Invisiron Ambassadors’ Cup 2023

At the 22nd Ambassadors’ Cup, we were fortunate to have the winds blowing in our favour, as sailors enjoyed a beautiful sail to north angler and back, marking the first year in a long while where participants could successfully complete the full course for the event. The 2023 edition was presided by H.E. Manuel Hernando Solano Sossa from the Embassy of Colombia, and we witnessed a total of 49 boats and 32 Embassies participating. Despite the smaller numbers, it was without a doubt still a very successful turn-out – with many of the Ambassadors new to the event and eager to participate.

The festivities started from 0830hrs in the morning, as sailors and diplomats streamed in to enjoy a breakfast reception prepared by the team from Georges. Paired with Colombian Coffee and Champagne, it was certainly not a bad way to start the day. Winds were still building at this point, and race organizers were quietly hopeful for decent weather conditions when the first race kicks off at 1300hrs.

At 1100hrs, the Skippers were introduced to the Ambassadors – a total of 18 countries were represented in the Ambassadors’ Division! After the pairing was completed, Sailors, Ambassadors and Embassy staff made their way to the respective boats, commencing their preparations for the iconic race along the north-eastern rim of Singapore. Notoriously known from previous editions for being a slow crawl, sailors were thankfully treated to fresh breeze orchestrated by a North-Easterly weather system, getting all 4 fleets underway right on schedule.

Despite being the last fleet to start, the beach catamarans boasts the fastest boat on water, as Addiction was the first boat to return from North Angler, leading the pack to Squance and back for the finish. Skipper Jeremy Perrier made serious efforts to adorn his boat with the flags of various nations – what a pretty sight! Coming in 2nd was Balqis II, skippered by Zaheera Hashim. Twisted Creature was a close 3rd, completing the winners for the beach catamaran division.

The Trimaran Division was a competitive group of 7 trimarans, a terrific fleet of corsairs in different configurations. Right at the top, Ding Hao claimed victory in this class, a great result from Campbell Jenkins and team. She emerged on top, beating new entrants SoLuna and experienced teams Miss Visayan and Bula along the way. SoLuna and Miss Visayan claimed 2nd and 3rd respectively, with the trio of Bula, Dot Dot Dot and AbraCaDeborah missing out on podium just seconds behind.

Represented by 20 keelboats, the Non-Ambassadors’ Division was by far the biggest fleet on the course. Soaring right to the top was the indomitable Skybird, carrying dignitaries from the Embassy of Philippines. She performed extremely well, under the firm helmsmanship of SEA Games Medallist Edwin Low and sail trim/tactics from Asian Games Gold Medallist, Teo Wee Chin. She fended off strong advances from the swarm of J24s and Platus, of which Boreas and Balqis emerged victorious on corrected time to claim 2nd and 3rd respectively. Special mention to Jock, Jellico and Notus who were just seconds apart from each other, just missing out on a podium finish.

In the Ambassadors’ Division, we had 3 countries from 2 continents occupying the podium! Having completed the race in 3rd place on corrected time, the Finnish Ambassador reveled in her team’s strong finish, with experienced skipper/owner of Jong Dee Paul Kendall at the helm. The J35 enjoyed faster boat speeds with a freshly painted bottom, securing a well-deserved winners’ trophy in her division. First across the line was H.E. Sarah McGrath from the Embassy of Ireland, sailing with the remarkable Red Rum One. The Archambault 40 also had Irish crew onboard, making it a winning Irish combination! When the numbers were crunched, they slipped to 2nd, beaten by another J, Adona. The J29 sailed a superb race with the Ambassador of Panama, H.E. Enrique Villegas Gonzalez. Her performance awarded Panama and the team from Adona the 2023 Ambassadors’ Cup Challenge Trophy!

Back on shore, the party commenced with signature Colombian culture and flair, from entertainers dressed in traditional Colombian dresses to delicious rum concoctions, the Après Sail drinks set the mood for the evening. Guests for the evening were entertained by the energetic and smooth tunes from Kandela Beats, together with a mesmerizing dance set from native Colombian dancer, Natalia de Castro. Paired with good food and cold beers, it was not long before everyone got moving and grooving on the dance floor.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Richard Howe and Captain Fatty for generously providing their boats and services for our VIP guests to enjoy the race on water. We would also like to thank the Organizing Committee presided by H.E. Manuel Solano and Chaired by Mr Ad Smit for the successful organization of the 22nd Ambassadors’ Cup. Not forgetting the CSC team working tirelessly over the past few weeks leading up to the event (as well as the volunteer on-site!) It is also of course without doubt that all of the above could not have been possible without the generous support from the following sponsors:

Title Sponsor – Invisiron

Co-Sponsors
Alexseal
Oceanic Link
Marina Technology and Construction
Asia Pacific Breweries (Tiger Beer)
Mr KC Chng
ACE Fish Market
Xtreme Sailing Products
VCT Wines
The Luxury Network & Diplomatic Council

Last but not least, thank you all sailors and distinguished guests for sailing and partying with us this year.

We look forward to inviting everyone back in November 2024 to for the 23rd Ambassadors’ Cup – Bringing the World Together.

Results

22nd AMBASSADORS CUP RESULTS

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Invisiron 21st Ambassadors’ Cup 2022

After a tumultuous 2 years of Covid restrictions, Changi Sailing Club is delighted to finally resume the annual Ambassadors’ Cup in 2022, celebrating its 21st Anniversary on Saturday, 5th November. First introduced in 1999, the event was the brainchild of the late H.E Tony Siddique, a sailing enthusiast and renown figure in the Diplomatic Corps. Now firmly established as the Premier Sailing-Social Event in the local sailing calendar, the Ambassadors’ Cup gathers the Diplomatic and Sailing Community together for a day of sailing and revelry at one of the most scenic locations in Singapore.

H.E Carlos Vasquez of Peru is the presiding Ambassador for the latest edition, and like his predecessors, spared no effort to organize a most memorable celebration of international friendship through sailing.

Racing

A record number of 32 Ambassadors and 44 Embassies participated, spread across the 46 Keelboats in the Ambassadors (32) and Non-Ambassadors Divisions (14). Inclusive of the Cruising Catamaran, Trimaran, Weta and Beach Catamaran Divisions, we had a grand total of 54 boats participating.

In true Ambassadors’ Cup fashion, the day was fraught with a heavy downpour and very light winds. Sailors and Guests were put to the stern test of the Singapore doldrums. Although the skies cleared in time for racing in the afternoon, the winds struggled to gain any momentum, leaving the fleet of 54 on a slow crawl to North Angler and back. The Race Committee eventually made the decision to shorten the course at North Angler – hopeful that the remaining outgoing tide from 2pm-3pm would help most of the fleet to finish.

While effective for the first 11 boats in the Ambassadors Division, the trailing fleet struggled to make it to North Angler, with many retiring once the tide had turned. Placing first both across the line and on handicap correction, H.E. Magdalena Bogdziewicz of Poland sailed a superb race on Born in Fire, skippered by Thomas Reckefuss. Coincidentally, Born in Fire was also the winning boat at the 20th edition, making it 2 consecutive wins! H.E. Agustin Garcia Lopez Loaeza of Mexico raced hard on Red Rum One, but did not manage to overtake the X99. They however did well enough to score 2nd place, placing ahead of H.E. Ms Rukhsana Afzaal of Pakistan aboard the majestic Firstlight after corrected time.

In the Non-Ambassadors’ Division, despite the shortened course route, none of the boats were able to finish within the time limit, resulting in executive decision being made to extend the time limit by 20 minutes. With the time extension, Balqis and Team Philippines were the first to cross the line, followed by Team Indonesia on the nimble Notus. Both boats excelled where the cruisers could not – in flat waters and sputtering winds.

Collecting the Multihull divisions was the Cruising Catamaran (Firefly), Beach Catamaran (Addiction), Trimarans (Annupuri, Miss Visayan and Snark) and Weta (Tantrum, Gogga and Delta Flyer) classes. While the Miss Visayan and Snark made a valiant attempt to complete the course, only 6 boats managed to successfully overcome the challenging conditions to finish in their respective classes. Bravo Zulu to Addiction, Annupuri, Firefly and Tantrum for winning in their respective classes.

Unravelling the Revelry

At 4.30pm, with most of the flotilla back on the moorings, a cocktail of Pisco Sours and ice-cold beers awaited on shore, much to the delight of the thirsty sailors. What followed was the Prize-Giving Ceremony – graced by Guest-of-Honour Mr Albert Chua, Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Before the Prize-Giving Ceremony commenced, a photo montage tribute for the late H.E. Tony Siddique was share with all in attendance, serving as a heart-warming reminder of his contributions to this event, greater diplomacy and sailing in Singapore.

Fast-forward to the Party, the FJD Band consisting of an international team helmed by lead vocalist Helga turned up the tempo on the dance floor, belting out popular latinx numbers to get participant grooving through the night – a fitting conclusion for the 21st Ambassadors’ Cup!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the following sponsors:

Title Sponsor:    Invisiron

Gold Sponsor:    Odyssey Marine
Co-Sponsors:     

ACE Fish Market
Alexseal
Oceanlink
Asia Pacific Breweries
Mr KC Chng
Mr Patrick Ang
The Luxury Network + Diplomatic Council

Finally, a huge thank you to all sailors and distinguished guests for celebrating the 21st Ambassadors’ Cup with us!

A special shout out to the visiting yachts for sailing from Clubs and Marinas across the island (and Batam!) to participate, we hope you had a most enjoyable race and party.

Once again from all of us at CSC, thank you for joining us in Bringing the World Together.

Results:

21st AMBASSADORS CUP RESULTS_updated9Nov22

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