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Holiday Learn to Sail (LTS) October 2016
Registrations are now being accepted for the Holiday Learn to Sail Course starting on Monday October 3rd to Friday October 7th. The course will run either mornings from 9:00am to 12:30pm or afternoons 1:00pm to 4:30pm each day. The cost of the course is $330.00 per sailor ($265.00 for members) and includes the use of a club optimist training dinghy and all coaching fees.
Registrations can only be confirmed upon receipt of payment

Click here to register for the Holiday LTS program

Opening Day Races - Sunday 18th September
A new Duck 1 launches on the river. Desley Simpson successfully launches Duck 1, and a new era in safe and fun sailing on the Tamaki River.
Duck 1 Launch
Thanks to Orakei Local Board Chairperson Desley Simpson for the very successful launch

Racing kicked off at about 9:30am in a strong 20-25 knot Westerly. Our tough young sailors completed 2 races before the winds switched to the SouthWest and strengthened. Rescue boats were kept busy. But despite these challenging conditions on the seasons first day we saw a great turnout and a great many smiling kids on the water.

Welcome and Race Briefing - Richard Beauchamp (New Commodore) and Simon Manning (Race Officer)

Well done to our Opening Day Race winners (Full Results on the Results Page)
Mistral - Mike Lee
Starling - Brittany Clark
Opti Gold - William Beauchamp
Opti Silver - Clemence Williams

Starlings 16
Starling sailors starting Race 2

Starling 162
Optimist sailors chilling inbetween races

Brittany Clark racing to the start of Race 1

Manning 2
Jack Manning in Race 2

A new faster, better Duck 1 starts to take shape
Progress being made on GBC's latest addition to the IRB fleet.

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Mistrals on a warm winters day
A high tide and a gentle breeze, and lawns not growing as fast as they have been, were perfect conditions for three Mistral two-handed dinghies and their crews to enjoy a short sail from GBC to the waters off Kohimarama beach one recent Saturday recently.  Three newcomers to the Mistral, Russell Turnbull, Craig Liddell and Richard Beauchamp teamed up with their now very experienced sailor sons (Jonathan, Sam and William, respectively) for the journey.  GBCs other Mistral sailors who may need a bit a a push to get their dinghies on to the water this winter please get in touch with Russell, Craig or Richard.  It would be great to have a bigger fleet embarking upon the next adventure.


Keen sailors can also sail on Saturdays each fortnight during the winter in the 2016 Optimist Winter Sprint Series.  The first leg will be held at Kohimarama Yacht Club on 7 May (the day before the first of the Howick Autumn series).  Click here for details. For the Notice of Race click here .  The entry fee is $20.00 per boat per race day.  Briefing at each location is 1250 and first warning will be at 1325.     

Auckland Central Masters: Marathon Swim, 24 April
Glendowie Boating club was pleased to help out the Auckland Central Masters swimming club ( ) recently when weather conditions meant it was not possible to run its annual Marathon Swim from St Heliers.  GBC opened its doors at 0645 and welcomed 50 swimmers and their support crews (on kayaks) for a start from our northern boat ramp at 0815.  The westerly wind made for a pleasant start to the swim, and easy conditions for the flotilla of small craft assembled in the Tamaki.  The swimmers swam from GBC to Tamaki Yacht club and back to St Heliers - an epic journey.
A flotilla of small craft wait for the swimmers to start off GBC
The start, and 50 swimmers are underway

Holiday Learn-to-sail programme, 18  to 22 April 2016
17 young sailors - 13 of them very new to the sport - enjoyed GBCs latest Holiday learn to sail programme during April.  Several pairs of siblings, some existing Sunday learn to sail sailors keen to stay on the water, and families from quite far afield made the most of pleasant Autumn conditions and GBCs talented coaches to gain new skills and make new friends at Glendowie.  We look forward to welcoming you all back to the club when the season starts again in September.
The morning crew, all mostly new to the sport and a few siblings, with their coaches, relaxed and looking forward to a final days sailing at the end of the course

A few of our regular Learn to sail sailors from last season enjoying the holiday programme and introducing their younger siblings to the sport

Closing day April 17th 2016
It was a pretty sodden affair on the GBC deck for the closing day celebrations this year.  But the weather didnt seem to dampen the sailors' or spectators spirits any. 

The Race Officer, Commodore Shaun Connolly, took advantage of the weather and time of year to set a relatively long course that crossed the Tamaki Rivers channel.  The course was a real hit with the sailors, especially some of the least experienced, who asked for similar courses reaching deeper into the Hauraki Gulf on club days next season.  Congratulations to race winners Jack Manning (Optimist Green), William Beauchamp (Optimist Open) and Jonathan Turnbull (Starling) for leading their respective fleets home. 

GBCs training fleet ended the season with an adventure sail in relatively testing conditions to one of Glendowies crown jewels, Tahuna Torea, the sandspit, home to the Torea (or Oystercatcher).  Most of the sailors returned to GBCs deck looking forward to next season and ready to move up a fleet.  Well done to our coaches for helping these important first fleet sailors to grow in confidence and experience. 

And, despite the weather, the main event of our closing day racing, the Parents Race, managed to draw eight entrants, eager to compete in GBCs (thankfully) bullet proof plastic training opti fleet.  Childhood sailing experience showed through again this year, as Andy Still won the red ribbon, bringing to bear memories of competing nearby in his P-class more than twenty years ago.  Second and third placed David Reid and Richard Howse also drew on their vast experience to keep their boats trimmed flat and dry, get good starts and keep the sailing simple.  Well done to the Optimist sailors who organised the Parents races with great care, and fantastic to hear all the advice given to the (non-listening) parents on the water. 

While closing day marks the end of the season, it doesnt mean the end of sailing for the year.  The Starling National Champs are on right now at Naval Point, Lyttelton.  Best of luck to Nick Reid from GBC, who is competing in the regatta.  Howicks famous and now resurrected Autumn Series runs for four Sundays from 8 May.  All of GBCs racing fleet sailors should get along to this lovely event and location.  And GBCs winter programme is currently being finalised, with plenty of opportunities to keep the sailing momentum going during Aucklands (mild) winter. 
Busy on the Start Line!!

Leaders of race 2 rounding third mark for a final reach to the finish

East Auckland Series, Leg 4, BBYC, 10 April
More than 100 sailors and supporters enjoyed the hospitality of Bucklands Beach Yacht club at the conclusion of the 2015/16 East Auckland Regatta series held on the Tamaki estuary.  After an early start, a morning without much wind and then an afternoon of torrential rain, the spacious clubhouse, BBQ and bar were a welcome sight to sailors and parents alike. 

This is the second season the regatta has been held, giving our sailors the chance to compete in bigger fleets yet enjoy catching up with sailors from neighbourhoods not far from ours.  The first leg at Howick this year, when we had 18 GBC sailors participate, seems to have been so long ago.  25 GBC sailors participated in the latest leg. 

Congratulations to Jonathan Turnbull and William Beauchamp for winning the Starling and Optimist Open series prizes respectively, and to all of our sailors for representing their club so well during the series.  Lets look forward to next years regatta, with even more GBC sailors competing then. 
A group of GBC sailors prepare to depart for BBYCs registration snd briefing, early on Sunday morning.

Toyota NZIODA Optimist Championship, Kohimarama, 25 - 29 March 2016
GBC fielded its biggest team at the Opti Nats for some time recently when 13 of its Optimist Open and Green Fleet sailors competed at Kohimarama, Auckland. GBCs sailors joined others from around the country as well as from Australia