Welcome to Glendowie Boating Club

The Glendowie Boating Club (GBC) is a family oriented sailing club focusing on teaching novices how to sail as well as Optimist, P Class, Bic, Starling, Feva and Mistral class yacht training and racing. The club racing is held on Sundays from Spring to Autumn. The GBC also participates in an Autumn series run by Howick Sailing Club (each sunday in May) and a fortnightly Winter centreboard program run by BBYC.  This means we can meet demand from sailors wishing to maintain sailing as a year round activity. The GBC also takes part in yachting regattas sending sailors and boats North and South to compete against other yacht clubs.

A club flourishes when everyone pitches in – when you visit GBC you’ll see that our on water activities are operated largely by our volunteers (often parents) and a few skilled coaches. We welcome all parents of new sailors to join us on the water and we are happy to teach non-sailors how to assist.  Here’s the link to our season roster

We currently have some highly ranked Starling sailors sailing and racing at our club as part of our fantastic Starling fleet, as well as a large fleet of up-and-coming Optimist sailors.

We offer boat storage lockers for active sailors, meaning that it’s easy to come and sail at any time, without the hassle of trailers and transport.

Our 2018-19 Season is underway – why not pop down to the club around high tide on a Sunday, check out the facilities and meet our team.  Check our calendar or contact us for sailing times.  And click here for all the details about our Learn to Sail and other courses.

LEARN TO SAIL THESE HOLIDAYS AT GBC -13-18 APRIL 2019

The next school holiday LTS course will be from Monday 13 until Thursday 18 April. The four day duration takes account of Easter and will mean that the course will run slightly longer each day to ensure the full course is delivered.

More details on the training page under Fleets link above. 

Please let any friends you may have who are interested in the course know?

Sign up is now live via the member registration link below.

Latest News

Here are a few photos taken from GBC2, on the Tamaki supporting our Green Fleet, Optimist and Starling sailors in today's East Auckland Regatta. Thanks to the team from BBYC and other volunteers for making it possible, and for BBYC’s post-event hospitality. ... See MoreSee Less

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Another East Auckland Clubs Junior Series has been completed with the fourth and final leg sailed at BBYC today. The 4 race-day series gets bigger each year, showing growth in each of the 4 host clubs - in fact more than 50 Optis and more than 30 Starlings contested at least one regatta day of the series this season. We had nearly 80 sailors on the water at the GBC regatta.

Most pleasingly each clubs junior fleets are also growing and we have also had Bics and Fevas racing this year. The whole series reflects the foresight of previous club officers from Glendowie, Maraetai, Glendowie and Howick - led by Howick’s Marc Frewin.

Congratulations to Maraetai for taking the overall win this year. Very well deserved with some great sailing. More photos and results to come.
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Fantastic day at the Auckland Girls Regatta - off Kohi Beach. GBC’s Grace Still sailed beautifully to come from 4th at Mark 1 and take out the last Starling race in a strong 21 boat fleet. After a 3rd in race 1, this lifted her to 1st overall on countback from Ella Gladwell and BOI’s Cleo Boyd - all three sailors were tied on 4 points. Many of our other sailors had a great day in very difficult conditions, Zoe Mains a strong 6th in Opti Open, Holly Still 4th in Opti Green and Britt Clark 1st in 29ers, crewing for Holly McNeill in Britt’s new boat. It looked like a very fun day, although very challenging breezes. Waiting for results for the other sailors. ... See MoreSee Less

Waiting for the wind at the Auckland Girls Regatta ... See MoreSee Less

Waiting for the wind at the Auckland Girls Regatta

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Clubs, please share this with your members. Online entry at the Torbay website closes 10:00 pm Wed 27 March so don't delay 👉👉 https://bit.ly/2Y3wqgl Torbay Sailing Club​ Kohimarama Yacht Club (KYC)​ Wakatere Boating Club​ Royal Akarana Yacht Club​ Murrays Bay Sailing Club​ French Bay Yacht Club Manly Sailing Club​ Milford Cruising Club​ Northcote Birkenhead Yacht Club Bucklands Beach Yacht Club​ Wanganui Collegiate School RS Feva ... See MoreSee Less

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We had an awesome group of novice sailors take part in our summer Introduction to Sailing Course last January, and the majority have stayed for Sunday Learn-to-sail (LTS) for the rest of the season. They've had a tremendous time, gaining confidence and practicing new skills, among new friends in GBC's fleet of training Optimists. We've also had a number of teenage sailors, keen to give sailing a go but not sure how, hear about GBC's tremendous environment and coaches and set forth on Sundays with us, in a friendly family environment.

We've enjoyed watching our special group of LTS kids become capable sailors in a very short time. And we are thrilled that the our new teenage club-members have felt able to try something new, and catch up quickly. We can't wait to see the group back next season. Here they are today, the LTS sailors practicing capizing, and everyone generally having a great time. Nice technique starting to emerge, too.
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Fantastic to have everyone at the club and on the Tamaki today for the GBC leg of the East Auckland Series. BBYC and final leg for 2018/19, next week.The wind filled in later than hoped but in plenty of time for our sailors to enjoy three progressively longer races (each of Opti Green and Bic O'pen, Opti Open and Starling) in a gentle NE on the Tamaki River for the GBC leg of the East Auckland Regatta. There were nearly 70 boats in the regatta today. Congratulations to those achieving top placings, but well done especially to the least experienced sailors from GBC, BBYC, Howick and Maraetai yacht clubs who use this regatta to get a taste of what bigger fleet racing is all about. Thanks to all the volunteers and sponsors who made the day possible. And thanks to past GBC Commodore, Shaun Connelly, who enjoyed time back at the club as Race Officer. (Photos from the GBC deck - no better place to be - courtesy Lisa Davis-Miller and Richard Beauchamp) ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Thank you for having us! Great day!!

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The wind filled in later than hoped but in plenty of time for our sailors to enjoy three progressively longer races (each of Opti Green and Bic O'pen, Opti Open and Starling) in a gentle NE on the Tamaki River for the GBC leg of the East Auckland Regatta. There were nearly 70 boats in the regatta today. Congratulations to those achieving top placings, but well done especially to the least experienced sailors from GBC, BBYC, Howick and Maraetai yacht clubs who use this regatta to get a taste of what bigger fleet racing is all about. Thanks to all the volunteers and sponsors who made the day possible. And thanks to past GBC Commodore, Shaun Connelly, who enjoyed time back at the club as Race Officer. (Photos from the GBC deck - no better place to be - courtesy Lisa Davis-Miller and Richard Beauchamp)The wind filled in later than hoped but in plenty of time for our sailors to enjoy three progressively longer races (each of Opti Green and Bic O'pen, Opti Open and Starling) in a gentle NE on the Tamaki River for the GBC leg of the East Auckland Regatta. There were nearly 70 boats in the regatta today. Congratulations to those achieving top placings, but well done especially to the least experienced sailors from GBC, BBYC, Howick and Maraetai yacht clubs who use this regatta to get a taste of what bigger fleet racing is all about. Thanks to all the volunteers and sponsors who made the day possible. And thanks to past GBC Commodore, Shaun Connelly, who enjoyed time back at the club as Race Officer. (Photos from the GBC deck - no better place to be - courtesy Lisa Davis-Miller and Richard Beauchamp) ... See MoreSee Less

Wow, look at these photos of our Tuesday Training Group of Starlings earlier tonight, love your work Richard Blakey!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Jack Manning leading at the first mark of race 1 of the weekends Traveler Series event at Bay of Islands Yacht Club (39 boats). He had a race long battle with NZ Champ Sean Herbert to eventually finish 2nd in this race. The rest of the regatta didn’t go so well with Jack suffering few equipment breakdowns! Oh and the pink shorts may have sailed their last race - sorry about that all you fans! ... See MoreSee Less

Jack Manning leading at the first mark of race 1 of the weekends Traveler Series event at Bay of Islands Yacht Club (39 boats).  He had a race long battle with NZ Champ Sean Herbert to eventually finish 2nd in this race.  The rest of the regatta didn’t go so well with Jack suffering few equipment breakdowns!  Oh and the pink shorts may have sailed their last race - sorry about that all you fans!

 

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Oh no so sorry to see the end of the pink shorts 😥

Looking really fast Jack.

Poor Jack. Lachlan has lost a few regattas to gear failure. Never happens when they are training or club racing!

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GBC's Max Mains. Race 1 of the weekends Traveler Series event at Bay of Islands Yacht Club (39 boats). We have really enjoyed watching Max improve over the last few weeks and he’s showing some great ability in his Starling. ... See MoreSee Less

GBCs Max Mains.  Race 1 of the weekends Traveler Series event at Bay of Islands Yacht Club (39 boats).  We have really enjoyed watching Max improve over the last few weeks and he’s showing some great ability in his Starling.
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