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Important Notice re training fleets this weekend
Despite our best intentions to run training fleets at GBC this coming Waitangi weekend, we have decided because of forecast strong winds to have the first session of each of the LTS and LTR post-christmas training days on Sunday 14 February.  Please see the club programme for details.  We will attempt to add an extra days training fleet activity later in the season, if time and weather conditions permit.

Junior Sail Auckland - Kohi Yacht Club 6th - 7th Feb
GBC fleets will be there. Click here
 for Notice of Race, and entry forms.
Enter before Tuesday 2nd Feb to avoid late fees...

Dates for early next year (Check Calendars for details)
Midweek training - Tuesday 9th February (GBC)
Junior Sail Auckland 6th - 8th Feb (Kohi Yacht Club)
Training fleets (Learn to sail; Learn to race) 14th February (GBC).  Note there will be no club racing or galley service that day
Motuihe Island Camp - 12th - 14th Feb (GBC)
GBC Club Sailing - 14th Feb

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.

Final Results
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:  
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). 

SPB Nick with Green Fleet
Nick Brewer briefing the Opti Green Sailors

SPB Nick with Starling
Nick Brewer briefing the Starling Sailors

SPB - William
William Beauchamp (4217) going full steam ahead

Sam Liddell (2015) approaching the mark

SPB - Matt Brewer -mark
Matt Brewer (146) at the mark

SPB - Jonathan
Jonathan Turnbull (2122) battling towards the mark

SPB - Jack passing
Jack Culloty (782) passing another sailor

SPB - Nick and Jack
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!!
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 while waiting for the breeze to fill in Grace heads for shore after placing second in the last Green Fleet race of the Day.
        Ben trims his opti                                                                  Grace heads for shore after placing second

Starling sailors prepare for a start
Starling sailors prepare for a start

GBC Opti Open fleet sailors wait for their 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

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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


GBC Placings
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

EastAkl-1  EastAkl-2
Russell Kereru-Davis - 2nd Opti Green                                 William Beauchamp - 3rd Opti Open

EastAkl-3  EastAkl-4
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

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Pub Charity Auckland City Council

The Southern Trust


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The Trusts Charitable Foundation (Inc)

ASB Community Trust


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