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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.
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
Starling sailors starting Race 2
Optimist sailors chilling inbetween races
Brittany Clark racing to the start of Race 1
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.
and more to come.
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 ( www.aucklandharbourswims.org.nz ) 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 and Pacific Islands in an Open fleet numbering over 170 sailors and a Green fleet numbering over 80. The fleets spent five days in sometimes light and flukey conditions, which proved challenging for everyone. Check out photos from the official website: www.optimistnationals.org.nz/photography/
Despite the tricky conditions GBCs sailors did very well, with three sailors making the top 20 in Green Fleet and two placing well in the ranks in Open. See www.optimistnationals.org.nz/results for results. The main thing, though, was every sailor having fun and representing themselves and their clubs well, in true sportsmanlike fashion, and the sailors parents sharing in the sailors' success and enjoying all of the extra interactions that occur at a big regatta.
Heres what some of the sailors and parents had to say:
"I found the Optimist Nationals really exciting, after the nervousness of the first day. Everyone was really friendly and I enjoyed the sailing even though the wind was quite light and I was exhausted after the five days. A special thanks to Green Fleet coaches, Lisa and Daniel, for helping me on the course."
"The parents were great on the beach, getting the sausages and the food ready and going from boat to boat helping the sailors. I loved going out on the duck so a big thank you to Simon, Matt, Nick and Andy for driving the ducks.
"The Nationals were awesome. It was really easy to go sailing. KYC provided tents for our gear, rig racks, and organised everything really well. Launching off the beach was fast and easy. And there were ice-blocks when you signed off in the afternoon! Im really keen to do it again next year."
"It was a great opportunity for sailors even if they arent experienced. I enjoyed taking part and looked forward to the challenges of each day."
"Richard and Lisa ran a brilliant event. They'll say it was a team effort, but without the up front organisation these two put in, no one would have enjoyed the weekend as much as we did. Bring on 2017.
But it truly was a team effort. Our sailors got to know each other better over the five days and looked out for each other on the beach and course. Parents pitched in to get everything to KYC, keep the camp tidy, the sailors fed, the optis launched and retrieved, the patrol boats fuelled, the sailors safe, and to get everything home safely afterwards. By the end of the first days sailing (actually day 2!) there was a general chorus among the parents that went along the lines of the kids are having great fun and how many other GBC sailors do you reckon will join us at next years Nationals?
If you are keen to know more then check in with GBC sailors William and Aidan Beauchamp, Ben Brewer, George Cole-Baker, Barney and Claudia Green, Russell Kereru, Zach Kernohan, Jack Manning, Josh Ongley, Daniel Schone, Grace Still and Jack Webber. Or speak to their parents, or the marvellous coaches who accompanied the team, Wade Tresadern, Lisa Dartnell and Daniel Andressen.
Strong interest in the Green Fleet from the sidelines
No wind on the morning of day two meant the need to plan an adventure for our sailors in Ducks 1 and 2
250 Optis on the beach at Kohimarama
Sailors leave the beach after the D flag put up for Green Fleet
Green Fleet Briefing
GBC coaches L Dartnell, D Andressen and W Tresadern
Coach Wade Tresadern with GBC Open Fleet sailors W Beauchamp, D Schone, J Webber and R Kereru
Starling Traveller Series - Maraetai - April 2nd - Click here for NoR
Auckland Girls Champs 2016 (courtesy of Claudia Green)
On Saturday 19 March four GBC green fleet girls, Grace Still, Clemence Williams, Sophie Strang and I, went to the Auckland Girls Regatta at Kohimarama Yacht Club. We went out in very wild conditions with lots of wind and huge waves. All of us braved the conditions and proved ourselves strong competition for girls from a range of other clubs. I was fortunate to get a 2nd in the first race, and a 7th overall. Overall we all had a very enjoyable time together at this regatta and we gained a lot of confidence and experience from sailing in the strong weather.
Mistral Class Championships 2016 - Tamaki Yacht Club 19th and 20th March
Glendowie sailors enjoyed a weekend of sailing in Mistral two-handed dinghies at Tamaki Yacht Club (TYC), in the Mistral National Championships held over the weekend of 19 and 20 March 2016. The Mistral is a classic NZ sailing dinghy, designed by Glendowie local Des Townson. The class is over 55 years old and a has a strong following of sailors who appreciate the Mistral's lovely lines and the legacy of NZ dinghy sailing.
Conditions for the Mistral Nationals this year were challenging, with choppy seas and an Easterly breeze blowing at nearly 25 knots for much of the event. Nevertheless all of our sailors, and everyone competing, had plenty to celebrate in TYCs lounge at the end of the regatta, as they recounted busy starts, crowded mark roundings and the occasional capsize, amongst tremendous runs under spinnaker and beats to the top mark stacked out using every spare cm of height. Well done Mistral skippers William Beauchamp (normally GBC Open Opti); Wade Tresadern (GBC Opti Coach) and Matt Connolly (GBC Starling and Farr 3.7 sailor) and forward hands Aidan Beauchamp, Matt Brewer, Fred Burrage, Alvaro Dodd, and Willem Scott for bringing home various trophies and honours.
GBC Mistral skippers and crew enjoy a soft drink and Sunday Roast in TYCs lounge at the end of sailing. Mistral Nationals, TYC, 2016. (L to R: W Beauchamp, A Beauchamp, F Burrage, W Tresadern, A Dodd, M Connolly, W Scott, M Brewer)
Mistrals heading for the start line, seconds to go until the starting gun. Day 1, Mistral Nationals, TYC, March 2016
Wade Tresadern prepares the sailors for the conditions ahead
Learning to Sail - Learning to Smile
Big smiles from Molly after her 4th LTS session. Thats what its all about!!
Round Browns Island Race - Sunday 6th March
A brisk south westerly, stronger than predicted, made for quite tough conditions. And a reasonably big swell kept our sailors focused as they battled their way around Browns Island. Always a wonderful race and an annual highlight in the calendar. Big smiles on faces at the end, even the hapless fool in an Arrow who tipped with only a 100m to go.
Congratulations to our winners; Simon and Jack Manning (Mistrals), Nick Reid (Starlings), William Beauchamp (Opti Open) and Ben Brewer (Opti Green).
East Auckland Regatta, Leg 3, 28 February 2016
A big thank-you to Marc Frewin (Howick Sailing Club) for processing these results..
Opti Open Results
Opti Green Results
1. Starlings - Brayden Bertelsman (HSC)
2. Opti Green - Jack Manning (GBC)
3. Opti Green - Eleanor Nugent (BBYC)
Despite the remnants of Cyclone Winston making it difficult to forecast conditions for the third leg of the East Auckland Regatta 2016, GBC turned on a really great fun and successful regatta for our East Auckland neighbours, last Sunday, 28 February. This is the second year the series has been held and numbers entered continue to grow, with 51 Starling, Opti Open and Opti Green sailors from GBC, Bucklands Beach, Howick and Maraetai sailing clubs, and their supporters, on the Tamaki river for the day.
Congratulations to everyone who sailed, for keeping the regatta trophy in GBCs hands. But congratulations also to our Green Fleet sailors who took the opportunity to sail for the first time in a bigger fleet and to the individual GBC sailors who achieved podium placings.
And a huge debt of thanks must go to all of the helpers who make these events possible. John Woodyear-Smith, a past GBC commodore, stepped in to do a great job of getting away three races across three fleets. Members were on hand to ensure our patrol boats stood by, the race committee was ready and able to turn results around quickly, the galley served plenty of food to hungry sailors and supporters, and there was no shortage of extra help on deck to lend a hand whenever needed. Thanks everyone!
And we must acknowledge our generous sponsors. Thanks to North Sails, NZSailing.net, Maritime Museum, New World Supermarkets, Dialled Indoor Tramp Park and Hoyts Cinemas. And thanks to the local businesses who were also keen to provide support, Life Pharmacy St Heliers, Kebabs on Maskell, Il Piccolo Italian restaurant, and Lilliput Mini Golf.
The East Auckland regatta is a huge opportunity to practice the skills necessary to sail fast and confidently in big fleets, yet amongst friends. Racing fleet sailors who havent yet should sign up for the East Auckland regatta. The next and final leg this year will be held on 10 April at Bucklands Beach.
Auckland Mistral Championships, Tamaki Yacht Club, 20 and 27 February 2016
Three of our Optimist sailors teamed up with stalwart Tamaki Yacht Club Mistral sailors to compete in the 2016 Des Townson Auckland Mistral Champs. Grace Still, Aidan Beauchamp and William Beauchamp each had an awesome time sailing in this beautiful 1950s two-hander, and helped ensure there was a good turnout of Mistrals for the regatta. Congratulations to each of these young sailors for demonstrating the capabilities we have among GBCs young sailors. And congratulations to William for helming Matt OMaighs famous Mistral 60 to third place, in the face of the strong winds left over from Cyclone Winston. GBC has a dozen Mistrals in its lockers. Speak to Richard Dodd or Richard Beauchamp about how to get into one on the water.
Sunday Racing 21st Feb
Congratulations to all our sailors who took part in racing on Sunday. Strong sou'wester and a tough course (thx Nick Brewer) tested the fleets and demonstrated how far they have all come this season. Busy rescue boats, a few bumps and smiling sailors characterised the day.
Super fast Opti
Brittany making a great recovery
Oops I've hit something!! (thx Mike for putting my rudder back on)
New class - zero handed crew
Sunday Racing 14th Feb - 1st Club Day of 2016
GBCs Opti Open and Green Fleets enjoyed four races in really pleasant conditions this morning, joined by a few Mistrals and newer Starling sailors, while most of the Starling Fleet made the trip home from their weekend camp at Motuihe. Recent regatta experience really made a difference for a few of the sailors, especially in the Green Fleet. Thanks to Richard Dodd, PRO, for setting an interesting course that made the most of the easterly and a chance to finish off by the deck, and to all of the parent help for carrying out the tasks necessary to run successful and safe racing.
1st Aidan Beauchamp
2nd Grace Still
3rd Jack Manning
1st William Beauchamp
2nd Jack Webber
3rd Daniel Schoene de la Nuez
1st Clive Francis/Joe Francis
2nd S Connolly/G Cole-Baker
3rd M Lee/T Lee/G Lee
Motuihe Island Trip (12 - 14th Feb) - 10 Starling Sailors had a great weekend at Motuihe Island in the Hauraki Gulf over Friday and Saturday nights . We sailed with light winds on Friday evening in stunningly beautiful conditions and glassy calm seas. We managed to seek out a couple of Tuatara on our night time bush walk and two of our sailors also caught a glimpse of a Kiwi. We jumped off the pier, slid down a natural mud slide into the sea, swam, gathered round the BBQ, and slept under the stars. The sail back home was in a brisk 14kts breeze making for a very quick trip past Rangitoto and Browns Islands and into the midst of the Sunday racing at the GBC. Thanks to all the sailors for being such a great group and for looking after each other. Thanks to all the parents for their help in making this happen.
Left to right Will Scott, Jonathan Turnbull, Sam Liddell, Jamie Lock, Matt Brewer, Kate Hillman, Nick Reid, Alvaro Dodd, Matt Connolly, Jack Floyd
Tents not required
Junior Sail Auckland - Kohi Yacht Club 6th - 7th Feb
Twelve Glendowie Boating Club sailors, Starling, Opti Open and Opti Green, sailed at the Junior Sail Auckland Regatta, at Kohimarama, over Waitangi weekend 6-8 February. The weather conditions varied considerably, with strong easterlies on Sunday proving a challenge in the Green Fleet in particular, and rain on Saturday making spectating less pleasant. For Opti sailors the regatta was a chance to get a feel for the Opti Nats, which will be held at Kohimarama at Easter, and to compete in teams racing that was held on Monday. For all of our sailors it was a chance to compete in bigger fleets with strong competition. See kyc.org.nz/2015-2016/ for results.
It takes a good deal of effort to make the regatta run smoothly for our sailors. Many thanks to volunteer parents Nick Brewer and Andy Still, who spent three days on the water in a small RIB, encouraging our Green Fleet sailors to do well. Likewise many thanks to our Head Coach, Ollie Steiner, and his coaches Wade Tresadern and Noam Whiteside, who spent the weekend on the water providing support, advice and encouragement to GBC's Starling and Opti Open fleets between races. And thanks to the usual small group of unsung heroes who stayed on Kohi's shore throughout to help land sailors from GBC and other clubs when they came in early, who refuelled the RIBs and got them to the regatta and back safely, and who generally made it possible for our growing fleets to show the flag for Glendowie and meet friends and fellow sailors from around the country.
Thanks to Kohimarama Yacht Club for hosting a successful and well attended regatta.
Two of GBCs newest Opti Green Fleet sailors, Aidan Beauchamp (4459) and Grace Still (3628), on the start line, day 3
Auckland Champs at Maraetai - Jan 2016
Well done on a great effort by GBC sailors at the Auckland Champs over the Auckland Anniversary weekend. In the Starlings, Nick Reid finished 3rd in his last race to finish 9th overall. Jack Culloty came in 22nd overall. In Optimist Open William Beauchamp finished 38th and Jack Webber 73rd overall among 105 sailors. Aidan Beauchamp sailed in his first regatta and enjoyed the conditions, despite sometimes finding the conditions trying on the start line, to finish 34th of 49 Green Fleet sailors. Maraetai turned on some beautiful weather for swimming and sunbathing and some gentle sea breezes for the sailors. Thanks to Maraetais club and volunteers for hosting such a well-organised event.
Aidan Beauchamp (4459) completes a tack in pre-start on day 2, Green Fleet
Jack Webber (3459) and William Beauchamp (4217) sail to the start line in little or no wind, day 1, Optimist Open
Big smiles from Nick Reid after coming 3rd in the final race
Nick Reid (2133)
National Starling Match Racing - @GBC - January 2016
Once again the GBC is host to the National Starling Match Racing Champs. Sailors representing most provinces throughout New Zealand and Rarotonga gathered at the club on a glorious Friday evening for a warm GBC welcome and BBQ.
1st - Tom Maidment (Bay of Plenty)
2nd - Zoe Bennett (Wellington)
3rd - Francesco Kayrouz (North Harbour)
4th - Matt Connolly (Auckland)
5th - Matthew Wylie (Canterbury)
6th - Emily Overend (Nelson Marlborough)
7th - Tex Franheim (Cook Islands)
8th - William Pritt (Taranaki)
9th - Nicola Sanders (Southland)
10th - Hannah Wilks (East Coast)
11th - Nick Reid (North Island Wild Card)
12th - Horima Neville (Northland)
Day 3 (Monday) - Tom Maidment presented with the winners trophy from our special guest and sailing legend Tony Rae
Day 3 (Monday) - Sailors resting on the deck after the finals
Day 3 (Monday) - Prizegiving
Day 2 (Sunday) - Boats beautifully turned out by Brian Peet
Day 2 (Sunday) - Richard Brown (Starling Class Association) briefs the sailors and Hamish Hey (Yachting New Zealand) explains some of the judges decisions from Day 1
Day 1 (Saturday) - Beautiful day on the river. Couple of pictures of the sailing later in the day when the wind had picked up
Starling North Island Champs (Bay of Islands) Jan 2016
4 GBC sailors made their way to the beautiful BOI Sailing club at Waitangi last weekend. Jack Culloty, Nick Reid, Jonathan Turnbull and Sam Liddell sailed 6 races over 2 days in varied conditions. Light winds delayed sailing on Saturday and it took until after 6pm to complete 3 races. Sunday saw much stronger wind and very choppy water allowing sailing to complete by 3:30pm. Great effort by all. Results available here
Start of day 2
Slightly grainy picture but sail 2122 (Jonathan Turnbull) near the front of the fleet
Sail 2133 (Nick Reid) crossing the finish line
Sail 782 (Jack Culloty) crossing the finish
Sail 2115 (Sam Liddell) crossing the finish
This 'bad boy' GC32 foiling catamaran spotted cruising about the course
Optimist Clinic: 18 to 21 January 2016
Experienced optimist sailors should take part in GBCs summer Optimist Clinic, to be held from 18 to 21 January. Depending on sailor numbers, we will aim to run the clinic in two groups, one group for emerging race fleet sailors (graduating LTR and Green Fleet) and one for more experienced sailors (Open Fleet and experienced regatta sailors).
The Optimist clinic will focus on a mix of coaching and skills, developing ideas for successful yacht racing, and perhaps include some other adventures if weather conditions permit. The clinic will be a great opportunity for GBC's Optimist sailors to refresh and develop their skills after a few weeks away from the club. It is very nice on the water right now, too, so the clinic will be a pleasant way to spend four school holiday days.
Broad details of the clinic are as follows:
Four days of sailing
Sailors rigged and ready on the deck at 0930 each day
Off the water by 1500 daily for debrief and put away
Coached by Wade Tresadern with support from GBC's coaching team, depending on numbers
Sailors bring usual gear plus lunch and plenty of water
The fee for the clinic for members will be $175, including GST.
Auckland Championships (incorporating the Ports of Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta): 30 January to 1 February 2016
Registrations are now open for this annual regatta, which this year will be held at Maraetai Beach Boat Club from 30 January to 1 February 2016. See: www.maraetaiboatclub.org.nz/sailing/auckland-champs/
Registrations close on Sunday 24 January.
Dates for early next year (Check Calendars for details)
Starling North Island Champs 16th - 17th January (BOI Yacht Club)
National Starling Match Racing Regatta -23rd to 25th January (GBC)
Midweek training - Tuesday 2nd February (GBC)
Auckland Champs 30th Jan - 1st Feb (Maraetai Beach Boat Club)
Junior Sail Auckland 6th - 8th Feb (Kohi Yacht Club)
Motuihe Island Camp - 12th - 14th Feb (GBC)
GBC Club Sailing - 14th Feb
Final Day of Sailing for 2015 (Sunday 13th Dec)
Fantastic day of sailing for a large fleet of Opti's, Starlings and a lone Mistral. Very breezy conditions and a few welcome challenges for the sailors. LTS fleets sounded like they were having way too much fun!!
Loads of grinning sailors on the deck at the end of the day.
Great Xmas Spirit!!
Matt Connolly (Starling 2110) and Aidan Beauchamp (Opti 4459) enjoying the conditions
Three leading Optis in race 3, pushing themselves hard
Starlings on beat to top mark
Optis hit with sudden squall at top mark in Race 3
Nespresso National Youth Training Week - Mon 7th - Sun 13th Dec @ Kawau
Every year sailing clubs, including GBC, send a 4 person crew to Kawau to share in intensive theoretical and practical sailing instruction from the RNZYS Lion Foundation. Sailors sail the 7m Elliott boat. This year Nick Reid, Kate Hillman, Craig Floyd and Alvaro Dodd are representing GBC at Kawau. This is a great opportunity for young sailors to experience this level of training, not to mention a half-decent cup of coffee, and undoubtedly one of the sailing highlights of the year for them.
Sir Peter Blake Regatta - Torbay 5/6th Dec
An amazing regatta honouring an amazing kiwi and sailor. If you like sailing dinghies then this was the place to be. GBC had 11 sailors at the event. Opti Green (Benjamin Brewer, Claudia Green, Josh Ongley, Grace Still) Opti Open (William Beauchamp, Jack Webber) and Starling Open (Sam Liddell, Jonathan Turnbull, Matt Brewer, Jack Culloty, Nick Reid).
Nick Brewer briefing the Opti Green Sailors
Nick Brewer briefing the Starling Sailors
William Beauchamp (4217) going full steam ahead
Sam Liddell (2015) approaching the mark
Matt Brewer (146) at the mark
Jonathan Turnbull (2122) battling towards the mark
Jack Culloty (782) passing another sailor
Nick Reid (2133) crusing with Jack Culloty (782) between races
Paul Webber returns after 5 days at the Para World Sailing Champs in Melbourne
Great result coming 15th in Skud18 boats. The Webber family have 60 years history in sailing and we have 3 generations of this sailing mad family at the club, John, Paul and young Jack!!
Click here for the Herald article
East Auckland Series, Leg 2: Maraetai, 29 November 2015
Five Optimist Sailors (William Beauchamp, Tim Marshall, Jack Webber, Ben Brewer, Grace Still) and six Starlings (Matt Brewer, Brittany Clark, Jack Culloty, Sam Liddell, Nick Reid, Jonathan Turnbull) represented GBC in the second leg of this years East Auckland Regatta at Maraetai. Light winds delayed the start but eventually a light westerly breeze filled in and two races for each of the Optimist Green, Optimist Open and Starling Fleets were held. Congratulations to all of our sailors for collectively keeping the trophy with GBC for another leg and to Grace Still (2nd, Opti Green), William Beauchamp (2nd, Opti Open) for their podium finishes.
Next week the same sailors will join others to compete at Torbay in the Sir Peter Blake Regatta.
Ben trims his opti Grace heads for shore after placing second
Starling sailors prepare for a start
GBC Opti Open fleet sailors wait for their start
Up the River Race (Sunday 1st November)
Don't you just love it when a plan comes together! The boats launched with a very manageable 10-15 kts of breeze, an incoming tide and a blue sky, all setting off in the direction of the Panmure Bridge, Optis followed by Starlings then Mistrals. A close reach to the end of the spit was followed by a decent section of windward work further up river. Tides, moored boats, ferries and the occasional duck were all thrown into the mix to make navigation interesting with big gains and losses to be made. In the Starlings, Nick Reid and Jonathan Turnbull had an epic tacking and covering dual lasting from the Spit all the way to the Panmure Bridge. The Optis were enjoying a stretch race with the lead changing several times. With a perfect piece of timing, the tide started to turn just as the Starlings and Mistrals reached the Bridge and the Optis rounding a marker just off the Panmure Yacht Club. Booms out, boards & spinnakers up was the call on the trip back with most boats choosing to hop the spit at high tide and cut the corner home. A nicely timed finish saw the fleets cross the line within just a few minutes of each other.....producing an inevitable run on the hot dog stand! A perfect GBC day.
Up close, its noticeable how well the fleets are sailing this year in comparison to last. Product of an excellent coaching scheme and well-functioning team both on the water and shore-side.
Opti Green : Benjy, Josh, Claudia
Opti Open : William, Jack, Daniel
Starlings : Johnathon, Nick, Sam
Mistrals : Shaun & Josh, & David & Thomas, Mike & George
Results for Opening Day and Spring Champs Races on the View Results page
Three generations of Webber sailors at GBC
A great story on one of our multigenerational families at the club. John, Paul and Jack - 60yrs of sailing, with many more years ahead!!
Click here to see the full article on Stuff.
Eastern Bays Regatta ( Sunday 18th Oct) at Howick Sailing Club
Wonderful days sailing in chilly and windy conditions. Many thanks to Howick Sailing Club for running such a great event. Our sailors all had a fantastic day. GBC sent 5 Opti Open, 3 Green Fleet, 9 Starling Sailors and a Mistral; and returned with the trophy for this leg of the series.
Well Done to all the sailors and helpers!!
Some pictures below. Check out the gallery for more pictures
William Beauchamp - 3rd in the Opti Open
Russell Kereru-Davis - 2nd in the Green Fleet
Nick Reid - 1st - Starlings
Jonathan Turnbull - 2nd - Starlings
Alvaro Dodd - 3rd - Starlings
Russell Kereru-Davis - 2nd Opti Green William Beauchamp - 3rd Opti Open
Alvaro Dodd - 3rd Starling Jonathan Turnbull - 2nd Starling
Nick Reid - 1st Starling
Green Fleet starting in the final race
Opti Open starting in the final race
Starlings starting in the final race
...a very long trip home
Register for 2015-2016 Season
Subscriptions are due at the start of the season. Choose the Registration/Login button above to go to the Clubhub system, this brings your membership into the 2014-15 season. Check your address, email, etc are still right; then select a locker, race fees and training courses as required. You can then pay your fees using internet transfer or credit card.
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