We had great winds and the rain held off.  A total of 53 boats started, which was good to see.

A few reminders:

POB lists:

  • POB lists are required to be submitted before each race.
  • If you are not able to submit your POB list before the race, due to special circumstances, you may submit your POB list up to 24 hours after the race finishes.
  • Crew lists are deleted at midnight every Monday. If you enter a crew list before then for the following week’s races these will also be deleted.

Racing Divisions:  There have been a few changes this year, as advised at the Compulsory Skippers Briefing.

  • Would all skippers please check your division allocation for this season.
  • For boats that require a new division flag, we have a limited supply available in the Sailing Office.  The office is usually open on Sat from about 10.00 a.m. to 12.30 and Weds from 17.00.

BBQ:  Catering has resumed at the clubhouse and will be in full swing for Spring Race 3.  Please support your club.

Please follow this link for the GFS Safety Briefing presentation.

Prior to competing in GFS events, you will need to complete and lodge a safety audit and upload it and your Proof of Insurance details to TopYacht.

Dockside audits were quick and efficient provided owners were ready.  Please review the audit requirements posted on the link below.
On the last audit day, some boats did not have safety gear deployed – life jackets out for on-deck viewing, anchor and chain visible on foredeck, Proof of Insurance, Audit documentation completed by the skipper or representative and the other mandated items and first aid kit in the cockpit.
If gear is not on deck and forms not completed you will be turned away until this is completed.

Remaining Audit Dates

 Twilight fleet

Sunday 25/9/22 – Twilight Fleet Day 2

Please refer to the process outlined on the email from the Safety Officer or on the link here – GFS Safety Notice to Skippers#1

For information regarding Fire Extinguishers – go here – amsa707_inspection_of_portable_fire_extinguishers

For a template for Category 7 Medical Kit contents go here – Medical Kit

David Leslie, GFS Safety Officer

These and Saturday results are now on the Sailing – Race Results page of the web site.

At present results are not able to be uploaded in the normal fashion to the internet.  This issue is now resolved.

Provisional results for DH Race 1 are –

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Saturday September 10.

Entrants, Divisions and Handicaps (PHS)

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Entries for the 2022 – 2023 Sailing Season are open in TopYacht.

Before you race in either a Saturday or Twilight series or race at GFS you will need to enter your yacht online through the TopYacht Race Entry System (TES).  Once entered and your Equipment Audit and Proof of Insurance uploaded,  you will be able to enter events at GFS and other clubs or regattas.

To enter your yacht for 2022-2023 Twilight, Saturday, Twilight Summer, Saturday Summer and Down Harbour Series at GFS – Each Series must be entered separately.

Go to – https://topyacht.com.au/db/kb2/1583

A help page for the TopYacht entry process can be found here: How to Enter a Sailing Event using the TopYacht Entry System .  If your boat has joint ownership please read this.

Saturday Series entries must be made before August 27.


WHWS Combined club results.

Well done to all GFS competitors in the 2022 combined clubs West Harbour Winter Series.

Great results for GFS yachts in Division 2 with Whiskey Tango Foxtrot 1st and Jester (GBR32) 3rd.

In Division 3 a clean sweep with G-Whizz 1st, On Y Va! 2nd and Tana 3rd.

It was good to see the ‘crowds’ back at GFS for the club’s annual presentation. The chatter and camaraderie between fierce on-water competitors was excellent and all seemed to enjoy the event.

Thanks to Commodore Pam Joy for organising the engraving and supply of plates for the various winners and overseeing the presentation on the day. Thanks also to the presenters Patron Geoff Lucas, Twilight Captain Nick Murphy and club sponsor Joe Walsh. The inclusion of the Women’s Helm series was recognised and awards were presented by Holly and Pam. Well done to the trophy and plate recipients.

A great afternoon tea was provided with thanks to Glenda Cameron-Strange and Holly Charalambous.

Yesterday (April 23), at the start of Saturday Autumn Race 8 our starting area was visited by the Waratah a vessel which is part of the Sydney Heritage Fleet.

The Waratah is a coal fired tug and was built at Cockatoo Island, Sydney. She was launched on the 21st May 1902. Originally named Burunda, her primary role was to tow dredges and barges between the various ports along the NSW coast.

She is the oldest tug in working order in Australia. She carried a crew of 14, including six officers who were accommodated in separate cabins aft.

Her sea-going days ended in 1948 when, due to her age and condition, she was restricted to Newcastle Harbour until 1968 when she was acquired and restored by the Sydney Heritage Fleet.

The GFS prize presentation get together is on Saturday May 28 commencing at 3.00pm at the GFS clubhouse.

This Is Serious Mum so don’t be at Avalon or off on a jaytripper or etesian adventure that day. Speedwell down and enjoy the seascape and keep an eye out for dolphin, meerkat, irukandji and pejo lark amongst other creatures frolicking with flair in the water. There is no etchiban on anyone from attending and it will be a vesille afternoon. On y va to all the recipients of prizes, it is a bit like winning the jackpot. Kia kaha!  It was certainly a challenge worthy of a conquista to reach utopia in the pointscore.

It is expected that all amateau sailors will arrive at the club hasta la vista and the aim is to paca the clubhouse jester for the afternoon and I’m sure we will be able to force four more in. Entertainment will comprise hula dancing, a wind charmer, a joka and another jester and banjo player, which will get the adrenaline pumping and leave us all with a feeling of serendipity. Later in the evening there may be even an aurora and a visit from the highland ghost which will be a good tonic for Bob if he shows up which will be worth a tana to watch.

Beware of the dog at the door, pea jay in the right place, avoid any shemozzle and enjoy the afternoon which will be world’s apart. The barubi will be open for a range of beverages (including aetos, capriole and ausreo). You will need to standown when served.

G whizz it will be madder n badder and a great chance to leave the passion X of mistress, Annabella, for the afternoon and have a joli time.

It would be great to have a good roll-up of all members at the club (not just prize recipients).

Please be aware that there is more preliminary surveying being done in the area between Longnose Point and the Coal Loader. This part of the Western Harbour Tunnel project

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The aim of the project is to create a western bypass of the Sydney CBD and take pressure off the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Harbour Tunnel, Anzac Bridge and Western Distributor corridors to improve transport capacity in and around Sydney Harbour. For more information go to https://caportal.com.au/rms/wht

Whilst in operation, please remain clear of the platform and yellow buoys. If racing, the structure and buoys present a continuing obstruction.


Winners of GFS Australia Day 2022 races have been invited to attend the regatta prize giving at Sydney Town Hall on Tuesday April 12. Winners were TISM (Richie Lees and Michael Coleman), Speedwell (David Quail), Mistress (Ray Hand), Adrenaline (Rolf Lunsmann), Paca (Greg Jaques and Andrew Wise), Vesile (Patrick Medley and Graeme Kennedy), Minnow (Richard Grundy, Much Ado V (Mitch White) and Tennacious (Andreas Laubi).

Hopefully a strong contingent will attend to represent GFS.

Best wishes to the GFS yachts competing in the Sail Port Stephens Regatta 2022, April 4 to 10. GFS yachts which have entered are Aetos, Hasta La Vista, Koko, Passion X, Salty Sea Dog II, Tana, Red William, Silver Spray and Sweeny Todd.

Preparation and Racing on Monday – Tana and Hasta La Vista



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Division 4 after 3 Races

Passion X relaxing between races’

Passion X Racing

Yacht racing in West Sydney Harbour and Parramatta River has additional safety considerations for all skippers involved due to restrictions to vessel movements due to the geography of the area. These waterways are enclosed and restricted by depth. We share these waters with boats from up to five other sailing clubs over a range of performance and speed capabilities.

A recent close contact incident with GFS boats during Saturday racing has been brought to our attention by a member of Parramatta River Sailing Club. While not attributing blame to any party involved as no protest was lodged, the Club takes this opportunity to remind all skippers that Racing Rules of Sailing apply to any vessel racing in any Sailing Australia endorsed event and of course Col Regs apply to all other vessels in a vicinity of possible contact.

As different club courses on any event day will inevitably cross, often in opposite directions, Skippers and their crew must remain aware at all times of vessel movements in their vicinity and be prepared as a matter of courtesy to make their planned course or course adjustments obvious to other close vessels when a likely close contact may occur. A hail or hand signal, and consistent straight steering maybe all that is required and is a means to say g’day to our fellow yachties on the way past.

Don’t forget Col Reg #1, a vessel must at all times maintain an adequate look out and take all steps necessary to avoid contact with other vessels.

There is provision for inter club protests to occur if deemed necessary by lodging a protest in accordance with RRS and your club Sailing Instructions.

David Leslie

GFS Safety Officer

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