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Next Race Day
Club Racing at the GBC on Sunday 1st Feb 2015. Racing starts at 15:00hrs, briefing at 14:30hrs.
Training Fleets (LTS and LTR) report at 14:30hrs.

Holiday Period
Club racing has completed for the year. The GBC wishes all sailors and their families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and looks forward to resuming the summer racing season!!

There are a number of events over the holiday period. Please check the Club Program for further details on the Starling North Island Champs, the National Starling Match Racing Champs (at GBC), the Auckland Opti Champs, the Auckland Starling Champs, and the Starling overnight trip to Motuihe.

National Starling Match Racing - January 2015
Once again the GBC was host to the National Starling Match Racing Champs. Sailors representing most provinces throughout New Zealand gathered at the club on a glorious Friday evening for a warm GBC welcome to the 2015 edition.

Racing got underway at 10.00am Saturday morning in light north easterly winds. The wind freshened slightly in the afternoon and by the end of the days racing 66 races were completed with all 12 sailors having raced against one another.

With Sunday came another superb Auckland day although unfortunately without Charlotte Porter representing the Auckland region. Charlotte had to be rushed to Auckland Hospital with appendicitis on Saturday evening. Matt Connolly from the GBC kindly filled in for Charlotte but his wins were not able to be counted. Similar to Saturdays programme all 12 sailors once again raced one another but in the boat of their opposite number the previous day. After 132 races over two very full days racing in near perfect sailing conditions four semi-finalists emerged: Nick Gardiner representing Nelson Marlborough, Jason Hewitt representing Waikato, Matt Wylie representing Canterbury and Jeremy Mitchell representing North Harbour.
The semis and the finals were sailed on Monday in light south westerly winds. There was a keener edge to the racing with some very close and hard fought contests. Matt Wylie eventually emerged as the winner with Jeremy Mitchell as runner-up.

The Waitemata lived up to its name and the sparkling waters at the mouth of the Tamaki River proved a worthy venue. The buzz about the club after the racing was that this was a very successful regatta probably the best ever Starling Match Racing Nationals. The GBC support both on and off the water was first class and was a huge part of the success of this regatta.

Click here for an article (published on Sail-World by Brian Peet).

Final Results
1st - Matthew Wylie (Canterbury)
2nd - Jeremy Mitchell (North Harbour)
3rd - Jason Hewitt (Waikato)
4th - Nick Gardiner (Nelson Marlborough)

5th - Shae Donahoe (Northland)
6th - Fergus Frame (South Island Wildcard)
7th - Rick Sanders (Southland)
8th - Tom Maidment (Bay of Plenty)

9th - Cameron Wright (North Island Wildcard)
10th - William Pitt (Taranaki)
11th - Charlotte Porter (Auckland)
12th - Zoe Bennett (Wellington)

Trophy Presentation
match trophy
Matthew Wylie picks up the winners trophy ( left Peter Lester and right Richard Brown)

Some of the action from Day 2
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Photo 18-01-15 12 58 59 pm

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Nick Gardiner and William Pitt round a mark on Day 1

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Spectators enjoy the view of the racing from the deck

match 7
Day 2 - Racing

match 4
Day 1 - Briefing

Match - 2
Day 2 - Briefing

match - 3
Mark Hillman on Flag Duty

match 5
Fueling the Sailors - the real Engine Room of the Club (Sarah, Maryanne, Teena and Sue)

Optimist Clinic: 20 to 23 January 2015
Experienced optimist sailors should take part in GBCs Optimist Clinic, to be held from 20 to 23 January.  The clinic will be a great opportunity for our sailors to catch up and develop their skills after a few weeks away.  It will also be great preparation for those who wish to sail in the Auckland Champs that will be held at Wakatere Boat Club the following weekend (Auckland Anniversary weekend), 24 to 26 January (Click here for more details) .

Details of the clinic are as follows:

  • Four days
  • Rigged and ready on the deck at GBC at 0930 each day
  • Coached by Wade T resadern with support as necessary, depending on numbers
  • Sailors bring usual gear plus lunch and plenty of water

The fee for the clinic will be $200. 

We also plan to visit North Sails at Westhaven to see how sails are made and learn a little bit about sail design.  We will need parent help with this part of the clinic and will seek volunteers as part of the registration. 

Existing members please log in to register for the clinic.  Go to Tasks > Purchases and Bookings and click yes please to GBC Optimist Clinic 20 - 23 Jan 2015. 

Non-members please register with the club.  Do this via the LTS registration form
here .

Last club sailing day, 2014
Gale force easterlies put paid to GBCs last day of sailing for 2014 and the BBQ we had planned to follow.  No matter since the Galley Chiefs and eager volunteers made delicious Christmas ham rolls for everyone to enjoy in the comfort of the upstairs lounge.  Delicious!!  Thanks to our volunteers for such an awesome effort.  Merry Christmas everyone.  Stay safe on the water and see you in the New Year (when hopefully there is more settled weather!).



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Holiday Learn to Sail January 2015
The next Holiday Learn to Sail Courses start on Monday January 19.
Registrations are now being accepted for the Holiday Learn to Sail Courses starting on Monday January 19 to Friday January 23. 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

Sir Peter Blake Regatta, Torbay, 6 & 7 December 2014
Well done to the GBC sailors who competed in the Sir Peter Blake Regatta at Torbay on 6 and 7 December.  Torbay Boating Clubs organisation was outstanding yet again and the venue picture perfect for a pleasant weekend at the beach and on the water.  Weather conditions did prove challenging, however, with light winds providing little if any sailing on Saturday and a powerful Southerly making conditions very tough for all but the most experienced sailors on Sunday.

Sam - Sir Peter Blake 2014
Sam Liddell
Alvaro Nola Dodd
Starlings cross the start line

GBC had 13 sailors at the regatta, supported by three coaches and a shore crew comprising parent supporters.  Once the sailors were on the water, campsite shipshape, and BBQ ready to go, the shore crew enjoyed that rare commodity of time to do very little at all.  It was a great opportunity for the parents to catch up on all manner of things, and sailing, and get to know one another (including from the other clubs) better. 
Well done in particular to our Opti Green sailors.  This was the first major regatta that, without exception, they had ever attended.  And each sailor improved race after race.  Joshua Mayer placed 15th in the last race to rank 37th overall for the regatta.  Willem Scott was close behind at 44th and Georgia Bilby at 53rd.  Willem placed 38th and Georgia 40th in the last race, respectively.  Hayden Crocker beat both Willem and Georgia in the last race to get 32nd, ranking 61st overall despite only sailing on Sunday.  Even 9 year-old Daniel Schoene de la Nuez hung on to finish in the top 75% of sailors in the two races he completed on day 2, despite the tough conditions for such a light and inexperienced sailor. 
The regatta provided an opportunity for William Beauchamp and Pablo Schoene de la Nuez to try their hand in a large and competitive Open fleet for the first time.  While disappointed not to take advantage of the light conditions on Day One, which saw only one race held but not completed in time, William and Pablo managed to hang on (literally) on Day Two to come a very creditable 65th and 72nd of 78 sailors.  Thats a great effort boys and a tremendous start to your Opti open fleet racing career. 
Glendowie's Starlings competed on two courses.  Not surprisingly Matt Connolly ranked highly in the open fleet, reaching 7th place in one of his races to achieve 13th overall out of 58 sailors.  Meanwhile, in the same fleet, Alvaro Nola Dodd, Jonathan Turnbull and Sam Liddell each sailed consistently in all of their races to rank 45th, 51st and 55th respectively.  Remember that Alvaro, Jonathan and Sam have only been sailing the more challenging Starlings for only one season.  Meanwhile GBCs newest Starling sailors, Jack Floyd and Matt Brewer competed in the Starling Green Fleet, also sailing consistently to achieve 5th and 6th overall, respectively, of 13 sailors.   
Comments from our sailors on day 1 were universally along the lines of awesome and really fun.  At the end of day two most sailors were still able to manage a smile and an enthusiastic download of the days sailing, despite their obvious exhaustion.  Thank goodness for a hot sausage or two to end each day.  (In fact the GBC, Howick, Maraetai and Bucklands Beach shore crews cooked over 250 sausages for their sailors and hangers on over the weekend, only just managing to keep up with demand.) 
Well done to the sailors.  Many thanks to all the coaches who looked after and gave guidance to our sailors on the water.  Thanks also to the parents and other helpers who set up camp, and transported RIBs, and launched boats and got everything back home safely again.  All in all, despite the inevitable logistical challenges we sometimes faced, the GBC expedition was a great success, enjoyed whole-heartedly by the sailors.  And that, after all, is what GBC club sailing is all about. 

GBC Spring Champs - 23rd November
It was another Sou'wester day at GBC for the Spring Champs on Sunday. However the wind was steady and easing so conditions proved ideal for racing.
Our Race controllers Paul Webber and Dave Colebaker

Starling pre-start (L to R: M Connelly, A Dodd, N Reid)

Green and Open Fleet leaders cross the start line

East Auckland Opti/Starling Series
Glendowie sailors won leg two of the 2014/15 East Auckland Opti/Starling Series sailed from Bucklands Beach on Sunday 17th November.  Here are some of them pictured with the Ivan Raos Memorial Centreboard trophy, which the club will hold and look after until we meet the East Auckland Fleet again when we host the regatta at GBC in March next year. 
BBYC 14 Win  
Read more about the Starling Sailors here...
Read more about the Optimist Sailors here...

North Island Optimist Championship
Six sailors from the Eastern Auckland Sailing Clubs (Glendowie, Bucklands Beach, Howick and Maraetai) competed in the North Island Optimist Championships in Taupo on the weekend of 8/9 November.   Read more...

Register for 2014-2015 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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Glendowie Boating Club greatly appreciates the assistance of the following sponsors:

Pub Charity Auckland City Council

The Southern Trust


Half Moon Bay


The Trusts Charitable Foundation (Inc)

ASB Community Trust


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