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Sir Peter Blake Regatta this weekend - 5th/6th December (Torbay)

Click here for NoR and more details, or contact your Convenor if you have any questions.

No club racing this Sunday, fleets will be at Torbay.

Training fleets will sail as normal on Sunday 6th December at the GBC . Learn to Sail, and Learn to Race report to the GBC at 1:00pm

Holiday Learn to Sail (LTS) January 2016
The next Holiday Learn to Sail Course starts on Monday January 18th.
Registrations are now being accepted for the Holiday Learn to Sail Course starting on Monday January 18th to Friday January 22nd. The course will run from 9:00am to 12:30pm each day. The cost of the course is $330.00 per sailor ($265.00 for members) and includes the use of a club optimist training dinghy and all coaching fees.
Registrations can only be confirmed upon receipt of payment

Click here to register for the Holiday LTS program

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






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

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

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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

Opti & Starling Training Starts 13th October (Tuesday Evenings 1630 onwards)
Mid-week training for Starling/Optimist racing fleet and learn-to-race sailors commences this week.  The first session will be held on Tuesday 13 October.  Please be rigged and ready to sail at 1630. 

Registration and payment for the training sessions (including the additional option of sailing before or after racing on Sundays) have been set up on Clubhub, which is accessible by logging in via the GBC website.

First Session (13th Oct)
New debrief room in action (top-left); strengthenig exercises (top-right)
A few push-ups (bottom-left); Brian Peet giving the sailors the hard word on looking after their boats (bottom-right)

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Foundation Learn to Sail (LTS) Spring/Summer
Glendowie Boating Clubs foundation Learn-to-sail programme runs each Sunday during the Spring and Summer season.  The next programme starts on 20 September and runs for ten sessions until 13 December 2015.  The cost of the course is $220 per sailor plus membership fees and includes the use of a club optimist training dinghy and all coaching fees.  For registration and more details visit
ClubHub or email the secretary on

LTS Convenor: Mark Hillman 021 445 156 or

Sunday, 20th September - GBC 2015/2016 Season Opening Day
A wonderful first day of the season. Early morning rain soon turned to sunshine, and light winds grew stronger as racing progressed. Terrific conditions to ease back into things. The Turnbull family sailing dynasty took the honours in both the Arrow and Starling fleets.

Opening Day Race Trophy Winners
Munro Trophy - Russell Turnbull (Arrow)
Robinson Trophy - Jonathan Turnbull (Starling)
Robertson Trophy - Jack Webber (Opti Open)
Spitfire Trophy - Benjamin Brewer (Benny the Brave) (Open Green)

Christopher Dirks joins the Starlings this season

Sam Liddell takes over one of the Starling Association Boats

At last, branded cupcakes (thanks Vincent)

Jonathan picks up the the Robinson Trophy (Starling)

Jack Webber picks up the Robertson Trophy

Starling races start (with the ghostly silhouette of a Classic Arrow inexplicably in the midst of things)

Optimist LTS (Learn to Sail)

Opti fleets crossing the start

Matt Connolly in his Farr 3.7 glides through the Opti fleet

Inaugural yachting event at Taurangas 2015 AIMS games
Glendowie Boating Club sailors Tim Marshall, Christopher Dirks and William Beauchamp competed recently in the AIMS games sailing regatta at Tauranga, from 6 to 8 September 2015.  This was the inaugural sailing competition within the AIMS games, attracting 65 competitors from intermediate schools across the country.   Conditions were at times trying, with Sundays strong winds proving too much for most of the fleet (and all but one race being cancelled that day) while fickle winds and strong tides provided tough lessons on Monday and Tuesday. 

While Christopher and William had competed in regattas in the past, this was Tims first.  All of the boys enjoyed the competition and gained considerable experience.  William placed 29th of the 65 sailors, Christopher 35th and Tim 46th.  And, like all of the young sailors at the regatta, they represented their schools well.

Competition was certainly stiff, with local sailors doing well (Otumoetai Intermediates team placed third) and schools with strong club sailors taking top honours (Murrays Bay Intermediate and Rosmini College took second and first places, respectively).  Rosminis top sailor had recently sailed in the European Optimist championships so was a level above the rest of the fleet.  There are certainly a few names to watch in future amongst these sailors.  See

Well done to our Glendowie sailors. 
Christopher Dirks (St Kentigern College) in NZL 3770 beating to the top mark, day 2.

Tim Marshall (Glendowie Primary School) sailing NZL4250 at the start of race 4, day 2.

William Beauchamp (Glendowie Primary School), NZL 4217, rounding top mark, race 4, day 2.

Hibiscus Coast Youth Regatta - 10th Oct 2015 (Manly Sailing Club)
Our Opti and Starling sailors may be interested in this.
NoR and entry form for the regatta can be found here

"P" Class Nationals at the Bay of Islands Yacht Club - January 2016
For those interested. NOR's for the Nationals available in the links below;

Tauranga Cup and Tanner Cup

Starling Nationals, New Plymouth, Easter 2015
This year the Starling National Championships were held in New Plymouth over the Easter Holidays. Those that know New Plymouth will be aware that the harbour is small - the development fleet (like the green fleet), sailed in the harbour. The main fleet of 113 boats sailed outside the harbour in the Tasman.

Day 1 was light, but with 2.5m waves left over from the day before. In fact it was so light no races were completed. Many of the sailors were seasick, although not our staunch GBC team of Matt Connolly and Nick Reid.

Starling Nationals 2015 - 1
Matt Connolly (left) and Nick Reid (right) on the beach
Day 2 was heavy rain, poor visibility and strong wind. Due to the conditions no racing was attempted. The New Plymouth family who came to GBC for the National Starling Match Racing Championship in January were keen to reciprocate some hospitality and invited Matt and Nick out to the movies. Running the Match racing regatta each year does wonders for the GBC profile in the sailing community.
By Day 3 the wind had changed to an offshore breeze of 16-22 knots and some good racing was had in the left over swell from the previous day. Around midday the wind did a 180 degree switch, came in steady, so 4 races were completed. Matt got a Black flag, 27, 14, 31 and Nick got 42, 47, 44, 25.

Starling Nationals 2015 - 2
Nick (2018) approaches the top mark
Day 4 and the wind started at around 20 knots and 2-3 races were completed. A squall came through of 34 knots and the chaos started. Boats capsized, gear broken. One girl came ashore with a mast looking like a banana. The waves were still 2.5m+. Our lads were blasting around, although Matt managed to break his rudder and they both capsized multiple times. The race officer quickly called the race off and the fleet retreated ashore. Overall Matt achieved 53rd in the Gold fleet and Nick 25th in the Silver fleet.

Starling Nationals 2015 - 3
Matt (1090) disappears into a swell
Now for some reason both sailors are itching to get back to New Plymouth..

Optimist Nationals, Worser Bay, Easter 2015
Three GBC sailors and their families made the long trip to Wellington for the 2015 Optimist Nationals, which were held on the waters off Worser Bay Boating Club over Easter.  Pablo Schoene de la Nuez and William Beauchamp, who both sailed in the Green Fleet at the 2014 Nationals at Manly, competed in the 150 strong Open Fleet this time.  Pablos brother, Daniel, sailed in his first National Championship, in the Green Fleet of 50 first time Nationals sailors. 

Weather and sea conditions in Wellington were challenging for all but NZ's most experienced Opti sailors.  GBCs sailors toughed it out and gained a good deal of confidence, learning through each race and putting into practice their coachs advice for dealing with surf and strong winds.  Check out some photos from the regatta, below, and here

Opti Nationals 2015 - 1
W Beauchamp (4217, 3rd from left)) and P Schoene de la Nuez (4331) race towards the finish in a strong Northerly wind on Day 1 of the Nationals

Opti Nationals 2015 - 2
W Beauchamp (4217) heading for the start line after grabbing a snack from a support boat on the last day of the regatta

Opti Nationals 2015 - 3
P Schoene de la Nuez (4331) between races on the last day of the regatta

In all twelve races were sailed despite strong winds that meant races were abandoned on two days of the five-day regatta.  On the other three days racing got underway early and flight after flight of yachts were sent promptly around Worser Bay's big course.  It was early to bed most nights for sailors (and their families), tired after a good few hours on the helm and staying upright. 

GBCs suporters teamed up with those from Howick and Maraetai to set up base camp and a BBQ behind the dunes at Worser Bay.  Soup was popular after each day on the water!  Support boats from Howick and Maraetai kept the Open and Green fleet sailors from our three East Auckland clubs fed and watered between races. 

Next years Optimist National Championship will be held at Kohimarama, right next door.  It will be a great opportunity for GBCs growing Open and Green fleets to gain in confidence and experience by competing with sailors of different capabilities from around the country.  Some of todays LTR and even LTS sailors might wish to enter the Green Fleet too and supercharge their sailing experience and skills.  It would be great to have 25 or more (or maybe all?!) of our Opti sailors at next years Nationals.  Talk to your coach and the Opti Convenor, Richard Beauchamp, about how we can help your sailor set their sights on Kohi and the steps we can take to get there.   

Register for 2015-2016 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.

Any problems contact Martin Hunter on


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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