The 2018 – 2019 sailing season is well underway.

The GFS Committee has arranged for Above and Beyond Boating to present a Man Overboard Masterclass for GFS skippers and crew in November.

This is a short, action-packed seminar will take the fear out of an MOB scenario and show you how to create and implement a practical and MOB plan for your vessel.

Even experienced sailors, including our Race Coordinators, believe these courses are invaluable, particularly for crew who do not train regularly.

  • Shore Based Training – strategies for preventing and recovering a person overboard, including a simulated recovery of a 100kg person.
  • Location – Greenwich Flying Squadron
  • Date and Time – Tuesday 20 November at 1800 – 1930 hrs
  • Course – run by the professionals at Above and Beyond Boating.
  • Cost – Free for all GFS financial members (both skippers and crew).

The Man Over Board Masterclass is an intensive 90-minute seminar.
You will experience recovering ‘BOB’, a 100kg artificial human.  As part of the class, AA Boating will bring you up to date with the latest advances in technology from modern life jackets and harness lines, to lights, beacons and recovery aids.

To confirm your attendance – you need to follow this link  http://www.aabboating.com/mob/ for all booking and communications

AAB Boating has conducted similar pre-season courses at the RPAYC.
Above & Beyond Boating are well known locally and internationally for thinking outside of the box, whilst raising the standards of safety everywhere they go.

There will be added congestion on the West Harbour which coincides with our Summer Series Race 1 this Saturday (November 24) .

The MHYC is contesting its annual 7 Islands Race which will have their fleet rounding Cockatoo, Spectacle, Snapper and Goat Islands.

Start times – Handicap Start

1220 Hrs Course Board Displayed
1230 Hrs Start Count-up Sequence

Course

Start Hunters Bay, Balmoral
1 AS Mark Shark Island (S)
2 Shark Island (S)
3 Fort Denison (P)
4 Cockatoo Island (P)
5 Spectacle Island (P)
6 Snapper Island (P)
7 Goat Island (P)
8 Fort Denison (P)
9 Clarke Island (P)
10 Bradley’s Head Safe Water Mark (P)
Finish MHYC

If any thing untoward contact –

Organising Authority
Middle Harbour Yacht Club
Lower Parriwi Road, The Spit Mosman, NSW 2088
PO Box 106, Seaforth, NSW 2092
P: 02 9969 1244 E: sailing@mhyc.com.au W: www.mhyc.com.au

Our GFS trophies were moved last Friday to the the Diddy (Longueville Sporting Club) which has generously agreed to provide us with temporary storage and display facilities. Thanks very much to Rosalie Lucas and Ann Davey for their help in selecting, recording and polishing the trophies that are now on display at the club.

If you missed the GFS Skippers’ Briefing which was held on Wednesday September 26 you MUST view the PowerPoint presentation which documented the discussion of vital information and requirements related to participating in yacht racing at GFS.

The presentation can be viewed here.

The programs for the upcoming sailing season have been added to the relevant sections on the GFS website.

Yacht Divisions (Saturday and Twilight) are on the Yachts – Racing Information page or  here.

Dinghy Classes (Sabots and Lasers) are on the Dinghies page or here. This Dinghy Program is DRAFT only and maybe subject to change.

For Yacht Divisions, Sailing Instructions (full and cockpit versions) and Course Sheets (Saturday and Twilight) are now also on the Yachts – Racing Information page for you to download.

Please be aware that there could be added boating activity in the vicinity of Cockatoo Island today. The D and D of Sussex will travel by boat to Cocktatoo Island to attend the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge.

This could possibly be completed prior to GFS racing.

During the current state of alert as a result of the Lane Cove Sailing Club storage shed fire the GFS committee has arranged for temporary storage of the trophies, photographs and historical memorabilia usually housed in the club to an offsite facility. Here the level of risk to the irreplaceable and valuable objects will be minimised

As well the trophies and artefacts will be digitally recorded in the near future.

Entries are now CLOSED for Race 1. You can view the list of entrants and Divisions by going to the Yachts Page – Results – Twilight Spring Series – Race 1.  The list of entrants is way over on the right hand side.

 

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Late entry is still available for future races in the series – they must be completed by the Monday immediately before the first race you wish to enter. Entry details and documents are on this website.

Prior to Saturday Spring Race 4 the assembled representatives of the Deck of Knowledge gathered to marvel at the precision and skill of the persons with chainsaws and big machines repairing Bay Street wharf.

 

 

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CUTOFF for race entries for next Wednesday’s Twilight race is 5pm next MONDAY 8th October.

We have set this deadline as divisions and handicaps need to be allocated.Pending the division allocation, there may be changes to the SIs prior to Wednesday’s race.

So, if you intend to race next week and would like your results to be recorded, please make sure you have paid your GFS Membership fees, you have entered your vessel in Wednesday’s race AND you have uploaded the requisite Safety documents (ie both pages of the GFS Cat 7 document & your current insurance) to the Topyacht race management system.

Scroll down to find instructions for documents (SIs and Courses).

Entry information is on the Yachts / Racing Information page.

It was sad to hear of the ‘capsize’ and grounding of the yacht at Kurnell during the week. Unfortunately the skipper perished in the incident, but luckily the young crew person managed to swim to safety.

The trail in the post which can be viewed here should reinforce why we have safety inspections and skippers’ briefings.

A dinghy was found adrift off Greenwich Point on Saturday September 15.  Please contact the GFS Rear Commodore/Sailing Secretary via email through the website if it is yours.

Following the fire which has destroyed Land Cove Sailing Club’s dinghy storage shed be vigilant when in the vicinity of the GFS Clubhouse.

Please if you use the club at any stage make sure all doors are locked and deadlocked. This especially applies to the sliding doors onto the deck. Check them after they are locked to ensure that the pin is fully engaged in the lock. Make sure the alarm is activated at all times when there is no one in the club.

The committee is addressing other measures to heighten our security.

Our condolences go out to Land Cove Sailing Club and particularly the young sailors who have lost their boats as a result of the fire. There is already a ‘crowd funding’ site at https://www.gofundme.com/help-save-our-club-after-the-fire  which has already raised over $8500.

It is hoped that this is an isolated arson attack and not a return to the spate of fires which devastated waterfront buildings a few years ago.

The last 2018 – 2019 GFS Equipment Audit is Wednesday October 3.  Contact the GFS Safety officer to book in on the day.

Please download the form from the Yachts – Racing Information page of the GFS Website and have it completed for the auditor. Courses, Sailing Instructions and GFS Safety Card (required) can also be downloaded from the Racing Information page.

Have the equipment laid out to allow the process to proceed smoothly.

Check the use-by dates of required items in the medical kit and provide a copy of your insurance for the auditor to sight.

Think about how you could retrieve a person overboard from the water.

Lane Cove 12ft Skiff Club is running an Adult First Aid course at their clubhouse on Sunday November 11. The cost is $120.

If you are interested you can Register here.

If you would like more detail contact Jack Winning jack.winning@lc12ftssc.org.au

The next 2018 – 2019 GFS Equipment Audit is Saturday September 15. Fire extinguishers can be tested at a cost of $10 per extinguisher, the proceeds going to YOTS.

Please download the form from the Yachts – Racing Information page of the GFS Website and have it completed for the auditor. Courses and GFS Safety Card (required) can also be downloaded from the Racing Information page.

Have the equipment laid out to allow the process to proceed smoothly.

Check the use-by dates of required items in the medical kit and provide a copy of your insurance for the auditor to sight.

Think about how you could retrieve a person overboard from the water.

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Upcoming Events

  • 21/11/2018Twilight Spring Series Race 7
  • 24/11/2018Saturday Summer Series Race 1
  • 28/11/2018Twilight Spring Series Race 8
  • 01/12/2018Saturday Summer Series Race 2
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