19th overall – an admirable finale for his optimist sailing career! Tiago (719) also sailed well for the final race, finishing 14th to conclude this regatta 12th overall and best boy performer from CSC. In 13th place, Ella (3183) shrugged off a poor day 3 to finish strongly, claiming 4th in the Final Race to secure her position.

HHYC’s team of sailors saw a shuffle in the standings after Manchak (HKG 302) faltered in the final race, slipping to 20th and allowing his team mate Cyrus (HKG 318) who finished 18th to claim best overall sailor from Hebe Haven Yacht Club! We would also like to encourage and commend the following CSC sailors for putting in their best efforts to finish strongly at home – Ikuto (712) and Heng Yi (755) for completing this regatta in 33rd and 50th respectively.

In the Medal Race, it was heartening to see so many sailors and parents cheering from the pontoon and Jetty – the perfect vantage point to watch the final and arguably the most exciting event for this championships! With a small course, shifty winds and 3 umpires deployed, all 10 sailors had no room for error – the boat that makes the least mistakes wins. Sailors crossed bows on the course, with brief tacking exchanges on the upwind keeping spectators on the edge of their seats! When the dust settled, Desiree (4698) emerged the victor of the 10, placing just narrowly ahead of overall leader Isaac (3104). Sarah (4438) was a close 3rd, unfortunately resulting in her relinquishing her spot as top female sailor to Desiree. Lyric (728)‘s 9th placing in the Medal race earned a final score of 9th overall, 3rd girl and best sailor from CSC! By just 1 point, she successfully defended against strong competition from Germaine (3177).

The above results conclude an immensely successful CSC Optimist Championships 2022 (Gold) with Isaac Poon Weng Yew joining the ranks of many optimist sailors before him as Best sailor and reigning champion! Congratulations Isaac – a most deserving winner who receives the Challenge Trophy for 2022.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsor Xtreme Sailing Products for providing the prizes, Uncle Joe Chan for keeping the sailors disciplined on water, coaches and parents for the support provided, Hebe Haven Yacht Club Staff/Parents/Sailors for joining us for this Regatta and lastly all race management staff and volunteers for another safely-run event.

We look forward to inviting everyone back again next year – till then, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to All!


Final Result – Gold Fleet 2022

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CSC Optimist Championships 2022 (Gold) Day 3

What a day! With winds arriving on time and from the same direction, Race Organizers wasted no time to deploy the course markers in preparation for the remaining 3 races of the CSC Optimist Championships 2022 opening series.

Isaac (3104) consolidated his position on top with a total of 36 points, despite registering one of his poorer results for the series. He established a 12 point lead over his nearest rival Lucas (3913) going into the Medal Race. Joining them in 3rd place is the regatta’s most consistent performer, Josh (3179). He completed the series with all races within the top 10, an impressive outcome with 51 points overall. Josh (3179) replaces Ella (3183) in 3rd, with the latter scoring an atypically poor performance for Day 3, resulting in a significant tumble from 3rd to 13th. We are certain with her vast experience and mental fortitude, she will come back stronger in future races.

Lyric (728) earned her place in the Medal Race with an outstanding win in Race 9, scoring her first bullet for the series. She places 8th and puts herself in strong contention for best girl in the fleet. It would be an uphill task, as she faces excellent competition from the likes of Sarah (4438), Desiree (4698) and Germaine (3177), all separated by not more than 3 points.

Sailors which did not qualify for the Medal Race shall compete in the Final Race, and we are proud to say Tiago (719) in right up there in 12th place! After his brilliant performance in Day 2, he sailed consistently well to climb one rung up in the overall standings. HHYC’s top sailor Manchak (HKG 302) is not far adrift, placing 17th overall after 9 races. His first place finish in Race 8 should have brought much cheer to the visiting contingent! The gusty winds and challenging conditions had certainly wrecked havoc throughout the fleet as many sailors registered inconsistent results. To score consistent results despite the odds is a huge achievement.

With that, we wish all sailors the very best for the Medal Race and Final Race scheduled for Day 4 – fair winds to all!


Race 9 Gold

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CSC Optimist Championships 2022 (Gold) Day 2

The light drizzle that plagued the course for the whole day turned out to be inconsequential – as Race Organizers completed 4 races in a consistent North – North-Easterly breeze. With sufficient wind and manpower, the IODA course came into play, offering a different flavour of racing for the sailors. Day 2 jumbled up the overall standings, as we note strong performances from a few individuals across the fleet.

Placed 8th after Day 1, Lucas (3913) had a superb outing on Day 2, scoring 2 bullets and top 10 finishes for all races to sit in 2nd place overall with 18 points. He is sandwiched between Day 1’s leader – Ella (3183) who trails in 3rd with 25 points and Isaac (3104) who shrugged off a 14th on Race 1 to score podium places in 3 out of 4 races to top the table with 15 points. Arguably the most consistent performer in the top 10, Josh (3179) continues scoring top 10 finishes in all of Day 2’s races to place 5th overall, 2 points behind Zeph (3407).

A few rungs below, Lyric (728) struggled with consistency, dropping to 10th after only managing to score her best performance in race 6, finishing 3rd. She was not alone, as her CSC compatriots continued to find their form – with one of them possibly in contention for top 10 as well! Apart from the blemish in race 5 (21st), Tiago (719) seems to be hitting his stride, scoring a 5th in Race 3, 4th in Race 4 and 1st in Race 6 to climb to 13th overall. He places 1 position ahead of the Hong Kong contingent’s best performer, Manchak (HKG 302), flying the Hebe Haven Yacht Club burgee high with top 20 finishes in 4 races, scoring a series best 3rd in Race 1.

We’re halfway through! Now that 6 races have been completed, we keep our fingers crossed for sufficient winds to complete at least 2 more races on Day 3, allowing for the Medal Race to be activated for the final day.


Race 6 Gold

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CSC Optimist Championships 2022 (Gold) Day 1

Having experienced wet weather, unpredictable and light wind conditions during the Silver Fleet Championships last week, some volunteers and race officials were less-than-optimistic; not getting their hopes up for this week’s CSC Optimist Championships 2022 (Gold). A total of 70 participants registered for this event, with a few sailors absent due to overseas competitions and year-end holidays. Despite the smaller numbers, the competition remains tight, with the addition of 7 friends from Hebe Haven Yacht Club – a newly established affiliate of Changi Sailing Club from Hong Kong!

The winds arrived on time, with a gentle North-Easterly breeze greeting sailors on the start line for Race 1. Ethan Lee (4416) claimed the first bullet for the series, after successfully defending a late surge from Ella Ong (3183) on the final reach to finish. Ella was however the more consistent of the 2 over today’s 2 races – scoring a 4th in Race 2 to end Day 1 just 1 point ahead of Ethan. Despite winning Race 2, a 14th placing in Race 1 left Isaac Poon (3104) playing catch-up in 5th overall. More races could not be conducted due to bad weather and poor visibility, forcing the Race Officer to put up an AP over A signal at 1530hrs.

Sailors in the top 30 have everything to play for over the remaining days, as a large number of sailors have placed well in one of the two races conducted. On the home front, Lyric Li (728) is currently positioned 7th and leading the contingent, after a strong result in Race 1. Ikuto (712), Sam (727) and Tiago (719) and Heng Yi (755) all registered commendable results, placing overall 17th, 21st, 30th and 32nd respectively. Although all sailors have graduated and continued to pursue their sailing endeavours at other institutions, the Club is extremely proud of their achievements!

We look forward to more NE winds over the next 3 days – fair winds to all!


Race 2 Gold

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