The prize presentation was held on Saturday, June 2. The event was well attended.

However, there are some plates still to be collected. These will be displayed in the club from Saturday June 8. There is a list in the latest Humbug Lite.

A full list of recipients for 2023 – 2024 and their awards is here.

Hi everyone,

I have been serving in the role of Twilight Captain for 7 years and I feel the time has come to pass this on to someone else.

I started at the beginning of the 2018/2019 Twilight Season. I have enjoyed the role and interacting with so many members, especially my fellow committee members. The Covid years were tough, with cancellations, Persons-On-Board lists and many other hurdles, but we have now completed our first season in a “Business as Usual” fashion. Everything is ship-shape again and ready for hand-over.

I give special thanks to those who worked closely with me to help make the racing events happen: Bram Penberthy (Handicap Officer), David Edmiston (lead Course Setter), Peter Hamilton (Safety Officer) and Phil Hare (Sailing Secretary).

I would like to thank the many starters we have had over the last 7 years, most recently Belle Blandin de Chalain and Liam West.

The Twilight Race Events would not have been so popular without the dinners afterwards, always organised in superb fashion by Glenda Cameron-Strange and Holly Charalambous.

I would also like to thank John Veale and Steve Bradley for their support as Commodore and Vice-Commodore.

I will continue sailing, so you will see me out on the harbour or at the dinners. I will be available to help the new Twilight Captain whenever required. If you are interested in the role or you know a good candidate, please send an email to myself and John Veale.

Cheers everyone,

Nick Murphy.

West Harbour Winter Series – WHWS

Entries via Balmain Sailing club –

https://topyacht.com.au/db/kb2/series_select.php?EventID=1720

Sailing Instructions –

https://www.balmainsailingclub.com/downloads/2023-2024_WEST_HARBOUR_SERIES_SAILING_INSTRUCTIONS.pdf

Courses – 

https://www.balmainsailingclub.com/downloads/ATTACHMENT_A_WEST_HARBOUR_COURSES.pdf

Races –

Year Month Day Date Event Other Information
2024

May

Sunday 19 W H Winter Series Race 1 Dates for the 2024 combined Balmain Sailing Club, Drummoyne Sailing Club, Parramatta Sailing Club and Greenwich Flying Squadron West Harbour Winter Series

June

Sunday 2 W H Winter Series Race 2
Sunday 16 W H Winter Series Race 3
Sunday 30 W H Winter Series Race 4

July

Sunday 14 W H Winter Series Race 5
Sunday 28 W H Winter Series Race 6

August

Sunday 11 W H Winter Series Race 7

 

Please check the two lists attached, If your boat is mentioned you will be the recipient of a plate or trophy at the GFS prize presentation.

The Prize presentation is from 3.00pm on June 1 at the GFS clubhouse.

All members and crews are welcome to attend along with those listed.

Twilight Recipients – Twi list for web

Saturday Recipients – Sat list for web

Hope to see many of you in attendance.

 

Felix passed away after a battle with cancer on Sunday April 7.

Felix was a GFS Junior Sailor at the time Rich and Liz Imaly ran the Sabot program. Liz taught him at Greenwich Public School and also to sail.

After primary school he attended Newington College where he graduated in 2020. The College noted that Felix made an indelible impact on his peers and teachers. From College musicals, plays, orchestral performances and concerto competitions to fundraising for the Salvos and as a school leader he was, in the words of Headmaster Mr Michael Parker, ‘a terrific, positive and indefatigable young man’.

Diagnosed in December 2021, Felix was treated for a super rare Sarcoma called an Inflammatory Myofibroblastic Tumour in his chest spanning his heart and left lung.

While at GFS he was an active junior sailor and he was awarded an Australia Day Medallion sailing Whisperer in the GFS Sabot 1 up class in the 2016 event.

Felix was an incredible young person who became involved in Canteen – https://www.raiseit.org.au/fundraisers/flixlaubi/raise-it  He reached out to Canteen for support in the form of counselling, meeting groups with other young patients and survivors.

Despite his condition Felix completed the Huskisson classic distance triathlon in October 2023. A 1km swim in Jervis Bay, followed by a 60km bike ride and 10km run where he was joined by a group of friends who have supported him throughout treatment and are now supporting each other through training.

The GFS Laser group held an unofficial memorial for Felix at the club last Sunday. Felix’s father Andreas is a regular sailor with the GFS Laser fleet.

SATURDAY APRIL 6 from 5:30pm

GFS turns 100 in 2024 and we are keen to celebrate in style.

Come down to the clubhouse to join fellow members for an entertaining and informative evening of food, drink, music and stories.

The $60 ticket price includes:

  • Hot and cold canapés from Bern the Chef
  • Champagne and wine supplied by Wild Oats
  • Live music by Simon McDonald
  • Interesting stories from GFS history
  • An entertaining quiz by our Mystery Quizmaster

This is literally a once in a lifetime opportunity, none of us will experience another Centenary at GFS. We look forward to seeing you there. If you are planning to come, please buy your tickets by 3 April to allow us to plan catering.

To book your tickets go to:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/greenwich-flying-squadron-centenary-celebration-tickets-845603592107

Our beautiful and beloved Koko is reluctantly on the market. Moving interstate without my gun GFS team and time for a smaller boat! We’d love to see her go to a good home.

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Fast Cruiser /Racer, excellent condition and exceptionally well maintained. Extensive sail wardrobe for racing and cruising. Swing mooring adjacent GFS in Gore Creek Bay will be available with tender currently at GFS.

Get in quick before we sign with broker. 145k or good offer.

David Leslie 0432883771 or Jim Igoe 0424238745

To celebrate 100 years GFS will be holding two events to mark the Anniversary.

The very first race contested as Greenwich 12ft Flying Squadron was held on February 14, 1924.

This year February 14 is a Wednesday and we will celebrate the anniversary following twilight racing. We plan to have an original 12ft skiff on display, some special prizes that mirror those awarded to winners of the first race, a birthday cake and some special guests. Please join us.

On Saturday 6 April, from 5.30pm to 8.30pm the Club will host a reception at the Clubhouse with canapes and drinks, music, a bit of history, lots of pictures to bring back memories and many friends to catch up with. More details to come.

 

Saturday Division 1 results have been corrected and posted in Sailing – Race results

15 January 2024

Dear Commodore,
A reminder to encourage your skippers to sign up and participate in the 188th Australia Day Regatta – the
oldest continuously run annual sailing event in the world – to be conducted on our national day, Friday,
January 26, 2024.

The regatta boasts a remarkable unbroken record that began in 1837, which has survived economic
depressions, devastating epidemics, two World Wars and then, as now, the odd bout of political meddling.
Above the challenges and the politics, we believe the desire among sailing folk to mark the day – based as it
around a celebration of community, inclusiveness – and being at one with nature out on the water – remains
undiminished. It is a day for all Australians.

Participating in one of the regatta sailing activities conducted across the length and breadth of the harbour and
up and down our east coast , we believe it is a typically informal Australian way to acknowledge all that is to be
truly “Australian”.

Join us, as Sydney Harbour, in all its glory, will burst with colour, spectator fleets and action including the
Harbour Parade, Ferrython, the Tall Ships Race, Parade of Sail Australia and Defence Force flyover prior to
the start of the main regatta at 1:30 pm in the presence of our regatta flagship, HMAS Choules.

We respectfully request you, as commodores, to promote the event to your members and encourage skippers
and crew to join us out on the water and enjoy activities back at your club after the event.

We would also ask that boats participating in either the Botany Bay Race or the main harbour regatta fly our
sponsor – Naiad’s pennant – from the backstay during the race as both a means of acknowledging its
generous support and aiding NSW Martime and the Water Police to readily identify boats participating in the
regatta and allow passage into potential exclusion zones.

More information and links to the Entry Form and Notice of Race are available on our web site
www.australiadayregatta.com.au

Bruce Dover                              Noel Cornish
Chairman                                  President

Results are on the Sailing – Yacht Division Results page.

Check the Twilight Duty Roster for the remainder of the 2023 – 2024 season here –  Duty Crew Roster 2023-2024.

The link is also on the Sailing – Racing Information page.

From Bernadette the caterer –

Hello Folks,

20th December looks to be a raucous affair back at the club after racing.
To help alleviate BBQ wait time, and to bring festive cheer,  we will include a couple of extra meal offerings on the night.
Along with the usual BBQ fare, Ray will have baked ham and turkey carved and plated, ready to add your salad – enough for approximately 45 guests, $30 per serve.
Also, salmon fillet en papillote – individually wrapped in foil/paper to steam on the BBQ (stays in its packaging- no meat/BBQ grease needed) with Italian lemon/fennel & dill butter. About 15 serves. $30 per serve.
Also vegetarian lasagne at the ready, warm in the oven.- about 8 serves. $20 per serve.
These special meals will be on a fist in best dressed basis
Kind regards.

Please note that if you intend to sail in the Summer Twilight or Summer Saturday Series you must enter the appropriate series on TopYacht.

The Summer series is separate to the Spring and Autumn Series.

To enter your yacht for the 2023 – 2024 Summer Series – Go to – https://topyacht.com.au/db/kb2/1703  

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