Race dates are –

I believe it is now possible to enter the WHWS via the Balmain Sailing Club website via this link – WHWS Entry

The Sailing Instructions can be downloaded here WHWS Sailing Instructions

Course Maps (as well as in the Sailing instructions) are here WHWS Courses

Please note that the warning signal is 1125 Hrs

Race Results and Entry list can be found here – WHWS Results

The Annual GFS Prize Presentation will be held at the clubhouse on Saturday May 25 commencing at 3.00pm. Come along and enjoy the friendly off-water discussion and applaud those of us lucky enough to win or gain a place in a GFS Series.

Race 5 Performance Racing at Sail Port Stephens.

Lots of good photos of GFS boats on the GFS Facebook page.

David Edmiston’s friend and crewmate of many years, Ron Beament, passed away on board Passion X on Monday afternoon during the Commodores Cup regatta at Port Stephens. Ron had a lovely temperament and was a great supporter on and off the water. He was extremely knowledgeable and all the crew enjoyed his company and his conversation.

Ron Beament on Passion X

Ron helped with the modifications on David’s old Passion and with the building, turning and launching of Passion X. His handiwork will live on in Passion X. Ron passed quickly among friends he had sailed with over many years and despite the best efforts of the crew, committee boat, paramedics and water police could not be revived.

The regatta held a minute silence for Ron on Tuesday and many of the fleet flew black ribbons for him on Wednesday. The Greenwich Flying Squadron members at Port Stephens will toast Ron with his signature drink, a lemon lime and bitters, tonight.

Ron’s memorial service will be held this Saturday 13th April, at 11:30 am at the East Chapel of the Northern Suburbs Memorial Gardens and Crematorium, 199 Delhi Road, North Ryde. Family and friends are warmly invited to attend. Sadly missed.

Commodore’s Cup – Div 4

Well done Julian and crew!

1 FAREAST 28R AUS320 Gerrit Veenemans 1.0
2 TROPPO 05 John Glease 2.0
3 SWEENEY-TODD AUS067 J Todd / K Sweeney 3.0

April 8 to 14

Good luck to the GFS contingent sailing in PS Race Week 2019. More than 160 individual craft have entered – the largest fleet in the event’s 12-year history.

Competing boats –


42 South

Hasta La Vista


Passion X


Sweeney Todd

You can follow their exploits at https://www.sailportstephens.com.au/

Some good photos are already appearing on the GFS Facebook page.

Helly Hansen are offering GFS members a special 20% discount on orders placed on their web site before midnight on 21st April 2019. Just use the code GFS20 when you check out with your purchases.

Australian Maritime Safety Authority – Marine notice 1/2019

The GPS system transmits time to GPS receivers using a format of time and weeks from a start date of 06 January 1980. GPS Rollover week occurs when the data field in the navigational message sent by GPS satellites reaches the maximum limit of 1023 weeks and ‘rolls over’ to week zero. This last occurred in August 1999.

This marine notice advises Global Positioning System (GPS) users of potential issues that may occur with older GPS receiver time and positional accuracy as a result of the scheduled GPS week counter roll over on 06 April 2019.

Some older GPS receivers are unable to make the transition from week 1023 back to week zero. If your GPS receiver is outdated or has not had a software update, it may revert to reading the week zero as August 1999. When this happens, the internal clocks of these GPS receivers will experience a lack of absolute reference and may give incorrect time or position information, or may lock up permanently. Some GPS receivers may experience issues and disruptions prior to or after the rollover date. 

Some GPS receivers are repairable with upgrades, but others may become unusable. Newer receivers that are fully compliant with GPS ICD-200 should not encounter any issues. 

This marine notice is also available to download in PDF format: Global Positioning System Rollover week—06 April 2019—Marine notice 1/2019 (PDF 250 KB).

Thanks to Brian Carrick for bringing this to our attention.

All survived the onslaught!

This video is also on the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht race site. It gives a great insight into ocean racing compared to Twilights and Saturdays at GFS.


Just a reminder if you open the members’ fridge, please remember to lock it after use.

Welcome to both Richard Hawkins and Marriane Urth who have taken on the responsibility for Sunday sailing at GFS.

Richard has the responsibility for the Junior fleets – Sabots and Junior Lasers. Marriane overseas the older age group Laser sailors. David Maclean remains as the juniors’ mentor and coach.

The club values its commitment to the Sunday program and we are indebted to Richard and Marriane for taking on these roles.

Junior Sabots and Lasers sailing on Sunday March 10.

Love the sail number 1531

A large number of sails have been left in the clubhouse and are interfering with other members access to their boats. On Sunday morning the sails were impeding movement of the tenders and preventing the Junior and Laser sailors accessing their dinghies.

The sails have now been stacked at the clubhouse entrance and need to be removed asap. Please note that personal property can only be stored within a member’s allocated tender rack.   

Pam Joy, Commodore

Once again the RSYS fleet will be coming our way next Saturday March 2.

The notice to Australian Sailing and GFS reads – As a result of the congestion caused on the eastern part of the harbour as a result of the MHYC Sydney Harbour Regatta, the RSYS will be running an islands race for our mixed division yachts. The course starts in Kirribilli then rounding a mark near Garden Island Island before heading west as far as Spectacle Island. The boats will finish in Kirribilli. There will be approximately 30 boats racing, with the first start at 1250.

If you wish to store your tender in the GFS clubhouse there are documents on the Club Information Page (Club Documents) to assist with your application. You must read and fulfill the requirements outlined in the policy and submit the Dinghy Storage Application which can be downloaded from the page.

Current situation with regard to the waiting list is also on the Club Documents page.

GFS Facebook Group

Upcoming Events

  • 19/10/2019Down Harbour Series Race 2
  • 23/10/2019Twilight Spring Series Race 3
  • 26/10/2019Saturday Spring Series Race 6
  • 27/10/2019WHSS Race 4
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