The next 2018 – 2019 GFS Equipment Audit is Saturday September 15. Fire extinguishers can be tested at a cost of $10 per extinguisher, the proceeds going to YOTS.

Please download the form from the Yachts – Racing Information page of the GFS Website and have it completed for the auditor. Courses and GFS Safety Card (required) can also be downloaded from the Racing Information page.

Have the equipment laid out to allow the process to proceed smoothly.

Check the use-by dates of required items in the medical kit and provide a copy of your insurance for the auditor to sight.

Think about how you could retrieve a person overboard from the water.

The programs for the upcoming sailing season have been added to the relevant sections on the GFS website.

Yacht Divisions (Saturday and Twilight) are on the Yachts – Racing Information page or  here.

Dinghy Classes (Sabots and Lasers) are on the Dinghies page or here. This Dinghy Program is DRAFT only and maybe subject to change.

For Yacht Divisions, Sailing Instructions (full and cockpit versions) and Course Sheets (Saturday and Twilight) are now also on the Yachts – Racing Information page for you to download.

Lane Cove 12ft Skiff Club is running an Adult First Aid course at their clubhouse on Sunday November 11. The cost is $120.

If you are interested you can Register here.

If you would like more detail contact Jack Winning jack.winning@lc12ftssc.org.au

Australian Sailing is running a Club Equipment Auditor course at RANSA on September 2 (8.30 -11.30am) or RPAYC on September 8 (8.00 – 11.00am). Go to https://www.sailing.org.au/course-search/82/

This course is for anyone interested in assisting clubs with providing a safety service for sailing racing. Those who may be interested in becoming a Club Equipment Auditor include club and local volunteers and current sailors as well as former club sailors who no longer actively participate in the sport.

If you are interested please contact the GFS Safety Officer on the Contacts page on the GFS Website.

The remaining aluminium rescue boat is for sale. It is in good condition and has an asking price of $750.

It is approximately 4m long.  Please contact the club treasurer  (gfstreasurer@gmail.com) if interested.


 

Thanks to the hardy team of skippers and crew who attended the annual working bee. The club and  infrastructure are now ready for the soon to commence sailing season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With representatives from all facets of the club (Sabots, Lasers, Saturday and Twilight yachts, committee persons and patron) a wide variety of tasks were completed in a convivial atmosphere on the Deck of Knowledge.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

The time has come for all good men (and women) to do their duty.

Assemble on the fabled Deck of All Knowledge from 0900 Hrs to chase away all the winter ills from the clubhouse and signal the approach of the 2018 – 2019 Sailing Season.

Maintenance Mark has come up with his usual array of challenging tasks to make the time spent pass quickly.

The final WHWS Race is Sunday July 29. Presentations will be held after the race at the refurbished Balmain Sailing Club. Details will follow in the near future.

Well done to the GFS contingent who contested WHWS race 5.

On PHS handicap Passion X were a credible 3rd in Division 1 with Irukandji 5th.  In Division 2 Foxy were 5th and Jester 10th. Division 3 results were dominated by GFS yachts with Gwhizz 2nd, Tana 3rd, Conquista 4th, Hasta La Vista 5th, Seas the Moment 7th, StarElan 9th, Wind Charmer 10th and Aurora 13th. In Division 4 Capriole continued their good run finishing 2nd and Seascape were 6th.

Some great photos on the GFS Facebook page courtesy Mark Palmer.

Next race is Race 6 on Sunday July 15.

Save the date.

The Annual General Meeting will be held at the GFS clubhouse at 7:30 pm on Tuesday July 10.

The Notice of Meeting will be circulated by email and is also here.

Your attendance will be appreciated.

Well done to the GFS contingent who ventured out to contest WHWS Race 4. Overall, they produced some impressive handicap results in the cold and windy conditions.  Well done to Foxy 1st in Division 2, Gwhizz 1st in Division 3 (with Hasta La Vista 4th and Aurora 5th) and Capriole 2nd in Division 4 (with Seascape 4th and Mistress 5th). Irukandji were 4th and Passion X 8th in the wild west Division 1 to round out the GFS results. Full results are here.

     Foxy, Gwhizz and Aurora (click to enlarge).

The start was impressive so much so that the group on the start boat were just about to leap into the water to avoid the collision which looked immanent at the start of the Division 1 fleet. Luckily sense prevailed and boats not entitled to room were allowed to squeak in narrowly missing DSC1. As far as it could be ascertained there was only one minor collision.

Hasta La Vista

Next West Harbour Winter Series race is Race 5 Sunday July 1, hopefully it will be warm and sunny with a fair breeze.

There are now 70 entrants in the 2018 West Harbour Winter Series and with the right forecast we may see the largest fleet of the season.  However, for Race 4 next Sunday June 17, the wind prediction is for a strong Westerly around 25kts and a fine but cold day. If you venture out please keep safety in mind.

 

 

Click to enlarge

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Race 3 the race committee decided to send the fleet east, under the Harbour Bridge and back via Goat Island in breezes that fluctuated from 5 to 35 knots, mostly from the SE in what proved to be a ‘Soldiers Course’!

We were sent some great footage from Lloyd at ‘Webcam Sydney’of the fleet sailing under the Harbour Bridge. Check the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4tCK-RiKWg&feature=youtu.be

According to folklore (GFS Facebook Page) the ‘GFS weather Gods’ smiled on WHHS Race 3.

 

Click to enlarge

 

 

 

The wind remained strong (but manageable) and the rain held off. Warm clothes were exposed all all the floating catwalks contesting the race.

 

 

Photo: courtesy to Mark Palmer (see more on the GFS Facebook page)

 

Well done to the brave souls who ventured out!

Now here is an opportunity not to be missed – join the crew on the DSC1 (the start boat) for an enjoyable day on the water enjoying the race.  Small duties only are required. Please email either the commodore or sailing secretary via Contacts on the GFS website.

Next Winter Race is Sunday June 17.

Race 3 of the WHWS is this Sunday June 3 (Yes it’s finally Winter – weather and season).

Wind prediction looks as though the expected strong winds on Friday and Saturday may abate but may well be still be over 20, and up to 25 knots, and very south – rug up and use caution if you sail.

 

 

 

Click to enlarge

 

 

 

 

 

 

Results are on the BSC Website or here.  A list of entrants for Race 3 usually will appear on the BSC site some time on Friday.

Good luck if you race.

The GFS Annual presentation again proved to be a winner. A great opportunity for on water rivals to chat and review the past sailing season. Well done to the winners. It was good to see a fair percentage of them on the Deck of Knowledge to receive their awards.

 

 

Commodore David thanked the people who assisted throughout the season – both the twilight and Saturday starters, the committee especially the retiring members, sponsors especially Joe Walsh for his generous donation of services to winners of the Down Harbour Series and participants in all club races. On a sombre note he paid respect to club members and associates who have passed on during this season – Bill Wilson, Geoff Ottewill, Ross Springer and Jeanette York (wife of trophy donor Mick).

 

 

 

 

Harvey Porter ably stepped in to represent sponsor Joe Walsh in presenting prizes for Saturday racing. Andrew Limmer presented the Twilight recipients with their awards.

 

 

 

 

 

GFS is a club managed by a volunteer committee. Each committee member takes responsibility for a specific area of the club’s operations. Roles include finance, membership, twilight organisation, secretarial, social, racing, safety, junior sailing and handicapping.

If you would like to be involved please make contact through the club website – several of the committee are taking leave and new members are required to fill their positions.

 

GFS Facebook Group

Upcoming Events

  • 01/09/2018Saturday Spring Series Race 1
  • 08/09/2018Joe Walsh Down Harbour Series Race 1
  • 15/09/2018Saturday Spring Series Race 2
  • 15/09/2018Twilight Series Equipment Audits 1
AEC v1.0.4