The next West Harbour Winter Series race is on Sunday May 31.
The start for all WHWS races will be in the triangle between Cockatoo Island, Longnose Point and Greenwich Point.
Race information will be on VHF 72.
The Division Allocations, Sailing Instructions and Results for the series are below:-
Members, Skippers and Crew are reminded that the GFS Annual Presentation event will be held at the Club House today (May 23) commencing at 1500 hours. If you are in line for a trophy, please be there to accept the accolades of your fellow members, if you are not a winner still come along and join in a convivial get together with other skippers and crew. As usual, refreshments and snacks will be provided.
Under grey skies Race 1 of the West Harbour Winter Series started on Sunday with 55 yachts (and 1 catamaran) contesting in the four divisions.
The winds were light and variable which made for some testing sailing. The course was shortened allowing all fleets to finish.
A good day was had by (almost) all.
Tana vying for the lead in Black Division at the first mark off Snapper Island.
email from Geoffrey Lucas to David Edmiston:-
I heard today club member John Maynard died a week or so ago (you may already know this). The family did not put a death notice in the paper.
John was an architect whose practice was in Neutral Bay. His yacht “Jagen” is moored next to mine in Gore Creek. Several years ago, when John was unable to sail because of his cancer, I asked him if you would be in a position to come down to the club and supervise the young starters in order to alleviate starting problems we were having at the time stop he did this for a couple of seasons which really helped us.
Apparently John was an experienced yachtsmen having competed in Sydney Hobart race when he was only 17 and also was part of the Australian team which won the Admiral’s cut back in 1970 or thereabouts. Apart from that, I don’t know much more about John except he was a fine man, always cheerful even with his illness and was highly respectedstop I’ll miss not having a chat with him from boat to boat. Bill McLaughlin knew him as they shared the same dinghy lock up facility in Gore Creek.
An invitation is extended to owners of eligible boats to enter the third annual West Harbour Winter Series comprising of 7 point score races starting on May 17 and ending on August 9th.
The Organising Authority is Greenwich Flying Squadron (GFS). The Notice of Race is here.
Skippers have been advised by email but if you missed the communication and want to sail in the series entry can be made from the link below. Please respond by May 10.
The results for the Saturday Summer Series for Blue Division were not updated after being adjusted to rectify an error in recording the finish. Apologies for any confusion.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
From In Flanders Fields by John McCrae (1872–1918)
Lest we forget
In true ANZAC tradition the departure of the GFS fleet was delayed by weather conditions. This proved to be a good thing as it allowed GWhereareyou to start as they travelled from their new mooring at Coasters Retreat.
Course 10 proved elusive as the pre start fleet searched the western front for the location of the start boat which was nicely camouflaged along the Birchgrove shore. It was very hard to pick a course in windless conditions but the choice seemed to work with the resulting wind direction. The Blue fleet set off after the bugle sounded and headed for Compass.
Solitude revelled in the conditions and led the race right up until the last post. The fleet stayed as unit for much of the race and it wasn’t until the charge to the finish that the Chippies made a break on the others. At the finish Chloe, Speedwell, Eggshells and Gwhizz finished within a minute to end hostilities.
Honour roll – Solitude, Speedwell and Blue Chip. In Red the depleted unit headed into battle with the F troop momentarily leading the charge but falling. From then Joka took up the charge and continued to increase their lead with military precision. Flair battled the elements and attempted to make up lost ground. Zig Zag came home like the charge of the light brigade. Joka took the honours and in the true spirit of mateship the F and Z troops couldn’t be separated and tied for last.
Luckily we all made it back before the gusty change, thunder, lightning and hail.
Autumn Race 6 the penultimate event of the season saw grey skies and looked foreboding but the rain held off and the wind hung in for a good day on the water. A good group met back on the deck after the race to discuss the merits or not of the day’s sail and possibly lynch the person who writes these reports.
The full talent of report writing which could deserve such treatment is on exhibition in the full race report which is here.
Next Saturday in the true ANZAC tradition is the final race of the 2014 – 2015 Season. The Flair reenactment of the landing on the GFS pontoon generally went un-noticed as we farewelled one of the F-crew after the race as he left for Gallipoli.
Passion David Edmiston was just beaten on a countback in the Performance Cruising Division of the Sail Port Stephens regatta concluded over the weekend. There were 21 yachts in this division part of the fleet of 88 which contested the regatta. GWhizz sailed well in the hotly contested series to finish 8th.
GWhizz John Veal and Graeme Davey won the last race of the lead up event the Commodore’s Cup at Sail Port Stephens and was pipped by just one point for the series.
More about the GFS participation and photos are on the Passion web site here.
Although the planned race to Manly and return for all divisions did not come to fruition, the starters and the ‘Deck of Knowledge’ in all their wisdom decided that a somewhat shorter course was in order.
Soundtrack was the ultimate winner and you can see the crew’s victory dive in the photo.