The Club House is closed and no more sailing will be taking place this  season 

An update on the prizegiving will be communicated when restrictions are lifted

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.

Glendowie Boating Club is the home of the fabulous Starling class.  We currently have several 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.

If you are interested in getting involved in our 2019-20 season get in touch with our Convenors. Also look out for our GBC Welcome function before each season.  Check our calendar or contact us for sailing times.  And click here for all the details about our Learn to Sail and other courses.

 Please review relevant club websites for updates on regatta postponements and cancellations 

 

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Please read this Important Notice from the Auckland Harbourmaster during the current lock down due to the Covid-19 Virus disruption ... See MoreSee Less

Please read this Important Notice from the Auckland Harbourmaster during the current lock down due to the Covid-19 Virus disruption

IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO OUR MEMBERS AND FRIENDS OF GBC.

Last evening we held a committee meeting via audio conference to review the GBC position regarding club activities and the COVID - 19 risk in light of the rapidly changing situation. The following difficult decisions were made:

- There will be no training or racing at GBC this Sunday, 22nd March
- There will be no further Tuesday night training for the remainder of the season
- A decision on club sailing on the remaining scheduled days of the 29th March and 5th April will be made next week. 29th March is currently scheduled as the BBYC leg of the East Auckland series and consultation is required with them.

While sailing by nature means participants enjoy separation it is difficult to avoid closer contact before and after sailing and increasingly the Government advice for non-essential gatherings is one of avoiding unnecessary risk. In addition the committee felt that the club should be contributing to our collective national effort at reducing the spread of COVID-19 and that to continue to hold organised sailing activities would not be in the spirit of this. Many other sailing organisations are taking a similar approach.

A further update on club activities will be provided next week.

If you are at the club for boat maintenance or for whatever reason please ensure a high standard of hygiene is maintained especially in the changing room and galley areas.

Thank you
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IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO OUR MEMBERS AND FRIENDS OF GBC.

Last evening we held a committee meeting via audio conference to review the GBC position regarding club activities and the COVID - 19 risk in light of the rapidly changing situation. The following difficult decisions were made:

- There will be no training or racing at GBC this Sunday,  22nd March
- There will be no further Tuesday night training for the remainder of the season
- A decision on club sailing on the remaining scheduled days of the 29th March and 5th April will be made next week. 29th March is currently scheduled as the BBYC leg of the East Auckland series and consultation is required with them.

While sailing by nature means participants enjoy separation it is difficult to avoid closer contact before and after sailing and increasingly the Government advice for non-essential gatherings is one of avoiding unnecessary risk. In addition the committee felt that the club should be contributing to our collective national effort at reducing the spread of COVID-19 and that to continue to hold organised sailing activities would not be in the spirit of this. Many other sailing organisations are taking a similar approach.

A further update on club activities will be provided next week.

If you are at the club for boat maintenance or for whatever reason please ensure a high standard of hygiene is maintained especially in the changing room and galley areas.

Thank you

Action from today's Club Points racing at GBC. Photos courtesy Sophie Eaton. ... See MoreSee Less

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Great photos Sophia ❤

Fabulous photos Sophie

Club sailing, 15 March. ... See MoreSee Less

Sailors, back from Motuihe, down pineapple lumps and gummy snakes before an afternoon of sailing. ... See MoreSee Less

GBC's annual Starling Camp was a great success again this year.

Fourteen Starlings, and a two-handed Mistral, beat a course to Motuihe on Friday evening 13 March, with GBC's and family RHIBs in support (safety, and cargo). The weather was much better than forecast and actually quite spectacular. Clear skies, sunny days and moonlit evenings made camping on Motuihe's Parade Ground very pleasant, and Saturday's activities (from Palm Beach on Waiheke, to Home Bay on Motutapu and then coasteering around Motuihe's cliffs back to camp) great fun.

Thanks to Nick Brewer for all his organisation and leadership yet again this year. And thanks to the other camp Dads, Mike Lee, David LePelley and Richard Beauchamp, (and other visitors) who enjoyed the company of a tremendous group of young sailors. Special.
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What lucky kids!!

Some close keelboat racing near the Auckland harbour bridge today.

Congratulations to the top finishers. But well done to all to all the competitors, many of whom were in the Elliott 7s for the first time. Nice work, our local GBC, HSC and KYC sailors competing for their secondary schools.

Thanks Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS) for putting on yet another great youth regatta. Nice photos!

Let’s look forward to next year.Images from the Final Day of the 2020 HARKEN National Secondary Schools Keelboat Championship at the RNZYS.

📸 Andrew Delves RNZYS

#RNZYS #HARKEN #NSSKBC2020
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Plenty of sailors we know were sailing in today's Harken Secondary Schools Regatta at RNZYS. Lovely conditions for sailors new to these 7m boats.

Emily Davidson (KYC) and Sophia Higgott (MSC) were part of the Baradene crew (boat 3).

William Beauchamp and Ben Brewer (GBC), Sasha Barrett-Garnier and Sean Sun (KYC) made up the Glendowie College crew (boat 1).

Aidan Beauchamp (GBC) joined new friends from Timaru, Kaiapoi and Christchurch, in a South Island Combined crew (boat 4).

And Jack Webber (GBC) and Jack Frewin (HSC) made a significant contribution to the St Kentigern crew (boat 6).

Finals tomorrow, Sunday.

Martin Tasker hosts a highlights package on Sky, if anyone has the App.

Kohimarama Yacht Club (KYC) Howick Sailing Club Maraetai Sailing ClubImages from Day Two of the HARKEN National Secondary Schools Keelboat Championship as the Qualifying Pool B group got through their six Qualifying Races.

Results
St Kentigern College: 7pts
Glendowie College: 12pts
Rongotai College: 25pts
Baradene College: 29pts
Takapuna Grammar Gold: 30pts
Kerikeri HS: 30pts
South Island Combined 1: 36pts

📸 Andrew Delves RNZYS

#RNZYS #HARKEN #NSSKBC2020
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Action from the start line, and windward-leeward leg, in this afternoon's dinghy racing at GBC. Thanks RO Paul Webber and team for making the race course a bit different this week, and for getting the races away smoothly. (Photos: Lisa Davis-Miller) ... See MoreSee Less

Photos from the deck of this morning's Two-handed Club Champs.

A gentle affair, given the light breeze. But great to see two small and enthusiastic groups competing on the water.

(Photos:Lisa Davis-Miller)
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Here are some of our newest, Learn-to-sail (LTS), sailors enjoying yet more time on the water at GBC. Nice work.

A big thanks to the LTS coaches, Lisa Dartnall and Sam Morgan, both world-class sailors who we are really pleased to have at GBC, for their close attention yet again today.

(Regular LTS coach Greg Hunter is nursing a nasty oyster-shell cut to his foot that was inflicted during the week on another part of the Waitemata, and was absent today. Speedy recovery, Greg. Sailors, be careful to wear suitable footwear.)
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A Mark Foy and three Season Points races this afternoon, our sailors enjoying a building Nor'easterly breeze. Well done, Zoe Mains, first time out in a Starling - you looked like an old hand in that 9'6" dinghy.

Thanks to RO Paul Webber and his team for setting a fun, historic Olympic-style course, close to the deck. Always popular with the spectators.
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Members who happened to see the excavator on the ramp again this weekend might be wondering how we planned to launch our larger safety craft for tomorrow's club racing.

We have spent a frustrating evening chasing the contractor, Mason Contractors Limited (www.masoncontractors.co.nz), with the help of Sarah Powrie from Ōrākei Local Board, eventually getting Mason's MD to agree to move the excavator first thing tomorrow morning.

Unfortunately Mason just doesn't seem to understand tides and has refused to take advantage of tomorrow's (and Monday's) morning low tide to move the excavator elsewhere. They agreed only to move the digger to the side of the ramp so we will have to work around it, as we did last weekend. We will manage and everyone can look forward to a fun day on the water, as usual.

Mason's have said that the work will be completed by next week, so let's hope so. Then again, the original completion date was planned for September-19 so it may be a while yet...

Masons must realise by now that we cannot have the digger blocking the ramp another weekend. We have invited the Project Manager and MD to GBC to "please explain" and to update us on the final stages of this project. We will let you know if they take up our offer.
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Members who happened to see the excavator on the ramp again this weekend might be wondering how we planned to launch our larger safety craft for tomorrows club racing. 

We have spent a frustrating evening chasing the contractor, Mason Contractors Limited (www.masoncontractors.co.nz), with the help of Sarah Powrie from Ōrākei Local Board, eventually getting Masons MD to agree to move the excavator first thing tomorrow morning. 

Unfortunately Mason just doesnt seem to understand tides and has refused to take advantage of tomorrows (and Mondays) morning low tide to move the excavator elsewhere. They agreed only to move the digger to the side of the ramp so we will have to work around it, as we did last weekend. We will manage and everyone can look forward to a fun day on the water, as usual. 

Masons have said that the work will be completed by next week, so lets hope so. Then again, the original completion date was planned for September-19 so it may be a while yet... 

Masons must realise by now that we cannot have the digger blocking the ramp another weekend. We have invited the Project Manager and MD to GBC to please explain and to update us on the final stages of this project. We will let you know if they take up our offer.

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Good easterly gale with a spring tide and it will be gone🙂

Quick Starling update from Picton’s lnterislander Regatta. GBC’s Jack Manning (1334) has won the Starling event to defend his 2019 title with a race to spare - placings of 1,3 to start today meant he didn’t need to sail the last race - ended with a 2nd in that one. George Pilkington, Emily Overend and Harry Edwards will be the next placings. On the pack up now and hoping to hear some GBC Optimist stories soon ... See MoreSee Less

Quick Starling update from Picton’s lnterislander Regatta.  GBC’s Jack Manning (1334) has won the Starling event to defend his 2019 title with a race to spare - placings of 1,3 to start today meant he didn’t need to sail the last race - ended with a 2nd in that one.  George Pilkington, Emily Overend and Harry Edwards will be the next placings.  On the pack up now and hoping to hear some GBC Optimist stories soon

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Congrats Jack!

Here are our LTS sailors, fresh from their Starling blast reaching experience, right back in their fleet of plastic, rainbow coloured, optis. Well, in fact, they are mostly out of their plastic, rainbow coloured, optis, but that's half the fun...

(Photos: Lisa Davis-Miller)
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