The West Harbour Winter Series kicked off  on Sunday 18th May.  Drummoyne Sailing Club are organising the 7 race series which concludes on 10th August 2014.

There are 94 entries in the four divisions with GFS yachts L’Atitude and Passion  leading in two of the four divisions after three scheduled  races – only two of which were completed. Results for the series are on the Balmain Sailing Club web site here.

At the July 15 GFS AGM a number of new faces were elected to the Committee. The 2014-2015 Season Committee members and their roles are as follows:

Commodore David Edmiston
Vice Commodore Pam Joy
Secretary Pam Buchanan
Treasurer John Veale
Membership Secretary Roger Gee
Sailing Secretary  Saturday Captain Phil Hare
Sabots  Lasers TBA
Sunday Captain
Twilight Captain Andrew Limmer
Social Secretary Glenda Cameron-Strange
Humbug Editor Graeme Davey
Clubhouse Manager Mark Rhodes
Safety Officer Julian Todd
Webmaster/ Handicapper Harvey Porter

After over 19 years of service Geoff Lucas has stood down from a Committee involvement with the Club for the time being, with his last two years being as Commodore. More on Geoff’s superb contribution to the Club in a later post. Our heartfelt thanks to you Geoff for your enormous contribution to the Club.

And welcome back Roger Gee as the Membership Secretary after a two year leave of absence.

Please note we have also lost Rich Imlay from the Committee as Rear Commodore/Youth Sailing. He will not be lost in terms of involvement with Sunday sailing but he is taking a well earned break from this official role. We therefore have a big set of shoes to fill to replace him. Sunday dinghy sailing and youth/junior sailing in particular is a critical element of the Club’s raison d’être. If anyone out there is willing to assume this role even in an interim capacity we are very keen indeed to have you come on board. To find out more contact Rich Imlay or the incoming Commodore, David Edmiston.

Remember, to contact any of the Committee fill in the ‘Contact Us’ form here.

Members who paid fees during the 2013-2014 GFS Sailing Season on their own behalf or on behalf of themselves and their family group will by now have received an email inviting them to renew their membership(s) for the coming 2014-2015 Sailing Season. The renewal process will entail signing into and using the same online payment facility members used to renew last year.

Please note there has been a $10 increase in membership fees this year. Yachting Australia increased the fee we are charged for each member attached to the Club by that amount.

As a reminder of the steps involved to complete a membership renewal online, they are:

1)    Access your GFS Membership Home Page here
2)    Complete entry of the 2014-2015 Season Membership Fees & Charges options

Click the Blue “2014-2015 Season Membership Renewal” button at the top of the Membership Home Page screen and make the fee and other information selections appropriate to you.

3)    Enter your credit card details in the Registration page

We only accept Mastercard and Visa credit card payments.

4)    Receive payment confirmation

An email will be sent to you confirming the receipt number and amount paid.

A more extensive set of notes to assist those who may have less experience with online payment arrangements can be found here.

Members who encounter difficulty or need one on one assistance with this renewal process should contact the GFS Membership Secretary via the Committee Contact page here.

We’ve changed the menu bar slightly to create space for a new website feature – a GFS member exclusive classified Ad facility.


This is a free service for GFS Members. In much the same way as members can presently place a paper advertisement on the bulletin board in the Clubhouse now you can place a notice to members online.

Skippers may place an ad seeking crew members. Crew members can place an Ad seeking to secure a crew position on a GFS Club yacht. Or if you have an item of sailing paraphernalia to sell, this is the place to let other members know.

Ads_PageTo add a new classified Ad:

Step 1. Choose the “Member Classifieds” menu item second from the right on the main menu bar and then click the “Place a Classified listing” link located as shown in this screen image.

Step 2 Select the classified category you wish to list under from the drop down menu. Presently there are only three categories available: ‘Crew Wanted’; ‘For Sale; and ‘Looking To Crew’. Click the ‘Continue’ button.

Step 3. Fill in the form with your Ad information. When finished click the ‘Continue’ button. Note you will need to fill in the simple maths question at the bottom to show us you are human and thwart spam bots.

Step 4. Upload any images you would like associated with your Ad. You can upload up to four images. Click the ‘Finish’ button and you are done.

Once your Ad is ready it won’t immediately appear on the site. The following security provisions must first be satisfied.

  • A verification email will be sent to you which you must respond to in order for us to verify your contact email address. Your Ad will remain disabled until you verify your address.
  • All listings must first be approved by a GFS club officer before they will be published. Only after this officer has approved your ad will it become visible on the site.
  • If you uploaded images with your Ad they will also not show up until a Club officer has approved them.

Should you have any queries regarding how to use this service or any other query or comment you may have about it, please contact the GFS Membership Secretary via the “Contact Us” facility in the main menu bar above.

Saturday May 24, 2014

The Annual Prize giving held at the Clubrooms this afternoon was attended by over 80 club members, not all of them recipients of prizes but there to support those that did, as well as to enjoy that special camaraderie that is a big part of the Greenwich Flying Squadron.

More about this event to follow but here are some photos of the afternoon.

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Great social occasion to relive the season.  Bar is open, food is free.  The hard-working committee request that winning boats should try and have at least one crew member or a proxy present to pick up their prizes.

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You can see Paul Atwood’s description and photos covering Caliban II’s fabulous podium finish in the 2013 Sydney Hobart on the link here.


The smiling Caliban II crew in Hobart



asbestos_photoDue to asbestos removal works that are to be carried out on the Clubhouse access will, by necessity, be restricted from Wednesday May 7 to Saturday May 10, inclusive. Arrangements will be:

  • Yacht tenders stored at the club may not be accessible during this time, if you require access to your tender during this time it is highly recommended that you make other arrangements. (E.g. Take it home).
  • Any equipment left in the club, E.g. Dinghy rigging or tender oars, should be identified with an owners’ name, boat name or sail number beforehand.
  • The rigging deck will be accessible during the works (via the gate), but please be aware that it may be a little cramped.

We apologise for not being able to be specific about storage arrangements as we are a little unsure of how much room and what areas of the club will need to be quarantined during the works. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation pursuant to these necessary works. looks a little different – don’t adjust your computer this is our new web site.

You should be able to find all the relevant information, documents and results from the old site here. We have added upfront spots for news and notices. Standby for other improvements.

If you hanker for the old site you can still visit it here. There are some sailing photos and videos on the old site which you can see on the link here.

yansw_logoIf you would like to be qualified as an equipment auditor Yachting NSW will be running an equipment auditor’s seminar for clubs to accredit new auditors as well and for those who missed the round of courses held late last year.

The seminar will be presented by Genevieve White at the CYCA on 24th May.

You can enrol by 20th May 2014 on the YA website just click here.

Jackpot2GFS Black Division Jackpot owned by Maree and Adrian Van Bellen’s finished the CYCA Short Offshore Points series with Division 1 handicap win, 5 points ahead of the second placed boat. Jackpot also finished 6th (out of 17) in the extremely competitive Division 1 of IRC.

Another GFS yacht Velocity, Brian Carrick finished the same series with a credible 7th with Soundtrack, John Amos just 2 places further back on handicap in division 2 of the same series.

New member Michael Groves won the recent Jeanneau rendezvous regatta in Aggrovation on the Pittwater, not too bad in a boat that literally was just launched a couple of months ago.

YALogoGreenwich Flying Squadron is a sailing Club affiliated to Yachting NSW and Yachting Australia (YA), this affiliation means that GFS is part of the broader sailing community bringing with it many benefits, tangible as well as more abstract. YA holds a Personal Accident Insurance Policy that provides insurance to all current registered Club Members, providing insurance cover while participating in Sailing. More details can be found on the YA web site here.

All GFS on water events are conducted in accordance with the Racing Rules of Sailing 2013-2016. Rules 46 and 56 relate to those in charge and crews’ membership of an affiliated sailing Club, rule 56 allows for a non member to participate in 3 races in any one sailing season. To comply with the Racing Rules of Sailing and provide all crew with the benefits of YA membership, we should ensure they are members of a YA affiliated Club, GFS Crew membership forms can be found here and the joining process is outlined on the Membership Page of this site or click here.

DefribulaatorYour Club has recently acquired a defibrillator, an important first aid asset that hopefully will never be needed.

It is our intention that initially all committee members will be certified in its use.


We are fortunate to have a well-equipped clubhouse. While it maybe not on the same level as some of our more ritzy compatriots further east, you only have to sit on the deck at sunset on a balmy Sydney evening to realise how fortunate we are.

In the main members and their guests do the right thing, but just occasionally standards do slip. So a few gentle reminders:

  • If you use it, clean it (if necessary) and return it to where you got it from.
  • If you opened, also close it.
  • If it has a lock make sure it is locked before the last person leaves.
  • If you tuned it on, make sure it is turned off.
  • The only vessels which are permitted to be cleaned or maintained at the Club are those on the Club register and belonging to a financial members.
  • Make sure the alarm is armed when the last person leaves the club.
  • If you are not the last to leave a gentle reminder to those still present to lock up would not be taken as an insult but would demonstrate your care for your Club.

Upcoming Events

  • 23/08/2014 09:00Annual Working Bee
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