On Wednesday 18 December GFS will be hosting the annual twilight race & Christmas dinner and we would love for you to join us
If your boat hasn’t already booked a table please send an email to; Glenda at glenjcs@bigpond.com and let us know how many friends you’re bringing.
Bookings are capped at 300, but it’s not too late to secure your table. Bookings close on Monday 16th

Prizes! Best dressed boat! Best dressed crew!



The GFS Committee wishes to remind all club members that Sydney is currently on Level 2 water restrictions.

Consequently, we urge all skippers to refrain from using the hose at the club to wash boats. It is still permissible to fill water tanks as long as the hose is not left unattended.

Please be mindful of the need to conserve Sydney’s precious drinking water wherever possible.

The 2019-20 Summer Series will be a Handicap Start Series. This series will not be counted in the overall season results.

Yachts will start on the appearance of their start handicap on the white boards with black numerals located on the clubhouse ramp.

Yachts will retain their normal division and sail the course set for that division.

The first boat to start will be at 1745 hrs (5:45pm)

Initial handicaps will be assigned by the club handicapper based on current PHS handicaps.

Handicaps for each race will be emailed by the Monday before the next race. The start list and handicaps will also be posted on the GFS website and the Club Notice Board.

Starters will not communicate details of handicaps to yachts or do a countdown for each minute start by VHF radio.

Sailing Instruction Changes

The following Amendments have been made to The GFS Sailing Instructions and are available on the Yachts – Racing Information page of the GFS Website. Full and Cockpit versions can be downloaded from the website. The changes are in red.

10. Starting Procedure

iii. Twilight Series – Handicap start

11.        Starting Rules.

a              RRS. Rule 30.1 applies at the start.

b           Yachts are required to keep clear of the starting line before their warning signal. 

i. In Twilight Scratch starts yachts are to keep clear of the starting box/exclusion zone until 5 minutes prior to their assigned starting time – see SI 8 vi.

ii In Twilight Handicap (Pursuit) Starts yachts are to keep clear of the starting box/exclusion zone until 3 minutes prior to their assigned starting time – see SI 8 vi.

c           Yachts sailing in the starting area prior to their One Minute Signal must keep clear of all yachts sailing after their One Minute Signal.  Yachts not complying may be protested by other competitors or disqualified by the starter.

d           i. If a Club Buoy and/or Clearance Mark have been laid, no yacht shall cross the starting line from the direction of the first mark after its preparatory signal.

 ii. No ‘dip starts’ are permitted – Code Flag ‘I’.

iii. Yachts may pass either end of the club mark, launch or clearance buoy (if laid) to re-start.

e           The starter will remain on station for 15 minutes after the last start.  No yacht will be recorded as a starter after that time.

f              The procedure for Handicap Starts outlined in SI 10 iii modifies rule 12(c).

g             If no club buoy or launch is used at the start a yacht must return completely to the pre-start side of the

             transit line before re starting. This modifies SI 11(d, ii).

13.         Recalls.

a             Individual RRS Rule 29.1 will apply.

Code Flag ‘X’ will be displayed accompanied by one sound signal.  The offending yacht may be advised by

hail; however, the onus is on the offending yacht to return and restart.

b             General RRS Rule 29.2 will apply as modified.

First Substitute will be raised accompanied by two sound signals.  Four minutes later the First Substitute will be lowered accompanied by one sound signal.  One minute later the Class Flag and Preparatory Signal (for the Twilight Point score races) and the Class Flag (for the Saturday and Winter races) will be raised accompanied by one sound signal. Thereafter the starting procedures return to normal.

If a second general recall occurs the recalled division will then start 10 minutes after the last division start.  The Preparatory Signal (Twilight races) or the Class Flag (Saturday & Winter races) will be raised five minutes after the last division starts. 

c             For Twilight Handicap (Pursuit) Starts, Individual recalls may not be signaled, the onus is on the offending yacht to return and restart. This modifies RRS 29.1.

If any yacht is on the course side of the starting line at the time of her start may restart the race or be given a two-minute penalty at the finish.

Any yacht starting more than 1 minute before her start may be recorded as DNS at the discretion of the starter.

The start list for Race 4 the last Saturday Race for 2019 is on the Results page. Please check. If you intend to sail and are not listed, please enter the Down Harbour Series through TopYacht.

The Sailing Instructions support and modify the Racing Rules of Sailing.

There are two versions of the GFS sailing instructions a Cockpit and a Full version. The cockpit version is a quick reference when sailing. However, the FULL version has all the details and should be fully understood prior to racing.

Important Changes

SI 9 Courses – Saturday and Twilight Courses on separate sheets

SI 10 Starting Procedure – Twilight added to Handicap Start if ever required

SI 16 Abandoned Race – SMS will be sent as well as Website and Face Book page. The SMS comes from a strange number – do not reply                                              

SI 21 Club Point Scores – clarification in line with TopYacht

SI 23 Handicaps– new boats not necessarily start on 1.000 for 3 races

SI 25 3 iii Spinnaker poles

SI25 Prohibited areas – Bradleys Head – leave to port and Onions Point – area between GFS buoy and shore is a prohibited area in Twilight races

 As well be aware  SI 20 Finishing Line – may be set as a transit read for details and locations

The Twilight Course Sheet for season 2019 – 2020 is now on the Yachts – Racing Information page or use the following link. Course numbers may be different from the previous season.

Entries for the 2019 – 2020 Sailing Season are now open.

Before you race in either a Saturday or Twilight series or race at GFS you will need to enter your yacht online through the TopYacht Race Entry System. Once registered you will be able to enter events at GFS and other clubs or regattas.  

Go to –https://www.topyacht.com.au/db/kb/1164

A help page for the TopYacht entry process can be found here: How to Enter a Sailing Event using the TopYacht Entry System . If your boat has joint ownership please read this.

Please be aware that the upcoming racing season commences on Saturday August 31 for the Saturday Yacht Series. Prior to racing you will require an Equipment Audit which will take place at the club on Saturday August 17 from 0900 to 1300 Hrs.

Twilight Series Equipment Audits will take place on Saturday September 21 and Sunday September 29.

Race Documents Required at the audit.

You will require the following documents on your yacht at the time of audit they are on the Yachts – Racing Information page or the following links.

Equipment Audit form completed by the owner or ‘person in charge’ .

Either GFS Sailing Instructions Full Version. Note changes are in red.

or condensed Cockpit Version of the GFS Sailing Instructions which is satisfactory for Equipment Audit compliance.

Proof of Insurance – minimum requirement is for valid third party liability insurance with a minimum cover of $10,000,000.

Safety Card

A downloaded copy of the Racing Rules of Sailing (electronic or hard copy) available on the SA website – https://www.sailingresources.org.au/class-assoc/racing-rules/

Sailing Australia Special Regulations (electronic or hard copy) available on the SA website – https://www.sailingresources.org.au/safety/specialregs/

After your Equipment Audit is complete

Prior to racing you must also upload your signed Equipment Audit Form and current Insurance details as PDFs (not larger than 2 MB each) to the TopYacht site (link above).

Courses – There are significant changes from last season – Saturday and Twilight courses are on separate sheets.

Saturday and Down Harbour Courses can be viewed and downloaded .

Twilight Course Sheet

A Skippers’ Briefing will be held at the GFS Clubhouse on Wednesday October 2. Skippers of Saturday yachts sailing prior to this briefing should make sure they are fully aware of all requirements listed in the GFS Sailing Instructions, Equipment Audit Form and Racing Rules of Sailing.

Season Programs

The full program for Yachts (Saturday and Twilight) is available on the Racing Information page.

Dinghy Classes (Sabots and Lasers) will find their Season Program on the Dinghies – Important Information page.

It is with sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Keith McAlpine. Keith was an active sailor at GFS with his wife Diana in their yacht ‘Perquisite’.  He later became the club driver and custodian of Pegasus in a voluntary capacity for Saturday starts. Diana even made the curtains for Pegasus. He was a staunch club member.

Keith passed away on November, 23. A celebration of Keith’s life will be held in the South Chapel of Northern Suburbs Crematorium on Monday December 2 at 2.00pm

Please be aware that there is an open for inspection and auction on site this Saturday (November 30) which may impact on access to the club. 

Open from 12:00pm and auction at 12:30pm.

Any offers?

It is with great sadness that I advise the passing of Brian Cunynghame, one of our longstanding members and past Commodore of GFS. He died at the SAN Hospital on November 15th, 2019 with his family by his side. His cancer had been diagnosed in February.

Brian was an active and involved member of GFS and was Commodore from 1983 to 1985.  It was on his 70th birthday 11 years ago that he introduced Flashback to the club after having returned from 2 decades in the UK. He relished the Twilight and Down-Harbour racing and particularly enjoyed the comradeship he had with members of the Club over the last ten years.

Brian had his 81st birthday last Tuesday which was a special family time together. 

A Service celebrating Brian’s life will be held on

Monday 25th November 10.30am

All Saints’ Church

Corner of Ferry and Ambrose Street, Hunters Hill NSW 2110

All are welcome.

On behalf of all GFS members I express my sincere condolences to Brian’s wife Joan, his family and many friends.

Pam Joy   Commodore

Brian Talking about his family in Oberon NSW https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jskgjKQ8a8

To renew your GFS membership for the 2019-2020 season (due from June 30), please login to our online membership portal directly at:


For more information on how the renewal process works please consult the membership information page at:


Saturday Down Harbour Series Race 3 is Saturday November 9. The entry list is on the Yachts – Results – Saturday Series page of this website.

Due to wind gusts today’s race is abandoned Saturday September 7.

If the current wind prediction for tomorrow holds true, racing at GFS will be ABANDONED.

Eligible entrants for Race 2 (Sept 7) of the 2019 – 2020 Spring Series are listed on the Yachts – Results – Saturday Series, page of the website.

The 2019 – 2020 Down Harbour Race 1 entry list is on the Yachts – Results – Down Harbour link.

A current eligible entry list will appear each week for both Saturday and Down Harbour Series Races

Financial members for the 2019 -2020 Season from Balmain Sailing Club, Drummoyne Sailing Club, Greenwich Flying Squadron and Parramatta River Sailing Club are invited to sail in The West Harbour Spring Series at no additional cost.

Race 1 of the 2019 West Harbour Spring Series commences this Sunday the 8th of September at 1400hrs.

In an attempt to achieve the best competition between ‘like-for-like’ boats we will now race in 4 Divisions.

Accordingly, as of this morning (Friday), we have updated the Sailing Instructions and the Course Maps.

Entry is via the Balmain Sailing Club website (Results tab) http://www.balmainsailingclub.com/

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Upcoming Events

  • 17/12/2019Twilight Summer Series Race 2 - Handicap Start
  • 21/12/2019Down Harbour Series Race 4
  • 25/12/2019Merry Christmas "One and All"
  • 27/12/2019Christmas - New Year Break
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