CSC Optimist Championships 2019 (Gold Fleet) Final Day

Dark clouds and slight rain greeted everyone this morning as we drew to a close on the final day of the CSC Optimist Championships (Gold Fleet).

Winds were well behaved in the morning- blowing constantly from northeast. However, it took a great turn in the middle of race 2, and started oscillating unstably from northwest to northeast, with strong currents pushing from the west. The race committee had a difficult time setting the course fairly for the 3rd race. However, all efforts to squeeze in 1 more race were all for naught as an impending storm approached from northeast at an alarming speed, forcing race officials to can all plans and quickly marshaling the participants back to shore. The storm came swiftly and left the racing area in poor visibility, thankfully with most participants already safely back on shore.

Kenan Tan (SGP 112) bagged the gold overall with an insurmountable 12-point lead ahead of 2nd boat- Jayson Tan (SGP 119). A bullet in the final race sweetened the win for Kenan, making his tally 5 bullets from 10 races. A stable and calculated performance of 6th and 4th in Race 9 & 10 meant that Radiance Koh (SGP 114) secures her 3rd place overall and best girl yet again, just 1 point ahead of Ethan Teo (SGP 4688) – whose poor finish in the last race possibly costing him the 2nd runner-up position settling for 4th place overall.

In the Junior Mixed Division, Zach Low (SGP 4666) tops the fleet in overall 21st. He notched three top 20 finishes in this Regatta, an outstanding result for a boy of only 10yrs! Mark Wong (27th), Austin Yeo (35th), Ethan Chia (36th) and Nicole Lim (41st)?make up the rest of the top 5 junior mixed winners, holding their own against some older and more experienced participants in these challenging conditions.

It was great to see atypical wind conditions and sailors lapping up the NE monsoon winds during this regatta, planing on the swells and handling the wet and windy weather with confidence.

CSC would like to thank:

  1. Parents and Participants of the Regatta: we hope you had a good time on and off water over the past few weeks!
  2. Xtreme Sailing Products – for sponsoring a spread of quality sailing gear every year as prizes.
  3. Uncle Mike & Uncle Joe Chan, for officiating as on-water Juries for the Gold and Silver Fleet respectively.

We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year – have a good rest and enjoy the remainder of the school holidays.

See you all next year!

Results

Final Results

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CSC Optimist Championship 2019 (Silver Fleet) Final Day

Today marks the closing of the CSC Optimist Championships (Silver Fleet) 2019. The sailors were all excited and pumped, to give it their all for the last 2 races of the regatta.

Participants welcomed the more forgiving conditions on the final day, with sunny skies and a constant 10-12 knots wind blowing from the North.

The first warning signal of the day went off at 1100Hrs. As we drew near to the start, sailors started crowding on the line. The race committee and the Pin-end had to be on their toes to watch the line. Fortunately, it was a clear start for both races.

Xuan Yu secured his position as the champion for this regatta, after achieving 2 bullets for both races today, leaving him with an insurmountable 11-point lead over second boat- Jayden Khor, and an 18-points apart from third boat- Ryan Goh.

CSC Youth Team sailor Cheryl Yong displayed a strong performance for her final 2 races.?emerging 5th overall after clinching a 6th and 4th in races 8 & 9 respectively. However, the winds weren?t in both Ikuto and Trevor?s favour, landing them both with rough finishes, and plunging their overall results to 17th and 24th respectively. Special shoutout to Heng Yi & Giselle! 2 of our tiniest sailors participated in these daunting conditions, and never once did they throw in the towel. They can take pride in the fact that they held their own and finished most, if not all of the races.

CSC Sailors Final Results:

5th – Cheryl Yong Heng Xi
17th – Ikuto Mori
24th – Trevor Ng Zong Yang
31st – Christine Anne Tan Jie Ming (CHIJ KCP)
34th – Ng Kyle Jin
35th – Simone Ng Shu Xuan
42nd – Tupil Yohan Ayush
44th – Faith Ng (CHIJ KCP)
45th – Angyal Chew
47th – Sybelle Marie Antoinette (CHIJ KCP)
57th – Elizabeth Victoria Say (CHIJ KCP)
62nd – Edward Charles O’Shea
63rd – Yong Heng Yi
64th – Chloe Quek (CHIJ KCP)
70th – Giselle Ong Ai (CHIJ KCP)

Our Staff and Coaches believe such difficult conditions build character, and every sailor on water performed outstandingly. We witnessed many displaying a never-say-die attitude and an unwavering fighting spirit. The strong NE winds were challenging, and this fresh breeze reminds us that sailing is very much a physically demanding sport!

Congratulations to all the winners! And thank you to all participants and parents for joining us for the 2019 CSC Optimist Championships. BIG Thank You to:

XSP? (Xtreme Sailing Products) for once again sponsoring a splendid assortment of sailing equipment and products.

Uncle Joe Chan for keeping the sailors disciplined on water as on-water Jury for the event.

Coach Jhing for her inexhaustible energy coaching and caring for the CSC Sailors before, during and after the event.

All Coaches and support staff for making the event another successful one.

We look forward to hosting everyone again next year!

Final Results

2019 CSC Optimist Championships (Silver) Final Results

 

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Cruise to Tanjung Piayu: My Little Adventure – 9 to 12 August 2019

Eventually only three boats made it to the cruise, three others had to pull out due to unforeseen commitments. This left SDF, Olmeto and Skybird, the only three that made the annual seafood pilgrimage to Tanjung Piayu this year. This year?s cruise also coincides with Singapore?s National Day celebration, that too added to the small numbers that went.

Just a little recap for those who don?t know about Tanjung Piayu. Located at the South Eastern corner of Batam Island, Piayu houses a small fishing kampong with a few seafood restaurants along the coastline. It has now become a very popular seafood haunt for the locals.

I have done this trip umpteen times but what made this trip a little special for me was that I did it single handed. Though I?ve done the crossing to Nongsa alone on my other two boats, this trip was different as I would be out of the comfort of Nongsa Point Marina on my own. I know that others have done much longer trips on the own and survived, others have circumnavigated the world without much fanfare. So, what?s so special about a short trip to Tanjung Piayu, I?m doing it solo.

This is for the benefit of those who have not yet made a trip out of Singapore or for those who, like me, have thought about doing solo sailing but have not come to it yet.

Preparations. Getting the boat ready for any trip is of the utmost importance. I had a few issues on my boat which had to be fixed before I could go. In brief; I had to get my steering fixed as it was too stiff, had the auto-pilot changed due to a faulty drive-motor, had to get the wiring done on the alternator as it wasn?t charging the batteries, had to change the navigation lights and re-wire due to corrosion.

Other checks which I did was to ensure that all necessary electronics worked; chart plotter, AIS, VHF, general lighting plus water, fuel and some food stuff.

The day came for me to set off, I had to ensure that the basic safety items were within reach of me. I had the PFD with me and ready for use, shoes with good grip, a handheld VHF and my documents in a dry bag. Having done the trip I now realise that it would be good to have storage bags within the cockpit area. All loose items should be stored away.

My little adventure began as I left the clubs jetty, I decided to motor-sail with just the headsail until after I cleared immigration. The immigration boat came very quickly, unfortunately, I could not hand the documents over as the waters were extremely choppy. I only managed it after about 20 minutes of bobbing about. My plan was to put up the mainsail to do the crossing, however, as the conditions were too choppy for me to get the mains up, I decided to continue to NPM with only the headsail. The crossing took much longer as the wind, wave and tide were all against me and coming from the direction of Nongsa.

I would also like to suggest that you switch to channel 16 after you have done the immigration clearance. You would then be able to listen to marine traffic and be contactable as I had experienced. The Police Coast Guard called to check on my next port pf call. They must be wondering what I was doing as I taking a long time to make my way towards the TSS (Traffic Separation Scheme ? shipping channel). Well I thought that it was cool, having a chat with the coast guard. Cheers! to the guys in blue.

Onboard Skybird

As I had mentioned, the incoming tide was very strong and I was swept further off course even as I motor-sailed. The usual welcome and berthing support from NPM staff were always much appreciated. As I approached my berth, I found myself in familiar company; Katrianne and Windancer. After settling down and having my first beer of the day, the rest of the afternoon was spent cleaning the boat. Dinner was spent with my good friends Samsi from the Riau Sailing Club and Fazdly from XSP and not forgetting Prakash, who I had a beer with earlier.

The first thing to do on the morning of the 9th August was to decorate the boat with some flags and streamers to mark Singapore?s National Day, but at the same time I didn?t want to be too loud about it. Took a shower and put on a T-shirt designed for National Day, just to have the patriotic feel. Happy Birthday Singapore. By early afternoon, SDF, Olmeto and Simba had arrived. After clearing CIQP, we each went about doing our own things but met at Skybird for a sundowner with a hope of catching some fireworks from across the channel but unfortunately, we couldn?t see anything. An on the spot decision was made and dinner was at Setia Budi, a nearby seafood restaurant. We had an early night as we planned to leave for Piayu early.

Skybird at Nongsa Marina

Next morning came and by 10.30am we were off to Tanjung Piayu, this is where my little adventure begins. Did a pre-departure check to ensure that I didn?t missed out anything. Came out of the marina and hoping for some calm waters but it was quite choppy and the winds were up to 15 knots. This made putting up the mainsails a little challenging. I wasn?t going to let the chops deter me so I hoisted the mains and decided to put in two reefs and half furled the genoa and even with that I was still doing an average of 5 knots. After about half an hour into the sail, I thought of shaking of the 2nd reef but the conditions were still bumpy so I decided to leave the 2nd on. Again, the wind and tide were against me so I had to put in a few tacks before turning the top corner of Batam to go down the channel towards Tanjung Piayu. Having reached the top corner, the conditions were still choppy and the wind and tide against me so I had to sail much further towards Bintan before putting in a tack. At this point it was much easier sailing as I could sit on a port tack for a much longer distant.

With the wind and wave coming from the front, the auto-pilot had problems holding the course so I manually sailed most of the way, accept when I had to go down to get a drink and the apples which became my meal for the day. I really enjoyed the 5 hours sailing solo. As mentioned, I know of members who had made longer trips and to faraway places and what I have done is nothing big to brag about but to me it was an achievement.

Boat: Olmeto

Olmeto was already anchored off Pulau Awi but I decided to proceed to Piayu. Dropped the hook in the channel at Tanjung Piayu and allowed the anchor to set, I let out 20m of chain and about 10m of rope. While waiting, I popped my first beer for the day, a self-congratulatory drink for me. When I was satisfied that it was holding, I proceeded to tie the rope to the cleat rather than leaving the load to the windlass.

Becoming complacent. What happened to safety, gloves on when working with anchors and rode.

I held onto the rope as I needed to let out some so that I could tie it down onto the cleat. Without doing a safety check, I hit the button and to my horror my fingers were pulled into the windlass, trapping my middle, fourth and little pinky of my right hand. My fingers were wedged in tight, fortunately for me it wasn?t the chain section. Lost for a few seconds, I just stared at my fingers before I realized what I had done. Reaching for the controller, I then hit the down button and my fingers rolled out free. Oh, it hurt so much. Blood flowed and I quickly got to the wash basin and put my fingers under running water, grabbed a towel and applied pressure onto the wound.

By then, SDF and Olmeto were both anchored off Pulau Awi, hoping to catch some swim time. I wanted to call them for assistance but decided not to because I heard on the radio that SDF had windlass issues and all 80m of chain had been let out. I said to myself, poor Derek, he would have to physically pull in 80m of chain, which he eventually did. SDF finally got things sorted and came into the channel. Derek called and asked as I had earlier told him that I had hurt myself. Once anchored, he came over in his dinghy with his first-aid kit and two cans of iced-cold pain killer. What a man, thanks Derek.

Boat: SDF

With the excitement of the day gone by, we met at the Love Seafood Restaurant for dinner. Thanks, this time to Jon who brought his First-aid kit which had the proper anti-septic solutions, Lucy and Allie played nurse and helped dressed my wounds. The food, as usual, was good and with our bellies filled, we made our way back to our respective boat for a quite evening, so we thought. The loud speakers came alive and some kind of religious chants were blasted across the whole area. I doubt that anyone had any sleep that night. We would probably need to reconsider our timing for the next pilgrimage to Piayu.

Dinner at Love Seafood Restaurant

Love Seafood Restaurant at Tanjung Piayu.

The excitement didn?t end there for me, at about 5am I heard some light scratching sound coming from under. Quickly got on deck to inspect and to my dismay, I realised that the breeze had pushed me towards the little island and I am now sitting in the mud. Checked the water depth at the bow and looked like I was still in deep waters but when I got to the stern, I saw that I only had about a foot if water under my stern. I guessed that I must be sitting at the edge of the drop-off. I went into the cabin, turned on the lights and thought of my next course of action.

First thought was to start the engine and maybe throttle my way out but as I was sitting in mud, the props would probably been in the mud and trapped and a very high possibility of sucking in mud into the cooling system. The breeze was nice then, so the next plan was to try to shake myself loose. So, for the next half hour or so, I backed and release the headsail causing the bow to swing from left to right. This action had helped to wriggle the keel out of the soft mud and thankfully I was freed. Once cleared, I started the engine, retrieved the anchor and reset my position. Lesson learned, do not push the panic button. Size up the situation and put in a plan. But if all fails?.scream for?? HELP!!!!!

Lucy and Alison, from SDF, had earlier offered to help me sail Skybird back to NPM because of my injury. And, it would have been so much easier too but I decided that I just needed to complete my little solo adventure. Also, as they were not on my crew list, I thought that it would be safer if they didn?t come onboard. Would have been hard to explain if we were stopped. Thanks, girls, for the thought, much appreciate. The breeze was nice and with one reef in, it was a beautiful reach to NPM. Better prepared this time, I had bacon sandwiches which I made earlier and kept it cool in the ice chest, so lunch was much better and I still had an apple to go along. I took the most direct course to the top corner, this put me on a very broad reach and I doing a comfortable 4 to 5 knots. But after heading up around the corner, the wind angle changed and now cruising nicely between 6 to 7 plus knots. Sweet sailing.

After tying down at the marina, the rest of the evening was rather routine. Derek treated his family to Japanese at Turi Beach. After dinner I had few drinks with Jon at the marina bar before calling it a night.

The next morning was routine again, breakfast, collect documents and by 10.30am we were off towards CSC. This time immigration took much longer but all was well. As mentioned, others had done much more but this trip was special to me as it may mark more solo trips with just Skybird and I.

Thanks to SDF and Olmeto; good company make good trip.

Batam to starboard – Sailing up the Selat Durian : Expedition on Sprint Corsair trimaran, Cicak (August 2019)

Part 1 ? Head to wind ? the journey South to Ranoh from Nongsa by Lauren Hill (16)

Imagine you?re at the beach in Bali. Never been there? Let me describe it to you. The wind is blowing, strong, causing white caps to appear on the sea, like white harsh lines against the dark blue. Now imagine the waves. 3 metre tall monsters, ones that you could surf on that would take your surf board from a kilometre out all the way to the beach. Pretty right?

Our port ama submarines as we face heavy swell and strong winds on the way South to Ranoh

Now imagine sailing through that on a trimaran. Not so pretty. The waves kept coming and grew taller and stronger the further south we went. I remember thinking ?I wish I brought my boogie board to ride some of these waves?.?Then a big 3 metre monster came hit us and we nearly fell of it and I thought,??ok, maybe not?.

The whole sail down was a constant battle of waves and wind on the nose. We have a running joke in our family, and I?m sure it some sailors would agree with me. Wherever you sail in Singapore or its neighbouring ports/islands, the wind is?always?on the nose. Always. Oh, and the tide too.

We didn?t put the engine on. We knew sailing there would be faster. I doubt our little engine would?ve gotten us through Nongsa?s entrance.

We sailed 50 miles down south, battling wind, waves and tide. Then we hung a right after Kopek Rapat, the southernmost island after Keras Besar.

It was easier after that, the waves were beam on now, and as if by a miracle stroke of luck, so was the wind. We managed to escape the wrath of the sea into the sheltered waters of Pulau Ranoh.

There was lots of coral, and the reef extended far out from the main island, to where the main channel was, connecting Ranoh to the bigger islands around it.

Our first night anchorage at Pulau Mubudarat ? around the corner from where the Neptune Fleet normally stays on the return journey in the NE Monsoon

The resort on the island was a day resort, with small ferry boats bringing passengers from mainland Batam to the island in the early morning, and departing with the passengers in the late afternoon. There were glamping tents available on the island, as well as bunks for those who wanted to stay the night, but only a handful chose to remain each night.

Our route around Batam via Ranoh and Sugi with winds from the Southeast

Later that day we were joined by other boats travelling down from Nongsa. Katrianne, Winddancer, Rehua and Sharkfin. We finished the day as guests of Gary and Karen Matthews for Sundowners with the rest of the fleet on Katrianne in the anchorage off Ranoh.

 

Part 2 ? Dining with the other boats at Pulau Ranoh by Sasha Hill (15)

?Cicak, Cicak, this is Windancer. Are the girls awake over? ?Hello Winddancer this is Cicak, no the girls are still sleeping over? ?Ah, we were wondering if the girls would like to come over to have pancakes for breakfast over?? ?PANCakes!? Lauren and I yelled, wide awake. Apparently our screams of delight carried through the VHF and woke up the rest of the fleet. The crew in Winddancer started laughing while Glenn told us that he would pick us up by dinghy. When we reached there I had at least 10 small pancakes covered with chocolate spread and honey. They were delicious. Thanks very much Barb! After that, we went on shore and joined the other boats in the flotilla from Nongsa for lunch.

Lauren does archery practice on Ranoh with the other boats from the fleet

 

Part 3 ? Returning via the south west side of Batam, by Tim Hill (very old)

The rest of the fleet were planning to return via Tanjong Piayu ? with Winddancer going underneath the Barelam Bridge. We chose the route less travelled ? leaving Batam to starboard.

We set off just after sunrise sailing through the anchorage and waving goodbye to our friends on the other boats.

The girls did their usual 2 hours on, 4 hours off helming duties. We set out west and then rounded Pulau Abang Besar bringing out out big reacher sail (with a big Cicak on it, of course). We then settled down for a beautiful 30 nm reach out to Pulau Sugi and Telunas resort. For most of this passage we saw no other boats ? just the occasional island en route. As the wind picked up by mid morning we had the same swell as the trip down, but it was behind us so we could surf in on the waves. It was a great feeling and we averaged about 11-12 knots for the latter part of the passage.

 

Coming in close to Telunas we saw the resort up close. It looked great. Sasha spotted an unmarked rock off the Northwest side of Telunas and managed to avoid it. The route then took us out into the Durian Strait and then into the Philip Strait towards Singapore ? with 20 knots of wind behind us all the way.

Sailing past Telunas Resort leaving Pulau Sugi to starboard at about 10 knots

We could have made it all the way back to Nongsa by sunset but decided to stop near Buffalo Rock on the Batam side where we found a perfect trimaran anchorage at Pulau Kapal Besar.? A sheltered flat water bay with sandy bottom, deserted island with a view in the far distance of Singapore island silhouetted by a beautiful tropical sunset.

Our final night?s anchorage at Pulau Kapal Besar near Buffalo Rock ? a perfect trimaran anchorage

We settled down for a last dinner and an early night ? with a big breakfast the next day ? and a 20nm reach to Nongsa arriving by lunchtime, around the same time as our friends from the rest of the fleet.

Lauren cooks us all breakfast on the final morning. We managed to position the cooker in the lower part of the table which worked well

 

 

 

 

 

 

The girls took a pool break while I tightened up all the fittings that had loosened through several days of extreme banging and shaking in some of the most extreme (and fun) conditions we had taken to the boat into.

The Southwest and West sides of Batam are a beautiful sailing ground with hundreds of hidden anchorages and protected sailing in either monsoon. We also couldn?t believe that we sailed through about 60nm in such a short time ? but I guess the 20knot winds behind us for most of the journey helped!

It was also great to spend part of the trip with friends on other boats down in Ranoh. Thanks Katrianne, Winddancer, Rehua and Sharkfin for joining and hosting us on your boats!

Thanks also to Ronny from CSC for correcting all my mistakes in the paperwork and arranging perfect delivery of forms in time for immigration as well as Prakash, Dwi and the team from Nongsa Point Marina for doing the same at the other end. And the girls from Cicak for making it all happen! A video of our adventure can be seen on the Cicak Youtube channel.

Footnote.? The provisioning and equipment stuff that worked well on this cruise

We were camping and cruising on the boat for 5 days. And although we have done longer cruises, we cooked most of our meals onboard and showered onboard. So what worked well for this extend cruise was

Small wooden foldable table. We were able to put the portable stove on the lower part of the table and use the top for everything else. This also meant the stove did not get any opportunities to melt the deck

2 x 20 litre jerry cans of water, plus an extra 4 litres frozen in reusable bottles in the cooler box and a shower bag of about 15 litres of water. We fill these up at the dock at CSC and load them onto the boat. We used about 6-8 litres a day showering for 3 of us and about 2 litres for drinking. We brought about 10 excess litres back to CSC. The shower bag split during this trip and will likely be replaced by old 2 litre plastic water drink bottles painted black with an alternative perforated lid for hand showers. We would dunk in seawater before lathering and then back in the sea before rinsing in freshwater.

Sarongs. Very useful as sun protection during the day, especially when lying on the net helming. We also used face and neck scarfs as well as hats and hence minimised suncream use.

Tinned food. Because we can?t keep stuff cold for longer than 2 days unless we replenish the ice ashore. So we had tinned beans, vegetables, sardines, tuna, spam ? you name it. These were either heated into a stew for dinner, fried (spam) for breakfast along with eggs, or eaten in wraps for lunch.

Fresh apples and peaches. Good for breakfast in the morning and don?t need chilling ? along with a pre-made bottle of cold ice coffee which also worked luke warm.

Sun screen tent cover for anchorages ? made from the material you get in garden centres that screens the sun but lets the wind blow through. It was very dry during this trip so we didn?t get out the big purpose-made tent that goes over the boom and seals the cockpit and cabin against storms at anchor.

Twilight Series II (Race 2)

It was nice to see a consistent Easterly breeze settling in for the afternoon, giving sailors a natural windward-leeward course between Changi and Squance. In addition to sailing the course well, sailors also had to be extra vigilant, having to avoid a school of canoes on the start line and big commercial vessels sailing through the course.

A good start from the IRC Class saw a quick breakaway from the fleet, with Jong Dee taking an early lead. Skipper Paul Kendall read the shifts well to stay on top of close rivals Waka Tere, but struggled to stretch the lead over the course of the afternoon. When the numbers were crunched, both boats tied for first on corrected time – an extremely rare occurrence! To make things more exciting, Skybird finished a mere 8 seconds after on handicap, awarding them with a well-deserved 2nd place behind the joint-winners.

It was exciting to see all 7 boats from the PY Class so close to each other on the first beat to Changi, with NTUSC’s Notus holding a marginal lead rounding Changi Buoy. A superb downwind to Squance after that extended their lead, which eventually helped seal their victory. Southern Light made amends for their poor performance during last week’s Sunday Series, scoring 2nd place on corrected time – just 6 seconds ahead of Balqis in 3rd! It was also worthy to note that 2 boats in the PY Class sailed with minimal crew, Balqis sailing 2-up and Minx sailing solo!

It was an intimate affair for the Multihulls, with a total of 4 boats representing the 3 classes. Cicak bested Miss Visayan over the finish line and on handicap, taking the win in the Cruising Multihull Class. Keeping the flag flying high for the beach catamarans and wetas were Bad Influence and Itchy-Go respectively.

Congratulations to all the winners – looking forward to next week’s Sunday Series II (Race 3)!

Results

IRC Keelboat
PY Keelboat
Cruising Multihull

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Vesak Day Nongsa Cruise 2019

We were blessed with a rare long weekend due to Vesak Day celebrations, the perfect opportunity for a short getaway to Nongsa Point Marina & Resort, Batam.

3 was the magic number – as 3 boats, 3 couples and 3 families departed CSC moorings for Batam on Saturday, 18th May. Immigrations & Customs was a smooth affair – thank you Ronny for the efficient and reliable administration/documentation, as always!

The journey south was calm and uneventful, with a welcome shower greeting us as we entered the Eastern Anchorage being the only source of excitement. Southern Light took the shortest route to Nongsa, braving the rain clouds to set a straight course of 170 to the marina entrance, wasting no time getting across the shipping channel to safe haven and an inviting pool. Both Waka Tere and Elessar took their time to enjoy a short beat south with the gentle breeze, arriving 2 hours later to complete the CSC family at NPM.

Evening dinner plans took most of us to Wandi’s, a seafood restaurant just 5-10mins drive from the Marina. They served up a sumptuous spread of seafood paired with ice-cold bintangs, a perfect end to our first day.

Day 2 was free & easy, Kurt and Gill from Waka Tere did some boat maintenance in the Marina, Elessar went for a day cruise, Team Southern Light enjoyed some water games and jet-skiing at Turi Beach and Stefan soaked in the beauty and tranquility of Nongsa Village with his family.

I think the lure of cruising to Nongsa, Batam lies in the accessibility of the location and flexibility of the itinerary. Just a leisurely 3 hour sail from Singapore, it is definitely the go-to location for a short-weekend getaway with full amenities.

Big thank you to Southern Light for having myself and Nicole on board – we had a wonderful time! Not forgetting Prakash and Team, for the impeccable service. With it being an easy entry-level cruise, we look forward to having more members joining us for the next Cruise to Nongsa – we can’t wait!

Choy

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Singapore ? Langkawi Round Trip Cruise on Eriphine!

The final beer before departure!

5:30am we?ve left CSC. The first taste of sailing by night.

Thanks to Ronny (CSC?s Accounts Executive), outbound immigration clearing was a piece of cake. Five minutes besides our beloved ICA cutter and we had been FREE. All incoming foreign barges, heading for immigration clearing, had been way behind us.

Starting the 1st long leg of 178nm by sailing right besides the traffic separation zone was a good decision. Just a few vessels were crossing our way. Even when crossing Sisters-, Jurong- and Sinki-Fairway, thanks to Nina?s great outlook we were always able to maintain a reasonable distance to those…..Read More

Easter Weekend Cruise 19-21 April 2019

The final count was 16 boats, such a big turnout for a Sebana/Telok Sengat cruise?Fantastic!!! Happy to share my short account of the weekend.

By 9.30 am, almost all the boats had left the mooring and headed towards Angler?s for the immigration clearance. The tide was rather slack which made the sail out easier, notably for me as I had a cooling water issue on Skybird. 1200 rpm was about the best I could do, which meant near zero forward movement against the strong tides that took control for the rest of the journey.

The smooth clearance at Angler?s helped make a good start to the trip to Sungei Shanti and onto Sebana. The breeze then was generally light and was coming on the nose which made sailing to Angler difficult, so most decided to motor the way there.

The faster ones made it good up river and arrived nice and dry, unfortunately, the few that were slower, where caught in a heavy downpour and were left drenched to the bones. It has been quite a while since I last stood in a downpour and it was quite cold. As we finally approached the marina, Desmond in Todak, who wasn?t too sure about Sebana, radioed me to ask which berth he should take, my answer to him was to find one that wasn?t raining. Fortunately, the rain cleared as we entered the marina, clear skies took over and the rest of the afternoon went to immigration clearance, hotel check-ins and boat cleaning.

Free and easy was the call for the night, Southern Light played host by opening up their boat for a Dock BBQ. However, some already had plans of their own and it ended with BBQ?s at various boats, some went into town for the annual seafood fix at Sungei Ringgit.

As part of this cruise to Sebana, boats can also choose to sail up the Johor River to Teluk Sengat. From the immigration point at Tanjung Pengelih; Sengat is about 13 nautical miles away, a nice 3-hour sail, if the conditions are right. Kurt and Gill in Waka Tere were the only ones that did it and had themselves a sumptuous seafood dinner. The next day they joined the rest of us at Sebana.

Soon the hours went by and everyone went into their own cozy corner for a well-deserved sleep. The nice thing about Sebana is that you can actually chillout there. No hard and fast rules or programmes to follow, truly, to each his own. I feel that it is this common thought that many of us have that make the trip to Sebana a very relaxed and enjoyable event.

Saturday was no different, we all went about doing our own things, some took advantage of the time and convenience to give a good cleaning to their boat. Others went to town while others just lazed around. Together with the crew from Todak, we went further up river in our tenders in search of an old crab farm. After meandering up the river we finally reach the location, it looked so run down that we thought it was shut. Sections of the zinc roofing were blown off, wooden planked-walls were torn, a small fish holding area that was there which didn?t look functional. Must have been some big winds that had come along and took parts of the structure along.

Even then we motored forward to have a closer look. Then we saw an area to the back that was still intact and out popped a head through a window of sought. We asked if they still sold crabs, then the RM250 answer came back and we were in business. After some talking and bargaining, we walked away with three huge crabs and at that price, we were happy. And that was dinner for the night. May be this could be one of a new attraction for our next visit to Sebana; bring your own tender for a crab cruise.

Another thing which I would like to share with you is our visit to Dr. Raymond Tan and his dear wife Margaret. They owned one of those units opposite of the Marina which has their own berth. Ray and Margaret have been members of CSC for a long time. What I actually want to share is that he brought out an old club T-shirt to show and it was made of towel material. Odd but interesting, photo?s will be shown. Btw, Raymond is retired and in he?s earlier days, he circumnavigated the world together with his wife in their yacht Tien Fei. To my knowledge, that makes them and Richard Howe, in his yacht Rum Bottle, the only members from CSC that had done it. If this is incorrect, sincere apologies to all other circumnavigators of CSC!

Time went by swiftly; we soon devoured the freshly bought Crabs in the evening and by late night we had our usual CSC gathering at the Oyster bar and in the Pirates Creek. It was nice to be able to sit around and chat with like-minded people; sailors!!

On Sunday, it was time to bid our farewell to Sebana Cove Resort as boats made preparations for the return trip to Singapore. By 1130, all boats had departed Sebana and headed for their clearance into Singapore. Then came the journey out the river and towards Anglers, many had already reached the location while I was still awhile away. I could hear the calls to immigration and hearing the reply that we needed to get coastguard clearance before proceeding to immigration. A tone of clear frustration was how I thought of the situation. Immigration was trying to offer queue numbers to the horde of boats but there was a queue. It looked like this is to be the norm when coming back into Singapore waters, so PCG before ICA. It was nice that the police were friendly about it, a nice hello on ch. 16 and we were cleared. Being about the last to arrive, the waiting time wasn?t too long before we were on our way back to the club. After clearing immigration, a 10 to 12 knot breeze came and that made our sail back to the club fun and much quicker then motoring. That was the only moment in the entire event when I could actually shut off the engine and sail Sky Bird.

With that we conclude another fun cruise and we thank all the participants for making this another successful event and for breaking the record for having the greatest number of boat entries; 16.

 

Thank you; Waka Tere, Southern Light, Ikaroa, New Blue Eyes, Midnight Blue, Withywindle, Sui Lynn, Zephyr, Cicak, Miss Visayan, Temptress of Down, Todak, Elessar, Defiance, Firefly and Gary Ng + Family (Cartman) who joined us via land transport!

 

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Goodwill Cruise to Nongsa

On 15 & 16 December, CSC organised a Goodwill Cruise to Nongsa Point Marina – in support of the sailors of Riau Yacht Club.

The Riau Yacht Club is a small dinghy club operating off a little beachfront at the western corner of the Marina. They reach out to the children from the rural areas of batam and invite them to learn how to sail on the optimists, bytes and lasers. As these children are mostly from low-income families, the Yacht Club offers a sailing training programme for free, sponsored by Indonesian Businessman Kris Wiluan.

Our Members brought clothes, food, stationery, bags and various other items from Singapore to donate to the young sailors of Riau Yacht Club. 4 out of the 5 boats were on their maiden cruising trip, made further enjoyable by the amazing hospitality at Nongsa Point Marina.

We would like to thank the following Yachts for taking part in our inaugural goodwill cruise:

  1. SDF / Derek Sharples
  2. Emmanuel II / Desmond Wong
  3. Swannee / Mackson Chia
  4. Eriphine / Matthias Gaede
  5. Elessar / Michael Huffines

Not forgetting the Members who donated your pre-loved items and the team at Nongsa Point Marina for helping make this Goodwill Cruise a success – Thank you!

We look forward to making this an annual affair, do join us on our next Goodwill Cruise in 2019. Details to be updated on our E-newsletter and Website.

 

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CSC Optimist Championships Gold Fleet – Day 4

The Final Day of the Gold Fleet Championships was a quick and exciting run of two pennant 3 races, due to the early arrival of the North-northeasterly winds. Wind speeds hit a consistent 8-10 knots, giving sailors a windy treat on the course!

2017 winner Muhammad Raihan Bin Mohd Airudin secured his title defence with a 3rd and 12th place finish in today’s races – putting him 8 points ahead of 2nd placed Radiance Koh. Radiance sailed brilliantly from Day 2 onwards, steadily creeping up the standings each day to complete this regatta as 1st runner-up. She displaces Josiah Tan into 3rd place, whose 22nd placing in the final race costed him a drop to 3rd.

The Junior Mixed Division is meant to encourage the sailors who have made it into the Gold Fleet at such a young age. Zach Low tops this division in 37th place, just 5 rungs above Isaac Poon in 42nd. Oon Cheanng Qi completes the top 3 and scored 54th overall. CSC representative Antonin Radue showed much promise throughout the regatta, placing in the top 10 for 3 races. Despite finishing a commendable 18th overall, he will need to work on his consistency should he wish to climb the standings for future regattas.

Many Thanks to the Sailors, Parents and volunteers for joining us over the past 4 days! We would also like to extend a Big Thank You to Jerrold Ng and Michael Tan for presiding over this event as the Juries. Last but not least, Thank you once again to Xtreme Sailing Products for the generously sponsoring the prizes!

Congratulations to all the winners – we look forward to hosting everyone again next year – till then, happy holidays!

 

Results

2018 Optimist Gold Final Results

 

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