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

IRC
PY

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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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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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Experiential Sailing with Rainbow Centre (20 Oct 2019)

Just 2 days after a successful outing with the caregivers and residents of Villa Francis, CSC returned to playing host to the wonderful families from Rainbow Centre. Taking place on 20th October with a total of 68 participants, it was our largest Joy Sail to date!

The Rainbow Centre is 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. For this round, we had the privilege and opportunity to bring 3 wheelchair-bound students out sailing as well, a first for this programme!

The 68 beneficiaries departed for a morning sail along the north-eastern rim of Singapore, under the careful steersmanship of 10 CSC boat owners/skippers who kindly lent their support for the event. We were blessed with good weather and a gentle breeze – the perfect environment for an introduction to sailing! It was great to see Members & Participants interacting while enjoying a leisurely morning cruise together. All smiles upon disembarking, everyone was treated to some food and refreshments to complete a wonderful day out.

Here’s a FB link to a heartwarming write-up from one of the participants!

Changi Sailing Club is always excited to partner with Rainbow Centre to conduct these Experiential Joy Sails, as part of our Community Outreach Programme. We’re looking forward to the next one in 2020!

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. Birregurra
  4. Olmeto
  5. Genesis
  6. WYSIWYG III
  7. Emmanuel II
  8. Baby Beluga
  9. Firefly
  10. Cicak

#vibrant #inclusive #forwardlooking #communityoutreachprogramme #changisailingclub

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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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CSC Open House 2019

It was a bustling day at the 2019 CSC Open House with many activities lined up to showcase what Changi Sailing Club has to offer.

Joyrides on the Pacers, Platus and Southern Light gave participants a quick glimpse into how sailors work with the wind to sail a boat. It was a fun way for the participants to experience sailing and check out the beautiful surroundings of CSC.

For the adventurous participants who want a more hands-on experience to understand sailing, the sailing taster gave them a crash course on sailing. For an hour and a half, participants learnt some basics on sailing the toppers such as steering the boat, controlling the sail and recovering from a capsize.

Besides sailing, families looking for an activity to do together joined the parent-child boat race. Using the bytes and paddles, it was a tippy and exciting race.

By the end of the day, CSC welcomed 17 new members! It was a team effort that made the open house progress smoothly throughout the day.

Without the members spreading the word to their friends and family, the crowd would not have been as lively. Special thanks to James Sharpe (Social Secretary) and his family for tirelessly bringing guests out on Southern Light for joyrides. We would also like to thank our young sailors from CSC – Anumita, Izumi and Aidan for taking time off of their schedule to bring people out on the Pacer joyrides. Not forgetting Ad Smit (RC H&G) for aiding the registration ladies with his charm & charisma, contributing to the new additions to the CSC Family!

A big shout-out to the NTU Sailing Club for supporting us in managing the Sailing Joyride Registrations, Pacers, Platus and Sailing Lesson Taster as well.

So many people to thank – if we missed out, and you had a part to play in the success of our Open House – Thank You too ?

Next year’s Open House will be even better and we look forward to welcoming a bigger crowd in 2020!

Article by: Alex / Choy
Photos by: Benjamin

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