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This Sunday (14th February) - Club Racing (Season Points) - Rigged and ready by 8:30hrs. Races start at 9:00hrs. Training fleets report at 9:00hrs

Midweek training - Starts Tuesday 9th February after school - Register in ClubHub and come along and dust off the summer cobwebs

Motuihe Island Trip (12 - 14th Feb) - This is a hotly anticipated adventure that allows our sailors to sail across the harbour to an isolated island and camp for 2 nights. They'll explore the forest, search for Tuatara, see and hear native bird song, race their boats around the island, meet around the BBQ and most importantly of all they will enjoy the freedom and remoteness of this beautiful island paradise that is one of Auckland's best kept secrets. Pls contact Starling Convenor for details.

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.  
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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.

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Aidan Beauchamp (4459) completes a tack in pre-start on day 2, Green Fleet

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Jack Webber (3459) and William Beauchamp (4217) sail to the start line in little or no wind, day 1, Optimist Open

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Big smiles from Nick Reid after coming 3rd in the final race

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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)

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Day 3 (Monday) - Tom Maidment presented with the winners trophy from our special guest and sailing legend Tony Rae

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Day 3 (Monday) - Sailors resting on the deck after the finals

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Day 3 (Monday) - Prizegiving

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Day 2 (Sunday) - Boats beautifully turned out by Brian Peet 

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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
 
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Day 1 (Saturday) - Beautiful day on the river. Couple of pictures of the sailing later in the day when the wind had picked up

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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
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Start of day 2

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Slightly grainy picture but sail 2122 (Jonathan Turnbull) near the front of the fleet 

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Sail 2133 (Nick Reid) crossing the finish line

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Sail 782 (Jack Culloty) crossing the finish

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Sail 2115 (Sam Liddell) crossing the finish

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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.

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Great Xmas Spirit!!

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Matt Connolly (Starling 2110) and Aidan Beauchamp (Opti 4459) enjoying the conditions

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Three leading Optis in race 3, pushing themselves hard

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Starlings on beat to top mark

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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.

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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). 

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Nick Brewer briefing the Opti Green Sailors

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Nick Brewer briefing the Starling Sailors

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William Beauchamp (4217) going full steam ahead

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Sam Liddell (2015) approaching the mark

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Matt Brewer (146) at the mark

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Jonathan Turnbull (2122) battling towards the mark

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Jack Culloty (782) passing another sailor

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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!!
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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.
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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.
 
Results
 
Opti Green :  Benjy, Josh, Claudia
Opti Open :  William, Jack, Daniel
Starlings :  Johnathon, Nick, Sam