Archive for April 2015
The results for the Saturday Summer Series for Blue Division were not updated after being adjusted to rectify an error in recording the finish. Apologies for any confusion.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
From In Flanders Fields by John McCrae (1872–1918)
Lest we forget
In true ANZAC tradition the departure of the GFS fleet was delayed by weather conditions. This proved to be a good thing as it allowed GWhereareyou to start as they travelled from their new mooring at Coasters Retreat.
Course 10 proved elusive as the pre start fleet searched the western front for the location of the start boat which was nicely camouflaged along the Birchgrove shore. It was very hard to pick a course in windless conditions but the choice seemed to work with the resulting wind direction. The Blue fleet set off after the bugle sounded and headed for Compass.
Solitude revelled in the conditions and led the race right up until the last post. The fleet stayed as unit for much of the race and it wasn’t until the charge to the finish that the Chippies made a break on the others. At the finish Chloe, Speedwell, Eggshells and Gwhizz finished within a minute to end hostilities.
Honour roll – Solitude, Speedwell and Blue Chip. In Red the depleted unit headed into battle with the F troop momentarily leading the charge but falling. From then Joka took up the charge and continued to increase their lead with military precision. Flair battled the elements and attempted to make up lost ground. Zig Zag came home like the charge of the light brigade. Joka took the honours and in the true spirit of mateship the F and Z troops couldn’t be separated and tied for last.
Luckily we all made it back before the gusty change, thunder, lightning and hail.
Autumn Race 6 the penultimate event of the season saw grey skies and looked foreboding but the rain held off and the wind hung in for a good day on the water. A good group met back on the deck after the race to discuss the merits or not of the day’s sail and possibly lynch the person who writes these reports.
The full talent of report writing which could deserve such treatment is on exhibition in the full race report which is here.
Next Saturday in the true ANZAC tradition is the final race of the 2014 – 2015 Season. The Flair reenactment of the landing on the GFS pontoon generally went un-noticed as we farewelled one of the F-crew after the race as he left for Gallipoli.
Passion David Edmiston was just beaten on a countback in the Performance Cruising Division of the Sail Port Stephens regatta concluded over the weekend. There were 21 yachts in this division part of the fleet of 88 which contested the regatta. GWhizz sailed well in the hotly contested series to finish 8th.
GWhizz John Veal and Graeme Davey won the last race of the lead up event the Commodore’s Cup at Sail Port Stephens and was pipped by just one point for the series.
More about the GFS participation and photos are on the Passion web site here.
Although the planned race to Manly and return for all divisions did not come to fruition, the starters and the ‘Deck of Knowledge’ in all their wisdom decided that a somewhat shorter course was in order.
Soundtrack was the ultimate winner and you can see the crew’s victory dive in the photo.
The final twilight race on Wednesday 1st April saw a useful breeze, a shortish course and an excellent rollup both on the water and for the fully subscribed après sail BBQ.
The many committee and other folk who make the GFS twilights such a success were recognised and thanked.
You can see some of the happy faces of the sailors and friends and a few of the many prize recipients in the photos below.
Congratulations to all the sailors and as we are reminded “Everyone’s a winner”.