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Winter Series - 2015 (Fortnightly Sundays from the 7th June to 13th Sept)
The aim is to provide easy, relaxed, and regular sailing during the winter and to keep sailors fresh and provide a good lead in to the new season.
Venue: 12:30 to 4pm every second Sunday at the GBC
Suitable for: Any level of sailor including parents. Sailors are encouraged to try different boats e.g. P-Class, Lasers, Starlings, 420s, Moths, 3.7s etc.
Starling Nationals, New Plymouth, Easter 2015
This year the Starling National Championships were held in New Plymouth over the Easter Holidays. Those that know New Plymouth will be aware that the harbour is small - the development fleet (like the green fleet), sailed in the harbour. The main fleet of 113 boats sailed outside the harbour in the Tasman.
Day 1 was light, but with 2.5m waves left over from the day before. In fact it was so light no races were completed. Many of the sailors were seasick, although not our staunch GBC team of Matt Connolly and Nick Reid.
Matt Connolly (left) and Nick Reid (right) on the beach
Day 2 was heavy rain, poor visibility and strong wind. Due to the conditions no racing was attempted. The New Plymouth family who came to GBC for the National Starling Match Racing Championship in January were keen to reciprocate some hospitality and invited Matt and Nick out to the movies. Running the Match racing regatta each year does wonders for the GBC profile in the sailing community.
By Day 3 the wind had changed to an offshore breeze of 16-22 knots and some good racing was had in the left over swell from the previous day. Around midday the wind did a 180 degree switch, came in steady, so 4 races were completed. Matt got a Black flag, 27, 14, 31 and Nick got 42, 47, 44, 25.
Nick (2018) approaches the top mark
Day 4 and the wind started at around 20 knots and 2-3 races were completed. A squall came through of 34 knots and the chaos started. Boats capsized, gear broken. One girl came ashore with a mast looking like a banana. The waves were still 2.5m+. Our lads were blasting around, although Matt managed to break his rudder and they both capsized multiple times. The race officer quickly called the race off and the fleet retreated ashore. Overall Matt achieved 53rd in the Gold fleet and Nick 25th in the Silver fleet.
Matt (1090) disappears into a swell
Now for some reason both sailors are itching to get back to New Plymouth..
Optimist Nationals, Worser Bay, Easter 2015
Three GBC sailors and their families made the long trip to Wellington for the 2015 Optimist Nationals, which were held on the waters off Worser Bay Boating Club over Easter. Pablo Schoene de la Nuez and William Beauchamp, who both sailed in the Green Fleet at the 2014 Nationals at Manly, competed in the 150 strong Open Fleet this time. Pablos brother, Daniel, sailed in his first National Championship, in the Green Fleet of 50 first time Nationals sailors.
Weather and sea conditions in Wellington were challenging for all but NZ's most experienced Opti sailors. GBCs sailors toughed it out and gained a good deal of confidence, learning through each race and putting into practice their coachs advice for dealing with surf and strong winds. Check out some photos from the regatta, below, and here
W Beauchamp (4217, 3rd from left)) and P Schoene de la Nuez (4331) race towards the finish in a strong Northerly wind on Day 1 of the Nationals
W Beauchamp (4217) heading for the start line after grabbing a snack from a support boat on the last day of the regatta
P Schoene de la Nuez (4331) between races on the last day of the regatta
In all twelve races were sailed despite strong winds that meant races were abandoned on two days of the five-day regatta. On the other three days racing got underway early and flight after flight of yachts were sent promptly around Worser Bay's big course. It was early to bed most nights for sailors (and their families), tired after a good few hours on the helm and staying upright.
GBCs suporters teamed up with those from Howick and Maraetai to set up base camp and a BBQ behind the dunes at Worser Bay. Soup was popular after each day on the water! Support boats from Howick and Maraetai kept the Open and Green fleet sailors from our three East Auckland clubs fed and watered between races.
Next years Optimist National Championship will be held at Kohimarama, right next door. It will be a great opportunity for GBCs growing Open and Green fleets to gain in confidence and experience by competing with sailors of different capabilities from around the country. Some of todays LTR and even LTS sailors might wish to enter the Green Fleet too and supercharge their sailing experience and skills. It would be great to have 25 or more (or maybe all?!) of our Opti sailors at next years Nationals. Talk to your coach and the Opti Convenor, Richard Beauchamp, about how we can help your sailor set their sights on Kohi and the steps we can take to get there.
The next Holiday Learn to Sail Courses start on Monday 13th April 2015.
Registrations are now being accepted for the Holiday Learn to Sail Courses starting on Monday April 13 to Friday April 17. Two courses are being run a morning course from 9:00am to 12:30pm and an afternoon course from 1:00pm to 4:30pm each day. The cost of the course is $330.00 per sailor and includes the use of a club optimist training dinghy and all coaching fees.
Click here to register for the Holiday LTS program
Mistral Nationals - Tamaki Yacht Club 2015
This wonderful regatta, hosted so effortlessly by Tamaki Yacht Club, proved unmissable to many of our Mistral sailors including some of our younger sailors who were keen to give these boats a try. A very big thanks to the Mistral owners who made their boats available for the weekend.
A very proud effort by all. Opti Open Sailor William Beauchamp skippered Mistral 60 (Mana) home to a remarkable 4th position (in the Spinnaker division). Matt Connolly and Jack Floyd cruised home in 6th position (Mistral 4). Richard and Alvaro Dodd led the Non-Spinnaker GBC chase with 3rd placing (Mistral 94). Christopher Dirks was close behind in 5th (Mistral 80), with the Sam Liddell/Jonathan Turnbull duo in 6th (Mistral 85).
Other GBC sailors at the regatta included 9 year old Opti Learn-to-sail sailor Aidan Beauchamp who crewed for Mistral stalwart, Don Grayson, in Mistral 104 (spinnaker division) and Clive and Joe Francis, who enjoyed racing on Saturday in Mistral 102 in the non-spinnaker division.
Busy round the mark
Tight pack including the debut of 85 with Sam Liddell and Jonathan Turnbull
Mistral 104 (D Grayson, A Beauchamp) racing downwind past Bean Rock Lighthouse
Mistral 60 (W Beauchamp, M OMaigh) chasing down Mistral 101 (B & D Black)
Boats from Kerikeri and Hamilton mix it up with the locals at TYC
Mistral 71 (M Connolly & J Floyd) racing at the top of the fleet.
Club Champs - 22nd March 2015
Just another great days sailing out on the river. Smiles from one side to the other. Opti's, Starlings and Mistrals all competing for Club Honours
Sam Liddell riding high
Jack Floyd cruising
Jonathan Turnbull rounding the mark
Susan and Chris Adams doing the Mistral thing
Protest Room Simulation - 15th March 2015
Last Sunday all sailing at GBC was cancelled because Cyclone Pam was bearing down on us.
For the race fleets, our Head Coach Ollie ran a very successful session on the Racing Rules. He started with an overview of the rules, then went on to set up teams to compete against each other in a Protest Room situation, given some typical scenarios. I think all sailors, young and old benefited from the discussion. The session reinforced the need for all sailors to have a good knowledge of the rules, as well as being aware of critical situations developing and then communicating clearly with competitors on the water.
Thanks Ollie for leading this, to our protest panel of Jackson, Simon and David; and to all sailors who took part.
Jonathan Turnbull explaining his side to the Protest Committee
Working through scenarios
Head Coach Ollie Steiner reminds sailors of the rules of sailing
Working through protest scenarios
Protest One: mark room
Protest two: start line
Round Browns Island - Sunday 8th March 2015
This is one of the highlights in the GBC calendar, and a big adventure that the sailors all look forward to each year. Sailors in all classes headed off together and sailed around Browns Island before returning to the club. Opti Learn-to-Race joined in the fun too, sailing to and from the island.
Jack Floyd racing in a Starling
Opti making good progress
Couple of Opti's presumably about to lap Vincent in his Arrow
Wild but lovely!!
Roxy has it right!! Where else would you want to be?
For Sailors interested in the 420 Class
Click here for a flyer on 420 Sailing courtesy of the the International 420 Class Association
YNZ Club Rescue Boat Training
Fifteen GBC and BBYC members took part in a YNZ Club Rescue Boat Operator training course at GBC on Saturday, 7 March. The course teaches the essentials of launching and handling club boats, seamanship and planning, communication, laying buoys, rescue situations, towing, rules of the road at sea, and end of day procedures. Our team of experienced boaties and novices all learned new skills and gained greater confidence in situations they may encounter on days when the going gets tough on the water. Club members who are interested in learning these valuable skills should let the Commodore or other committee members know theyre keen so we can arrange another course before too long.
Many thanks to our instructor, Peter Head of Elements Watersports. And to the Auckland Yachting and Boating Association (AYBA) for arranging and subsidising the course.
Club RIBs ready for action, start of day
Introduction to the club RIBs and what to ensure you have on board
Cath Costello at the helm
Action on the water
Jack Floyd enjoy capsize rescue, without getting wet (well, without getting too wet)
Chris Adams flushes outboard and tidies up, leaving RIB how he expects to find it next time
Sunday 1st March - 3rd leg of the East Auckland Opti/Starling Series
GBC hosted this leg of the series in perfect conditions with around 42 Optis' and 11 Starlings competing for their clubs.
Many thanks to our guest Race Officer, John Woodyear-Smith, whose experience and knowledge was key to holding four well run races for each fleet. Many thanks also to our many willing volunteers who (among other things) handled registrations, fed the hungry sailors, managed the starts, collated the results, sorted prizes, ensured safety on the water and put everything away after a long day.
And many thanks to our generous sponsors who donated sailing gear and cinema passes and experiences on the water and in Americas cup boats. Please support our sponsors, all keen supporters of Youth Sailing: NZSailing.net, North Sails, Explore Group, Southern Pacific Inflatables and Hoyts Cinemas .
Prizes were awarded to:
Opti Green (click here for full results)
1st - Holly Padfield
2nd - Josh Mayer
3rd - Guy Weenink
Opti Open (click here for full results)
1st - William Beauchamp
2nd - Jack Webber
3rd - Pablo Schone de la Nuez
Starling (click here for full results)
1st - Nick Reid
2nd - Matt Connolly
3rd - Matt Brewer
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Race 3 kicks off
View of Race 3 (courtesy of Roger Powell)
incl. W Beauchamp, NZL 4217 (1st place Opti Open) & P Schoene de la Nuez, NZL 4331 (3rd place Opti Open)
Opti Green fleet jostles for the best start
Opti Open fleet lines up for the start
Nick Reid (1st Place Starling)
Matt Connolly (2nd place Starling)
Matt Brewer (3rd Place Starling)
W Beauchamp, NZL 4217 coming in to the finish
Opti Open mid-race (courtesy of R. Beauchamp)
Starlings head off in Race 2
Mistrals head off into the sun
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Register for 2014-2015 Season
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