Bintan Regatta 2023 (27 & 28 Jan)

With the North East Monsoon scheduled to blow strong and true for the period of January to March, Changi Sailing Club was excited to organized a new event at a new location – Lagoi Bay, Bintan.

As part of the Club’s efforts to retain the Nongsa Regatta sailing dates, the Bintan Regatta was conceived as an alternative location and event to the regatta many sailors were accustomed to. traditionally held on the last weekend of January, the Nongsa Regatta could not happen this year due to a clash of dates with the Nongsa Neptune Regatta. As such, a quick turn-around to find an alternative racing location led us to Bintan, Lagoi Bay.

Despite the initial strong interest, lack of crew, leave and abrupt life plans meant that only a fleet of 6 boats could make it to Bintan for this inaugural event. Many thanks to Minx, Waka Tere, Silhouette, Olmeto, Ikaroa, Bula and Kaatabuggi for making time and coordinating crew to make this event happen!

On the day of arrival, wind conditions were near-perfect. North-Easterly breeze blowing strong, coupled with no rain meant that sailors had an enjoyable sail from Changi Sailing Club to Bandar Bentan Telani (BBT). Although the CIQP process took awhile, it was relatively smooth, eventually clearing all participants to take the transport to Grand Lagoi Hotel, the accommodation partners for this event.

At the Hotel, a welcome dinner greeted the sailors, hosted on the 7th floor at bar7 restaurant. the dining outlet boasts a great view of the island, a most appropriate introduction to the 1st Bintan Regatta! The evening was a well-coordinated one, attended by distinguished guests from Bintan Resorts Cakrawala (co-organisers), Bintan Tourism Office and other government agencies. Sailors were treated to traditional indonesian music and dance performances, paired with delicious food prepared by the culinary team from Grand Lagoi Hotel.

Fast-forward to day 1 of racing, the breeze came from a northerly direction, accompanied by a light rain and ominous dark clouds in the horizon. By the time sailors made it the BBT, the visibility had dropped to unsafe levels, prompting the Race Committee to put up the AP Flag, signaling a postponement. After almost 3 hours of waiting, the Race Committee eventually decided to pull the plug, raising the AP over A signal, inviting sailors to close up their boats and return to the hotel for an early rest. The weather showed no signs of letting up, with skies clearing for a brief moment in the afternoon before returning to poor visibility and foamy seas in the evening.

Plans were made to start the race earlier tomorrow, together with a traditional Jong Exhibition display by the locals at 8am. Fingers crossed the weather gets better, allowing for at least 3 races to be conducted before we conclude this inaugural sailing regatta. All the best to the participating teams!

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CSC Signature Sunday Series – LHK Round Ubin Challenge

With the recent dry-ish weather and somewhat consistent NE winds, some sailors were hopeful for a big blow during the Lock Hong Kit Round Ubin Challenge yesterday – the first of 2 races constituting the 2023 CSC Signature Sunday Series. Sadly (and unsurprisingly), an atypical North-Westerly breeze greeted the fleet, coupled with an outgoing tide made the first upwind leg to Serangoon Buoy a most challenging uphill task for all 23 boats participating.

The smallest fleet comprised of 3 beach catamarans. Despite their size, this fleet also boasts the fastest boat to circumnavigate Pulau Ubin in 2023 – Addiction! Her time of 2hr 42min 46sec was sufficient to award her with the first victory of 2023 in the beach catamaran class. Twisted Creature (previously Bad Influence) is Kellie Twigge & Matt Ross’s latest acquisition, swapping one viper for another (presumably faster) to better contend for the 2023 season. They placed a commendable 2nd overall – but will have much to learn on their new machine. In 3rd and just out of podium contention was Zaheera Hashim’s Nacra 15! With the National Catamaran Championships taking place on 11 & 12 February, we look forward to seeing an increase number of catamarans sailing and training over the next few weekends.

In the Multihull Class, we witness the largest congregation of large multihulls since the Trimaran Nationals in 2022! Great to have Corsairs, an M23, a Firefly and a Weta all racing together on the same course. At the top, we welcome back Jaza Too – Skipper Graham Horn has returned after a long break, and is looking forward to being more active in the coming weeks. Coming in a close 2nd is last year’s best Multihull performer, Bula! With most of 2022 being mostly a match-racing series between Bula and Miss Visayan, the return of Jaza Too and introduction of new additions Ragnarok and Kublai Khan to make up 8 boats on the start line certainly bodes well for the Multihull fleet in 2023.

The Keelboat PY Class also had a strong attendance, with 8 boats signing on for the challenge. Unfortunately a rigging issue forced Jonty J to retire, reducing the starting line-up to 7. Despite their best efforts, the strong tide and tricky wind conditions resulted in 2 more boats unable to complete the challenge in the alloted time. Kudos to Nel Blu and Windflirt for giving it their best shot! For the remaining 5 that finished, it was not the top 3 winners that caught our attention. In 5th place, Jen’s Jaunt‘s afternoon jaunt around pulau ubin took a total of 4hr 27min 24sec, only over 2mins short of the time limit! On handicap correction, she missed out on 4th place by a mere 6 seconds to Ikaroa, a Beneteau 381 skippered by another new sailor (Christian Guese) looking to race more often with us. At the peak of the fleet, the smallest keelboat was also the fastest. Brio claimed their first win for the year, beating Olmeto and Southern Light in the process.

It was an intense battle for line honours between Silhouette and Adona. For most of the race, Adona sailed beautifully to lead the fleet around the island. The action began on the northern side of pulau ubin, with the tricky conditions and technical mistakes allowing for overtaking maneuvers on each other all the way to the finish line. Silhouette eventually crossed the line seconds ahead of the J29, but had to settle for 2nd on corrected time – awarding Adona with the LHK Round Ubin Challenge Challenge Trophy 2023. In a distant and comfortable 3rd, well done to Kurt and Gill for circumnavigating Pulau Ubin with Waka Tere 2-up!

Uncle Kit

Many of us knew him as the no-nonsense International Jury that presides over all of our Regattas – maintaining discipline amongst the sailor s during major events such as the Commodore’s Cup and Ambassadors’ Cup. Armed with a glass of his favourite Red Wine, he regularly takes to his “throne” in a comfy corner of the Ubin Lounge, watching the sailors race along the Johor Straits.

We now celebrate his life and achievements with the annual LHK Round Ubin Challenge (His all-time favourite passage race!), one of three signature passage races that make up our club’s Signature Sunday Series.

Thank you all for participating in this signature event, we now take a break for SailGP, Chinese New Year (and Neptune Regatta) before we resume our overseas racing activities with the inaugural Bintan Regatta on 27-30 January 2023. See you in Indonesia!

Results

SignatureSun_LHKRoundUbinChallenge_Results_2023

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CSC Optimist Championships 2022 (Gold) Day 4

Day 4 – we finally started the day without a single drop of rain! With only two races scheduled (Final & Medal Race), sailors were looking relaxed and unfazed in their morning preparations. Winds came on time again from a North-North-Easterly direction, albeit a little light.

The Final Race was the first event on the menu, as sailors ranked 11th to 70th after Race 9 sailed as a fleet in a race which could not be discarded. It was a ladies 1-2 finish, as Ashlea (4453) and Mikaela (4424) scored a finish in close succession, resulting in the latter consolidating her position in 11th and the former improving by 1 place to complete this regatta in 15th overall. CSC’s Samuel (727) had a good day on water as well, arriving at the first mark in 2nd place, but could not maintain his lead for the subsequent legs, resulting in a 9th place finish – no less commendable. The performance nudged him up to 19th overall – an admirable finale for his optimist sailing career! Tiago (719) also sailed well for the final race, finishing 14th to conclude this regatta 12th overall and best boy performer from CSC. In 13th place, Ella (3183) shrugged off a poor day 3 to finish strongly, claiming 4th in the Final Race to secure her position.

HHYC’s team of sailors saw a shuffle in the standings after Manchak (HKG 302) faltered in the final race, slipping to 20th and allowing his team mate Cyrus (HKG 318) who finished 18th to claim best overall sailor from Hebe Haven Yacht Club! We would also like to encourage and commend the following CSC sailors for putting in their best efforts to finish strongly at home – Ikuto (712) and Heng Yi (755) for completing this regatta in 33rd and 50th respectively.

In the Medal Race, it was heartening to see so many sailors and parents cheering from the pontoon and Jetty – the perfect vantage point to watch the final and arguably the most exciting event for this championships! With a small course, shifty winds and 3 umpires deployed, all 10 sailors had no room for error – the boat that makes the least mistakes wins. Sailors crossed bows on the course, with brief tacking exchanges on the upwind keeping spectators on the edge of their seats! When the dust settled, Desiree (4698) emerged the victor of the 10, placing just narrowly ahead of overall leader Isaac (3104). Sarah (4438) was a close 3rd, unfortunately resulting in her relinquishing her spot as top female sailor to Desiree. Lyric (728)‘s 9th placing in the Medal race earned a final score of 9th overall, 3rd girl and best sailor from CSC! By just 1 point, she successfully defended against strong competition from Germaine (3177).

The above results conclude an immensely successful CSC Optimist Championships 2022 (Gold) with Isaac Poon Weng Yew joining the ranks of many optimist sailors before him as Best sailor and reigning champion! Congratulations Isaac – a most deserving winner who receives the Challenge Trophy for 2022.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsor Xtreme Sailing Products for providing the prizes, Uncle Joe Chan for keeping the sailors disciplined on water, coaches and parents for the support provided, Hebe Haven Yacht Club Staff/Parents/Sailors for joining us for this Regatta and lastly all race management staff and volunteers for another safely-run event.

We look forward to inviting everyone back again next year – till then, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to All!

Results

Final Result – Gold Fleet 2022

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CSC Optimist Championships 2022 (Gold) Day 3

What a day! With winds arriving on time and from the same direction, Race Organizers wasted no time to deploy the course markers in preparation for the remaining 3 races of the CSC Optimist Championships 2022 opening series.

Isaac (3104) consolidated his position on top with a total of 36 points, despite registering one of his poorer results for the series. He established a 12 point lead over his nearest rival Lucas (3913) going into the Medal Race. Joining them in 3rd place is the regatta’s most consistent performer, Josh (3179). He completed the series with all races within the top 10, an impressive outcome with 51 points overall. Josh (3179) replaces Ella (3183) in 3rd, with the latter scoring an atypically poor performance for Day 3, resulting in a significant tumble from 3rd to 13th. We are certain with her vast experience and mental fortitude, she will come back stronger in future races.

Lyric (728) earned her place in the Medal Race with an outstanding win in Race 9, scoring her first bullet for the series. She places 8th and puts herself in strong contention for best girl in the fleet. It would be an uphill task, as she faces excellent competition from the likes of Sarah (4438), Desiree (4698) and Germaine (3177), all separated by not more than 3 points.

Sailors which did not qualify for the Medal Race shall compete in the Final Race, and we are proud to say Tiago (719) in right up there in 12th place! After his brilliant performance in Day 2, he sailed consistently well to climb one rung up in the overall standings. HHYC’s top sailor Manchak (HKG 302) is not far adrift, placing 17th overall after 9 races. His first place finish in Race 8 should have brought much cheer to the visiting contingent! The gusty winds and challenging conditions had certainly wrecked havoc throughout the fleet as many sailors registered inconsistent results. To score consistent results despite the odds is a huge achievement.

With that, we wish all sailors the very best for the Medal Race and Final Race scheduled for Day 4 – fair winds to all!

Results

Race 9 Gold

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