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The next West Harbour Winter Series race is Sunday – August 9 – Race 7.   There will be a presentation at Drummoyne Sailing Club – Sailors’ Bar after the event.  Prizes will be awarded for Race 6 courtesy GFS and Race 7 courtesy DSC.  Overall series results and the winning club Trophy will also be presented.

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L’Atitude – WHWS Race 6

A final reminder –

The start for all WHWS races will be in the triangle between Cockatoo Island, Longnose Point and Greenwich Point.

Race information will be relayed on VHF 72

The Sailing Instructions and  Results for the series are below:-

2015 Combined Clubs West Harbour Winter Series SIs 

WHWS Results are 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 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.

Audit dates are  – Saturday Series – August 29 and  Twilight Series – September 19 and 27

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.

GFS member Ian Creak and his crew sailed Caliban II in guise as Ausreo to Hobart in last year’s Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

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Caliban is a Benetau 47.7.

Several GFS members sailed both to Hobart and on the return trip. They included Jim Lelliot, Paul Atwood, Brett Haywood and Phil Lambe.

The following link is to Phil Lambe’s website and is an excellent chronicle of the return voyage.

http://www.phillat5dock.com/Caliban/index.php

The GFS Annual presentation recognised achievements in races over the 2014 – 2015 sailing season. More importantly it provided an opportunity for skippers and crew to meet, greet and discus a range of topics in a relaxed atmosphere on the ‘Deck of Knowledge’.

The presentation itself rivalled the Eurovision Song Contest in both style and substance. We were fortunate to have Peter Notley and the inimitable Joe Walsh to present some of the awards. We were also honoured to have our own sailing icons present for the event – Keith, Hans, Alan and Mick.

Commodore David managed to get through a huge number of awards in an entertaining and efficient manner.

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Commodore David addresses the extended Deck of Knowledge

It was an event not to be missed. The snacks provided were excellent and we thank Glenda, Pam J, Lesley and Pam B for their effort in providing and distributing food to all corners of the clubhouse (sorry if I missed anyone).

As some award recipients were not able to attend their skite plates are on the window sill in the entry foyer of the club. There are also some Australia Day Medallions as well.  It would be appreciated if these could be collected.

Full listing of 2014 – 2015 prize winners

 

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.

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Tana vying for the lead in Black Division at the first mark off Snapper Island.

Race Results

Upcoming Events

  • 09/08/2015West Harbour Winter Series Race 7 (The Final Race)
  • 11/08/2015 19:30GFS 2015 Annual General Meeting
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