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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PY Felkin 2020

IRC Felkin 2020

Results (Overall)

BC Overall 2020

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PY Overall 2020

IRC Overall 2020

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2-Island Race 2020

The 2-Island Race returns in 2020 with some big shoes to fill, as the 2019 edition boasts many records for the fastest time to circumnavigate Pulau Ubin and Pulau Tekong. To make it more challenging, sailors had to contend with a vicious outgoing tide and some uncommonly shifty wind conditions on the course, keeping them on their toes.

In the IRC Class, Red Rum did not disappoint, once again claiming line honours rewriting her own record by a massive 23 minutes! Taking full advantage of her enormous asymmetrical spinnaker and the strong outgoing tide, she pulled away from the rest of the fleet comfortably on the northern side of the islands. Despite her record-breaking performance, she  just misses out on the victory after corrected time, surrendering to last year’s 2nd runner-up, Waka Tere. After a long break, Invictus was just glad to be back on water, sporting a new team uniform and a few fresh faces onboard. She completes the intimate fleet of 3 in the IRC Category.

No records were broken in the PY Class, but we are pleased to note that all boats finished the race well within daylight hours. Scoring the best start of her class, New Blue Eyes performed superbly from start to finish, even having to remedy a failing outhaul with a jury rig while sailing on the last stretch from South Nelayan Buoy to eventually win on corrected time! Closing in on her was Ikaroa, who eventually took 2nd on handicap. The biggest achievement would have to go to Simon Connor’s Sapphire Star. Simon sailed her solo throughout the entire race, not only earning a 3rd overall, but scoring line honours as well!

After a solid week of racing at the Neptune Regatta, Ding Hao returned home to smash the standing record for the Multihulls in the 2-Island Race, crossing the line in 3hrs, 52mins 50 secs – a staggering 36 minutes faster than Cicak‘s 2019 record. The rest of the fleet also finished well under 4hr & 20mins, with Buay Kaola and Kaze completing the podium in 2nd and 3rd respectively. Special acknowledgement to the lone weta on the course, The Striped One. Major feat taking on the 2-Island Race for his first race of 2020 – in addition, she crossed the line under 5hrs!

The Beach Catamaran Class was represented by 2 Taipan and 2 Viper F16s – making it a very close and nearly one-design contest. A broken halyard forced Stray Catz to retire prematurely, turning it into a 3-way battle. Louis Lim’s Taipan F16 emerged the first of the 3 cats to cross the line, but loses by a slim margin to Jeremy Nixon’s Bad Influence after corrected time. Both boats beat the timing set by Scott McCook’s Nacra Carbon F20 in 2016, finishing a good 4 minutes faster. Madfish II was all smiles on water, but did not sail her best today, trailing behind the 2 leaders in 3rd.

Congratulations all sailors for successfully conquering the 2020 2-Island Race! We look forward to more exciting racing today, as we conclude the Signature Sundays with the Felkin Buoy Race!

See you on the Start line.

Results

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PY Keelboat
Multihull
Beach Catamaran

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CSC Laser Open – Day 2

Day 2 of the CSC Laser Open saw many more capsizes, as the sea foamed with the relentless North-East Monsoon Winds.

It was not all heavy winds, with the Laser Standards starting Race 5 in a moderate 8 to 10 knot breeze, favourable conditions for the smaller sailors. Stanley drew first blood, scoring the bullet to gain an advantage over close rival Elliot Drake. His joy was short-lived, with the winds picking up in Race 6 and 7, and eventually succumbing to an overpowered rig. Elliot thrived in the heavier airs, scoring 2 victories in races 6 and 7 to seal the win in the Laser Standard Class. Alexey Filimonov completed the podium in 3rd.

Lee Wonn Kye continues to dominate the Radial Class, finishing the regatta with a total of 6 bullets from 7 races. 2nd-placed Jonathan Lio collected the remaining win in race 5, completing the series in 2nd place. Riane Lee was the best performing girl, placing consistently in the top 5 to be awarded with a 3rd overall.

The most competitive class in this regatta saw Darius Lee shine in the remaining 3 races, scoring 2 bullets and a second place in Race 7 to win the 4.7 class. His nearest rival Dylan Fang consolidated this regatta with a 3 podium finishes today, eventually taking 2nd overall on 10 points. In 3rd, Kyle Lim performed sufficiently to stay 4 points ahead of the next competitor in the final results.

It was great to see sailors of all ages enjoying Laser racing, with the youngest being only 12 and the oldest at 67! We look forward to conducting this regatta again next year, hopefully with a bigger fleet.

Thank you everyone for the support and participation in our first CSC Laser Open! Big thank you to Wee Lee for officiating as Jury and NSC for providing logistical support for the event.

Results

Laser Standard Overall
Laser Radial Overall
Laser 4.7 Overall

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CSC Laser Open – Day 1

After the Chinese New Year Break, with everyone putting on a few kilograms from binge-eating new-year goodies, Changi Sailing Club organized the inaugural CSC Laser Open – inviting Laser sailors from all over Singapore to participate in a series of 7 races held during the prevailing North-East Monsoon.

First introduced in the 1970s, sailors then competed for the Charles Willians Trophy, donated by Joseph Ong. the regatta was traditionally held in December, but was discontinued in the past decade. Now re-introduced, the regatta boasts a modest 54 participants over 3 classes, racing in a 7-race series for the weekend.

Leading the Laser Standard Fleet at the end of Day 1, Elliot Drake will be looking to keep a close eye on Stanley Chan for Day 2, as they approach the remaining 3 races tied on 8 points. Alexey Filiminov leads the rest of the pack, scoring a bullet in race 1 and totalling 11 points. The Laser Standard Sailors struggled with their overpowered rigs and unfit/untrained bodies on the course – battered by the merciless NE breeze and entailing swells.

In the Laser Radial Class, Lee Wonn Kye sweeps the day with 4 bullets, making it look effortless in the day’s conditions. Jonathan Lio trails behind with 10 points, and Riane Lee takes 3rd after Day 1 on 15 points. Wonn Kye’s Coach was all praise of his performance, saying that the boy has improved tremendously in his overseas stints, finding new challenges in this regatta by giving opponents a headstart, and waiting for his team-mates at the windward mark.

The biggest fleet in the regatta looked very competitive, with 36 boats participating and only 2 points separating Darius and Dylan in 1st and 2nd respectively. Darius holds the advantage, having secured 3 bullets out of 4 races going into day 2. A consistent performance of 3rd in all 4 races for Kyle Lim awarded him a well deserved 3rd rounding off the podium positions for Day 1, setting the stage for an exciting Day 2.

Good luck to all participants – have a good rest and come back for more solid racing tomorrow!

Results

Laser Standard Day 1
Laser Radial Day 1
Laser 4.7 Day 1

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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!

Result

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PY_Overall

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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!

Results

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PY_R5

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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.

Results

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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!

Results

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PY
Multihull
Beach Catamaran

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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!

Results

IRC Tekong 2020
PY Tekong 2020
MultiHull Tekong 2020
Beach Catamaran Tekong 2020

 

Protest Hearing / Findings

BRIO VS SIMBA

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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.

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