CSC Twilight Series II 2024 (Race 1)

Amidst the recent oil spill recovery and reinstatement efforts along the southern coast of Singapore, we are reminded not to take our coastline and water space for granted. CSC is fortunate to continue our sailing activities and programmes with minimal disruptions, and one such activity is our fortnightly Twilight Series. Despite this being the weekend before the RSYC Regatta, we commenced Series II with a healthy attendance of 15 boats across 3 classes, thankfully paired with some decent southerly breeze.

The IRC Class was represented by Red Rum One, Jong Dee, Adona and Simba. With the absence of her owner, Adona was skippered and crewed by the dynamic duo of Luke and Claire. The J29 gave it a good shot, and fared well against her larger rivals, successfully pipping Jong Dee by a mere 6 seconds at the finish line! When the numbers were crunched, she secured a 2nd on the podium, also just nudging down Steve Manning’s Red Rum One. The Archambault 40 was leading from start to finish, but struggled to put the distance on the fleet in the occasionally patchy wind conditions. Simba emerged the best of the four, claiming the first bullet for the series. Skipper Atul’s intense travelling plans for the next 2 months may mean a challenging outlook for the rest of the season.

Boasting 8 boats on the course, the PY Class showcases a diverse range of boats and sailors. New entrant Alyssa Lim and Jakub Kogut signed up for 2 months of fun, entering a GK24 and Maxi Fenix respectively for Series II. The former was formerly a national dinghy sailor, and her performance was nothing short of impressive. Slingshot held her own amongst larger and quicker boats in the fleet, and Alyssa did it single-handed, no less. Her victory was well deserved, and served as the perfect birthday present for the young skipper. Birregurra was a content bridesmaid, scoring 2nd place on corrected time, making it two successful runner-up results in consecutive weekends. Completing the podium would be the way-wise Waka Tere, who survived engine issues prior to the race, and managed to safely completed the race on a positive note. Special mention goes out to Summer Breeze, for successfully attempting their first Twilight Race! Lets not forget that the PY fleet is all about encouraging participation, and we hope to see Jakub and crew return for more.

Miss Visayan and Bula return for another episode of exciting rivalry, this time joined by the eye-catching Sirius Swift. Bula could not replicate her performance from last week, and were left playing catch up on the Twilight course. Gary and team successful redeemed themselves in what looked like a fairly comfortable race for Miss Visayan. Despite missing out on a podium position, the Corsair 880 certainly displayed moments of brilliance – and we look forward to closer competition in Race 2.

Congratulations to all winners, and good luck to all teams participating in the RSYC Regatta on 20-21 July! We’d also like to take this opportunity to wish Alyssa (Slingshot) and Paul (Jong Dee) a very happy birthday – thank you for sharing this special day with us!

We resume racing for the Twilight and Sunday Series on 27 and 28 July respectively.

Results

Race 1_Twilight Series II 2024 Results

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CSC Sunday Series II 2024 (Race 1)

After an extended break in May-June (apart from those who had fun racing with us in Tioman!), sailors were treated to all sorts of weather conditions on the first race of the Sunday Series II, keeping the tacticians on their toes. The promised southwest monsoon winds did not deliver until mid afternoon, with the start being delayed for 30 minutes in hopes of better conditions. 2 conflicting weather systems eventually brought some wind with them, and the delayed start meant that the 14 participating boats had to start in significantly stronger currents. With the uncertain outlook, organisers played it safe, opting to deploy a pennant 1 flag for all classes – taking participants to Changi Buoy and back.

The Multihull class was represented by 4 corsairs on the course, as the regular fleet welcome back old hand Damien Geoffray at the helm of Kaze. Having gone many months without racing in our waters, the french skipper had to shake off the rust before settling into a comfortable groove. Despite displaying good boat speed, touching both CSC 1 and Changi Buoy in the process and not taking her penalty in the proper manner proved costly for Kaze, eventually choosing to retire for the race. As a result, Bula and Miss Visayan who were just seconds behind, claimed 1st and 2nd respectively. Dot Dot Dot also claimed her spot on the podium, completing the winners’ list in 3rd.

In the PY Class, Waka Tere drew first blood, taking an early lead after the start to claim both line honours and victory on corrected time. The performance bodes well for her upcoming participation at the RSYC Regatta. The strong current and light airs did not do the big boats any favours, as Birregurra and Remington struggled to maintain their respective positions in the fleet. The former however managed to emerge mostly unscathed, scoring a 2nd place finish on handicap. The Hanse 415 successfully kept the nippy Sonar at bay, as Brio was acknowledged as the best of the rest, securing the remaining position on the podium.

With their recently renewed certificates, the IRC fleet exuded a refreshed enthusiasm, totaling 5 boats in attendance. The usual suspects have returned to vie for top spot, with only Jellico and Born in Fire missing in action. A perfect start was not enough to secure Jong Dee a spot on the podium, as the J35 was left puzzled by the tricky conditions on the course. She was not the only victim – I am sure many sailors found the shifty and patchy conditions quite challenging. The other J in the fleet had better fortunes, as Adona produced impressive boat speeds for parts of the course – giving her an edge on the fleet and keeping close to leaders Red Rum One. When the numbers were tallied, Adona earned her first bullet for the series, and Red Rum One had to settle for third, with another commendable performance by Team Minx securing the X342 second place on corrected time.

Congratulations to all winners – see you all on Saturday for the first race of Twilight Series II (hopefully in more inspiring weather).

Results

Race 1_Sunday Series II 2024 Results

 

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CSC@Tioman Regatta 2024 (19 June Final Day)

19 June 2024 – Inshore Racing and Overall Results

The AP was up on the morning of our final day of racing as we waited for the winds to fill in. That did not take too long, though, as solid 12-knot winds quickly rushed in by 10.30 am, allowing the race committee to run 3 windward-leeward races as planned. The first race of the day was a quick one, wrapping up in just under 23 minutes. Firstlight, despite some trouble with their spinnaker on the last leg, managed to cross the finish line first as they had a good angle to their end point. However, that still cost them, as they ended up just 2 seconds behind Rainbow Dream on corrected time! For the last two races, the race committee flew the Pennant 2 flag, giving the sailors more opportunities to relish in the strong winds. The timing was truly perfect – just as our last boat, SITKA, finished race 4, the winds had suddenly dropped. This was seemingly a cue for us to wrap up the regatta and head back to shore.

With the passage race, round island race and inshore races now behind us, it is time to dive into the overall results! Firstlight sits pretty on top with 4 points – a well-deserved result for they have found their groove and raced impressively today (barring the fact she almost speared Edwin’s head!), even pipping out Rainbow Dream who performed exceptionally well too, completing the series just 1 point adrift. The eclectic mix of crew onboard the Lavranos 34 displayed teamwork which made the dream work, excelling in the inshore races to earn their place on the podium. Sirius Omega, after taking first in the Passage Race and second in the Round Tulai race, could not quite replicate the same success in the inshore races, tying for points with SITKA. The Sun Odyssey 479 however broke the tie with their impressive performance at the Round Tulai Race, earning the team a place on the podium. The feat was admirable, considering their consistent spinnaker issues in races 2 to 4, inhibiting them from demonstrating their full potential that we all saw during the Round Tulai race. Despite placing fourth, the Hanse 46 skippered by Eugene Wong had much to cheer about, boasting possibly the most luxurious interior of the fleet, as well as registering the quickest time of all Keelboats racing in the 110 nautical mile passage from Singapore to Tioman. In the Multihull Category, Miss Visayan takes it all, for she participated in every race and performed at peak condition even though there was not much competition. Nonetheless, special mention still goes to Bula for completing the Round Tulai race solo in under 3 hours!

Overall, it was a fantastic few days of racing, as we were thankfully blessed with beautiful weather and consistent winds. Let’s cross our fingers for next year’s regatta to be just as action-packed as this one!

Prize-Giving and BBQ Dinner

The team from Berjaya Tioman Resort organised a wonderful outdoor BBQ dinner and prize-giving under the cabanas just behind the beach, offering a picturesque backdrop of the bay. The live acoustic music by Dansen John, combined with the delectable food and gentle breeze, added charm to the evening and made for an spectacular final night in Tioman.

Well done to the winners and all who have participated in this series of racing! We sincerely hope everyone had a memorable time, whether it be catching the winds on water or engaging in the multitude of activities at the resort. We would also love to extend a heartfelt thank you to the amazing individuals who made this event a huge success:

  • The team at Berjaya Tioman Resort — your outstanding hospitality and service definitely made this island a haven for both rest and fun, and our experience here a comfortable one.
  • Ms. Shahidah together with her team, our dedicated CIQP and Port Clearance officer in Tioman — her helpfulness in documentation and communication gave everyone peace of mind throughout our week-long stay.
  • May Ling and the CSC Admin Team, our in-house CIQP and port clearance officer in Singapore — she was reliable as always, working hard behind the scenes to ensure that all boats cleared in and out of Singapore with no issues.
  • Dansen John — for going the extra mile to journey from Singapore to serenade us with your singing once again!

Finally, whether you were racing or cruising, a big thank you to all sailors who joined us at Tioman:

  1. Miss Visayan
  2. Bula
  3. Firstlight
  4. Sirius Omega
  5. SITKA
  6. Rainbow Dream
  7. First Light
  8. Kaatabuggi
  9. Summer Breeze
  10. Skybird
  11. En Dian

May everyone have a safe trip back to CSC, and here’s to more destination regattas in the future!

Results

P Tioman Series Day 2 Results PY

P Tioman Series Day 2 Results MH

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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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