5th Nongsa Regatta 2020 – Day 3

With the prize presentation and closing ceremony taking place at 4pm, the starting signal for the first race was scheduled an hour earlier, at 11am. The 6th race of the series commenced on time, accompanied by a fresh NE wind blowing through the course.

It wasn’t all smooth sailing for SMUve this regatta, but they managed to sail an excellent race to secure a second bullet in Race 6. finishing just 5 seconds behind Waka Tere, they won comfortably on handicap. Careless mistakes and little errors continue to haunt SMUmad, as they struggle to find the form they had on day 1. With no bullets and a best result of 2nd on the final day, she ties points with SMUve and surrenders the overall 2nd position due to the lack of firsts. Waka Tere‘s performance throughout this regatta was good, but was well tested by the SMU Sailing Teams, resulting in some very close racing. She scored 5 bullets out of 7 races to successfully defend her title in the IRC Division.

A similar story played out in the PY Division, as Minx and Shengli took the battle for 2nd place down to the final race. A good start from Shengli paved the way for a good performance all round in the final race, keeping close to both Quarterdeck and Minx throughout the course – eventually finishing just under 45 seconds behind them! With Minx‘s and Quarterdeck‘s handicaps brought down significantly from their good performances over the first 2 days, Shengli managed to steal her first bullet in Race 7. The victory gave her the win over Minx for 2nd place overall. Despite scoring 4th for the final race, Quarterdeck had done enough to claim the PY title for 2020 with 9 points. Although they were not in the running for podium, it was heartening to see Olmeto push their boat hard to earn a well-deserved 2nd-place finish in the final race – a sweet end to the regatta and the weekend!

Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you Sailors for participating in the 5th Nongsa Regatta! Special thanks to the Riau Island Governor and Riau Island Tourism Office for gracing the prize giving and closing ceremony. In addition, big thank you to the Jury Panel chaired by Mr Leonard Chin (MAS) for keeping the sailors disciplined both on water and on land.

The phenomenal conditions at Nongsa, Batam during the NE Monsoon, paired alongside the great hospitality and facilities from Nongsa Point Marina & Resort resulted in a fantastic regatta enjoyed by all, and we hope to return in 2021 with an even bigger fleet from Singapore!




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5th Nongsa Regatta 2020 – Day 2

Day 2 of the 5th Nongsa Regatta brought more action and excitement, with the NE Monsoon delivering over 15 knots of winds!

The 2 Platus in the IRC Division set the tempo for the day, taking 1st and 2nd in Race 3, out-sailing defending champions Waka Tere. SMUve had a superb race, not only winning on handicap, but taking line honours as well. However, their joy was shortlived – with the winds picking up in race 2 and 3, together with some poor tactical decisions from the University Teams, Waka Tere quickly capitalized and secured victory for both races. It was a pity that Rainbow Dream could not settle their crew documentation issues in time, as they would have provided a good challenge in the IRC fleet.

In the PY Division, Quarterdeck’s series of bullets came to a halt in race 4, which could have been attributed to a headsail halyard issue after the start. She bounced back to sail well in the Distance Course (Race 5), taking line honours and the win on corrected time! It was a good day out for Minx, scoring a consistent 2nd place finish in all 3 races to earn a victory for Day 2 and overtake Shengli in the Overall results. Sangaree scored a 3rd and 1st in Race 3 and 4 to mount a strong comeback in day 2. Thriving in the stronger winds and churning seas, it was unfortunate that she got grounded during the Distance Course, forcing her to retire for Race 5. Despite that, she had done just enough to pip Shengli for 3rd in Day 2. Two 4th-place finishes for Olmeto gave the crew something to cheer about – she will be looking to ending the regatta on a high, possibly targeting a top 3 finish for the remaining 2 races.

Two more races to go – good luck to all participants for the 3rd and final day of the Nongsa Regatta!





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5th Nongsa Regatta 2020 – Day 1

The Nongsa Regatta is an annual event which sees participants from various classes racing and enjoying the prevailing NE breeze off the coast of Nongsa Point Marina, Batam. Now into its 5th Edition, the Keelboat Class comprises of 9 keelboats – of which 4 are in IRC and 5 in PY. It was great to see 3 boats from Changi Sailing Club participating for the first time in this regatta (Olmeto, Minx & Sangaree). The new entrants are all strong contenders for the 2020 PY title, with Olmeto winning many of the CSC Club races, Minx returning 2nd in her class in the 2019 Raja Muda International Regatta as well as Sangaree, the 2019 Western Circuit Regatta champion. The event also boasts returning boats with strong racing pedigree, as they were joined by fellow CSC boat and reigning IRC champion Waka Tere together with 2019 Raja Muda International Regatta Class 3 winners, Rainbow Dream. Despite some hiccups with the port clearance in Singapore, SMU Sailing once again fields 4 boats for this event – (SMUmad, SMUve, Quarterdeck and Shengli). The university teams bring with them a vast experience competing in one-design championships both locally and abroad.

Day 1 of racing was held in some interesting conditions, with the first race taking place in a fresh 10-12 knot NE winds, together with strong westbound tides. Defending IRC Champions Waka Tere scored 2 bullets to draw first blood, but the score did not reflect how competitive the margin of win over SMUmad was. Finishing just 30 seconds and 24 seconds ahead of the Platu in Race 1 & 2, the gap was reduced to 9 seconds and 2 seconds respectively when the handicaps were applied. Skipper Joel Tay from SMUmad will be looking to make amends in the coming races. SMUve now sits in 3rd, 2 points away from their sister boat. The team suffered a scare in race 1, with Skipper Bernice Foo having to execute a quick MOB drill when one of their crew fell overboard near the windward mark. Rainbow Dream did not have a good start to the regatta, missing Race 1 due to crew immigration woes and playing catch-up in Race 2 after a late start.

In the PY division, the J24s had an outstanding day, capitalizing on the mistakes of the bigger boats. The ease at which they performed their spinnaker hoist & drops during the mark roundings is testament to the amount of hours they have put into training. Quarterdeck now sits pretty on top with 2 bullets from both races. Shengli is not far in 2nd place, scoring a 3rd & 2nd for a total of 5 points. Olmeto, Sangaree and Minx struggled with various issues on water, and will have to return with no room for error, should they wish to stage a roaring comeback over the remaining 2 days.

Good luck to all participants, we look forward to more exciting racing this weekend.









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CSC Signature Sunday Series – Round Ubin Race

The Round Ubin Race 2020 saw 20 boats on the start line, spread over 4 classes. An atypical North-westerly wind greeted sailors during the pre-start routine, as the race committee announced a clockwise challenge to circumnavigate Pulau Ubin. After the start, participants faced strengthening outgoing tide and a big lull on the south-western end of Ubin, struggling to make the objective of hooking around the western corner and make the return journey north of the island.

In the IRC Class, Waka Tere was the first of 2 boats to successfully round the island, well ahead of the trailing Born in Fire. This makes it 2 wins from 3 available races in this series, all but securing their victory for the Signature Sundays.

Remington sailed a superb race to win the PY Class for the Round Ubin Race, navigating the light and patchy conditions to round the western corner 2nd only to Sapphire Star & Jonty J. When the handicaps were applied, it was a convincing victory for Skipper Paul Sneesby and his 2 crew, placing nearly 10 minutes ahead of Brio in 2nd place. Despite getting line honours, Sapphire Star settles for 3rd on corrected time, completing the podium of winners. A careless mistake of passing Serangoon Buoy on the wrong side meant that Jonty J missed out on a placing in their maiden Signature Sunday Race.

Leading the Multihulls throughout the entire race was none other than DingHao, back after a long hiatus. she returns to flex her muscles and shake off the rust, all in preparation for the Nongsa Neptune Regatta and NE Monsoon Sailing Festival events in the next 2 months. She held off the chasing Kaze, fresh off their record-breaking win Round Tekong last week. Itchy-Go maintains consistent form, scoring another 3rd, ahead of Pheonix and Tantrum.

Stray Catz was back in action yesterday, giving Madfish II a solid challenge for the Beach Catamaran Class. Sporting Madfish II’s old sails, Stray Catz did well in the light airs, crossing the line first and well enough ahead to claim the bullet around Ubin!

Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you for participating in the 2020 Round Ubin Race! We look forward to meeting everyone down south on 17-19 January for the 5th Nongsa Regatta. Open to All Keelboats, Lasers & Optimists, this annual regatta takes place in the beautiful waters off Nongsa Point Marina, Batam.

Club Racing resumes after Chinese New Year –  with the Two-Island Race on 8th February and Felkin Buoy Race on 9th February. See you then!


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CSC Signature Sunday Series – Round Tekong Race

The first weekend of 2020 kicked off the NE Monsoon Sailing Festival, with the first of 3 signature passage races as part of our Signature Sunday Series. Tasked to circumnavigate Pulau Tekong, the 17 boats were greeted with what seemed like an easy 6 knots at the start line. It wasn’t long before the fresh NE breeze filled in, giving participants an exciting average of 14 knot winds throughout the race!

2 records were broken this year, with the first coming from the Multihull Class. Kaze returned to CSC Club racing in style, destroying the previous record of 3hrs 1min (Firefly) in 2019 by 26 minutes! Kaze finished the race in 2hr 35mins, making her timing the new record to beat in subsequent editions. The remaining 2 podium finishers managed to beat the 2019 record as well, as Witblits and Itchy-Go finished in 2nd and 3rd respectively on corrected time.

In the Beach Catamaran Class, equipment malfunction on Bad Influence meant an early retirement – leaving Doug Fimmell on Madfish II to challenge the previous record on his own. Doug crossed the line in a commendable 2hr 27mins, just 3 mins shy of Stray Catz’s 2018 timing, the current record holder. Madfish II would have most certainly clocked a faster timing if not for her bad start and capsize during the race.

8 boats vied for top spot in the PY Class, with the podium finishers separated by 26 seconds after corrected time! Ikaroa topped the fleet with her first win for 2020, thriving in the big winds and swells. She only just managed to keep Brio at bay, 19 seconds apart. Minx missed out on 2nd place by a mere 7 seconds, completing the podium in 3rd. Despite not making the top 3, Skipper Neil Thomas of Shardana was all smiles, having claimed line honours and sailing the race in 3hrs 35mins, just 19 minutes short of her record set in 2014 by previous owner Joe Lombardo.

Despite having only Born in Fire to keep her on her toes, Waka Tere sailed at a blistering pace to break the IRC record set by Jong Dee in 2019 (3hr 29mins), finishing in 3hrs 21mins.

Thank you all for joining us in journeying around Tekong! We hope to see more Beach Catamarans and IRC boats for next week’s Round Ubin Race!


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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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Hangover Race 2020

The brutal NE Winds strikes again! The first race of 2020 saw 3 boats retiring, of which, 1 suffered a broken mast and 1 tore their sail. It was a very unfortunate (and possibly expensive) start to the new year for both Baby Beluga & Stray Catz, the first casualties of the sailing season.

In the IRC Class, an early retirement from Skybird due to equipment failure handed Waka Tere an easy win. These were the same 2 IRC boats which participated in last year’s Hangover Race! Seems like the rest of the fleet may have been to hungover to make it to the start line.

Jonathan Syke’s Olmeto lapped up the strong 16-18 knots of strong NE breeze, scoring a comfortable win over Southern Light and Notus in 2nd and 3rd respectively for the PY Class. Baby Beluga’s maiden Hangover Race with us ended abruptly, but we have no doubt she will come back stronger and hungrier to race in the near future!

A match race between Witblits and Phoenix saw the former pull ahead early in the race, and held on to a sizeable lead to win the Multihull Class by a significant margin. A poor gybe resulted in a torn mainsail for the only beach catamaran participating, Stray Catz. We hope that she will be able to come up with a solution to get back on water by this Sunday’s Round Tekong Race.

Always great to start the new year with a sailing race, made even better with the amazing NE Monsoon Winds. We now look forward to kicking off our NE Monsoon Sailing Festival this weekend, where we take sailors around Pulau Tekong for the first of 3 Signature Sundays Passage Races.

See you on Sunday!



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CSC NYE Twilight Race & Countdown Party 2019

In recent years, CSC has made it a routine to end the year with a fun & casual Twilight Race. Participants dressed up to the theme of Sailors vs Pirates – sporting eye patches and brandishing toy swords!

All 8 boats enjoyed the prevailing NE Monsoon winds, with Skybird scoring the best start of the fleet. Red Rum was quick to overtake and settle into her rightful position at the front, rounding Changi Buoy in the lead. Despite eventually taking line honours, her lead over the chasing Waka Tere was only enough for a 3rd place in the IRC Class. Skybird’s good start contributed to her hard-earned 2nd, but her best efforts could not even put a dent in Waka Tere’s insurmountable boat speed. Special mention to Thomas Reckefuss for sailing Born in Fire single-handed!

In the PY Class, it was a 3-way battle between Southern Light, Sapphire Star & Balqis. The little J24 held her own, keeping close to the 2 bigger boats. Southern Light won by the slimmest of margins – just 12 seconds ahead of Balqis on corrected time. Not her best race, Sapphire Star could only muster a finish just 15 seconds ahead of Balqis, not enough to convert into a spot in the top 2.

The evening festivities were quick to get underway, with Sundowners marking the beginning of a night of cheer and revelry. Serenaded by Peter Diaz and friends, the 93-strong crowd was also treated to a sumptuous buffet prepared by the Coachman Inn Restaurant, offering classics such as roast beef, turkey & lamb. Keeping guests entertained in between sets, the emcee worked the floor effortlessly with an array of activities and lucky draw giveaways!

As the clock struck 12,air horns & party poppers went off in unison, marking the end of a great decade of sailing – and the beginning of an exciting new one!

Thank you all members, sailors and friends for yet another intimate and memorable countdown party. Also big thank you to our business partners for their kind donations for the luck draw giveaways.

Looking forward to a 2020 filled with fantastic winds and plenty of sailing!



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CSC Optimist Championships 2019 (Gold Fleet) Day 3

Today marks the 3rd day of the CSC Optimist Championships (Gold Fleet). Weather conditions were excellent for racing. Bright sunny skies and a good 12-15 knots wind blowing almost constantly from northeast.

The race committee managed to pack in 4 races by 3.30pm, allowing the sailors to come back early and soak up the sun and enjoy the swimming pool.

With the strong currents opposing the wind today, the race committee decided to fly the black flag for all races, as sailors were getting pushed over the starting line. Despite the severe penalty, there were still a handful of sailors that bagged the disqualification due to ill-disciplined starting procedures.

At the end of Day 3, Kenan Tan continues to stand strong as the leader despite not registering any bullets, acquiring consistent top 5 finishes for all 4 races, proving that the strong winds were not an issue for him. Ethan Teo overtook to become 2nd in the overall standings. However, he will have to put in his best effort tomorrow, as he is currently tied on points with the third boat- Jayson Tan.

Nothing is over yet for these sailors, for tomorrow is the last day of the regatta, and anything can happen.

Good luck and fair winds to all sailors!


Day 3

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CSC Optimist Championships 2019 (Gold Fleet) Day 2

Sailors racing in the CSC Optimist Championships (Gold Fleet) had to endure the cold and rainy weather for Day 2.

4 races behind after a wet and wind-less Day 1, the race committee was determined to run more races on Day 2. There was a short postponement of the race in the morning as the weather still did not look promising. Fortunately, it pulled through in the afternoon, and despite the rain, the race committee managed to squeeze in a total of 4 races.

Recently crowned SEA Games 2019 silver medallist Kenan Tan is currently dominating the fleet, delivering 4 bullets for all 4 races. 14 points behind in second place is Jayson Tan, who had all top 6 finishes for today. Trailing behind on third place by 5 points is Ethan Teo. The top 5 finishers for today will need to work harder tomorrow if they want to climb in the rankings, as there are a substantial amount of points between each of them.

The NE breeze has arrived on schedule today – another day for the sailors to prove their worth.

Good luck and fair winds to all sailors!


Day 2

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