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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CSC@Tioman Regatta (Pre-Event Report)

We are thrilled to return to one of the most beautiful locations on the eastern coast of Peninsular Malaysia! Following the success of last year’s event, we are excited to run the 2024 edition of the CSC@Tioman Regatta as promised. Set against the idyllic, picture-perfect backdrop of Pulau Tioman, this week-long sailing event from 15 to 21 June 2024 heralds a combination of racing and cruising.

While the overnight passage to Tioman is certainly exhausting, the scene straight out of ‘Jurassic Island’ that greets you upon arrival makes it all worth it. Low-lying clouds gather around the treetops of the island’s lush rainforests, and crystal blue waters lap against pristine white sandy beaches. As an ecological paradise, Tioman’s vibrant marine life and thriving coral reefs make it a superb destination for diving and snorkelling. In addition to the friendly racing everyone is geared up for, we hope our sailors will take the time to unwind and enjoy all that this enchanting island has to offer.

The advance party, comprised of Skybird (the Race Committee boat) and CSC 1, arrived mid-afternoon on Friday to meticulously prepare for the upcoming races. The team has been diligently setting up the race marks, office/pin end (conveniently at the outdoor bar) and noticeboard, and awaiting the arrival of our participating boats at the finish line throughout the day on Sunday.

We are happy to once again have Berjaya Tioman Resort host our contingent, with their warm hospitality and comfortable accommodation.

Participating boats in the regatta include: Miss Visayan, Bula, Sirius Omega, Firstlight, Rainbow Dream, Kaatabuggi, SITKA, First Light & Summer Breeze.

Stay tuned for updates and racing results!

Event Schedule

  • 15 June: Passage Race to Berjaya Resort
  • 16-17 June: Arrival of Sailors at Berjaya Resort, Rest & Relax
  • 18-19 June: Racing Days (Round Tioman & Inshore Racing)
  • 20 June: Return Passage to CSC
  • 21 June: Arrival of Sailors at CSC
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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.

Results

Passage Race Results 2023

Round Island Results 2023

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