To participate in either Saturday or Twilight racing at GFS you will need to enter your yacht online through the TopYacht Online 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/aus/entry_menu.php?EventID=486

Then go to Enter Series and follow the directions.

You will need to know some details about your boat.

Then select ONLY the series in which you intend to compete at GFS and complete your personal details.

Once you have registered your yacht with TopYacht you can then go to ‘MyTopYacht’ and upload your equipment audit document, insurance certificate, a photo and history of your boat.

Go to –  https://www.topyacht.com.au/kb/boat_list.php

If you need more detailed information go here.

The official start of the 2015 – 2016 Sailing Season is next Saturday – September 5 – Spring Series Race 1.

As the regular start crew is unavailable the start of the race will be from the GFS Clubhouse deck.

Good luck for the coming season.

Audit dates for the Twilight Series are September 19 and 27.

Please read the instructions which were emailed earlier and have the form (see below) completed by initialing the listed items (initials NOT ticks).  On the inspection day please have the items to be checked laid out so that the inspection is completed with no delay.  Sailing Instructions and Course Sheets will be provided at the time of inspection.

The Equipment Audit form for the upcoming 2015-2016 sailing season can be found on the Club Documents or Yachts pages of the website or here.

This form should be downloaded and completed prior to your Equipment Audit.

Additional audits for Saturday Series Yachts can be arranged by contacting the GFS Safety Officer, Julian Todd (see Contacts page for details)

 

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As organising club GFS would like to thank all representatives of the three participating clubs who have contributed to the success of West Harbour Winter Series.

Firstly the skippers and crew who have mastered the variety of wind conditions to make the event close fought in each of the four divisions each week and for the overall series.

Secondly to the start boat crew Riv, Alex, Gerry (DSC) and our own Hugh and Xavier (GFS) for their effort in laying and collecting marks, selecting courses managing the start and recording finishers.  We have been fortunate to have the availability of both DSC start boats (DSC 1 and Ian Stuart) for the event.

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Riv, Gerry, Xavier, Hugh and Alex

The onus of running results is a difficult task and we thank Balmain sailing Club for doing this – from delivering and collecting the start and finish sheets in the BSC RIB, entering the results into Top Yacht and posting them onto the Web.

The co-operation from the three clubs has been rewarding and it is hoped that this and the West Harbour Winter Series will continue long into the future.  The final post-race get together at Drummoyne Sailing Club showed the camaraderie between members from the three clubs in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere.

Finally, again well done to all competing skippers and crews and congratulations to yachts which have gained places in each of the races and especially places in the series.

The DSC wrap up and Race 7 report is here

WHWS Results are here

Again a delayed start held the fleet back some 30 minutes.  When finally underway the wind had shifted to the East which made for a downhill start on westerly Course 2.  The breeze slowly filled in and with the decision to shorten the course and set the finish line at Snapper Island across to near Drummoyne Sailing Club all competitors were able to make it to the finish.

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Umzimkulu II at the finish

Standout performances on the day were Umzimkulu II and Naughty Call.

Naughty Call was first on handicap in Division 2 after an outstanding race – well done Colin and crew.

David and the Umzimkulu II crew achieved an excellent result and are congratulated for not only finishing first on the water and handicap in Race 7 but also first in the Green Division Series.

Full results are available for Race 7 and the Series here

The annual GFS working bee marks the start of the 2015 -2016 Sailing Season.  It is a great chance to meet other members from all sections of the club and contribute to keeping the facilities of GFS in top shape for the season.

Mark Rhodes will have the usual list of tasks prepared and ready at the club.  If you are able please bring a few basic tools to help with completing the work.

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Come along to the club from 0900 hours.

Again a fresh blast from the West gave the race an edge with limiting conditions and added bullets to keep crews alert. Wind recorded from the start boat was 10 to 22 with the strongest gust 28 knots.

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Highland Ghost – WHWS Race 6

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The Laser Masters’ World Championships were sailed in the waters off Kingston between July 12 and 18. The sailing venue, Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, is located at the eastern end of Lake Ontario and the head of the St. Lawrence River in Canada.

Three GFS members competed – Kevin Phillips, David Edmiston (Great Grand Masters) and Geoff Lucas (Over 75 fleet).

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Photo Luka Bartulovic

The results after 11 races (Final Provisional results) can be viewed here – Radial Great Grand Master and Radial 75 and over.

Protecting children from abuse is a responsibility that we must all undertake. Through the implementation of strategies that assist in preventing child abuse from occurring, Greenwich Flying Squadron has taken a pro-active role in relation to child protection and intervention. These strategies will help to foster a safe and positive environment for children and young people to participate in physical activities.

Please take the time to read the policy.

The GFS Child Protection Policy can be viewed on the Club Information (Club Documents) page of the website or here

The so called Antarctic vortex reduced the Race 5 fleet as the cold and windy conditions made the decision to sail difficult. However, some hardy souls ventured out in yachts to compete.

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The Sailing Program for the 2015 – 2016 season can be found on both the Club Information and Yachts Pages of the web site.  The program sets out all important dates of club events and the racing dates for Saturday yachts, Twilight yachts, Junior and Laser sailing. GFS Sailing Program

The GFS House Rules have been revised and are found in Club Documents on the Club Information section of the website.  These rules are important as they cover many operational matters which are in place to ensure that all members are clearly informed of their responsibilities regarding the use of clubhouse facilities.

Please take the time to read through the document.

Our congratulations go to Rosalie Lucas for achieving the honour of being awarded the Lane Cove Citizen of the year at the recent awards presentation. Rosalie has been an very active in club and community over a long period and we are pleased that Rosalie has been honoured in this way. The photograph of Rosalie with the award is copyright and is by Alfonso Calero on behalf of the Lane Cove Council and we thank them for permission to publish it on our web site.

Rosalie Lucas with her Lane Cove Citizen of the year award. Photo by Alfonso Calero on behalf of Lane Cove Council

Rosalie Lucas with her Lane Cove Citizen of the year award. Photo by Alfonso Calero on behalf of Lane Cove Council

 

What a great day on the water except for the breeze!

The race started in what looked like a light breeze that showed some hope of filling in.  This soon disappeared.

After about an hour of drifting and with most boats having covered less than 1 kilometre the RO blew the whistle an abandoned the race. Lovely day on the water and the ferry passengers to Cockatoo Island enjoyed the spectacle.

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Race 3 Fleet gearing up for the start

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French Connection “as idle as a painted ship upon a painted ocean” Coleridge

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GFS friendly rivalry in Green Division

The grey skies kept the rain at bay and the light wind held for Race 2 of the West Harbour Winter Series.

 

With 57 boats the race was closely contested in each of the four divisions.

 

GFS standouts were Umzimkulu II  and Evo – first and second in Green Division.

Upcoming Events

  • 05/09/2015Saturday Spring Series Race 1
  • 12/09/2015Joe Walsh Down Harbour Race 1
  • 19/09/2015Saturday Spring Series Race 2
  • 19/09/2015 09:00GFS Safety Equipment Audit - 2nd Session
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