CSC Sailfest Regatta 2020 Day 2

With only 2 races held on Day 1, the race committee was determined to complete the remaining 4 races on Sunday – utilizing every last bit of the north-east winds and surrounding weather systems.

Waka Tere continued to sail well into Day 2, scoring 4 bullets from 4 races to successfully defend their IRC title. A poor spin drop in one of the races was possibly the only major blip in Born in Fire‘s performance, making amends to score three second place finishes to close the gap between them and rivals Red Rum One. Both boats scored equal number of 3rds and 2nds, with the former finishing ahead in race 6 to win the series tie-breaker.

In the PY Class, Remington sailed well and adapted quickly to the varying courses and wind conditions, scoring 2 bullets in race 5 & 6 to seal their win for this Regatta. Except for a poor result in Race 5, Adona notched three podium finishes to complete the series with 14 points to earn a well-deserved first runner-up. Fierce rivals Balqis did their best with a make-shift crew, consistently placing in the top 5 for all 4 races to just miss out on a podium placing in 4th place with 18 points. Completing the winners in PY was none other than Minx, who despite finishing last on corrected time in Race 6, managed to complete the series 1 point ahead of Balqis to take 3rd.

With the wind angles favouring Itchy-go in 2 of the 4 races available, the little Weta wasted no time to stretch her lead in those races, and eventually scoring 2 hard-earned victories. That helped push her ahead of Cicak and Ding Hao in the overall series, winning the Multihull title 2 points ahead of closest contenders, Cicak. Faced with inexperienced crew and a challenging handicap, Ding Hao made the most of it, and finished on a high – scoring in win in Race 6 to secure her position in 3rd.

A no-show from Bad Influence meant that Stray Catz and Madfish II had a mini match racing series yesterday, with the latter winning 3 of the 4 races available to take home the Beach Catamaran title for the Sailfest Regatta 2020.

CSC SAILING FESTIVAL FINAL STANDINGS

With the Sailfest Regatta being the final installment of our CSC Sailing Festival, results for the overall leaderboard were tabulated – What a close fight it was for each class!

In the IRC Class, Waka Tere won every event available, making it a complete and perfect victory for the Nelson 10. But the fight for second place was brought to a tie-breaker with Born in Fire emerging ahead yet again – this time over the Mumm 30, Invictus.

The PY class overall winner for the Sailing Festival was also closely contested, with Ikaroa doing just enough for the Sailfest Regatta to pip Minx for the title by 1 point. Remington earned a well-deserved place in the top 3 with her win in the Sailfest Regatta, and taking part in every race available for the Sailing Festival.

Ding Hao’s victories in the 2-Island Race and Trimaran Championship laid the foundation for a comfortable win in this year’s Sailing Festival, scoring a total of 10 points from 5 events to take the Multihull title. Another tight result for 2nd and 3rd between Buay Kaola and Witblits, with the latter effectively surrendering 2nd place having not competed this weekend.

1st and 2nd were separated by only 1 point in the Beach Catamaran Class, as Madfish II edged out Bad Influence to take the Beach Catamaran title. A late bounty of wins from the Commodore’s Cup and Sailfest Regatta was the boost that gave her the eventual victory over Bad Influence.

Congratulations to all the winners from each class!

As part of the Club’s measures to implement social distancing at our events due to the COVID-19 situation, the prize-giving will be postponed to 6th June, together with the Twilight Series I Finale.

Thank you everyone for participating in all the Sailing Festival events over the past 3 months, see you next week for the start of our regular Sunday Series I club racing.

Results Sailfest Regatta 2020

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Beach Catamaran Overall

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Multihull Overall

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2020 Sailing Festival Final Standings

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CSC Sailfest Regatta 2020 Day 1

The final installment of the CSC Sailing Festival kicked off in gentle North-Easterly winds, taking all 18 boats on a pennant 4 course for Race 1 of the CSC Sailfest Regatta 2020. Faced with a strengthening outgoing tide and conflicting weather systems on the return leg of the course, the fleet was constantly reshuffled throughout the race.

Madfish II drew first blood in the Beach Catamaran Class, scoring two bullets from the only 2 races available to lead going into Sunday. Bad Influence managed to keep it really close in race 2, finishing just seconds behind Madfish II. Encounters with the reckless Ubin Ferries in second race left Stray Catz quite far astray from the leaders, and will be looking to make amends in the remaining races today.

With a boost of professional crew assistance from the Prosail Duo of Alice and Scott, Buay Kaola scores a 1st and 2nd for both races to take the lead in the Multihull Class. Placed just 2 points away, little Itchy-Go lapped up the short course in the afternoon downpour to secure an easy bullet for Race 2, and will be hoping for similar conditions and courses today. Cicak and Ding Hao are currently tied for 3rd just 1 point away – and have everything to play for in the coming races.

Consistency was key for PY leaders Remington, as she navigated the conditions well and played it conservative to score 2 second places to sit 4 points ahead of their nearest rivals. The S & S 42 cannot be complacent, as all boats from 2nd to 6th positions are if not tied on points, separated by one. Adona scores a bullet in race 1, but struggled in 7th for Race 2. The J24 will also be keeping a close eye on Balqis, the other J24 in the fleet. Placed just 1 point from each other, it will be exciting to see how the rivalry on water unfolds. Petit Bateau took the win for race 2 – in conditions perfectly suited to the Esse 750’s asymmetrical spinnaker set-up.

It was business as usual for Waka Tere in the IRC Class, continuing on their fine run from last week’s East Johor Straits Race Victory to secure 2 bullets ahead of Red Rum and Born in Fire in the SailFest Regatta. At this rate, the Nelson 10 might very well end up sweeping all Sailing Festival Events in 2020!

We are quietly hoping for one final strong North-Easterly blow today, wrapping up our CSC Sailing Festival on a high. Please see below for results and photos.

Results

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3rd East Johor Straits Race

After experiencing some unpredictable weather conditions and an at times unsteady North-East Monsoon breeze during the Commodore’s Cup, participants of the 3rd East Johor Straits Race were cautious and doubtful of the wind condition on Sunday Morning. To everyone’s surprise/delight, the wind gods delivered early in the morning, sending a steady north-easterly wind to greet sailors on the start line.

A 15 nM course which boasts unique scenery of the East Johor Straits coast line, this passage race is open to all Keelboats & Multihulls.

In the IRC Class, defending champions Waka Tere were beaten on the start line by challengers Invictus, who pulled away early in the race to try and increase their lead on the 2019 winners. Despite their best efforts, Skipper Justin and team could only muster an 11 minute lead, well short of what was required to defeat Waka Tere.

With 2019 winners Southern Light out of action, it was time for a new contestant to secure the PY Class Challenge Trophy for 2020. CSC warmly welcomes Zoo Too from Marina at Keppel Bay to compete in this event. In 2019, she competed in our Commodore’s Cup – this year she return to participate in the East Johor Straits Race, a race format more suited for the Dufour 35. Without a doubt, Passage race favourites Sapphire Star and Ikaroa quickly took the lead, with their massive spinnakers and excellent downwind boat speed. The former eventually took line honours, but could not put enough distance between her and Ikaroa, surrendering the win and challenge trophy to the husband and wife power combination. The surprise podium winner was Zoo Too, who displayed good boat speed throughout the course, matching Minx all the way to the finish line. Her efforts awarded her with a well-deserved 2nd place after corrected time, sneaking in between Ikaroa and Sapphire Star.

The Multihull did not participate in last year’s event, as the race clashed with the CSC Trimaran Championships in 2019. With the return of the Multihulls this year, we see Kaze, Buay Kaola and Witblits contesting for the top spot in this edition. The 3 boats started and finished in the same positions, and remained unchanged after corrected time. With Sailing Festival leaders Ding Hao not in attendance for this race, we look forward to some close racing in the finale at the SailFest Regatta next week!

Thank you everyone for participating in the 3rd East Johor Straits Race – we could not have asked for better wind conditions! With that, we wrap up the penultimate event of the Sailing Festival, and prepare for the Final Showdown on 21st and 22nd March (SailFest Regatta).

Results

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CSC Commodore’s Cup Day 2

Light winds and strong currents greeted sailors for Day 2 of the Commodore’s Cup, keeping the team tacticians on their toes as they navigate the challenging conditions along the East Johor Straits. The strengthening outgoing tide swayed the Race Committee to put on a pennant 3 course for the first race of the day, sending them on a short upwind leg to Changi Buoy before embarking on a long downwind up-current to Serangoon Buoy.

With the winds dropping to below 5 knots and uncertain rain clouds looming in the horizon, the 5th and final race of the regatta was competed on a small but technical course in the form of pennant 1. A close encounter in the PY class saw 2019 champions Balqis making a bold move to cut in between fierce rivals Adona and the leeward mark, which were already well within the 3 hull-length zone described in Rule 18.2 (b). Having realized the rule infringement, Team Balqis graciously retired from that race.

Day 1 PY leaders New Blue Eyes continued her fine form to score a bullet in Race 4 and a 4th in Race 5 to seal her win – earning them the 2020 PY Class Challenge Trophy. Adona‘s first Commodore’s Cup campaign ended with an admirable 2nd place finish just 3 points behind, we look forward to seeing her in action for future races. Shardana completed the podium in 3rd, scoring her second bullet in Race 5 to just edge out Balqis with a tie-breaker on number of firsts obtained for the series.

Waka Tere navigated the challenging conditions to score an emphatic and clinical victory in the IRC Class, sweeping all races available to retain the Commodore’s Cup Challenge Trophy for 2020. Born in Fire was the best of the rest, despite grounding on Day 1 and missing out on the time limit for Race 4 – she manages to finish as first runner-up with 9 points. It was a close fight for 3rd, as Red Rum One fended off a late surge of good performances from Invictus to claim 2nd runner-up just 2 points ahead.

Another close contest developed in the Multihull Class, as leaders Witblits and pursuers Ding Hao sailed hard for the remaining 2 races to determine the winner for this regatta. 2020 Trimaran Championships winner and favourites Ding Hao always knew it was going to be an uphill task to maintain a sufficient lead on the fleet to score her victory in each race. Despite a superb effort by Ding Hao to beat Witblits by 8 seconds on corrected time, Cicak sneaked in a win for Race 5, earning them a total of 9 points and a place on the podium. Her victory resulted in a tie-breaker for Witblits and Ding Hao, with the former holding on to top spot by a hair’s breadth – breaking the tie with one more bullet than the other.

In the Beach Catamaran Class, Stray Catz was over zealous on the start line – scoring an OCS for Race 4. Madfish II and Bad Influence scored a win each to complete the regatta in first and second respectively – with Madfish II successfully defending her title this year.

Thank you everyone for participating over the weekend, 27 boats over 4 classes is an amazing turn out! Special thanks to our visiting friends Rainbow Dream & Millenium II for joining us for the Regatta, we look forward to your support in the remaining 2 events (East Johor Straits Race & Sailfest Regatta) of our Sailing Festival.

Despite the difficult conditions, we are glad to have hosted yet another successful edition of the CSC Commodore’s Cup!

Results

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CSC Commodore’s Cup 2020 Day 1

The Changi Sailing Club Commodore’s Cup is arguably the most competitive regatta on the North-Eastern Rim of Singapore. Boasting 26 boats over 4 classes, the 2020 edition sports a healthy number of Keelboats, Multihulls and Beach Catamarans on the start line.

2018 & 2019 IRC Keelboat Champions Waka Tere return to defend their title, against close rivals Born in Fire & Red Rum One. In the PY Class, 2019 winners Balqis faces stiff challenge from new kids on the block, Adona and old hands New Blue Eyes as they attempt to retain their title. A long hiatus from defending champs Cicak could prove their undoing in the Multihull Class, as they face strong competition from recently crowned Trimaran Champions Ding Hao and close  rivals Witblits. Rounding off the categories would be the small but hotly contested Beach Catamaran Class, with Madfish II, Bad Influence and Stray Catz once again squaring off on the race course.

After 3 races in unpredictable conditions, Waka Tere holds a firm grip on top, scoring 3 bullets out of 3 races to lead the IRC Class going into Day 2. A blunder by Red Rum One in the first race cost them a good start, settling for three 3rd place finishes to finish the first day at the bottom of the podium. a consistent showing marred by a grounding after Race 2 was all the reason to cheer for on Born in Fire – three second place finishes after corrected time place them as the best of the rest after Waka Tere going into Day 2. Red Rum One‘s line honours in Race 3 did little to salvage the damage, as they struggle to stretch the distance on the fleet in every race.

The PY Class was a closely contested fleet, with 1 point separating the top two and 3 points dividing second and third after 3 races. A consistent performance by New Blue Eyes earned them a well-deserved first going into day 2, holding off a hungry Adona who scored a bullet in the third race of today to keep things nice and tight. Balqis lays three points adrift, but should not be underestimated as the 2019 defending champions. They displayed good strategy and tactics on the short & unpredictable course of Race 2, scoring a much needed bullet to hold their own in the top 3. Despite a win in Race 1, Shardana struggles to find their momentum in the subsequent races, tying on points with Minx for 4th going in the second and final day of racing.

Recently crowned 2020 Trimaran Champions Ding Hao grappled with a stifling handicap in the Commodore’s Cup, having won several races to start this regatta on a very challenging number, giving opportunity to the rest of the fleet to score a win in the Commodore’s Cup. 2 bullets from Witblits put them in good stead going into Day 2, no thanks to a strong handicap rating after a not-so-ideal performance at the Trimaran Championships. Ding Hao should not be written off, as their second place finish is just seconds away from Witblits, putting them in good stead to come back stronger and hungrier for Day 2. 2019 winners Cicak had a slow day, with their best performance being a runner-up finish for the 3rd race, putting them second overall with 10 points after 3 races.

In the Beach Catamaran Class, Madfish II leads Bad Influence by just an inch, with the former scoring 2 bullets out of 3 races and the latter scoring the reverse. A capsize in Race 3 and boat problems in Race 1 meant that Stray Catz is left out of contention for the top prize, making up the numbers for the Beach Catamaran Class.

Amidst the waning North East Winds, dramatic collisions/encounters and ridiculous wind shifts from the passing squalls – we are glad sailors enjoyed racing thus far, and look forward to more excitement in Day 2 of the 2020 CSC Commodore’s Cup!

Results

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CSC Trimaran Championship 2020 Day 2

Day 2 of Racing for the CSC Trimaran Championship saw a new entry, Sail La Vie taking to the start line. Gorgeous wind and weather greeted sailors, as they returned for more action in the prevailing North-East Monsoon.

With the winds blowing steady for most of Sunday, the race committee decided to put them on a pennant 2 course – giving competitors an additional upwind  & downwind leg for more opportunities to exercise their technical abilities. Leaders Ding Hao continued from where they left off yesterday, securing 3 line-honours comfortably. After clinching 2 more bullets out of the 3 races available, she seals her win in this championship with a total of 7 points from 6 races (1 discard).

The fight for 2nd place was very close, determined by the results of the final race. Itchy-Go could only muster a 4th place finish, relinquishing their hold on 2nd place to Buay Kaola. The Corsair Sport 970 sailed an impressive race to come in both second across the line and on corrected time, earning her a hard-fought win by 1 point over Itchy-Go.

A much better performance together with finally flying the spinnaker resulted in a 3rd for Phoenix in Race 4. However the M23 had to retire in the last race due to a broken main halyard, effectively ending her series in a very commendable 5th overall. Witblits was reduced to only 2-up on the second day, but managed to sneak in a victory in Race 5 – a great effort which puts the icing on the cake for a good campaign resulting in 4th overall.

Congratulations to all the winners and thank you everyone who participated in another successful Trimaran Championship. We’re super excited to welcome sailors back next week for the prestigious CSC Commodore’s Cup – taking place on 7 & 8 March 2020. See you at 1000hrs on Saturday for the Skippers’ Briefing!

Results

2020 Trimaran R4

2020 Trimaran R5

2020 Trimaran R6

2020 Trimaran Overall Final

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CSC Trimaran Championship 2020 Day 1

The 2020 CSC Trimaran Championship saw a healthy fleet of 9 boats participating on day 1 – this was despite some of the regular contenders (Kaze, Jaza Too, Cicak & Miss Visayan) missing out due to schedule conflicts and boat repairs. Consisting of 4 Corsairs, 3 Wetas and 2 M23s, it was nice to see such a varied fleet on the start line! The NE Winds delivered on time, greeting sailors at a more forgiving wind strength compared to last weekend’s big blow.

Skipper of 2019 champions Dash Two Scott McCook returns to compete at the helm of the recently high-flying Ding Hao, determined to win this championship 2 years in a row. She starts off right for this regatta, claiming a comfortable victory in Race 1. However, she will have to be in top form going into Day 2, after surrendering her bullets in Race 2 and 3 to Buay Kaola and Itchy-Go respectively after corrected time, keeping things very tight in the top 3.

Despite missing out on the first 2 races of the day due to a snapped halyard, Baloo came back strong to place third in race 3. The Multi23 skippered by David Stanton could possibly be a strong contender for podium should she continue to perform well for the remaining 3 races tomorrow.

Good luck to all participants – rest well and see you for more racing in Day 2!

Results

2020 Trimaran R1

2020 Trimaran R2

2020 Trimaran R3

Overall Day 1

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20th CSC Catamaran Championships – Day 2

Day 2 of racing for the catamarans saw only 3 boats returning – the NE Monsoon taking a toll on the participants.

Shananikins retired halfway into race 3 of the regatta, effectively making it a match race between the 2 surving F16 vipers Bad Influence and Madfish II. The former clinched 3 bullets to secure the 2020 title, enduring the brutal 20-25 knots winds to outlast Madfish II.

Despite the small fleet and eventual 2-horse race, the weekend was made more enjoyable by the strong camaraderie amongst the remaining sailors, and participants are looking forward to a renewed rivalry over the Commodore’s Cup on 7 & 8 March. Congratulations to all the winners, we look forward to more exhilarating racing next week when we host the Singapore Trimaran Community for the CSC Trimaran Championships.

Results

2020 r3-5
2020 Overall

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20th CSC Catamaran Championships – Day 1

Plenty of thrills and spills took place at the 20th CSC Catamaran Championships, from spectacular capsizes to painful collisions, sailors and boats came back battered and bruised. The unrelenting NE Monsoon was a little too much for the participants to handle, with wind speeds hitting 20-25 knots in the afternoon.

After only 2 races, defending champions Madfish II sit pretty on top, being the only boat to finish the 2 races available. Bad Influence scored arguably the most spectacular capsize, and ended the day on 2nd place, bouncing back to win race 2. Shananikins, one of 2 Nacra Carbon F20s participating, did well to complete the podium in 3rd – but faces an uncertain day 2 after suffering some serious damage on her starboard hull.

With many of the fleet tapping out after today, it looks like the already small fleet of 7 will shrink even further tomorrow. All the best to the remaining participants – press on!

Results

2020 r1-2

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CSC Signature Sunday Series – Felkin Buoy Race

Fresh from completing the Two-Island Race on Saturday, sailors returned to compete in the Felkin Buoy Race, the 3rd and final instalment in our 2020 Signature Sunday Series. Greeted with the first major squall for the year, participants had an interesting mix of conditions throughout the journey to Felkin and back.

Waka Tere continued on their winning streak, taking the weekend double with line honours and a comfortable lead over Invictus in the IRC Class. Invictus was a shadow of their usual self, struggling to keep up with Waka Tere for the whole race. A nagging luff track problem could have been a significant contributor to their woes – we hope to see them get back on track soon! In the overall standings, a poor attendance by the IRC Fleet meant that Waka Tere had no real challenge enroute to taking the Signature Sunday Series 2020 IRC Title, winning all 3 races available.

In the PY Class, leaders Minx and Shardana thrived on the course, with the latter pulling away from the fleet on the return leg and eventually clinching line honours. She settles for 2nd on corrected time, edged out by Minx. Ikaroa completed the podium in 3rd, another successful outing after their 2nd place finish in the Two-Island Race. Brio’s 5th placing in yesterday’s race was good enough for her to secure 2nd overall for the Signature Sunday Series, just 1 point behind champions PY 2020 Champions Minx. Winning the Round Tekong Race helped to secure 3rd overall for Ikaroa, as they survived a poor showing at the Round Ubin and a late push from Shardana in the Felkin Buoy Race to take podium just 1 point ahead of the Dufour 34.

Ding Hao managed to make it a weekend double as well in the Multihull Class, successfully defending against close rivals Kaze and the rest of the fleet to secure 1st over the line and on handicap. despite their stellar performance, she surrenders the overall Signature Sundays Multihull title to Kaze, whose 1st place around Tekong and two 2nd place finishes round Ubin and Felkin gave her victory in a fleet of 8 boats. Ding Hao‘s absence at the Round Tekong Race also meant that her 2 bullets could not save her from the consistency of Itchy-Go‘s (3, 3 & 4), awarding the latter with second overall, 1 point ahead of Ding Hao.

Stray Catz made amends for her premature retirement during the Two-Island Race, sailing a uneventful race to win the Felkin Buoy Race and also the Signature Sunday Series Beach Catamaran Title for the 3rd year in a row! She puts herself in good stead for the upcoming CSC Catamaran Championships on 22 & 23 February, where she will be competing against defending champions Madfish II and other fast beach catamarans.

Congratulations to all the winners, please see below for results and photos.

Results (Felkin)

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IRC Felkin 2020

Results (Overall)

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IRC Overall 2020

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