CSC Round Tekong Race 2021

Its been a very wet start to 2021. From a postponed Hangover Race on 1st January to an abandoned Felkin Buoy Race on 3rd January, the La Nina phenomenon has certainly rained on our parade. 3rd time’s a charm, as we finally managed to secure a race this season, sending sailors on a challenging Round Tekong passage in poor visibility (due to the insistent rain) and shifty winds. The race was a true test of the skippers’ blind navigation skills, with the rain at times reducing visibility to less than 100 metres. Despite the scattered wind holes early in the race, sailors were eventually treated to a steady north-northwesterly breeze north of Tekong, carrying the fleet across the finish line at NP1.

In the IRC Class, the little J24 Adona suffered a minor setback early in the race, as they got stuck in a lull and got swept eastwards by the strong currents near south nelayan buoy. Despite that, they clawed back into the thick of the fleet behind Tekong, gaining much needed ground to close the distance between them and the faster competitors in the fleet. She drew first blood on corrected time, beating Born in Fire by 3 minutes and 23 seconds. Born in Fire‘s efforts were not in vain, taking 2nd place ahead of defending champions Waka Tere in 3rd. Despite crossing the line first, Red Rum One missed out on a podium finish, unable to stretch her lead over the smaller boats.

A DNS from Shardana due to engine problems and an early retirement from Remington & Simba meant that the PY fleet was whittled down to 8 boats on the course. Initially hesitant about sailing in the prevailing weather, Ikaroa eventually settled into the fact that the race would not be shortened any time soon. Staying positive and making small gains throughout the course, she earned herself a place on the podium, finishing in 2nd place just 2 seconds ahead of 3rd placed Brio. It was a happy day for the little boats, as Luke Doherty’s Marut made light work of the course, nailing the shifts to top the PY Class by a comfortable 10 minute margin on corrected time.

4 Multihulls attempted to circumnavigate Tekong yesterday, with only 3 finishers eventually. The 4th one (Tri Harder) retired early, vowing to try harder next time. Close rivals Kaze and Jaza Too were neck and neck for most of the race, with the former eventually emerging on top at NP1. Jaza Too placed a comfortable second, over 7 minutes ahead of the trailing Miss Visayan in 3rd. We look forward to seeing more multihulls back on water racing this season, with the Corsair fleet growing a little larger over the past year.

Poor visibility and no navigation lights meant that it was not a good idea to have the beach catamaran fleet racing yesterday. The fleet came to a combined decision to reschedule their Round Tekong Race to 28th February, Sunday.

Thank you all participants for braving the weather to complete the Round Tekong Race – you guys are truly #allweathersailors 🙂

Results

IRC Tekong 2021

PY Tekong 2021

MH Tekong 2021

 

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NYE Twilight Race 2020

Every year we host an unforgettable NYE Party to usher in the new year. For obvious reasons, the party did not take place in 2020, but we made the absolute most of it on water. We continued the tradition of racing in a casual Twilight Race to end of the year on a bright note, and we were so pleased to have many boats joining us for the last race of 2020. For this edition, the Dinghy fleet was included, sailing on a modified course which takes them to Serangoon and back. The North-East winds did not disappoint, taking sailors through the course in an exceptionally quick pace, with the fastest boat completing the course in just over an hour.

In the IRC and Multihull Class, it was great to see both Waka Tere & Cicak representing their respective classes, as the rest of the fleet missed out on the fabulous sailing conditions. If you are scrolling through the photos, try to spot some Christmas cheer on Waka Tere – it will definitely put a smile on your face 🙂 .

Remington ended the year on a high, lapping up the fresh breeze and prevailing close-reach wind angle – perfect for the Sparks & Stevens 42 classic sailing yacht. She crossed the line not far from PY Class fleet leader Invictus, earning a well-deserved victory on handicap. Invictus was awarded 2nd place for her efforts, just 10 seconds ahead of Olmeto in 3rd after corrected time.

It was the battle of the Taipan F16s in the Beach Catamaran Class, as Stray Catz and Balqis II flew through the course in a blitz. Nigel Signal’s Stray Catz emerged triumphant, ending 2020 ahead of David Stanton’s Balqis II. Its not all about winning though, as David’s star crew (and daughter), Jessica was all smiles and cheers on land, celebrating her birthday with delicious cake amongst family & friends.

The Dinghy Open Fleet saw the Pacers take all top 3 spots – a clear indicator that cruising dinghies can certainly win if raced hard enough! It was a father & son day out for all 3 boats, a joy to watch as the dad’s helm and the kids handle the jib sheets. In the 11-strong Opti Fleet, Ikuto (457) emerged victorious in their first ever long passage race, staying well ahead of recently crowned CSC Opti Silver Fleet 2020 Champion Trevor (788) in 2nd. Nadia (731), completed the podium in 3rd.

Congratulations to all the winners and see you later for the Hangover Race – forecast is for a rainy afternoon. Wet races are the perfect cure for a Hangover.

Results

IRC NYE 2020

PY NYE 2020

MH NYE 2020

BC NYE 2020

Dinghy Open NYE 2020

 

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CSC Optimist Championships Silver Fleet Day 4 (Yellow)

We’re finally done with racing! The 4th and final day saw some exciting moments on the race course, and impressive results from the sailors representing Changi Sailing Club. After a short delay in the morning due to poor wind conditions, the breeze eventually filled in from the west, sending sailors for 3 races in quick succession to complete a total of 6 races for the series.

CSC’s Nadia (SGP 765) drew first blood, scoring a bullet in Race 4 to mount a serious challenge against the leading boats in the series. However, a 16th in Race 5 set her back, only for her to fire herself up to end the day strongly with another bullet in Race 6. Totaling 27 points after 5 races, she completes the series in 5th for the Yellow Group and just manages to sneak into 9th overall for the silver fleet.

At the top of the Yellow Group, Teck Woon (SGP 3146) continued his fine showing from Day 2, scoring a 3rd, 5th and 12th for the final day to discard race 6 for a total of 12 points. He places 2nd in the Silver Fleet overall results, behind Trevor Ng (SGP 788) from the Blue Group. Mildred’s (SGP 4455) consistent result of 4th, 4th & 8th secured her 2nd in the Yellow Group and 4th overall. Trevor’s stellar performance of 5 bullets from 6 races in the Blue Group sealed his win for the Silver Fleet Championships – positioning himself ready for the rigours of the Gold Fleet.

Overall, a great performance from the fleet, as many were racing in a national ranking regatta for their first time ever. A superb showing from the CSC Youth Squad, with 3 sailors finishing in the top 10:

1st – Trevor (SGP 788), 8th – Simone (SGP 786), 9th – Nadia (SGP 765)

Commendable results from the rest of the Squad:

14th – Yohan (SGP 731)

17th – Angyal (SGP 711)

19th – Tiago (SGP 719)

33rd – Faith (SGP 730)

35th – Samuel (SGP 727)

42nd – Heng Yi (SGP 755)

43rd – Ethan (SGP 747)

44th – Theodore (SGP 734)

50th – Caio (SGP 708)

Thank you all for participating in this year’s CSC Optimist Championships, despite the unique situation/challenging times.

Special thanks to the Race Committee (Charlene & Team), volunteers and International Jury (Mr Selvam Mookken) for all the hard work over the 2 weeks of racing. We look forward to welcoming everyone back in 2021.

Results

Silver Fleet Combined Results (Final)_11 Dec 2020

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CSC Optimist Championships Silver Fleet Day 3 (Blue)

For the first time in the 2020 CSC Optimist Championships, the C Flag was raised, signaling sailors for a change of course in Race 6 due to a significant wind shift. Despite the shifty wind conditions, the Race Committee managed to secure 2 races, completing a total of 6 races for the Blue Group.

CSC’s Trevor Ng (SGP 788) managed to maintain his great form, scoring 2 more bullets to secure top spot in the blue group with 5 points after 1 discard. Silver Fleet top seed Gerard Tan (SGP 3464) placed a distant 2nd, totaling 13 points from 5 races. Nigel Tan (SGP 4693) completed the top 3 in the Blue Group on 20 points, just barely defending a late push by Simone Ng (SGP 786) in 4th place, whose 2nd & 4th place finish in yesterday’s races helped her climb up by 1 position.

An intimidating squall rushing through the course in the early afternoon made it a fairly short day for the sailors, with participants all back on shore before 3pm. Not long after, another bout of thunderstorm hit the club – thankfully with most sailors packed up and under shelter. We now look forward to the final day of racing for the Yellow Group; Good luck to all silver fleet competitors racing today!

Results

Silver Fleet Day 3 (Blue Group)

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CSC Optimist Championships Silver Fleet Day 2 (Yellow)

With the winds filling in on time yet again, it was another day of great sailing for the Silver Fleet sailors. The Yellow group boasts 10 sailors from the CSC Youth Sailing Programme, of which 4 sailors had their first experience racing in the CSC Optimist Championships! After 4 hours on water, 3 races were notched for the Yellow Group, leaving them trailing the Blue Group by 1 race at the end of Day 1.

Amassing a total of 4 points from 3 races, the best performer in Day 1 was Pee Teck Woon (SGP 3146). Seeded 18th in the latest silver rankings, this was a fantastic result for the young sailor! In a distant 2nd, Mildred Wong (SGP 4455) scored a bullet in the 3rd and final race for the day, ending on a high with 10 points. Tied for 3rd place on 12 points were Sean Kum (SGP 4682) and Lukas Kiesselbach (BAH 601).

Our CSC Sailors fared pretty well, with 4 sailors placing in the top 10 – 7th (Nadia, SGP 765), 8th (Tiago, SGP 719), 9th (Angyal, SGP 711) and 10th (Yohan, SGP 731). The remaining 6 sailors also did commendably, all completing their races and staying disciplined (no penalties) throughout the day.

When the results for both the Blue Group and Yellow Group were combined, Trevor Ng (SGP 788) leads the fleet with 3 points. He holds a sliver of an advantage over Yellow Groups, Teck Woon (SGP 3146) on 4 points. Trailing in 3rd and 4th are Nigel (SGP 4693)and Gerard (SGP 3464), both strong sailors in the Blue Group, and separated from each other by only a point.

Going into today’s second day of racing for the Blue Group, Trevor will be looking to solidify his position at the top in the remaining 3 races available. It will not be an easy task, considering the relatively high quality of sailors in the Silver Fleet.

All the best to the competitors racing today – please see below for results & photos.

Results

Silver Fleet Day 2 (Yellow Group)

Silver Fleet Combined Results Day 1

 

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CSC Optimist Championships Day 1 Silver Fleet (Blue)

What a difference a weekend makes! After a really challenging regatta with the Gold Fleet sailors last week, the Silver Fleet sailors had the luxury of a consistent Northerly breeze blowing through Loyang Basin yesterday, allowing for a hassle-free conduct of 4 races for the Blue group.

Sitting at the top of the Blue Group after 4 races is our very own Trevor Ng (SGP 788)! Trevor came into this regatta placed 5th in the latest silver fleet rankings, in addition to a commendable showing at the NSC Cup Series 1 (10th). After a shaky start in Race 1, Trevor quickly found his footing to score 3 bullets from the remaining 3 races. Weekly trainings with the youth sailing programme at Changi Sailing Club had borne fruit – putting him 4 points ahead of 2nd placed Nigel Tan (SGP 4693). Sailing seems to be in the blood, as Trevor’s sister Simone Ng (SGP 786) is not far off in the standings, placing 5th with a total of 16 points. Gerard Tan (SGP 3464), current top seed in the Silver Fleet fared well, placing in the top 3 for all 4 races to finish day 1 with 8 points in 3rd. Just outside the top 3 is Kam Hao Re (SGP 3473). Ranked 20th in the Silver Fleet, he performed superbly yesterday, scoring 14 points from 4 races to slot into 4th at the end of Day 1.

Today we conduct racing for the Yellow Group – CSC will be represented by a total of 11 sailors, many of them racing for the first time. Good luck and fair winds to all competitors.

Results

Silver Fleet Blue Group Day 1

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