Deepavali Round Ubin Cruise 15 Nov 2020

Sailing around Pulau Ubin has always been a tradition / challenge for aspiring sailors new to Changi Sailing Club. Used as a route for our Signature Sunday Series, going around Pulau Ubin offers a scenic view of Singapore and Malaysia from a different perspective.

On 15 November, 14 boats got together for a leisurely cruise around Pulau Ubin, in a freshening North-Easterly Breeze. It was great to see the fleet setting off under sail in beautiful weather early in the morning, and settling into their anchorages at Coney Island and Ketam Island just before noon. It was a refreshing change from our regular racing programme every weekend – we were encouraged upon finding out that a handful of participants were doing this for the first time as well!

Big thank you to the follow boats which participated:

  1. Genesis
  2. Firefly
  3. Jonty J
  4. Cicak
  5. Red Rum
  6. Sequin
  7. Brio
  8. Simba
  9. Ganesh
  10. Baby Beluga
  11. Waka Tere
  12. Todak
  13. Sapphire Star
  14. Annette

 

 

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Experiential Sailing with Rainbow Centre (7 November 2020)

On 7th November, CSC once again hosted students and care-givers from Rainbow Centre, a social service organisation in Singapore. It operates three special education schools Margaret Drive School, Yishun Park School and a third one at Woodlands, for infants, children and youths with special needs like autism, intellectual disability, developmental delay, and multiple disabilities.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability  that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. There is often nothing about how people with ASD look that sets them apart from other people, but people with ASD may communicate, interact, behave, and learn in ways that are different from most other people. The learning, thinking, and problem-solving abilities of people with ASD can range from gifted to severely challenged. Some people with ASD need a lot of help in their daily lives; others need less.

Greeted with a gorgeous rainbow in the morning, the 45 beneficiaries departed for a leisure sail along the north-eastern rim of Singapore, under the careful steersmanship of 14 CSC boat owners/skippers who kindly lent their support for the event. Despite the surprise squall which made for a very wet sail, participants thoroughly enjoyed the multi-sensory experience – and were all smiles on their return to the Club for Lunch.

Changi Sailing Club is always eager to partner with Rainbow Centre to conduct these Experiential Joy Sails, as part of our Community Outreach Programme. We’re already planning the next one!

Big Thank You to the following boats who volunteered their boat and time to support a good cause:

  1. Red Rum
  2. Waka Tere
  3. Annette
  4. SDF
  5. Olmeto
  6. Sangaree
  7. Ganesh
  8. Jong Dee
  9. Baby Beluga
  10. Jaza Too
  11. Kaze
  12. Jonty J
  13. Marut
  14. Brio

#vibrant #inclusive #forwardlooking #communityoutreachprogramme #rainbowcentre #changisailingclub

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CSC to RM National Day Weekend Cruise 2020

CHANGI SAILING CLUB TO RAFFLES MARINA (8 to 10 August)

An account from Genesis.

It would have been a cruise to Nongsa Point Marina if not for the border closure due to Covid-19. So, what should we do and where can we go to? This was the question posted during one of our many coffee talks. Desmond Wong, our new volunteer to head the cruising division in the Events Committee, then suggested doing a cruise within our local waters.

The National Day weekend provided an opportunity for us to organize a weekend cruise. The trip would require us to sail from Changi Sailing Club to Raffles Marina on day 1, Raffles to Lazarus Island on day 2 and returning to Changi on Monday, 10 August.

As SKYBIRD is still stuck in Batam, I gladly accepted the invitation to crew on GENESIS with Desmond; the 50 nautical mile passage would take us 10 hours travelling at 5 knots. So, if the wind is bad, we would have to motor-sail to keep to the minimum speed as per our plans.

 

As we were planning for the trip, together with Choy, we had initially expected a fleet size of 5 to 8 boats. As the day drew nearer, and to our joyous surprise, a total of 18 boats signed up for the weekend cruise. Though we are still subjected to the only 5 person per boat rule, it actually won’t be too bad as there would be probably more space for whoever. Joining in the cruise were; Ikaroa, Simba, SDF, WYSIWYG III, Born In Fire, Red Rum, Kristina, Waka Tere, Elessar, Sapphire Star, Boreas, Genesis, Cicak, Marut, Shardana and Baby Beluga. New Blue Eyes had planned to join in but had to pull out due to engine problems, Arbudhen was to join us at Lazarus. Quite an impressive fleet.

 

We set off at 7.30 am on the 8 August, almost the same time as SDF, the others would have left within the hour after. A gentle breeze was in but it was coming straight on the nose so we motored all the way to the Changi Naval Base before putting up the sails. As we had planned, 5 knots were the targeted speed for us to be able to make Raffles by daylight. After keeping a safe distance from the boundary markers off the Changi Naval Base, we set a course for 244 degrees from Airway Buoy, which would bring us to Raffles Lighthouse. However, the heading had put us a little too close to the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS). Having had one foot out of our port limits, we were soon approached by the Police Coast Guard who had very politely advised us to come back into Singapore Port Limits. No arguments, we complied.

 

After 4 hours of motor-sailing, we were at the southern point off Kusu Island. Also known as Tortoise Island, legend has it that a magical tortoise turned itself into an island to save two shipwrecked sailors, a Chinese and a Malay. Check wikipedia for more on the island, but I think it was the Singapore government that turned it into what it is today.

 

Sailing on, we soon reached Raffles Lighthouse. The lighthouse sits on the island named Pulau Satumu, with a rotating beacon that produces 117,000 candelas which is visible to a distance of 20 nautical miles, on a clear night I suppose. For those who may have forgotten the islands after the lighthouse are Pulau Senang, Pawai and Sudong, in the order as we sail by. Just as we rounded the lighthouse, channel 16 came alive, “Waka Tere, Waka Tere, this is the Singapore Police Coast Guard”. Apparently, they were a little too close to Pulau Sudong which is a live firing range for the air force. Don’t want to be mistaken as a live target, do we.

 

The breeze was light and coming from our port beam so we decided to put up the asymmetric spinnaker. Waka was way ahead and we saw her beautiful red flying in the distance. Derek and Ad was on SDF and they were not too far away from Waka. Even though we have been sailing around the areas at Changi, it was still nice to see the coastline from the sea. With a vivid recollection of Changi in the years gone by, the transformation to what the area is today is amazing. The massive area, housing the airport, unfortunately the constant approach and departure of aircrafts are missing. Things that we took for granted are now so noticeable due to the silence from the turbine engines. Even the island of Pulau Tekong has a beautiful resort where only young male Singaporeans get to spend 3 months to turn them from boys to man; and all for free. As we passed further towards the southern corner of Singapore, the view of the coastline was again amazing. The Cruise Centre, the Singapore Flyer, Marina Bay Sands and the many impressive structures that stand tall, shows how far Singapore has come to. Being our National Day weekend and all, it has kind of make me feel proud to be part of this nation.

 

OK, wake up – enough of these patriotic reflections. We’re sailing on and by now we have reached the Tuas area where a massive reclamation project has turned it into a huge port facility. We know that the plan is to shift all port operations from Tanjong Pagar to Tuas. Soon we were closing in on Pulau Merambong, a smallish island within the Malaysian port limits. I remember the small kelong structure just before Merambong, now it’s a big kelong cum on-water holiday resort of sort. Personally, I think it’s more like a statement telling us that, “here I sit and it’s Malaysian waters”. From there we still had another 2.5NM before arriving at the marina. It was still early but it was good that we were timed to arrive as per our schedule.

 

Keong our other crew member, called in as we approached. Boon, the marina manager, was quick to respond and offered us a much-appreciated welcome. With all efficiency, we were met by the marina dock-hand and were soon plucked into shore power and the much-appreciated wind from the air conditioner was the reward at the end of the journey. Mind you it was way into 35 degree celsius all the way through the trip and that was hot, burning hot.

 

By the time the last boat came in, the good part of the evening was a little rush as the restaurant was to close by 8.30 pm. I suppose everyone had their well-deserved drink and dinner at the bistro. However, it was very unfortunate that the marina could not open the bar due to regulatory controls under phase 2 and the restriction on group size also added to the gathering control measures. This prevented us from being able to congregate like in the pre-Covid days. So, everyone went back to their respective boats or rooms for an early night cap and for the much-deserved rest.

 

August 9, National Day, Happy 55th Birthday Singapore. I remembered, I was in Nongsa Point Marina last year, we had a small group of about 8 boats, I think. I remembered being dwarfed between two big catamarans, Katrianne on my right and Rehua, I think, on the other side. It was as if someone is trying to tell me to change, no lo creo.  Raffles Marina had been very welcoming to us. Apart from providing us with complimentary berthing, we were all berth together in our individual berths. Much thanks to Ray Parry, CEO RM, and his team.

 

After breakfast, Desmond and I pushed off at 9.30am. Based on our boat speed, it would take us about 6 hours for us to get to Lazarus. With the engine at low rev, we had full sails up, tacking our way up or down the channel. Seeing the presence of the PCG and a Singapore warship, we were reminded to keep within our port limits. Soon after more boats could be seen coming out of the marina. As we went along, we saw three naughty boats sailing way into Malaysian waters and without fail, channel 16 came alive, Sierra Zulu (SZ_____) this the Singapore Police Coast Guard…bla bla bla. Not receiving a reply, they charged towards the offending boat and escorted them back to Singapore waters. It was like, be nice to sailor’s weekend, no one received a fine.

 

Passing Raffles Light, we put out the trawling line and in a very short while, we picked up something heavy and the fishing rod was bent over to a big C. With our forward movement we thought that we may have caught a big bunch of seaweeds or some plastic bag but not a fish. When I slowed the line kept being put out. Desmond went into full-fishing mode, grab the rod and started reeling in. It was like one of those big game fishing documentaries on Nat Geo Wild. With engine at neutral and headed into wind, the fight continued. By then we knew that it was something huge. After a long while we managed to bring it to surface and wow, a whopping 2m barracuda. We tried using a net to land the monster but unfortunately the hook got entangled with the net and the monster got away. Well no photos no proof, that’s how it goes. It was really exciting.

 

When we arrived at Lazarus, the bay was already filled with boats. Many were day charters from One15 but the impressive sight was seeing the sailboats from CSC. Elessar and Boreas came in just slightly later making the total of 16 boats from the club. It would have been 17 if NBE didn’t have their engine quitting on them on the morning of departure; next time Callum. A record for any organised cruise for the club in local waters. After the long hot sail, the dip in the clear Lazarus waters was the best thing ever. And again, it was observing the social distancing rules that kept people to their own boats. In the evening, the anchorage was relatively calm and peaceful expect for a party that was cranking away until 3am on a boat anchored in the middle of where we were. I suppose it’s their way of letting loose.

 

August 10, well all fun must come to an end, so it was back to Changi. The light breeze and incoming tide didn’t help much but that’s sailing, sometime good, sometime not so good but enjoyable at the end of the day.

 

It was good that all went well with no serious damages except for Amanda on Simba who had a prickly experience when she stepped on a sea urchin at Lazarus. I think that there is a rule about damaging marine life; oops! I think I’ll be in some trouble here. Wishing you a speedy recovery!

 

Overall, this was such a great National Day weekend, thank you all for your participation. We should be looking at more of these local flavour in the near future.

 

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CSC VR Sunday Series (24 May)

Back by popular demand, our VR Sunday Series took place again on 24 May, drawing a total of 19 competitors to the start line! It was a star-studded line-up; from last week’s first runner-up JAKUB to Paralympian Sailor Jovin Tan, we were not short of players with experience both online and on water.

We have also deduced that The Mysterious “Changi” is none other than Waka Tere’s charismatic Skipper – Kurt Metzger. Are we correct??

Congratulations to Stevekennedy8 for winning today’s Sunday Series. Thank you all for participating – we look forward to running another race in June!

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CSC VR Sunday Series (17 May)

We’ve just completed our very first CSC VR Sunday Series! We’re very sorry for the issues we’ve had on Zoom at the beginning, glad most of you managed to watch parts of the racing.

Some notable observations:

1. Who is the MYSTERIOUS Changi? We’ve managed to identify all of the participants except her. ?

2. When its eSailing… having more than 5 penalties in a race becomes the new norm.

3. the 49er is a tough boat to master! Congrats eDrake for winning that race! ?

4. For the outstanding number of penalties incurred, choyCSC needs to return to Sailing School. ?‍♂️

Hope everyone had fun – congrats to all the winners and thank you all for participating!

#changisailingclub #esailing #virtualregatta #stayhome #SGunited

 

 

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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!

Results

IRC
PY
Multihull

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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!

Results

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Oneberry Ambassadors’ Cup (20th Ed)

2019 marks the 20th Anniversary for CSC’s Premier Sailing-Social Event – the Ambassadors’ Cup. We celebrate 2 decades of Bringing the World Together, through sailing. The brainchild of H. E. Tony Siddique, this event gathers all the Ambassadors in Singapore at a beautiful location for a day of sailing and revelry ? an event unique to Changi Sailing Club and possibly Asia.

H.E. James Sinclair, Ambassador of Chile once again presides over the event, and together with the Organizing Committee spared no effort to orchestrate a phenomenal celebration of international friendship through the wonderful sport of sailing.

Racing

This year we see a total of 51 boats spread over 4 classes participating, with the largest being new entrants Intrigue of Stornoway, a beautiful Warwick 60 sailing yacht. She hosted the Ambassador of Columbia and his entourage, one of the 36 Embassies and 25 Ambassadors who joined the Skippers and Crew of the Keelboats to make up the Ambassadors (25) & Non-Ambassadors Divisions (11).

A light south-easterly breeze greeted sailors on the start line, together with a strengthening outgoing tide brought all 51 boats on a smooth beat to North Angler. Winds were shifty throughout the afternoon, putting sailors through a stern test of tactics and skills. The Race Committee decided to shorten the course at North Angler, a decision welcomed by most due to the strong tides and unpredictable winds. An added benefit of finishing early for Rugby fans was the live screening of the RWC Finals at the Apres Sail drinks, the perfect commencement of the evening festivities.

In the Ambassadors’ Division, Red Rum clinch Line Honours and overall 3rd on handicap, together with H.E. Patrick Bourne of Ireland. Despite the Archambault 40’s significant lead, it was not enough to beat H.E. Agustin Garcia-Lopez Loaeza of Mexico Invictus on corrected time, whose performance once again awards her with 2nd place, making it 2 runner-up finishes in a row. This year Invictus was paired with the Mexican Ambassador, H.E. Agustin Garcia-Lopez Loaeza and family. Under the new helmsmanship of Thomas Reckefuss, Born in Fire sailed very well to clinch victory in the Ambassadors’ Division. The X99 became the 20th winner of this prestigious event, together with H.E. Jun Yamazaki, Ambassador of Japan.

Despite achieving a good start to lead the fleet initially, Just A J‘s campaign in the Non-Ambassadors Division was short-lived, surviving a dismasting on the way to North Angler. Thankfully no one was hurt, and the skipper and crew from NTU Sailing Club managed to return to the moorings safely. All 13 boats were quite spaced out, with the main body of 5 to 6 boats battling it out in the middle of the fleet. Skybird had a good lead, and eventually took 1st place 9 minutes ahead of the next boat, Rachel 1. When the numbers were crunched, Skybird stayed on top with only 3 minutes separating them. Rachel 1 was hosting delegates from the embassy of Timor Leste, and were excited to share the news of their good performance with their guests. Leslie Fung’s Todak 2 and the delegates from Qatar completed the podium in 3rd, an excellent result for the Hanse 315.

Starting together with the Non-Ambassadors Division were the 2 Cruising Catamarans – Firefly and Katrianne. Katrianne clawed back from a bad start to catch up with 3-time winners Firefly, and managed to keep within sighting distance of the defending champions all the way to North Angler. Their never-give-up attitude and hard work paid off, scoring victory by 1 min & 40secs on corrected time, much to the delight of Skipper Gary Matthews.

The Trimarans showed up in full force, with 27 hulls on the start line. Buay Kaola sailed a fantastic race with Scott McCook at the helm, eventually taking both line honours and victory on corrected time. With only 10 minutes separating the 2nd and 8th boat, it was a close fight for the chasing fleet, as Team Cicak emerged the best of the rest, securing 2nd place 48 seconds ahead of Witblits on handicap. Being the only boat representing the Beach Catamarans did not stop Jeremy Perrier and his 2 kids from having a blast, both on water and on shore. Very Bad Influence was in good spirits throughout the day, and we enjoyed the good vibes from the trio!

Results

Party On!

After the sailors witnessed the tragic game (For the English Fans) that was the Rugby World Cup Finals, it was not long before NationOne began to rock the evening with popular songs and cool beats, getting sailors grooving on the dance floor in no time. This paired with a skillful dance set from the colourful Samba Dancers gave the evening a very South American flair, and brought the energy to the dance floor!

The Prize Giving & Closing Ceremony of the 20th Ambassadors’ Cup was graced by Guest of Honour, Mr Kon Yin Tong, Chairman of Sport Singapore.?We would like to take this opportunity to thank the following sponsors:

Title Sponsor: Oneberry Technologies
Gold Sponsor: Chong Lee Leong Seng / Yanmar
Supporting Sponsors:
Cosmosteel
Kaefer Prostar
VCT Wineries (Casillero Del Diablo)
Asia Pacific Breweries (Tiger Beer)
The Luxury Network + Diplomatic Council

Last but not least, BIG thank you to all sailors for celebrating the Ambassadors’ Cup’s 20th Anniversary with us! Special thanks to the visiting yachts for sailing from Clubs and Marinas across the island to participate, we hope you had an enjoyable race and party.

Once again from all of us at CSC, thank you for joining us in Bringing the World Together.

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