CSC @ Tioman Regatta 17 – 22 June 2023

After a 3 year hiatus from cruising / racing in Malaysia, it is with great relish that we resumed these precious activities in 2023 with the first ever CSC@Tioman Regatta. Inspired by the very successful pre-covid annual CSC@Besar Regatta , this event’s main objective was to bring sailors to a scenic destination for a week of casual racing and recreational activities. Scheduled on 17 – 23 June, the racing consists of 2 passage races: A challenging overnighter (CSC – Tioman) and a slightly more leisurely day-race (Round-Island).

CSC-Tioman Passage Race, 17-18 June

A total of 8 boats participated in the CSC-Tioman Passage Race, comprising of 7 Keelboats and 1 Multihull. The CIQP process prior to the start was smooth and uneventful, all thanks to the helpful ICA staff and transport operators ferrying our sailors from Changi Point Ferry Terminal to their boats post-clearance. With this new system, sailors no longer have to clear out of Singapore on water, aiding the logistics for running cross-border passage races.

Up north, Race Committee consisting of Choy and Edwin laid the groundwork in preparation for the fleet’s finishing, setting up the noticeboard, outdoor office (beach bar), finish mark, ferry service and CIQP facilitation. They were not alone, as they received fantastic support from the team at Berjaya Tioman Resort, together with the shipping agency in charge of CIQP and Port clearance.

The weather was unfortunately light and underwhelming at the start – thankfully picking up in the late morning to carry the fleet to Lima Channel within daylight hours. As the hours passed, not all boats managed to survive the crawl up north, as sailors were faced with extremely light to no breeze for many sections of the overnight passage. First to retire was JACKS, followed by Fei Yu, First Light and finally at the break of dawn – Birregurra. This half of the fleet may have been the smartest of the lot, as the remaining 4 teams persevered to race a maximum total of 31hrs, 35mins and 46 secs! This feat was achieved by Minx – and despite being the last boat to complete the passage, the X342 was victorious on handicap correction, having caught up on the final stretch between Tinggi and Tioman with a late but consistent Southwesterly breeze helping to close the gap between her and Silhouette. The Beneteau First 40.7 had no time to be looking back for her rivals, as she had her hands full with an exciting neck and neck photo-finish between her and the sole PY finisher, Invictus! The Mumm 30 emerged ahead in the battle, flying her spinnaker across the line in 31hrs, 8mins and 54 secs. Right at the top with a new passage record was none other than the dashing Bula! Following in the footsteps of the legendary Cicak from the previous editions of CSC@Besar Regatta, skipper Michael was accompanied by family, sailing all 26hrs, 21 mins and 55 secs with his daughter and her friend aboard. We look forward to Bula besting this timing next year!

Round-Island Race, 20 June

Following a much needed rest and recovery on Monday, 6 teams showed up for the start of the Round-Island Race. Determined to attempt the passage despite the dubious conditions, the sailors started on a positive note, embarking on the journey to circumnavigate the island in an anti-clockwise direction in about 6 knots of wind. Winds picked up as they approached Paya Beach, allowing leaders Silhouette to pull away from the fleet. She enjoyed solid breeze further offshore – in stark contrast to the 2 other boats in the IRC fleet, which made slow progress closer to land.

The strong winds were unsustainable, as Silhouette slowed on the approach to the south eastern tip of Tioman. It was then that the Race Committee decided to Shorten the Course in the vicinity of Pulo Jehat, allowing for the slower boats enough time to make their journey back to the anchorage in daylight.

Despite attaining line honours, Silhouette yet again succumbed to a late assault from Minx, taking 2nd place on corrected time. The difference between both boats this time was however much closer – the First 40.7 just over 4 minutes behind the X342 in a 3 hour race. In similar fashion, Invictus struggled to gain further distance on debutants Fei Yu – placing as runner-ups to the Flying Fish by a slim 3 minutes! In yet another amazing achievement, Bula attempted the Round-Island Race solo – completing the shortened version of the passage in a respectable 3hrs and 12 mins.

Recreation and Prize-Giving

In-between the racing, there were pockets of opportunities to participate in activities around the island. Sailors indulged in snorkeling, diving, trekking, archery and ATV tours – just to name a few. In the evenings, sailors met at the outdoor race office for a free-flow of cold beers and selected housepours. That coupled with live music every night kept the morale high for many crew members.

On the last evening, Prize-giving and BBQ Dinner was well-organized by the Team from Berjaya Tioman Resort. Clearly experienced in this field, the temporary outdoor stage, dinner set up and delicious BBQ buffet spread was a smooth and excellent arrangement. That paired with perfect weather and live music by Dansen John (singer-songwriter and musician based in singapore) made for a perfect ending to a terrific week in Tioman.

On this note, we would like to thank the following people / groups of people for supporting the event in various capacities:

  1. GM Simon Tan and Team from Berjaya Tioman Resort. A huge thank you to his very accommodating team which includes Selvam, Naza, Sheila, Wei, Chef Law and so many more. The hospitality and service from all staff was excellent – and that played a huge part in the success of this inaugural event.
  2. Ms Shahidah and Team. As our designated CIQP and Port Clearance officer in Tioman, she had been helpful and responsive throughout the week, going above and beyond for the boaters – documentation and communication was smooth and hassle-free.
  3. Ferry Service Team of Aci, Mubin and Ngah. Thank you for providing ferry service throughout the week and providing us with the safety boat for the round-island race!
  4. May Ling and CSC Admin Team. as CSC’s in-house CIQP and port clearance officer for SG, she was on standby around the clock from pre to post event, ensuring all boats are cleared in and out of Singapore safely and precisely.
  5. Dansen John – for the smooth tunes on our last night in Tioman!

Last but not least, thank you all sailors for supporting this event!

  1. Minx
  2. Silhouette
  3. Bula
  4. Invictus
  5. Fei Yu
  6. JACKS
  7. Birregurra
  8. Firstlight
  9. Exodus
  10. Skybird

We are elated to have concluded this milestone regatta, and look forward to commencing plans to make this an annual tradition – returning for the next edition in 2024.


Passage Race Results 2023

Round Island Results 2023

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Sunday Series I 2023 (Race 5)

After Saturday’s slog to Changi Buoy and back, the race committee thought that conditions could not get any worst for the Sunday Series I finale…. but it did. Starting with a heavy downpour at noon, sailors were sent to prepare their boats in the rain – with the hopes of the ongoing weather systems providing residual breeze to power the fleet to squance and back. Sadly the first (and only) attempt to start saw all 9 boats struggle to cross the line, as winds sputtered and failed to materialize. An N Flag was eventually raised, signaling a race abandonment and the commencement of a long and wet wait for wind.

Ever hopeful that a new breeze will swoop in to save the afternoon, the race committee’s optimism led to a nearly 2hr wait before conceding and putting up the AP over A signal – ending the afternoon without a race. The disappointing outcome meant that the series results would be tallied based on all 4 races completed prior to this weekend, and the results are as follows:


1st – Waka Tere

2nd – Minx

3rd – Adona


1st – Brio

2nd – Invictus

3rd – Birregurra


1st – Miss Visayan

Congratulations to all the winners! Despite the poor weather conditions this weekend, it was great to see a chilling but willing fleet in attendance. We now take a break from Club Racing for the rest of June – as we focus our attention to the upcoming inaugural CSC @ Tioman Regatta 2023 (17-23 June). Club Racing shall resume on the first weekend of July – See you all then!


Series Results_Sunday Series I 2023_Final


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Twilight Series I 2023 (Race 5)

A total of 10 boats graced the start line for the final event of Twilight Series I. Forming 3 classes, the participating yachts had to battle in extremely light air and the occasional wake from the Ubin ferries to contest Race 5 of the Series. With the storm systems clearing up, race committee was hesitant to send sailors on an unpredictable leg to squance – fearing the lack of wind after the downpour and a strengthening incoming tide in the evening. As such, the decision was made to shorten the course at the club line after rounding Changi Buoy.

The largest category of the day was the Keelboat PY Class, and the most excitement came from the back of the fleet! Olive Oyl, also the smallest boat in the fleet, had struggled and failed to finish all 4 races prior to Race 5. Determined to meet their objective of completing the race, the motley crew of sea scouts helmed by Mr Lin Weiquan performed a respectable start, managing to keep up with the fleet nearly all the way to Changi Buoy. However the real challenge started on their return leg to the finish line – winds had dropped and the incoming tide was very slow, providing little support for the Minuet’s return sail. Eventually, with a gentle puff the boat crossed the line just before 6pm, in a time of 1hr 52min 26sec. The crowds cheered as she was signaled to finish with an extended horn, a momentous occasion for the team on Olive Oyl. Kudos for their persistence and never-say-die attitude.

At the top of the fleet, Bound to Please claimed both line honours and victory on corrected time. Her new owner Mr Colin Clark is all smiles – and has already made plans to campaign for the upcoming RSYC Regatta and Singapore Regatta on Bound to Please. In a close 2nd, Brio’s consistency bore fruit, as she added this 2nd place finish to her tally of 1 bullet (Race 3) and two 3rd place finishes (Races 1 & 2) to complete Twilight Series I on 9 points as overall PY Champions. Birregurra completed the podium winners for Race 5, and her result secured her a 3rd place as well in the overall Series I standings. Despite placing 4th yesterday, Remington had done enough to claim 2nd overall with 12 points – just 3 points away from the Sonar.

In the IRC Class, Waka Tere was joined by Jong Dee and Minx – a most welcomed challenge for the lonely Nelson. The 3 boats split after rounding Changi Buoy, with Jong Dee and Minx heading out into the channel and Waka Tere sticking to the coast. The decision to head out proved advantageous, with the Challengers eventually crossing the line ahead of Waka Tere. Special mention to Minx – claiming both line honours and victory on corrected time for Race 5 while sailing solo! Despite having only raced 1 out of 5 races, her win placed her 3rd in the Series, by default. In a similar development, Jong Dee placed 2nd in the series despite having raced in only 2 out of the 5 races. Congratulations to all 3 boats – we hope to see more consistent participation from the IRC fleet moving forward.

The Multihulls, while only represented by a trio of boats across the series, see steady participation from all 3. Despite Bula’s absence, she had done enough in Races 1 – 4 to be crowned the winner for Series I. A victory in Race 5 was too little too late for Miss Visayan, as her score of 9 points was just 1 point short of 2nd placed Sirius Swift. Skipper Eugene’s consistent attendance shone through, coupled with the highlight in Race 2, scoring a bullet against her more experienced rivals.

Thank you all for your participation throughout the first Twilight Series of 2023. We now hope for more winds this afternoon as we conduct the 5th and final race for the Sunday Series I. See you on water.


Race 5_Twilight Series I 2023 Results

Series Results_Twilight Series I 2023_Final

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