Bintan Regatta 2024 (Day 1)

Well, perhaps we spoke too early about the great conditions we expected this weekend. The weather played tricks on us instead, teasing us with its inconsistency throughout the day. As a result, our initial plan to pump out 4 races was cut short to 3. Missing out on a passage race today was unfortunate, but the quick windward-leeward races brought their own thrill on our first day of racing in Bintan.

As we readied to leave the marina, the heat was intense, and there was barely a breeze to be felt. Yet, after we commenced the first race, passing clouds brought a brief sprinkle of drizzle. By the time we reached race 3, a heavy downpour had descended which reduced visibility immensely, obscuring the cylindrical buoys under a blanket of rain. This left our sailors to navigate the waters blind, but they displayed grit in finishing the race in such dramatic conditions.

With 3 races down, we have an official set of provisional results in Lagoi Bay, a privilege we did not have last year. In the PY class, Born in Fire and Silhouette are the main contenders for first overall. The former demonstrated great prowess with a bullet and two second-place finishes, while Silhouette also put on an impressive performance, despite losing out on race 3 after accounting for handicaps. Following Silhouette, Birregurra holds third position just ahead of Summer Breeze. Notably, although race 3 was the toughest of them all, Summer Breeze was still able to cross the finish line and achieved first place on corrected time.

Among the multihull class, there was a fiercely contested fight between Miss Visayan and Soluna. The outcome of each race was unpredictable, for they exchanged positions constantly in each leg. Currently, only 1 point separates the two trimarans, and so it will take until the final race tomorrow to determine our champion. Kublai Khan have not yet made their way into the top 2, but tomorrow presents another opportunity for them to make their mark.

The first day of racing in Lagoi Bay truly offered a distinct experience from the waters of CSC. The expansive open space available was eagerly leveraged by many, enabling boats to sail as far into the distance as they desired. With the refreshing change of scenery, we hope everyone is invigorated for more racing tomorrow. Rest well, and see you again on water!

Results

Bintan Regatta 2024 Results PY Day 1

Bintan Regatta 2024 Results Multihull Day 1

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2nd Bintan Regatta 2024 (Pre-Event Report)

Co-organised by Bintan Resort Cakrawala and Changi Sailing Club, the Bintan Regatta makes a triumphant return for its second edition, promising an exhilarating weekend of sailing in the open waters of Lagoi Bay. Most of us can recall the setbacks we faced in its inaugural year; with thunderstorms and rough seas, the foul weather called for the races to be rerun at CSC. Nonetheless, this year promises to be bigger and better. With nature’s blessings, sunny skies and north-easterly winds are expected this long weekend, encompassing the excellent sailing conditions that await our participants.

While last year’s event saw 6 participating boats, we are thrilled to welcome 8 boats joining us this regatta: Birregurra, Born in Fire, Inuka, Silhouette, Summer Breeze, Miss Visayan, Soluna and Kublai Khan. We look forward to an exciting and memorable experience of racing and lively festivities for all involved.

Event Highlights

The regatta spans from 29th to 31st March, with Saturday and Sunday featuring three races each. All boats will depart from Bandar Bentan Telani for a mix of windward-leeward and passage races. Chief Race Officer Jhing will oversee the smooth conduct of the races aboard Skybird, the designated race committee boat. After the events of the weekend draw to a close, participants will embark on a scenic sail back to CSC on 1st April.

The opening ceremony takes place tonight to kick off the festivities. Tomorrow morning, skippers will receive race instructions and updates at the skippers’ briefing. As the sun sets on Saturday, the skies will come alive with a spectacular display of fireworks, complemented by fire jugglers and the infectious beats of a DJ for the evening’s entertainment. Finally, the regatta’s finale on Sunday night will be marked by a closing ceremony. Both the opening and closing ceremonies will take place at the Tidal Bar.

Jong Race Festival

Happening concurrently with the Bintan Regatta is the Jong Race Festival at Lagoi Bay. The word ‘Jong’ refers to traditional wooden sailing vessels that were once ubiquitous in the maritime trade networks of Indonesia. Today, the Jong Race Festival is a celebration of the country’s seafaring traditions of the past, where participants gather to build and race mini sailboats using boat-building techniques passed down from generation to generation. If you are not planning on racing, do head down to Lagoi Bay to enjoy the seascape of colourful sailboats steeped in rich tradition. Otherwise, we have the larger version back at CSC, Jong Dee.

Acknowledgements

We express our sincere appreciation to Bintan Resort Cakrawala for co-organising this regatta alongside CSC. Additionally, we would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to Grand Lagoi Hotel Bintan, our official accommodation partner for the event. Their support and hospitality have ensured that our participants enjoy a serene and comfortable stay here.

With the event’s plans laid out, we hope everyone is geared up for all that is to come. Wishing everyone a wonderful time in Indonesia, and best of luck to all participants racing this weekend!

Twilight Series I 2024 (Race 1)

The first Twilight Race of 2024 continued to enjoy the blessings of North-easterly winds, carrying the entire fleet through the full course. We had a healthy attendance of 16 boats participating – consisting of 11 Keelboats, 4 Multihulls and 1 Beach catamaran.

It was a match race of sorts between Jong Dee and Minx – both boats proudly representing the Keelboat IRC Class in the absence of the rest of the fleet. The J35 and X342 share similar lengths, but have key differences in configuration and design. Skippers Paul and Lucas have crossed swords many times on the race course, especially so in the Twilight races. This time the former Rear Commodore of Sailing steered Jong Dee to an early lead before the first mark rounding, setting the pace for the rest of the race before eventually securing a comfortable victory over Minx.

The Keelboat PY Class had a lot more boats on the start line – making it a very bustling affair during the start sequence. New entrant Slingshot’s attempt at starting on starboard tack showed her inexperience, as she quickly got subdued after the start due to her lack of boat speed off the line. Sapphire Star and Waka Tere were quick to establish an early lead on the fleet – the same 2 boats which went on to claim the top 2 spots on corrected time. It was heartbreak for Sapphire Star skipper Simon Connor, whose great sail was just 3 seconds short of 1st place. Waka Tere’s win was well-deserved, with Kurt and Gill looking like they hardly broke a sweat on the course. Rounding up the podium winners is the 40 foot beauty, Birregurra. fresh off her victory at last week’s Sunday Series race, she continues her win streak with a 3rd on corrected time.

4 boats were present on the start line for the Multihull Class, as Bula, Sirius Swift and Enter the Dragon return to Club racing after a short break. Joined by Miss Visayan, the fleet made good time on the course, averaging an hour and 10 minutes for the race. Bula and Miss Visayan resumed their on water rivalry, and the final results saw Michael and team prevail, claiming line honours just a minute ahead of Miss Visayan. Sirius Swift won the battle for 3rd place, successfully swatting off the chasing Dragonfly, Enter the Dragon. In the absence of the beach catamaran fleet, Bubble Trouble had no trouble at all getting on the podium, as Will and crew comfortably completed the course to take home the pennant 1 shot glass.

Congratulations to all winners, thank you everyone for turning up for the first twilight race of the year! Next week we shall take our sailing to Bintan – as we organise the 2nd Bintan Regatta together with Bintan Resorts. Club racing resumes with the Sunday Series I (Race 2) on 7th April.

Results

Race 1_Twilight Series I 2024 Results

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Sunday Series I 2024 (Race 1)

Our fortnightly Sunday Series racing resumed on 17 March, thankfully with a continued NE breeze greeting the sailors. A total of 12 boats were present on the start line, an unsurprisingly modest number for the first race of the season. We did however have 2 returning boats: Jong Dee and Born in Fire from the IRC Class. Both boats provided a much needed boost for their class, which is struggling with regular attendance. While an incoming tide helped the fleet at Tekong Buoy, it was not all smooth sailing for some, as an element of difficulty was added when sailors discovered a surprise crab pot in the vicinity of Tekong Buoy.

Jellico was caught on camera just clearing this obstacle on the mark rounding. Despite their near-miss, the team aboard the J24 handled the course well, cruising to a comfortable victory in the IRC Class. Returning veterans Jong Dee and Born in Fire placed 2nd and 3rd respectively – a great result all round. Having missed podium position by a minute, Skipper Lucas on Minx credited the sub-par results to 2 major equipment malfunction – losing valuable time on the course as a result.

In the PY Class, the 14-16 knots of winds were perfect for the unstoppable Birregurra, blitzing through the course in good time. She placed nearly 10 minutes ahead of Waka Tere on corrected time, establishing a really comfortable lead. Rounding up the podium winners would be Remington – whose skipper lamented about the Race Committee’s decision to Race on Course 4 every weekend. Despite their protests, the S&S 42 sailed very well on every leg, and looked completely in her element on water.

Representing the Multihull and Beach Catamaran Classes are Miss Visayan, Addiction and Bubble Trouble. V is for Victory! – Gary and team made light work of the course, and kept the Multihull flag flying high while the rest of the fleet are away. In the beach catamaran class, Addiction sailed to an easy win while having a 3rd sailor onboard. Theodore, who is an occasional feature on the Viper, is also an accomplished Optimist sailor. Together with skipper Jeremy and Daniel, the trio were a purrr-fect combination in the prevailing winds. Bubble Trouble tried their best to cause trouble, but ultimately had to settle for second.

Congratulations to all the winners, see you next week for the Twilight Race.

Results

Race 1_Sunday Series I 2024 Results

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CSC Lady Helm Race 2024

Every year since 2021, CSC organises the Lady Helm Race, in conjunction with International Women’s Day celebrations in March. This year is no different, as the best CSC Lady Skippers gather for an afternoon of fun in the sun, determining the best lady skippers in the Keelboat and Multihull Categories for 2024.

International Women’s Day 2024 #inspiringinclusion

International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. Each year, this day serves as a powerful reminder of the progress made towards gender equality and highlights the work that still needs to be done.

In 2024, the campaign theme Inspire Inclusion emphasizes the importance of diversity and empowerment in all aspects of society.

Racing

The latest edition of the Lady Helm Race is represented by 12 very accomplished skippers – most notably the winner of last week’s Commodore’s Cup, PY Class – Lisette Sens returned to compete on RSYC Dua this weekend to contest with a very strong field of 10 lady helms in the Keelboat PY Class. Amongst them include Catamaran and J24 veteran Zaheera Hashim, sailing on Balqis; A “Pink Brigade” on Forever Young consisting of a boat-load of energy and experience; and not forgetting the SMU Sailing alumni on Waka Tere, secret weapons brought to overcome a talented fleet of sailors.

Wind conditions developed from the North-East, but a strong outgoing tide proved challenging for the sailors’ jaunt to Tekong Buoy. Some of the teams succumbed to the notorious Tekong Tango, having to throw in a few more tacks to get to the Mark; while others had their campaign brought to a sudden halt, having risked the shallow depths in the vicinity of Chek Jawa to get grounded. Forever Young and Simba were the 2 victims which lost precious time from the grounding – thankfully managing to dislodge themselves and continue racing with no casualties. Continuing her fine run from the Commodore’s Cup, RSYC Dua completes the race in first place on corrected time, sailing an impressive race and earning her well deserved title as Lady Helm 2024 (Keelboat Class). Waka Tere was a respectable 2nd, with the very experienced Err Zixian at the helm from start to finish. While she is renowned for her skills at the bow, her performance at the helm was certainly impressive as well! She edged out Bound to Please in 3rd place by a mere 13 seconds. The Corbin 29 also registered a very pleasing performance with Pan Mao at the helm – earning their well-deserved place on the podium.

In the Multihull Class, the tradition of having only 2 boats represented in the fleet continues! Defending champions Miss Visayan skippered by Aspiah Huri successfully retained her title as the top lady helm in her class, fending off a strong attempt from Ann at the helm of Dot Dot Dot. Miss V survived the full course and a late surge from Dot Dot Dot, scoring victory across the line in the Multihull Class.

Congratulations to all the winners, we hope you had a very enjoyable and memorable 2024 CSC Lady Helm Race!

Results

Lady Helm Race_2024 Results

 

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