Archive for August 2017

Race 1 of the Saturday Spring Series is next Saturday September 2.

Please make sure current race documents (Equipment Audit and Insurance) are uploaded prior to racing.

Saturday Spring Series Divisions (note these will be different for next week Down Harbour Race 1) –

1 FORTE FOREVER 44 Etchells
1 FLASHBACK 227 Young 40
1 BEWARE OF THE DOG! 2501 Mungral 25
1 G-WHIZZ 3425 Elan 340
1 BLUE CHIP 3604 Robertson 950
1 IRUKANDJI 6358 Northshore 369
1 HASTA LA VISTA 7129 Dehler 32
1 FOXY AUS758 Etchells
1 TISM AUS759 Etchells
1 CHLOE AUS762 Etchells
1 PACIFIC EDGE KA59 Etchells


2 UMZIMKULU 2 28 Holland 30
2 SPIKE 196 J70
2 FLAIR 1531 South Coast Magnum
2 JOKA 3608 Cavalier 28
2 SPEEDWELL 4113 Young 88
2 SILVER SPRAY 4409 Northshore 33
2 VAKA TOTOLO 6370 Young 88
2 PACA 6694 Beneteau First 27.7
2 STARELAN 7051 Elan 320
2 MISTRESS M101 Adams 31

If you did not receive a course sheet at the Equipment Audit it is available on the Yachts – Racing Information page or here.

The 2017 – 2018 Sailing Program is also on the Yachts – Racing Information page or here.

Best luck for the 2017 – 2018 season.

Very choppy on the Lane Cove River (looking West), Friday August 18 around 11:00 am, photo courtesy John Veale. Click to enlarge.

Equipment Audits for Twilight Yachts –

Audit 2 Saturday 16th September and,

Audit 3 Sunday 24th September.

Audits will be conducted between 9.00am and 12.00 noon on a first come, first served basis.

Fire Extinguishers can be checked on the morning of Saturday 16th September. Cost is a $10 per fire extinguisher and  the fees will donated to YOTS.

A couple of reminders to help make the process as simple and seamless as possible:

    All gear should be laid out including all the elements of the first aid kit and lifejackets for easy inspection and swift sign off (check your saline solution – there is a good chance it will be out of date).

Download a copy of the GFS Sailing Instructions and GFS Safety Card from the GFS Yachts Page and have either an electronic or hard copy of the Racing Rules of Sailing. A link to the yachts Page is here.


    Prior to the inspection the forms should be completed with all relevant details and the owners column (P) ticked or initialed for the auditors to check.


    Once the process (including sign off of outstanding items) is complete, 2017/18 RMS Stickers will be issued (inshore/offshore as applicable)

A hard copy of the GFS Season Program and 2017 – 2018 GFS Course Sheet will be available from the auditors.

Please upload you completed audit form to Top Yacht.

The annual working bee hit the clubhouse like a fierce storm. The fury of activity left no corner of the club, deck, surrounds and facilities untouched.


It was gratifying to see the 30 or so members engaged in these activities to ensure the club was ready for the coming season which kicks off with the first Saturday Spring Series race on September 2.





Saturday 29 July 2017 signalled the start of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s 32nd Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race. The CYCA believes this event is second only in status to the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race among long ocean races conducted by the Club.

GFS yacht Ausreo (Ian Creak) with Jim Lelliott as Sailing Master had impressive results finishing 2nd Overall, second on ORCi, 1st in IRC Division 3 and second on ORCi Division 3. Several club members including Philip Lambe and Danni Birchill flew to the Gold Coast to join Ausreo for the sail back to Sydney. Photos courtesy CYCA.


Previous Commodore Martin Sheppard and brother Derek were also successful finishing 3rd in IRC Division 3 in their yacht Black Sheep.


The series reached a final conclusion with wind and no call to abandon the race.

In what was the fourth race of the series (a bit poor as there were seven expected), GFS results were promising with Passion X 2nd in Division 1 (Gold), Hasta La Vista 2nd in Division 2 (Blue), Allons-Y 1st in Division 3 (Black) and Mistress 2nd in Division 4 (Green). In all, about 15 GFS crews contested this race.

This race also marked the end of the series. In overall results Allons-Y was the stand-out 1st place in PHS Division 3 with Capriole a close second. Well done!

Click to view GFS Series Results (Updated).

Also Allons-Y and Wind Charmer did very well to be 1st and 3rd in ORC Division 3. We will wait to see where Passion X finishes up in ORC Division 1 when their handicap is corrected.

Next year it is GFS turn to organise the Winter series and hopefully we will be better at organising wind each fortnight.

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Upcoming Events

  • 23/03/2019Saturday Autumn Series Race 5
  • 27/03/2019Twilight Autumn Race 8
  • 30/03/2019Saturday Autumn Series Race 6
  • 03/04/2019Twilight Autumn Race 9
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