Twilight BBQ dinners are back thanks to Foodz by ML and starting from Wednesday, 2 February.
Bookings are essential each week as numbers are limited. Contact me with your booking details at hcharalambous15@gmail.com .

Race dates for the Joe Walsh Down Harbour Series.

Our catered dinners will be held from Wednesday 2 February onwards.
In the meantime, the Club will be available for you to have a BYO BBQ following our upcoming twilight races (12 & 17 Jan). (No race on 26 Jan Australia Day).
BYO food, drinks, plates, cups and cutlery, etc.
If you use any club items they must be cleaned and returned.

Skippers and crew members (INCLUDING SAILPASS HOLDERS) follow the links below to find Australian Sailing numbers (AS#s)

Changes to the RACING RULES OF SAILING (Rule 46) require all crew to have an AS#.  Crew who have joined a Sailing Club previously (or successfully applied for a SailPass) can look up their AS# either by:

  • If a GFS member, accessing their Member page on the GFS Website (https://members.gfs.org.au/ ) and accessing their page by entering their User Name and Password;

or

CHANGES TO RULE 46 OF THE RACING RULES OF SAILING 2021-24 COME INTO EFFECT ON JANUARY 1 2022

“From 1st January 2022, all persons on board a boat while racing shall be members of a Club affiliated to Australian Sailing and have an Australian Sailing number, or hold a valid Sail Pass….”

In keeping with this requirement, yachts racing in GFS events post 1st January 2022 are required to enter details of all Persons On Board for each race via the TopYacht Persons on Board List Facility along with each crew member’s AS#.  Amongst other things this is intended to ensure that Emergency Contact details are available to GFS for all crew on boats racing in GFS events.  It also means that Australian sailing top-up personal safety insurance will apply to all crew on boats participating in GFS Races.

Emergency Contact details are updated annually for GFS members renewing their memberships and will also be Compulsory fields for completion by crew when applying for a SailPass via the QR Code link on this website (see top right hand column), the QR Code Link in the Sailing Instructions or a SailPass QR Code displayed at the Clubhouse or on boats provided by Skippers.

For Crew financial at other Clubs, valid AS#s also need to be listed in the POB entry for the boat they sail on in each GFS race.  If crew have AS#s but are not financial (or do not have a valid SailPass), this does not meet the RRS requirements and boats on which they are sailing may be disqualified if subject to protest.

GFS SailPass Rules

SailPass arrangements are now available for all crew new (or returning) to sailing in races conducted at GFS.  The online facility allows crew to sail up to 3x times in a season (at this stage free of charge) without formally joining the Club.  The dates can be nominated all at once or singly, but in either case involves a single AS# being issued the first time a SailPass entry is lodged, which must be retained and used for booking subsequent SailPass sessions.  After 3x sails the system will not accept further SailPass applications by that person in a given financial year commencing 1 July.  Crew who already have an AS# but are not currently financial should use their existing AS# in applying for a SailPass.  (Crew with AS#s already can reconfirm them through the Australian Sailing Number Finder – https://www.sailing.org.au/member-finder/ or if members of GFS on their member page https://members.gfs.org.au/ ).

Once a crew member has completed the SailPass Application, they will receive an email confirmation that a $0 payment has been received, along with a button (link) in the email enabling download of a receipt.  By Clicking that button and opening the resulting receipt the applicant can view their new AS#.  They should then supply this number to their skipper for entry into the Persons on Board (POB) List via TopYacht.  All other crew who are financial members of GFS, or other Clubs, who are sailing also need to provide their AS#s to skippers for the POB records.

After 3x sails using SailPass crew intending further participation must join GFS as a formal crew member by completing and lodging the Associate Membership Application Form available on the GFS Club Website, after which email instructions will be issued on how to pay a club Crew membership fee using our online credit card payment system.  For these Applicants, their SailPass AS# will then be transferred to a standard GFS Crew membership.

GFS Sailing Instructions have been updated to reflect this requirement.

GFS member John Hayward has been confirmed as the North Sydney Older Person of the Year: for ‘outstanding service to the community!  John is also an active member of Lane Cove Sailing Club and is appreciated for the amount of work he does for them. Well done John.

Greenwich Flying Squadron is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all its Members, Guests and Volunteers. Given the ongoing risks associated with the Covid pandemic the GFS Committee has decided to update its Covid Safety plan and will continue to require all members, guests and others (over the age of 16) entering the clubhouse and participating in GFS events to be fully vaccinated and to sign in using the QR code.  Crew lists remain a mandatory requirement each time you race. The policy will be reviewed monthly and updated as required.

Pam Joy
Commodore, Greenwich Flying Squadron

The 2021/22 Women’s Helm Series starts next week!

Please email me to register (if you haven’t already) if you are participating with your yacht name, Division and name of Female Helm.

Race 1: Wednesday 22 December 2021 (Summer Race #1).

Race 2: Wednesday 5 January 2022 (Summer Race #2).

Race 3: Wednesday 19 January (Summer Race #4).

Notes: A yacht competing in the Women’s Helm Series must have a minimum of 2 persons on board (skipper and 1 crew member). The yacht must be helmed by a female. The Women’s Helm Series and Twilight Series are held simultaneously and point scores are separately awarded.

We have received significant interest in this race sub-series and we’re looking forward to some great racing!

Contact me with any questions!

Regards, Holly Charalambous

Aetos

Twilight dinner bookings on Wednesday after racing are open to all Divisions.
Bookings are required!
To book – Email – Holly Charalambous: hcharalambous15@gmail.com
Looking forward to seeing you there.
Twilight Dinner
Please email me ASAP with your bookings for our next dinner on Wednesday, 1 December. Bookings are now open to all yachts. hcharalambous15@gmail.com
Yachts can raft up if needed.
Dinner and drinks can be purchased by cash or card.
The Club’s COVID-19 Safety Plan can be viewed here: https://gfs.org.au/…/GFS-COVID-19-Safety-Plan-17-October…
The Safety Plan states that all participants in GFS events over the age of 16 must be fully vaccinated against Covid 19. Participants entering the clubhouse must check in using the QR code and show their vaccination certificate.
Thank you for your support and enjoy your dinner!
Regards, Holly Charalambous

Saturday Series race 4 has been abandoned

In retrospect perhaps a good decision.

The 2021/22 Women’s Helm Series is soon to commence.

Our first twilight race in being held on Wednesday 22 December 2021 (Summer Race #1).

Our second race is on 5 January 2022 (Summer Race #2).

Our third and final race is on 19 January (Summer Race #4).

Notes: A yacht competing in the Women’s Helm Series must have a minimum of 2 persons on board (skipper and 1 crew member).

 

The yacht must be helmed by a female. The Women’s Helm Series and Twilight Series are held simultaneously and point scores are separately awarded.

Keep tuned for registration details.

Please contact me directly if you have any questions or would like some assistance or training.

We have received significant interest in this race sub-series and we’re looking forward to some great racing!

Please email me with your dinner bookings for our next dinner on Wednesday, 24 November. Priority will be given to bookings from Division 3 White and Division 6 Black.
Yachts can raft up if needed.
Dinner and drinks can be purchased by cash or card.
The Safety Plan states that all participants in GFS events over the age of 16 must be fully vaccinated against Covid 19. Participants entering the clubhouse must check in using the QR code and show their vaccination certificate.
Thank you for your support and enjoy your dinner!
Regards, Holly Charalambous. Email: hcharalambous15@gmail.com 

Due to the strong westerly wind gusting to 30 kts Down Harbour Race 1 has been abandoned.

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Twilight Dinners are now open to all yachts! (Priority will be given to bookings from Division 1 Orange and Division 5 Blue)
Please email me directly ( hcharalambous15@gmail.com ) to book seats for your crew for dinner on Wednesday, 17 November.

The DEADLINE for bookings is 5pm, Sunday 14 November.

The Club’s COVID-19 Safety Plan can be viewed here: https://gfs.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/GFS-COVID-19-Safety-Plan-17-October-2021.docx

The Safety Plan states that all participants in GFS events over the age of 16 must be fully vaccinated against Covid 19. Participants entering the clubhouse must check in using the QR code and show their vaccination certificate. Masks must be worn except when seated and eating.
Thank you for your support and enjoy your dinner!Regards, Holly Charalambous

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