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.

The SailGP Sydney event will take place on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 February, 2019. There are 6 teams representing Australia, USA, Great Britain, France, China and Japan. Each national team will compete in fleet races, culminating with the top two teams racing for a place on the winner’s podium in a match race on Saturday afternoon.

Friday 15 February: Racing from 4 – 6pm comprising of three fleet races where all six nations compete in each race and then a match race between the top two boats to determine the winner. Roads & Maritime Services will be enforcing an exclusion zone from 3 – 6pm.

Saturday 16 February: Racing from 3 – 5pm comprising of three fleet races where all six nations compete in each race Roads & Maritime Services will be enforcing an exclusion zone from 2 – 5pm.

Exclusion Zone

The exclusion zone will restrict traffic on the harbour and it may be that there will be increased Harbour Cruise Vessel traffic west of the bridge as well as spectator vessels moving to the event.

RSYS will not be racing west of the Bridge and have cancelled their races on Friday night and Saturday.

Due to the abandoned Twilight race last Wednesday the GFS Australia Day Race will be held this Wednesday Jan 30. Medallions will be awarded for placings in the race – second and third on the night with first place winners invited to a presentation at Sydney Town Hall in March.

2017-2020 Sailing Rules Presentation
by Lister Hughes (Australian Sailing International Judge)

Longueville Sportsmans Club (The Diddy)
Corner Kenneth and River Rd, Longueville

Time 7.00pm to 9.00pm

Primary Focus
Pre-start obligations, Continuous obstructions,
Sailing a proper course, Changes to Rule 18.

The bar and snack refreshments will be available.  However, the kitchen will be closed.  Accordingly, you may arrange to have “take-away” food – eg pizzas etc delivered to the club prior to the beginning of the presentation.

All financial GFS Skippers and crew members are welcome.

And don’t forget…
At all times give the keep clear boat – “room, time and opportunity” to keep clear.
Click on this link for some homework prior to the presentation :
Sailboat Racing Rules 2017 by Eric Johnson Sailing National Umpire, Judge Club Race Officer

Well done to the Ausreo crew for their handicap win in IRC Division 4 of the 2018 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

Congratulations to skippers and crews of Ausreo, Infotrack and Jackpot. They have all successfully completed the Sydney to Hobart race and achieved some impressive results

AUSREO   IRC- Div 4   1st;                   ORCi- Div 4     4th;              ORCi      23rd;   Corinthian   5th

INFOTRACK  IRC   12th;                       IRC -Div 0    6th;                 Line Honours     4th

JACKPOT   IRC- Div 4   11th;                 ORCi      45th;                       ORCi- Div 4          13th

Well done Ian, Christian, Rob and crews.

GFS yacht Jackpot now owned by Rob Hale and Matt Gooden is competing in this years Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

Ausreo owned by Ian Creak with Jim Lelliott and Paul Atwood aboard is also making the trip to Hobart.

InfoTrack owned by Christian Beck with brother Darren aboard is the third yacht representing GFS in this years race.


We wish all Crews well for a successful and safe passage to Hobart.

The progress of Jackpot can be followed here, InfoTrack here and Ausreo here

The 183rd Australia Day Regatta will be sailed on Saturday 26 January 2019

The Australia Day Regatta, proudly acclaimed as the oldest continuously-conducted annual sailing regatta in the world, has been conducted each year since 1837 to commemorate the anniversary of the first European settlement of Australia. Originally known as the Anniversary Regatta, this colourful event is held on Sydney Harbour each year on January 26.

It would be good to see a contingent of GFS yachts sailing in the Harbour Regatta on Australia Day. Entry details, Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions can be found on the ADR Website – here

As well GFS will host our own Australia Day commemorative races for yachts on Wednesday January 23 and Saturday February 2 and for Sabots and Lasers on Sunday February 3.

To clarify the situation regarding the Bradleys Head Safe Water Mark (BHSW mark) there have been changes to some Down Harbour Courses.

The BHSW mark is not a mark of the course, but must be passed by leaving it on the required side.

The revised course sheet is here and on the Yachts Page – the changes are in red.

Hope it makes things simpler to interpret.

Not much difference – RSYS yacht Sydney and GFS yacht Paca.




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It is with great sadness that I advise that Keith Tierney our Club Patron, longstanding GFS member and good friend passed away yesterday on December 5th.  He died peacefully at home in the company of his loved ones.


Keith has been a highly regarded member of GFS whose sailing experience and expertise were respected by all. He first learned to sail at the club in 1936 and subsequently raced competitively in skiffs (12ft, VJs and 16ft skiffs) in various clubs around the harbour. He later progressed to yachts, sailed his first (of 15) Sydney to Hobart race in 1950, regularly competed in his own yachts (S&S 40ft and later a S&S 37ft) at the CYC before returning to GFS in 1995 to race his most recent boat Arawa – a Cavalier 28.


A full story on Keith’s career on the water can be found on the website at  http://gfs.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Keith-Tierney-Patron-Article-v2.pdf


Keith actively participated in club activities and many members have benefitted from his knowledge of sailing tactics, wind and tide.  His knowledge of local conditions was extensive and he was rarely passed by another yacht in Humbug. Along with Harvey Porter he had been setting our Twilight courses for several years and (almost) always got our fleets home safely and in time for dinner!


Keith was elected Patron of GFS in July 2017 and generously continued to support the club and its members in this role. He was a much respected member of the GFS sailing fraternity and will be greatly missed by all of us. On behalf of all GFS members I express my sincere condolences to Keith’s wife Judith, his family and many friends


Pam Joy, Commodore

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