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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  

Around 35 children from difficult backgrounds (and their accompanying youth workers) will have the opportunity to sail on a yacht and receive a free meal, soft drink, ice cream and a ‘Goodie’ bag to take away with them.

If you are able to make a donation to support this event please use this link  – https://www.revolutionise.com.au/gfs/donate/

 

Entries via Balmain Sailing Club –ENTER NOW  Warning signal for racing yachts is 1055hrs.

As always, this years’ Balmain Regatta is shaping up to be a fantastic day.

 There will be at least 30 entrants in the Classic & Modern Workboat Convoy.

A fleet of 8 Couta Boats.

The James Craig!

Modern Yachts.

At least one Historical 18’ Sailing Skiff. Ian Smith’s replica of the original Britannia.

 Classic Yachts, include the legendary Kathleen Gillet [the gaff-rigged ketch that was built for Sydney marine artist, Jack Earl to sail around the world. Earl was a founder of the Sydney-Hobart yacht race, who sailed Kathleen Gillett in the first race in 1945. 2 years later, the ketch (named after Earl’s wife) circumnavigated the globe, only the second Australian yacht to do so].

 The unique Pub Challenge will be contested between Balmain Pubs racing on yachts in the down-harbour race.

 Here are the links to the Notice of RaceYacht & Vintage Skiffs entry.

 After the race will be the famous party on the deck at the club, including live music, food & beverages.

The Laser sailing program is on the Sailing – Laser and Sunday Sailing page of this website or here.

1900hrs GFS Clubhouse.

A rules night has been organised as a special occasion to support sailors at the start of the 2023 -2024 racing season.

Olympic judge Mark Pryke will explain the rules of racing in the context of courses set by the Greenwich Flying Squadron with emphasis on common protest scenarios.

Mark will answer questions to help refine knowledge of safe sailing practices.

This important presentation night is organised to support safe sailing practice and raise awareness of risks posed during races.

Peter Hamilton

GFS Safety Officer

There are no changes from the Twilight courses and course numbers used in the 2022 – 2023 season.

Courses are on the Sailing Racing Information page or here – GFS Twilight Courses- 2023_2024

As we are without a qualified boat driver for the start boat some extra additional courses have been added for Saturday Series Races.

The additional courses are on the Sailing – Racing Information page or can be downloaded here – Extra Additional Saturday Series Courses

Please refer to the email sent by the GFS Safety Officer – Peter Hamilton

SAFETY AUDITS will need to be completed and lodged and uploaded to TopYacht with your insurance CoCs. GFS Audit days are scheduled as:

    1. Saturday 16/9/23   Twilight Fleet Day 1;
    2. Sunday 24/9/23   Twilights Day 2

Please complete the Form (available on the Sailing – Racing Information page) and prepare the boat on the day as described in the email.

  • MOB and Life rings etc. deployed in working position;
  • Lifejackets laid out on deck for inspection;
  • Inflatable life jacket survey reports to be available for audit.
  • Anchor visible with chain laid out on foredeck;
  • Fire extinguisher, Fire blankets, sound signals, flares, buckets, knives etc. topside or in cockpit to be viewed and ticked off;
  • First aid kits available for inspection with a quick reference list of current dates for all perishable items

Have the Radio ON on VHF Channel 72 – to be called in for your audit alongside the club pontoon (and allow a radio check).

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