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.  Here’s the link to our season roster

We currently have some 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.

Our 2018-19 Season is underway – why not pop down to the club around high tide on a Sunday, check out the facilities and meet our team.  Check our calendar or contact us for sailing times.  And click here for all the details about our Learn to Sail and other courses.

LEARN TO SAIL THESE HOLIDAYS AT GBC -13-18 APRIL 2019

The next school holiday LTS course will be from Monday 13 until Thursday 18 April. The four day duration takes account of Easter and will mean that the course will run slightly longer each day to ensure the full course is delivered.

More details on the training page under Fleets link above. 

Please let any friends you may have who are interested in the course know?

Sign up is now live via the member registration link below.

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Clubs, please share this with your members. Online entry at the Torbay website closes 10:00 pm Wed 27 March so don't delay 👉👉 https://bit.ly/2Y3wqgl Torbay Sailing Club​ Kohimarama Yacht Club (KYC)​ Wakatere Boating Club​ Royal Akarana Yacht Club​ Murrays Bay Sailing Club​ French Bay Yacht Club Manly Sailing Club​ Milford Cruising Club​ Northcote Birkenhead Yacht Club Bucklands Beach Yacht Club​ Wanganui Collegiate School RS Feva ... See MoreSee Less

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We had an awesome group of novice sailors take part in our summer Introduction to Sailing Course last January, and the majority have stayed for Sunday Learn-to-sail (LTS) for the rest of the season. They've had a tremendous time, gaining confidence and practicing new skills, among new friends in GBC's fleet of training Optimists. We've also had a number of teenage sailors, keen to give sailing a go but not sure how, hear about GBC's tremendous environment and coaches and set forth on Sundays with us, in a friendly family environment.

We've enjoyed watching our special group of LTS kids become capable sailors in a very short time. And we are thrilled that the our new teenage club-members have felt able to try something new, and catch up quickly. We can't wait to see the group back next season. Here they are today, the LTS sailors practicing capizing, and everyone generally having a great time. Nice technique starting to emerge, too.
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5 days ago

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Fantastic to have everyone at the club and on the Tamaki today for the GBC leg of the East Auckland Series. BBYC and final leg for 2018/19, next week.The wind filled in later than hoped but in plenty of time for our sailors to enjoy three progressively longer races (each of Opti Green and Bic O'pen, Opti Open and Starling) in a gentle NE on the Tamaki River for the GBC leg of the East Auckland Regatta. There were nearly 70 boats in the regatta today. Congratulations to those achieving top placings, but well done especially to the least experienced sailors from GBC, BBYC, Howick and Maraetai yacht clubs who use this regatta to get a taste of what bigger fleet racing is all about. Thanks to all the volunteers and sponsors who made the day possible. And thanks to past GBC Commodore, Shaun Connelly, who enjoyed time back at the club as Race Officer. (Photos from the GBC deck - no better place to be - courtesy Lisa Davis-Miller and Richard Beauchamp) ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Thank you for having us! Great day!!

5 days ago

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The wind filled in later than hoped but in plenty of time for our sailors to enjoy three progressively longer races (each of Opti Green and Bic O'pen, Opti Open and Starling) in a gentle NE on the Tamaki River for the GBC leg of the East Auckland Regatta. There were nearly 70 boats in the regatta today. Congratulations to those achieving top placings, but well done especially to the least experienced sailors from GBC, BBYC, Howick and Maraetai yacht clubs who use this regatta to get a taste of what bigger fleet racing is all about. Thanks to all the volunteers and sponsors who made the day possible. And thanks to past GBC Commodore, Shaun Connelly, who enjoyed time back at the club as Race Officer. (Photos from the GBC deck - no better place to be - courtesy Lisa Davis-Miller and Richard Beauchamp)The wind filled in later than hoped but in plenty of time for our sailors to enjoy three progressively longer races (each of Opti Green and Bic O'pen, Opti Open and Starling) in a gentle NE on the Tamaki River for the GBC leg of the East Auckland Regatta. There were nearly 70 boats in the regatta today. Congratulations to those achieving top placings, but well done especially to the least experienced sailors from GBC, BBYC, Howick and Maraetai yacht clubs who use this regatta to get a taste of what bigger fleet racing is all about. Thanks to all the volunteers and sponsors who made the day possible. And thanks to past GBC Commodore, Shaun Connelly, who enjoyed time back at the club as Race Officer. (Photos from the GBC deck - no better place to be - courtesy Lisa Davis-Miller and Richard Beauchamp) ... See MoreSee Less

Wow, look at these photos of our Tuesday Training Group of Starlings earlier tonight, love your work Richard Blakey!! ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

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Jack Manning leading at the first mark of race 1 of the weekends Traveler Series event at Bay of Islands Yacht Club (39 boats). He had a race long battle with NZ Champ Sean Herbert to eventually finish 2nd in this race. The rest of the regatta didn’t go so well with Jack suffering few equipment breakdowns! Oh and the pink shorts may have sailed their last race - sorry about that all you fans! ... See MoreSee Less

Jack Manning leading at the first mark of race 1 of the weekends Traveler Series event at Bay of Islands Yacht Club (39 boats).  He had a race long battle with NZ Champ Sean Herbert to eventually finish 2nd in this race.  The rest of the regatta didn’t go so well with Jack suffering few equipment breakdowns!  Oh and the pink shorts may have sailed their last race - sorry about that all you fans!

 

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Oh no so sorry to see the end of the pink shorts 😥

Looking really fast Jack.

Poor Jack. Lachlan has lost a few regattas to gear failure. Never happens when they are training or club racing!

2 weeks ago

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GBC's Max Mains. Race 1 of the weekends Traveler Series event at Bay of Islands Yacht Club (39 boats). We have really enjoyed watching Max improve over the last few weeks and he’s showing some great ability in his Starling. ... See MoreSee Less

GBCs Max Mains.  Race 1 of the weekends Traveler Series event at Bay of Islands Yacht Club (39 boats).  We have really enjoyed watching Max improve over the last few weeks and he’s showing some great ability in his Starling.

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GBC’s Brittany Clark, race 1 of the weekends Traveler Series event at Bay of Islands Yacht Club (39 boats). Britt ended the regatta as top female and a fantastic 5th overall. Smashed it Britt! ... See MoreSee Less

GBC’s Brittany Clark, race 1 of the weekends Traveler Series event at Bay of Islands Yacht Club (39 boats).  Britt ended the regatta as top female and a fantastic 5th overall.  Smashed it Britt!

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GBC’s Grace Still, race 1 of the weekends Traveler Series event at Bay of Islands Yacht Club (39 boats). Grace is another young sailor who has absolutely flourished in her new Starling. She is already a real threat in light winds and is looking like she had a big future in the class. ... See MoreSee Less

GBC’s Grace Still, race 1 of the weekends Traveler Series event at Bay of Islands Yacht Club (39 boats).  Grace is another young sailor who has absolutely flourished in her new Starling.  She is already a real threat in light winds and is looking like she had a big future in the class.

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One of the many great things about GBC is the ability for parents and other spectators to see our sailors from the deck, right on the water in the Tamaki River. Tremendous spectator stuff.

Here are some photos of today's Club Points Racing, and of our newest sailors in Learn-to-sail returning to the deck after a session near Tahuna Torea, the Oystercatcher Peninsula. Well done to the sailors, and special thanks to all the volunteers who make things happen at GBC.
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It was a huge pleasure for me to be the "ring-in" Race Officer at GBC today, with a few of our crews away at the Bay of Islands Starling Regatta.

Many thanks to the rostered ("Steinlager II") crew and to the additional volunteers who stepped in to help set a successful course and who helped our sailors make the most of the best that club-sailing at GBC can provide. A classic sou'west day on the Tamaki; warm on the deck for spectators but shifty and cooler winds on the water, opposing the tide, making for some challenging sailing.

Particular thanks go to Rodger Eaton for his omnipresence as Deck Officer, to Karissa and Lisa for compiling the race results and, of course, Karissa and Pam for making the Galley the heart of GBC, as it always is.

It was also clear from my vantage point on the start boat that GBC's Learn-to-sail and Upskillers groups are in great shape and have become very tight-knit over this half season, so I can't wait to see all of these sailors next season in their own boats and - in the case of the upskillers - part of our diverse development fleet, racing sometimes and adventuring all the time.

Well done to the place getters today and to all the sailors. We celebrate everyone's success. It's great to see the smiles and hear the sailors' stories. And, I have to say, it's fantastic to see how many young women are doing so well sailing at GBC.

My best,

RLB
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Wow what a day! I feel like I missed a great one.

Champion Richard

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