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16 – 20 Dec 2019
13 – 17 Jan 2020
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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.

 Holiday Introduction to sail courses.

 

16th – 20th December (morning)

13th-17th January

 

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Ben and Nick Brewer, GBC Commodore Roger Sims.  At the 2020 Starling NI Champs

GBC’s Jack Manning has finished a close 2nd in the 55 boat Starling North Island Champs for 2020 - what a fantastic result Jack! The entire regatta was sailed in light and shifty winds - very challenging conditions for the fleet and also for our friends at Howick Sailing Club who ran the event. The overall winner by 3 points was Nathan Vince (Kohimarama YC) with Ethan Fong (Wakatere BC) just 1 point back from Jack in 3rd. GBC’s Grace Still finished 3rd girl in 18th overall. With no racing possible on the final day, the Day 2 results show the final positions - www.howicksailingclub.co.nz/asset/downloadasset?id=8e745f13-9521-44c5-bf8d-b41fe359d991 ... See MoreSee Less

GBC’s Jack Manning has finished  a close 2nd in the 55 boat Starling North Island Champs for 2020 - what a fantastic result Jack!  The entire regatta was sailed in light and shifty winds - very challenging conditions for the fleet and also for our friends at Howick Sailing Club who ran the event. The overall winner by 3 points was Nathan Vince (Kohimarama YC) with Ethan Fong (Wakatere BC) just 1 point back from Jack in 3rd.  GBC’s Grace Still finished 3rd girl in 18th overall.  With no racing possible on the final day, the Day 2 results show the final positions - http://www.howicksailingclub.co.nz/asset/downloadasset?id=8e745f13-9521-44c5-bf8d-b41fe359d991

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Well done Jack!

Awesome result Jack. Nice job.

Woohoo go J-man!

Great result Jack !

GBC sailor Cameron Le Pelley has finished 3rd in Development fleet at the 2020 Starling North Island Champs - well done Cameron! GBC was very well represented in the development fleet, with Holly Still finishing 2nd in the final race. Holly has finished 2nd girl and 6th overall. Results - www.howicksailingclub.co.nz/asset/downloadasset?id=8e745f13-9521-44c5-bf8d-b41fe359d991 ... See MoreSee Less

GBC sailor Cameron Le Pelley has finished 3rd in Development fleet at the 2020 Starling North Island Champs - well done Cameron!  GBC was very well represented in the development fleet, with Holly Still finishing 2nd in the final race.  Holly has finished 2nd girl and 6th overall.  Results - http://www.howicksailingclub.co.nz/asset/downloadasset?id=8e745f13-9521-44c5-bf8d-b41fe359d991

Update from the North Island Starling’s . The first race today, race 7, was abandoned midway through. The wind has dropped out and further racing is looking doubtful. ... See MoreSee Less

Update from the North Island Starling’s . The first race today, race 7, was abandoned midway through.  The wind has dropped out and further racing is looking doubtful.

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A couple of our Starling sailors were conspicuous by their absence at GBC today. Rory Sims and Aidan Beauchamp helped Rory's dad and GBC Commodore, Roger Sims, deliver the Sims family's Young 88 to Russell on Saturday. This was Rory's third Auckland-Russell adventure, and Aidan's first. No doubt there will be many more similar trips for these two. ... See MoreSee Less

A couple of our Starling sailors were conspicuous by their absence at GBC today.  Rory Sims and Aidan Beauchamp helped Rorys dad and GBC Commodore, Roger Sims, deliver the Sims familys Young 88 to Russell on Saturday. This was Rorys third Auckland-Russell adventure, and Aidans first. No doubt there will be many more similar trips for these two.Image attachment

The last Sunday of sailing before Christmas is GBC's "Christmas Cracker", a chance to chill, on and off the water, all together.

It was a bit windy, today, for a destination sail to St Heliers for an ice cream, although some staunch Learn-to-sailors did manage to cross the Tamaki in their coloured plastic optis, seeking ice cream and an adventure, generally. (Thanks to experienced Opti sailors, Mark Mains and Hugh Webber, for helping the newer sailors to get the optis home...). And of course we enjoyed the wonderful Starling Match Racing trials, just off shore.

A huge thanks to Cath Costello, Haley Still and their team for making the deck the place to be this afternoon, as the match racing sailors and the learn-to-sail adventurers returned to GBC. Another fantastic BBQ, of course, but mostly a chance for everyone to be together, reflecting on the season to date and how much fun we have at GBC.

Merry Christmas everyone, and every best wish for a happy and safe holiday. We look forward to seeing you all in the New Year. Let your younger friends and neighbours know about the Introduction-to-Sailing course, and keep spreading the word generally. It's special at GBC.
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The last Sunday of sailing before Christmas is GBCs Christmas Cracker, a chance to chill, on and off the water, all together. 

It was a bit windy, today, for a destination sail to St Heliers for an ice cream, although some staunch Learn-to-sailors did manage to cross the Tamaki in their coloured plastic optis, seeking ice cream and an adventure, generally. (Thanks to experienced Opti sailors, Mark Mains and Hugh Webber, for helping the newer sailors to get the optis home...). And of course we enjoyed the wonderful Starling Match Racing trials, just off shore. 

A huge thanks to Cath Costello, Haley Still and their team for making the deck the place to be this afternoon, as the match racing sailors and the learn-to-sail adventurers returned to GBC. Another fantastic BBQ, of course, but mostly a chance for everyone to be together, reflecting on the season to date and how much fun we have at GBC.

Merry Christmas everyone, and every best wish for a happy and safe holiday.  We look forward to seeing you all in the New Year. Let your younger friends and neighbours know about the Introduction-to-Sailing course, and keep spreading the word generally. Its special at GBC.Image attachment

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Thanks for the acknowledgment, but this fabulous & delicious Christmas BBQ was delivered solely by the awesome catering skills of Mrs Haley Still!!! Lisa, Justine and Cath just did the dishes !

A great place to be in summer!

Kevin avoided the Christmas shopping crowds and hit rural Northland yesterday, on the search for a replacement for our broken Quad-bike. He found this workhorse, now able to spend a long and happy retirement off the farm and at the beach, helping kids get on the water.

It needs a bit of TLC - we will ask a local Iseki dealer if they can give us a manual, some new decals and blue paint, and anything else to make this tractor great again. And if you know a thing or two about tractors, please give Kevin and Mike a call - they'd be keen to hear from you.
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Kevin avoided the Christmas shopping crowds and hit rural Northland yesterday, on the search for a replacement for our broken Quad-bike. He found this workhorse, now able to spend a long and happy retirement off the farm and at the beach, helping kids get on the water.

It needs a bit of TLC - we will ask a local Iseki dealer if they can give us a manual, some new decals and blue paint, and anything else to make this tractor great again. And if you know a thing or two about tractors, please give Kevin and Mike a call - theyd be keen to hear from you.Image attachmentImage attachment

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I think everyone should have a tractor just like that one. Did you see any others on your travels, Kevin?

Never doubted you could deliver for a minute Kevin!

The last Sunday of our sailing calendar for 2019 saw plenty of action at GBC. Eight experienced Starling sailors competed for a place at the Starling Match Racing Nationals that will be held in January, representing Auckland (south of the Bridge). Well done to Nathan Vince (KYC) who won selection and to Nick Drummond (BBYC) who was runner up, and will also compete at the Nationals.

It was pretty breezy for match racing, which meant a few spills and plenty of thrills. Despite the challenges, the sailors - most of whom have known each other since their Optimist sailing days - fought hard in the starts and gave little quarter everywhere else on the course. There was plenty of close racing throughout.

A huge thanks to Paul Webber for his energy and passion for match racing, bringing everything together for these trials. Match racing is resource intensive and relies on more volunteers than sailors so a huge thanks must go to the others we relied on to give up time so close to Christmas: RO David Reid and his race committee, Ryan McCulloch, Russell Vince and Richard Beauchamp; umpires Hamish Hey and Wade Tresadern; mark layers Kevin Mains and Simon Manning; and tractor crew Kevin Mains and Mike Boyd.

A huge thanks to Ryan McCulloch for providing his boat as the committee boat, for his rock-steady time keeping, and for taking the photos of (most of) the sailors in the occasional spare moment.
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Here's a photo of some of the Starling sailors only three years ago, at a world-famous Orestes Opti Clinic. Guru coach Wade Tresadern also part of this team's huge growth.

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Let's get Green Fleet entries into the next leg...Club Points table for East AKL Series after MSC leg.

Well done to GBC for winning the day - by 1 point! But MSC still holding onto the lead - and the trophy. And, yes, we have loacted the trophy - safe and well.
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Lets get Green Fleet entries into the next leg...

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(And the sailors will be looking forward to seeing their individual Series Results published on the HYC website, soon perhaps...)

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