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.

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2 days ago

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2019 Toyota Optimist Nationals 2019 Toyota Optimist Nationals day 3, Monday 22nd April. Image (c) Rachel von Zalinski- Live Sail Die ... See MoreSee Less

Okay everyone - with the Starlings done, our Optimist sailors at the Nationals are getting underway with racing starting tomorrow. It’s looking like light winds for now, with a huge fleet at Murray’s Bay. Go team GBC, your club is cheering you on all the way! ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Go GBC Go !

Our own Ben Brewer won the Development Fleet at the Starling Nationals. Here he is receiving his prize from RO Kim Admore. Sam Gowan also had a great result to be 3rd overall. Sophie Eaton was 4th and 1st girl. Congratulations Ben, Sam and Sophie! ... See MoreSee Less

Our own Ben Brewer won the Development Fleet at the Starling Nationals.  Here he is receiving his prize from RO Kim Admore.  Sam Gowan also had a great result to be 3rd overall.  Sophie Eaton was 4th and 1st girl.  Congratulations Ben, Sam and Sophie!

 

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Congratulations Ben Go The Mighty GBC

Go Benjy! Also a big congratulations to Sophie Eaton on a very credible 4th and 1st girl!

I think this group will have experienced something very special through the few days they spent together with Kim and others. Tremendous fun and a great opportunity to accelerate skills and knowledge.

Awesome

6 days ago

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Several of our sailors in this fleet

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A wicked few days in Taipa coaching the development fleet starling sailors. Video credits to Scott and Laurie aboard Muskoka, as they venture around the world. Follow them by searching 'Off the Starboard Hull'. #taipa #starlings #coaching #needmorewind
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The GBC and East Akl team is just back from a fantastic few days in Taipa at the Starling Nationals. Haley Still took these off the water shots of our sailors and support team, sometimes just having a chat and few laughs, always enjoying the amazing venue and some great company. Roger Hall and the team at Taipa Sailing Club were amazing hosts in a very special venue and we can’t wait to sail there again. Maraetai Sailing Club, Howick Sailing Club, Bucklands Beach Yacht Club ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Lovely, Haley. Great to recall that half the fun of the regatta is had on shore. Thanks.

Thanks Haley. Superb .

7 days ago

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Starling Nationals prizegiving is underway in Taipa. Our East Akl sailors had a good day with 4 races sailed in Gold and Silver fleet. More info later. ... See MoreSee Less

Starling Nationals prizegiving is underway in Taipa.  Our East Akl sailors had a good day with 4 races sailed in Gold and Silver fleet.  More info later.

GBC Base Camp - Taipa. ... See MoreSee Less

GBC Base Camp - Taipa.

 

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Totally incognito!!

Quick report after Day 3 at Starling Nationals. A gentle SE wind was in early from the Mangonui shore so the fleets hit the water at around 9:00 am. The 90 boat open fleet sailed 3 races today - still split in two equalised fleets.

Once again there was very light breeze for the first two heats, with a steady shift to the left as the sea breeze stated to fill. Those who went right early generally suffered for it. By race 3 we had around a 10kn sea breeze and this built slowly during the race - hiking straps actually came into use for only the 2nd time in 8 races!

Our GBC and East Akl crew had a pretty good day in the slightly steadier breezes, with GBC’s William B and Grace S scoring well in Blue Fleet and Jack M and Britt the same in Yellow Fleet. Max, Callum, Peter and Tim M also featured (Tim with a 3rd!). All of the above sailors should be in or close to Gold Fleet which will sail the final 4 races tomorrow, the other sailors will be in Silver fleet.

It was also great to see Max M, Mitchell and Jack Mcd having some good moments today too. We should see a marked improvement in overall placings by the whole team but currently waiting on results.

Ben Brewer won two races in Development with Sam scoring 2 seconds - awesome lads! Here’s the Development fleet doing some warmups.
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Quick report after Day 3 at Starling Nationals.  A gentle SE wind was in early from the Mangonui shore so the fleets hit the water at around 9:00 am.  The 90 boat open fleet sailed 3 races today - still split in two equalised fleets.  

Once again there was very light breeze for the first two heats, with a steady shift to the left as the sea breeze stated to fill.  Those who went right early generally suffered for it.  By race 3 we had around a 10kn sea breeze and this built slowly during the race - hiking straps actually came into use for only the 2nd time in 8 races!  

Our GBC and East Akl crew had a pretty good day in the slightly steadier breezes, with GBC’s William B and Grace S scoring well in Blue Fleet and Jack M and Britt the same in Yellow Fleet.  Max, Callum, Peter and Tim M also featured (Tim with a 3rd!).  All of the above sailors should be in or close to Gold Fleet which will sail the final 4 races tomorrow, the other sailors will be in Silver fleet.  

It was also great to see Max M, Mitchell and Jack Mcd having some good moments today too.  We should see a marked improvement in overall placings by the whole team but currently waiting on results.

Ben Brewer won two races in Development with Sam scoring 2 seconds - awesome lads!  Here’s the Development fleet doing some warmups.

1 week ago

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William B1330. Final rounding of Mark 1 for today’s last race. #2019starlingnats ... See MoreSee Less

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Not too many high action sailing shots today from the Starling Nats, we did get 2 races in but we didn’t get above about 4kn all day. But a few happy East Akl sailors doing other things before sailing! ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Here is one FC took from Maraetai Brig

1 week ago

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Great trip to Mangonui with the Starling team this morning while we waited for windAP up again this morning so it's an ice cream mission around to Mangonui Glendowie Boating Club Maraetai Sailing Club Bucklands Beach Yacht Club ... See MoreSee Less

Great trip to Mangonui with the Starling team this morning while we waited for wind

AP is up again at the Starling Nationals this morning. Not much wind at all in the forecast today. ... See MoreSee Less

Wow that was a tough day 1 in Taipa at the Starling Nationals, 3 Open Fleet races (shifty all day and a couple of park ups in the first two) and a real struggle for our sailors. Tomorrow is supposed to also be very light. On the positive side the fishing was excellent and we had a win to Ben Brewer in Development fleet. Sophie Eaton is leading Development after a pair of 2nds. ... See MoreSee Less

AP is up in Taipa, fleet is on shore. There’s no wind this morning ... See MoreSee Less

AP is up in Taipa, fleet is on shore.  There’s no wind this morning

1 week ago

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Overall we have had a really nice week weatherwise - a few showers and patches of cloud but also lots of sunshine. The 'pink' pics were taken earlier this week looking over Mangonui Harbour. The others are from Taipa taken this morning as preparations for the National Starling Sailing Regatta continue. ... See MoreSee Less

Here’s most of our East Auckland Clubs team at Starling Nationals - we’ll get a shot with everyone in tomorrow. Howick Sailing Club Maraetai Sailing Club Bucklands Beach Yacht Club ... See MoreSee Less

Here’s most of our East Auckland Clubs team at Starling Nationals - we’ll get a shot with everyone in tomorrow. Howick Sailing Club Maraetai Sailing Club Bucklands Beach Yacht Club

2 weeks ago

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Team East Auckland HQ is up and operational at the Starling Nationals. Maraetai Sailing Club, Howick Sailing Club, Bucklands Beach Yacht Club ... See MoreSee Less

Team East Auckland HQ is up and operational at the Starling Nationals. Maraetai Sailing Club, Howick Sailing Club, Bucklands Beach Yacht Club

 

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