Archive for May 2015


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.


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.

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.


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.


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

Race Results


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.


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

email from Geoffrey Lucas to David Edmiston:-

I heard today club member John Maynard died a week or so ago (you may already know this).  The family did not put a death notice in the paper.

John was an architect whose practice was in Neutral Bay.  His yacht “Jagen” is moored next to mine in Gore Creek.  Several years ago, when John was unable to sail because of his cancer, I asked him if you would be in a position to come down to the club and supervise the young starters in order to alleviate starting problems we were having at the time stop he did this for a couple of seasons which really helped us.

Apparently John was an experienced yachtsmen having competed in Sydney Hobart race when he was only 17 and also was part of the Australian team which won the Admiral’s cut back in 1970 or thereabouts.  Apart from that, I don’t know much more about John except he was a fine man, always cheerful even with his illness and was highly respectedstop I’ll miss not having a chat with him from boat to boat.  Bill McLaughlin knew him as they shared the same dinghy lock up facility in Gore Creek.

Thanks, Geoff

An invitation is extended to owners of eligible boats to enter the third annual West Harbour Winter Series comprising of 7 point score races starting on May 17 and ending on August 9th.

The Organising Authority is Greenwich Flying Squadron (GFS). The Notice of Race is here.

Skippers have been advised by email but if you missed the communication and want to sail in the series entry can be made from the link below. Please respond by May 10.

West Harbour Winter Series Entry

GFS Facebook Group

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