Please watch the GFS website for further information.  We hope to have a strong fleet of GFS yachts competing this year.

The West Harbour Winter Series 2015

Requesting that members who are attending the final race
and intend to come to the BBQ book a table to assist with seating and catering.
Please email Maree with boat name and number of crew and guests.

End of Autumn series scratch prizes will be awarded for the winner in each division. If you are going to be a recipient then please be present so that the sponsor will see that you are interested. (We still hold some uncollected prizes from the Spring and Summer Series!)

Autumn Race 4

Here is a bit of news handed to me on Wednesday night during our meal inside the club just prior to our prizegiving.  It is about a boat that used to race with GFS.  Thompson 8 Sports Boat “Rush” in the 45 mile Marley Point Race on 7/8 March 2015 on Gippsland Lakes, Victoria.

A copy of a letter sent to Darren Spence Digital Director Australian Sports Boat Association.

By RV (sorry no photographs-it was an overnight race-I could have put up a black photograph).

“Hi Darren

Sorry not able to report Sunday, finished at 5 AM some celebratory beers and some sleep before I’m reading getting a declaration in and breakfast at the club 12:30 PM will stop by this time we are all looking for some more sleep.  Least that’s my excuse.

The race.  Most difficult part was getting to the start from Paynesville if you are elected to motor down into a stiff breeze and nasty chop, we achieved 3 kn with 5 hp going hard, 12 L gone before the end will stop sailed the bottom lake, wet trip lots of water in the boat no time for the crew to go ashore and to attend the briefing and get back.  Sent one member to do the formalities (our female lawyer).

Start 7:45 PM.  One line 120 boats in the dark.  Tight reach with masthead chute across Lake Wellington, 1st into the river with a group of tri’s on our tail.  Breeze was up and down in the river the gap ever-changing.  Managed to get out of the river in front of 2 tri’s hanging on.  Fickle breeze in the top lake, down  to 2 tri’s and us.  The Corsair 28 got through, we read took the lead again before the club finish 1st time.  Only the lap of Raymond Island to go.  Had a nice break into Lake King, only to see him catch us up at the back of the island.  Held on for line honours by 50 metres.  Big thanks to the great crew Peter Antill, Jill & Steve Brajkovich, Tim Ellis and Dirk Hoogland,

Graham Coffey RUSH”


First prizes from the Australia Day Regatta were presented at Sydney Town Hall on Tuesday March 17

You can see the smiling faces of the GFS first place getters from GFS’s Mind/Matter, Zig Zag, Evo, Sabotage and Vitesse with the Australia Day Race Committee person at the Town Hall reception in the photo.

The wind prediction luckily was less than the wind that actually appeared and this fortunate circumstance meant that all competitors were able to not only get through the city on the way Down Harbour, but to return to Greenwich as well.

Blue Division had a significantly large fleet of 12 yachts and with a close start out through Humbug resulted in some displaying their skill with spinnakers. Forte Forever were a bit late as they were trying to locate where they had left their third crew person (perhaps in the dinghy with the unneeded sails) and gave the fleet a bit of a start.  Solitude made it to Clark ahead but were tackled by a swarm of larger boats by the bridge – Flashback, Conquista and Gwhizz took up the running.  Blue Chip and Chloe kept about the same distance as they are on their moorings although they were being harassed by Eggs. Young Obsession, Forte and Peachy Velociteats also were locked together on the run home.  Speedwell, Forte4ever and Irukandgi also seemed inseparable. Paul’s Obsession and Brian’s Teats had significant spinnaker moments after Balls Head which was opportune in the case of the Obsessives as the leeward crew was in need of cooling down.

In White, Tana, Out of Africa and New Territories escaped leaving Paca and Joka to discuss the merits of nuclear warhead tests in the vicinity of Onions Point. New Territories got there and back with withering speed as though they were escaping Hong Kong, especially with their large kite requiring a crew nearly equal the size of that on Flashback. The White Fleet won the ‘covered the biggest length of the harbour’ award as they finished almost regularly at 5 minute intervals well into the night.

The Red match race continued with Flair and Zig Zag displaying excellent sailing ability. Enough said, albeit to note that Barubi was away and sailing in the Endeavour Yachts 50th Anniversary Regatta held at Botany Bay by Botany Bay Yacht Club. I hope the Wise crew made more of an impact than Captain Arthur Phillip. A pleasant Saturday sail was held on the Bay, but Sunday was special!

Barubi_dh7  Sunday 15 March 2015


apologies to Brian but we have to do add this one  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BaX3aF3_gxY



Budding photojournalist/s or budding reporters to submit photographs and stories we can publish on this website.

Send emails to RV, Graham Davy, David Edmiston or any of the committee.  They will be published provided they are PC and suitable for public viewing.                         …RV

PS some photographs of the twilight sky or yachts racing in GFS events…….

DSC03362  Ho Ho

Does it get any better than this?

250 happy folks attended the Christmas BBQ following the twilight summer series race 2 on 17th December.

You can see from the photos the deck was overflowing with extra chairs and tables brought in for the appreciative diners. Thanks to all the organisers and caterers who managed to cater for the record crowd.

The raffle on the night raised $1800 of which $900 was donated to the Salvation Army.

The winner of the best dressed crew Jackpot can be seen in the photo belowJackpot17Dec2014.

Results for the last twilight of the year are here.


BBQ_First_SummerThe first of the summer Series Twilight races was run on Wednesday 10th December in conditions similar the the past few weeks and very “un-summer”  like. We only experienced one close lightning event a big improvement on last week when the now regular Sydney storms with lightning and a 35 knot front caused the cancellation of the last Autumn twilight race.


Conquista Rob Hale Black Division Winner


Peter Clarke Avanti Blue Division Winner

This week we just had 5mm of rain and 90 degree wind shifts. Much fun was had by all and every one was a winner if a little damp for the experience.

A smaller than usual group of diners stayed on for the BBQ cosy in the shed. You can see their happy faces in the photo above along with photos of the Black and Blue Division winners on the night receiving their prizes donated by our valued sponsors. Full results are here.

Next week will be the Christmas BBQ which is always very popular.


Rich Imlay is acting as Rear Commodore Junior Sailing until we can get a new recruit to the role.

Rich explains…. After 8 years and putting my three kids sailing through GFS it is time for us to “hang up the boots”. My kids have transitioned to more senior dinghies at Lane Cove, but they will all still put in appearances at GFS on most Sundays.

I am hoping that someone else in the club or perhaps a new entrant would be interested in taking up responsibility for Sundays. This could be a Sabot parent or a Laser sailor. The role is quite manageable if you can delegate responsibilities amongst a willing volunteer base. The responsibilities of the Rear Commodore role are here.

Please give it some serious thought. It is an important part of GFS and to the sport of sailing.

The Saturday Sailing Season commences on Saturday September 6.

We would especially like to encourage our regular Twilight skippers and their crews to join our relatively small Saturday fleet.  There are two divisions which will allow competitive and safe racing for any boat from any of the Twilight Divisions.  Handicaps will account for boats not wishing to carry spinnakers, skippers will appreciate the generally less crowded conditions with more room on the water to manoeuvre.  Marks are laid and sometimes Island courses are used.  There are no duty crews as regular starters have been engaged to organise the start and finish.

You may also just choose to compete once a month in the Down Harbour Series or in the 6 race Mick York Series.  Dates are detailed on the Season Program on the GFS web site here.

In preparation, please remember that Equipment Audits are a mandatory requirement prior to racing.  The date set aside for Saturday competitors is Saturday August 30.  Please download and complete the form from the web site. Please initial the equipment required (not tick) and, on the day, have everything laid out for the auditor.

Once again please consider sailing with the GFS Saturday Fleet.  It is important that we maintain a strong presence on the water on the weekend.

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
Liquor Licensee Michael Murphy
Safety Officer Julian Todd
Webmaster/ Handicapper Harvey Porter

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

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.

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