CSC@Tioman Regatta 2024 (SG-Tioman Passage & Day 1 Racing)

CSC-Tioman Passage Race, 15 – 16 June

The CSC@Tioman Regatta would not be complete without the iconic overnight passage from Changi Sailing Club to Berjaya Tioman Resort! 7 boats, including 5 keelboats and 2 multihulls, set sail from CSC with a combined start at 10 am on Saturday. This year, the fleet was represented by many new entrants, and notably bigger boats. In the Keelboat PY Class, Sirius Omega, SITKA, and Firstlight were all above 40ft, and boasts many creature comforts onboard. On the racing front, these boats certainly fair well, with sleek performance-cruising profiles and large sail wardrobes. While less comfortable, what the 2 trimarans lack in luxury was made up for in pure speed – with Miss Visayan setting a good example.

Miss Visayan took the lead and was the first boat to appear in the horizon – finishing within a speedy 23 hours, 7 minutes, and 4 seconds. Not far behind, Sirius Omega, Bula, and Firstlight all made it in under 24 hours! Remarkably, even after hours of racing in the South China Sea, Bula and Firstlight crossed the finish line just 18 seconds apart, both right before the 24-hour mark. SITKA and Rainbow Dream also performed commendably, reaching shore after about 25 hours and 28 hours respectively, with Rainbow Dream even finishing ahead of Firstlight and SITKA on corrected time. Sirius Omega clinched top spot in the Keelboat PY Class on handicap correction, on her first overnight passage race, no less!

It would be surprising if such a long journey is completely void of problems. The many squalls along the way wrecked havoc on the fleet, with some boats registering up to 30 knots of breeze. SITKA ripped their spinnaker, which could have been part of the reason for her missing out on podium position. First Light encountered anchor troubles at the south of Tioman Island, nonetheless, she made it to Berjaya safely with the prompt help from the CSC team. Also unfortunately for Summer Breeze, they faced some engine hiccups before departure and could not make it to the race start. No worries, though — they got it sorted out, and the father-son duo set off on Monday for their own adventure.

Round-Tulai Race, 18 June

Our first day of racing in Tioman kicked off with a race around Pulau Tulai, commonly known to tourists as Coral Island. Located just a few miles away from Tioman, it is a small yet enchanting island that boasts an abundance of stunning coral reefs. With the single-handers still understandably tired from the Passage Race, we had 4 keelboats and 2 multihulls join us for today’s race with a view.

At 9:55 am, the warning signal sounded, yet the wind was barely noticeable, causing everyone to inch forward ever so slowly. However, the wind swiftly picked up, and some boats could be seen heeling further out from shore. The larger keelboats made an intelligent call by sailing toward the port side, where they managed to catch some wind patches and gain speed. Meanwhile, the trimarans, heading starboard, couldn’t capitalise on the wind further offshore but quickly made up for it as they rounded Tulai.

SITKA was absolutely flying, with a pace that even matched the multihulls, clinching their first bullet with an impressive time of 2 hours, 21 minutes, and 10 seconds! Sirius Omega and Firstlight were hot on their heels, finishing within 2 minutes of each other. Although Sirius Omega edged out Firstlight, the latter secured second place on corrected time. Rainbow Dream, having to put up a fight against the big boys, rounded the final corner of Tulai about 45 minutes after the rest of the fleet. Nevertheless, they made good time, completing the race in just under 2 hours. Between the 2 multihulls, Miss Visayan was the undisputed winner, soaring across the finish line 13 minutes ahead of Bula. Overall, it was a satisfying race for all competing boats, as everyone capped it off with impressive speed as the wind picked up towards the end.

On the cruising front, Summer Breeze arrived in good time, but suffered a brief scare with a man-overboard situation in the anchorage. Thankfully a swift response from Kok Wah (Skipper of En Dian) and Hafiz (CSC 1) ensured their safe return to shore.

It has been a fantastic few days of sailing and cruising in this beautiful destination so far. Rest well, and we look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow for the inshore races we have lined up!

Results

Passage Race Results 2024

P Tioman Series Day 1 Results

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