CSC Optimist Squad in Lake Garda (7-17 April 2022)

Blessed with a beautiful location and a natural ‘wind machine’ that delivers almost daily 20+ knot southerly ‘Ora’ winds, Lake Garda in Northern Italy is a global sailing mecca. Over the years it has become home to many high profile sailing events including the annual ‘Lake Garda Optimist Meeting’. Hosted by the Fraglia Vela Riva Yacht Club in Riva Del Garda – this event holds the Guinness Record as the world’s largest single-class regatta. 2022 was the 40th year of the Lake Garda Optimist Meeting with entries from just under 1,000 young Optimist sailors from 35 countries, including a team from CSC.

Six members of CSC’s Optimist Alpha squad, accompanied by a support team of their Dads, were waved off by Coach Jhing at Changi airport on April 7th.

Four days of training with the championship coaches of the Atlantis Academy followed. It was a baptism by fire for the CSC squad with 30+ knot winds and 10 degree Celsius temperatures for their first day on the lake. But they adapted well and were soon enjoying more consistent force 3-5 winds, beautiful spring sunshine and the stunning Lake Garda scenery.

The formal start of the event on April 12th was marked by an Olympic style opening ceremony. This saw the CSC squad parading alongside their fellow competitors through the charming old streets of Riva Del Garda, proudly flying their Singapore and CSC flags.

Racing kicked off the same day with the ‘Country Cup’, with one sailor from each country going head to head in a series of short races. Tiago Salgado stepped up and did a great job representing CSC and Singapore.

For the main regatta, all participating sailors were then assigned to one of five equally sized, mixed ability, qualifying fleets.

The race management of such a large fleet was very impressive. A line with a two pins ends and a centrally placed committee boat was used to oversee each start, with approximately 180 boats in each of the 5 fleets sailing 3 races around the same course at only 10-15 minute intervals!

The results of the qualifying races were used to assign the sailors into Gold, Silver, Bronze, Emerald and Pearl  fleets for a series of ‘Finals’ races to finish the event. Considering the difference in conditions, level of competition and relative levels of experience, the CSC squad performed admirably. Tiago Salgado (SGP 719) and Samuel Tan-Hardy (SGP 727) placed well in the Bronze fleet. Lukas Kiesselbach (BAH 601) finished strongly in the Emerald Fleet. Caio, Riley and Gaitan Sullivan (SGP 708, SGP 713, SGP 714) competed and finished together as brothers-in-arms in the Pearl fleet.

The winner of the Gold fleet and overall champion of the event was Sviatoslav Madonich (UKR 311) of Ukraine. It was an emotional moment for all to see this young sportsman celebrating his win and the positive, inclusive spirit of the event, with other young European competitors.

Apart from the sailing, the trip was an amazing experience for all involved. The hospitality from the club and the town was excellent. Much pasta, pizza and gelato was enjoyed by all not to mention a little vino and limoncello by the hard working fatherly support crew!

With the further relaxation of travel restrictions here’s looking forward to seeing the CSC and Singapore flags flying at more global sailing events very soon.


Jonathan Hardy & Claudio Salgado


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Ketam Coastal Clean-up 2021

A Labour of Love

Singapore is know for her clean and green image: litter-free streets, environmental sustainability initiatives and lush forested areas across the island. In efforts to contribute to a healthier eco-system, 10 boats participated in a coastal clean-up of Pulau Ketam – a little island south-west of Pulau Ubin. A popular anchorage for Singapore’s yachties, 8 out of the 10 participating boats stayed overnight in the quaint channel, waking up bright and early for the 9am beach sweep.

In a span of just 1 hour, sailors picked up hundreds of kilograms of trash, with a bulk of the rubbish attributed to plastic bottles. Some of the unusual items discovered includes motorcycle helmets and toys. It was certainly both sad and satisfying as participants came to a realization that no matter how much rubbish was picked, there was still more left behind. This activity provides greater awareness through small but consistent efforts to create a more sustainable eco-conscious environment for Members and visitors.

Big thank you to MPA for allowing the Club to conduct this activity despite the short notice. Also big thanks to Richard Howe for providing his Grand Banks as the Trash Transport!

Last but not least, thank you to the following boats for labouring over this weekend to keep our country clean:

  1. Jaza Too
  2. Annapuri
  3. Cicak
  4. SDF
  5. Red Rum
  6. Monserrat
  7. Exodus
  8. Rumbottle
  9. Merlin
  10. Haruna
  11. Grand Banks

If you missed out this round, do not fret! We plan to organise similar clean-up activities on a more regular basis – look out for updates on our newsletter.

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CSC – SAMH Discovery Sailing Programme 2019

As part of our Community Outreach Programme, Changi Sailing Club (CSC) partnered with the Singapore Association for Mental Health (SAMH) to bring sailing to their members, using sailing as a vessel to help spark conversations, promote general well-being, cultivate resilience and prevent the onset of mental illness. This is congruent with SAMH’s Creative SAY! Programme, which stands for Sport, Arts & Youths, echoing their belief that youths should have a say in their lives.

The Discovery Sailing Programme took place over 6 days in the 2019 November & December School Holidays, putting participants through a sailing adventure, learning the ropes to eventually become competent & independent sailors. From strong north-easterly winds to near wind-less conditions, 9 youths from the Creative SAY! programme experienced all that was needed to prepare them for future sailing adventures in 2020 and beyond!

In addition to this programme, CSC also organized 1 to 2 days experiential sailing days over the June and December School Holidays, offering youths from SAMH new to the sport to have a taste of what sailing is all about. Needless to say, many of these participants expressed interest to join the next run of the Discovery Sailing Programme.

Big thanks to the National Youth Council Singapore and National Youth Fund Singapore for helping enable this programme through their generous support and funding. We look forward to continue running this programme in 2020, and bringing sailing to more varied communities in Singapore.

#nycsg #nationalyouthfundsg #letyourdreamssetsail #creativesay #samh #changisailingclub #vibrant #inclusive #forwardlooking

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Pre-Ambassadors’ Cup Fund-Raising Cocktail Reception 2019

This year’s Cocktail Reception was once again held at The Post Bar, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore. Since its introduction 5 years ago, the Fund-Raising Event has grown to become synonymous with the Regatta, bringing the Ambassadors and Sailors together for an evening of drinks and revelry for a good cause.

Donations collected will benefit our Community Outreach Programme, whereby we partner with various organisations and groups to bring sailing to people with disabilities, the underprivileged, youth-at-risk and the elderly. Some of our partners include:

  1. Rainbow Centre
  2. Singapore Association for Mental Health
  3. Villa Francis Home for the Aged
  4. Good Shepherd Nursing Home
  5. Sailability Singapore

Thank you all for joining us yesterday, and for your generous contributions. For the Sailors and Ambassadors who missed out on the event and would like to donate, we will be doing a second drive on the Ambassador’s Cup Event as well!

Looking forward to Bringing the World Together on 2nd November 2019.

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Villa Francis Home for the Aged Visit [18 October 2019]

On 18 October 2019, 22 Care-givers and 7 Residents from Villa Francis Home for the Aged travelled from their Home in Yishun to the best-kept secret that is Changi Sailing Club, for a morning excursion to enjoy the refreshing sea breeze and tranquil scenery. This round, the focus was on thanking the care-givers. With an increasingly aging population in all developed societies, the role of caregiver has been increasingly recognized as an important one, both functionally and economically. In appreciation of their hard work and dedication to the residents, Care-givers were treated to joyrides on our CSC Ferry Boats, exploring our coastline from a different perspective!

We value the work care-givers have put in to ensure the safety and quality of life for the residents. Big thank you to Coachman Inn Restaurant for sharing in these beliefs and once again supporting this event via the catering of a simple lunch for both care-givers and residents.

#inclusive #vibrant #forwardlooking #changisailingclub #communityoutreachprogramme

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Subic Bay Sailing Camp 2019

Last week, five young sailors from Changi Sailing Club visited Subic Bay, Philippines to attend a sail training camp in preparation for the upcoming Hong Kong Open and National next month. It was fascinating how these kids connected so quickly with each other and enjoy the friendship that they have created with one another in a different environment. Every sailing trip is a learning experience; from understanding new cultures to communications within the team.

Despite the prevailing monsoon season, we were blessed with good weather upon arrival at Subic Bay. Sailors had great fun and intense training with Philippine?s top Optimist National sailors. Despite the difference in experience and training advantage of being in the national team, our sailors held their own to keep up with the country?s best sailors. ?Our kids very much enjoyed their time in Subic Bay. They also enjoyed competing with Filipino sailors. We believe that in order to get better, you need to sail and compete in different places,? said one of the parents. The sailors were able to experience and adapt to a variety of weather changes which is essential in learning sailing.

We look forward to seeing these kids back in Subic Bay for the Chairman?s Cup Regatta next year. Hopefully we will have our own sets of optimist sailors from Subic Bay,? said Marcus Avecilla, head coach of the Subic Sailing Club. ?We need to create more interest with the younger kids. It?s a very fun sport not just for kids but for the entire family as well, ?he added.

?We are just amazed by how dedicated the parents and sailors from Singapore are. Then we realized that it?s the coach, Coach Jhing is doing an amazing work,? said Zed Avecilla, Executive Director at SAGS Subic Sailing.

Thank you very much to Subic Sailing Club for allowing us to use their facilities during our stay and the hospitality extended to us. To the parents and your consistent support for these young aspiring sailors, to Philippine Sailing Association, for the good training and friendships, to Lighthouse Marina & Resort for the comfortable accommodations and good service and not forgetting to Changi Sailing Club for supporting this opportunity for me to help organize and accompany our young sailors on this sailing camp.

Thank you Subic Sailing ? we hope to be able to return for the Chairman?s Cup Regatta next year and more importantly, welcome your sailors to Changi Sailing Club for our events in the near future!


Coach Jhing


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32nd Annual General Meeting 2019

On 19th July 2019, Changi Sailing Club conducted their 32nd Annual General Meeting, “Moving Forward”.

Helmed by Commodore Jeffrey Leow and his Management Committee, the Meeting elaborated on key topics such as Membership, our Sailing Calendar, the Community Outreach Programme and Mooring+Boat Storage. Highlighting the need to increase our membership numbers, measures/initiatives will be taken over the next half-year to promote our Club Membership to potential youths/young adult members.

Our Sailing Calendar continues to be the most eventful and exciting amongst all the sailing clubs/marinas in Singapore and perhaps South-East Asia (arguably!). Rear-Commodore (Sailing) Paul Kendall went on to share all of our events which took place in 2018/2019, and whats to come for the rest of this year.

Community Service has always been a big part of Changi Sailing Club’s Mission, now made more visible with the establishment of our Community Outreach Programme. The Club will continue to work closely with the various communities and organizations, bringing joy through sailing to the less-privileged and youth-at-risk.

Works on building a completely new Mooring system will commence end of this month. The new moorings are designed to take an approximate total of 120 boats, to accommodate the growing number of boats moored at the Club. We’re excited to see the finished project at the end of September!

The 32nd AGM also sees the election of a new Commodore (Deborah Barker), Rear Commodore (H&G) Ad Smit and Honorary Secretary Mackson Chia. We would like to thank Outgoing Commodore Jeffrey Leow, Rear Commodore (H&G) Mackson Chia and Honorary Secretary Ad Smit for their service and contributions to the Club. It would be worthy to note that Ms Deborah Barker made history by being elected the first ever Female Commodore at Changi Sailing Club and possibly also amongst all Sailing Clubs and Marinas in Singapore.

Thank you all for attending the 32nd Annual General Meeting – see you at the Club!

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Training Camp at Riau Yacht Club, Nongsa – 15 to 18 March 2019

The sailing camp in Nongsapura, Batam, Indonesia was a successful overseas trip for our young Optimist sailors for the first time. It took us months of planning and coordinating to ensure that everything is going to be alright. Thinking that it?s a debut event for these sailors and for us too, we want it to be fun, enjoyable and learning new things for the campers. Even before the camp date, sailors went through intense training and drills to get them ready to sail and expect the prevailing Northeast monsoon wind at Indonesia. A total of 13 Optimist sailors took part for the camp with accompanying parents.

We left Singapore on March 15, took the afternoon ferry and reached Riau Yacht Club about 5pm Indonesia time, not wasting time immediately rigged up the sail, checked the boat and settle equipment until sunset. First dinner at the hotel, food was good and quickly went to chalets to get a good night rest, prepare for the next day training.

Day 1, Saturday

Sailors were up early, surprised! Didn?t get a hard time to wake them up. At 9am everyone has rigged up the sail, boats are ready to launch! Amazing! A short welcome speech was given by our CSC General Manager, Mr. Edwin Low, talked about the value of friendships amongst sailors and how fortunate they are to be in the camp, indeed they are! Right after the speech, sailors went to out to test the waters. It was intense sailing in the morning with those choppy waves and heavy winds. Exhausted from morning drill, went back for lunch break and out again for the race.

We did a race together with Indonesian sailors, our sailor was overwhelmed how good, quick and experienced these sailors are. But I must say that our sailors did they very best to keep up with them. In fact, I?ve never seen them hiking out so much during the training. Good job sailors! Another tiring day has ended! Dinner time we went to Wandi?s Rock Restaurant to have a good time together enjoying local food and truly it was.

Day 2, Sunday

I should say, the most exhausting and highlight of the camp. We did a Team Racing! Yes, I thought of putting these sailors to the test of their skills. They have been training for at least a year for some and I think it?s a good time to level up their abilities. It?s not easy to do a team racing, it?s a combination of different level of skills and mentally torturing. Team work is the key to winning, everyone should be aiming for one goal, to gain advantage and make sure to penalized the opponent. In total, we did a whopping 28 races in 5 hours? time! These made me really proud as their coach on how strength they have to fight for their team!

Sailors were allocated and formed into 4 teams, combination of Singapore and Indonesia sailors. Leading the flight was the Silver Team, led by Emily Kemp?s team mates Nadia Chan, Trevor Ng, Edward O?Shea and Fikri. Outstanding results. At the end, Silver and Pink Team made it to the Finals! A breath taking tied points with both have 2 winnings, last race?a deciding, while racing sailors already calculating the results, they knew it?s going to be a tied points. The rule is, whoever gets the 1st place, team loses. It was intense, but Jerry of Silver team had no choice but to finish first. Right after he crossed the finish line, you could hear the? Silver team sailors rejoicing and declares as champion! I felt that I was watching the Optimist World?s Championship, everyone was on high spirit and enjoyed that moment of joyful event. Kuddos to all the sailors, you put a great show! Such an accomplishment to me and specially for them.

And, that ends the 2 days intense sailing, the next day, we went to Pulau Putri as a reward for their hard work, enjoying the trip and relaxation.

A very successful sailing camp, everyone was happy, enjoyed the sailing, environment, a short get away from busy Singapore. Made me think that this is not going to be our last sailing trip, definitely not! I would like to end this story to thank firstly, sailors?for obeying their coach, cooperating and listening what is asked to do, their parents?the very and ever supportive mummies and daddies who?s always there to support their kids, the trust that they to their coach is undoubtedly well appreciated. To the people of Riau Yacht Club, Mr David Lee, Commodore, Weng Samsi, Budi and so many to mention. The Management of Changi Sailing Club for supporting this event, staff, Ying Ying for such a great Team Manager and others who has been part of this memorable event. Truly this event is not just about sailing, it brought us to be closer to each other, the values of friendship, meeting new people and appreciation of what you have. Sailors, you are lucky to experience this, value your parents!

Thank you all!

Fleet Racing Race Results

  1. Jerry
  2. Fikri
  3. Natasha Kemp
  4. Emily Kemp
  5. Angyal Chew

Fleet Racing Junior Division

  1. Ikuto Mori
  2. Trevor Ng
  3. Ethan Marc Cornelius

Team Racing

1st place ? Silver Team /Team Leader ? Emily Kemp

Members: Nadia Chan, Fikri and Edward O?Shea

2nd place ? Pink Team /Team Leader ? Jerry

Members: Imran Habbard, Ikuto Mori and Trevor Ng

3rd place ? Purple Team /Team Leader ? Angel Chew

Members: Chery Yong, Simone Ng, Shintya and Muslim

4th place ? Blue Team /Team Leader ? Natasha Kemp

Members: Angyal Chew, Jayden, Riska and Ethan Tan

From: Jaydn Wilkins

The trip to sailing trip Batam was great, and I would like to share some little stories,

The first one is that as we went out to the channel we were sailing through a rough patch of waves, and someone?s sprit decided to fall off, so I was just like ,..arrr? oh well lets go and get it. So, I sailed over, retrieved it and gave it the chase boat.? The nice people from Raiu sailing club then help put the sprit back into the Opti it came from.

Then the next day we went to do some racing, but the winds were a little stronger, and there was one time where my boat started to fill up with water from the bow. I had to spend 5 minutes bailing it out. Thank goodness my super handsome daddy brought me a new bailer

Later that day the winds were even stronger, and I almost capsized three times, but because of the expert training from my coach, I was able to adjust my weight, lean back and I stayed upright.

After that hanging out with my friends from the sailing club was really cool, and I had an amazing time.

I really want to thank Changi Sailing club and Riau Yacht Club for such an amazing trip.

From: Imran

It was a very good experience to meet the Indonesian sailors: they were very skilled and generous. We all got along very well, even if we had to use a bit of sign language at times! What I enjoyed most about the camp was the team racing: it was the first time I had tried it, and I found it very pleasurable. When you do team racing, there is paradoxically a lot more pressure on you, because if you fall behind, then the whole team suffers. So you really try your best ? for the team.

It was extremely nice of David, the Commodore of the local sailing club, to invite us and lend us their equipment.

The wind conditions in Batam were much stronger and fiercer than in Singapore ? the waves and the current were also much more powerful than what we are used to at CSC. This added to the learning experience.

Thank you to coach Jhing for organising this great trip, and to Ying Ying for helping us out!

From: -Simone Ng

?All of us that went on this trip, we are all so fortunate! ??That is why I treasure this experience. I have met new Indonesian sailors. I have also learnt about new sailing stuff?. Such as team sailing, we had to help our team members, not only ourselves. Overall, it was awesome??and I hope that we have more trips like this in the coming future. ?

From: Cheryl Yong

I think that the sailing camp was fun! Especially if you love to sail. We had gone through individual racing and team racing. I think that team racing was the most fun event of all, as you have to win together, not just by yourself.

I think also that if you like to sail, you should join the next sailing camps it exposes you to different weather of different countries.

From: Nadia Chan

During this camp, I experienced what it was like to work together while racing.? Team racing was the highlight of the trip for me.? It was exhausting, but it was worth it.? I liked how Coach Jhing rewarded us with a day off to relax and swim in the ocean.? Overall, I really enjoyed this amazing experience to go overseas for sailing training.

From: Ikuto

It was my first time to be apart from my parents and go foreign country with my elder sister.??I had been a bit nervous but when I saw Reau yacht club, my anxiety was gone.??I enjoyed that rough wind and current with my friends, Indonesian sailors and coach Jhing.??This brilliant experience made me stronger.

I am looking forward to going back to Batam and catching up with Indonesian sailors.

From: Edward O’Shea

?The Nongsa trip was lots of fun! At the end, though, I was very tired. I enjoyed the team racing because we had to work together.

Thank you Coach Jhing and Ying Ying for organizing this trip?

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