Welcome to Glendowie Boating Club

The Glendowie Boating Club (GBC) is a family oriented sailing club focusing on Optimist, Starling and Mistral class yacht training and racing. The club racing is held on Sundays from Spring to Autumn. The GBC also has a Winter program which gets together once every two weeks due to 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.

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1 week ago

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East Auckland Sailors came to Worser Bay expecting heavy conditions and the Finals Day, Day four of the regatta, didn't disappoint. Four races were sailed in a breeze that built through the morning. At times upwards of 25 knots, the fresh breeze and steep, choppy, waves proved a challenge for our sailors, more used to the flatter waters of the Tamaki river and Hauraki gulf. But our sailors stuck it out and, at times, revelled in the conditions. Well done to Jack Manning who placed 22nd overall in the regatta out of over 100 sailors, William Beauchamp who was awarded the QCYC Cup for most improved sailor during the regatta, having only sailed his Starling since February and gaining 40th place in his first Starling Nationals, and Brittany Clark, whose regatta did not start as she had hoped but ended with Brit gaining third place in the silver fleet, making the most of the heavier conditions she likes. Many thanks to Simon Manning and Mike Clark, who have anchored the team throughout the season and to Michael Eaglen (HSC) and Sean Mcrae (MBBC), who have helped ensure that our friends from Howick (Peter, Alex and Max) and Maraetai (Callum) have joined us to make a solid East Auckland team of sailors. And congratulations to the team at Worser Bay Boating Club for running such a successful regatta. Thanks for all your hospitality. Final results here: results.wbbc.org.nzEast Auckland Sailors came to Worser Bay expecting heavy conditions and the Finals Day, Day four of the regatta, didn't disappoint. Four races were sailed in a breeze that built through the morning. At times upwards of 25 knots, the fresh breeze and steep, choppy, waves proved a challenge for our sailors, more used to the flatter waters of the Tamaki river and Hauraki gulf. But our sailors stuck it out and, at times, revelled in the conditions. Well done to Jack Manning who placed 22nd overall in the regatta out of over 100 sailors, William Beauchamp who was awarded the QCYC Cup for most improved sailor during the regatta, having only sailed his Starling since February and gaining 40th place in his first Starling Nationals, and Brittany Clark, whose regatta did not start as she had hoped but ended with Brit gaining third place in the silver fleet, making the most of the heavier conditions she likes. Many thanks to Simon Manning and Mike Clark, who have anchored the team throughout the season and to Michael Eaglen (HSC) and Sean Mcrae (MBBC), who have helped ensure that our friends from Howick (Peter, Alex and Max) and Maraetai (Callum) have joined us to make a solid East Auckland team of sailors. And congratulations to the team at Worser Bay Boating Club for running such a successful regatta. Thanks for all your hospitality. Final results here: results.wbbc.org.nz ... See MoreSee Less

East Auckland Sailors came to Worser Bay expecting heavy conditions and the Finals Day, Day four of the regatta, didnt disappoint. Four races were sailed in a breeze that built through the morning. At times upwards of 25 knots, the fresh breeze and steep, choppy, waves proved a challenge for our sailors, more used to the flatter waters of the Tamaki river and Hauraki gulf. But our sailors stuck it out and, at times, revelled in the conditions. Well done to Jack Manning who placed 22nd overall in the regatta out of over 100 sailors, William Beauchamp who was awarded the QCYC Cup for most improved sailor during the regatta, having only sailed his Starling since February and gaining 40th place in his first Starling Nationals, and Brittany Clark, whose regatta did not start as she had hoped but ended with Brit gaining third place in the silver fleet, making the most of the heavier conditions she likes. Many thanks to Simon Manning and Mike Clark, who have anchored the team throughout the season and to Michael Eaglen (HSC) and Sean Mcrae (MBBC), who have helped ensure that our friends from Howick (Peter, Alex and Max) and Maraetai (Callum) have joined us to make a solid East Auckland team of sailors. And congratulations to the team at Worser Bay Boating Club for running such a successful regatta. Thanks for all your hospitality. Final results here: http://results.wbbc.org.nz

1 week ago

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Wellington locals kept saying "It's not usually like this". After two days of strong winds, including one spent ashore, light winds from the West and South made for a slow start to racing on Day 3. In the end one hundred or more Starlings enjoyed four close windward-leeward races to complete the qualifying series for the 2018 Starling Nats at Worser Bay. GBC's sailors and friends from Howick and Maraetai showed that they can mix it up with the best of NZ's current crop of teenage sailors. Finals Day tomorrow. Results after six races, here: results.wbbc.org.nz/2017-18/starling-nationals-open.html ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Great work GBC team. And great photos - are you the photographer Aidan?

2 weeks ago

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A few GBC sailors took part in this year's Mistral National Championships held at Tamaki Yacht Club, including a girls team of Brittany Clark and Sophie Eaton (pictured below). Initial light winds turned a little fresher during the course of the weekend (7/8 April), but the young and light teams stuck it out and had a generally great time. Thanks to TYC, the Mistral Owners Association and GBC parents Rodger Eaton, Mike Clark and Richard Howse for crewing a patrol boat both days. (We'll get you to take a few more photographs of the event next year...) ... See MoreSee Less

A few GBC sailors took part in this years Mistral National Championships held at Tamaki Yacht Club, including a girls team of Brittany Clark and Sophie Eaton (pictured below). Initial light winds turned a little fresher during the course of the weekend (7/8 April), but the young and light teams stuck it out and had a generally great time. Thanks to TYC, the Mistral Owners Association and GBC parents Rodger Eaton, Mike Clark and Richard Howse for crewing a patrol boat both days. (Well get you to take a few more photographs of the event next year...)Image attachment

A few hardy souls out on the water at GBC before dark and before the wind came right up this evening. Andrea and Aidan enjoyed 1:1 Opti coaching from two worlds sailors, Seb and Zac, while Starling coach Ben Warren looked after Barney and Callum, Brittany and William (until William bust his outhaul). Everyone safely ashore... ... See MoreSee Less

A few hardy souls out on the water at GBC before dark and before the wind came right up this evening. Andrea and Aidan enjoyed 1:1 Opti coaching from two worlds sailors, Seb and Zac, while Starling coach Ben Warren looked after Barney and Callum, Brittany and William (until William bust his outhaul). Everyone safely ashore...

2 weeks ago

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And the winners were Brett and Darcy Black in #101, followed by Nick and Benjamen Brewer in #70 and in third place Andy and Zoe Stone in #76. Congratulations to all. ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago

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Results from the 2017/18 East Auckland series. Well done to all the sailors who competed. There is real progress through the year and through the fleets. Here’s to next year’s regatta and even more entries. The green fleet looks to be a force to be reckoned with.Here are the results from the Jnr East Auckland Series.

Well done to Tim… winning Green fleet at BBYC leg and 2nd overall for the Series

Also to Samuel for 3rd overall in the Green fleet series

Well done Blake… 2nd in Opti Open at BBYC and 2nd overall for Series

Well done Peter… 3rd in Starlings at BBYC and 3rd overall in the Series

Great effort by all the Howick Sailors… just 1 point behind Glendowie on the day… so close.
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Results from the 2017/18 East Auckland series. Well done to all the sailors who competed. There is real progress through the year and through the fleets. Here’s to next year’s regatta and even more entries. The green fleet looks to be a force to be reckoned with.

Gordon Mains, guest from Canada, grandfather to GBC's Mains trio of Opti sailors and experienced Laser (designed in Canada) sailor tries out for newly created class of Great Grand Master Starling sailor. Done! ... See MoreSee Less

Gordon Mains, guest from Canada, grandfather to GBCs Mains trio of Opti sailors and experienced Laser (designed in Canada) sailor tries out for newly created class of Great Grand Master Starling sailor. Done!

 

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You’re everywhere Gordon!

3 weeks ago

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A gentle SW breeze provided the backdrop to the last leg of the East Auckland regatta for 2017/18 on the Tamaki Estuary today. This inter club regatta, created only four years ago, now sees good sized fleets of junior sailors making the most of friendly competition and bigger fleets than each our four East Auckland Clubs can field alone. Well done to everyone who sailed today and well done GBC for retaining the Ivan Raos Trophy for the third year in a row. It was a near run thing, given the stiff competition. ... See MoreSee Less

A gentle SW breeze provided the backdrop to the last leg of the East Auckland regatta for 2017/18 on the Tamaki Estuary today. This inter club regatta, created only four years ago, now sees good sized fleets of junior sailors making the most of friendly competition and bigger fleets than each our four East Auckland Clubs can field alone. Well done to everyone who sailed today and well done GBC for retaining the Ivan Raos Trophy for the third year in a row. It was a near run thing, given the stiff competition.

3 weeks ago

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And here they are! The NZIODA rankings 2018!

The top 5 sailors have been selected to represent NZ at the Optimist World Championships this year in Cyprus. The team is:

George Lee Rush - Wakatere
Josh Hyde - Wakatere
Amelie Angus - Kohi
Mason Mulcahy - Murrays Bay/Wakatere
Hugo Mcullen - Kohi/Hamilton

Following this the next 4 sailors (and at least 1 of the opposite gender) will be selected for the Europeans, 6 sailors (and at least 1 of the opposite gender) will be selected for the North Americans and 10 sailors (with at least 3 of the opposite gender) will be selected for the Asian and Oceanian Championships. Once these sailors have confirmed their selections we will announce these teams.
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3 weeks ago

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Day five of the 2018 OptiNats promised lots of wind but conditions turned out to be similar to most of the other days sailed near Picton - light and flukey, and challenging for everyone.

Nevertheless two Open Fleet Finals were sailed, plus three Green fleet races, and GBC's sailors sailed consistently to achieve good positions among the finishers. Zoe Mains finished 10th in Green Fleet, ahead of her brother Mark, who finished 30th in a fleet of 45 sailors. Aidan Beauchamp was 20th NZ sailor overall, with Tim Howse 31st, among an Open Fleet of 137 sailors. It's tremendous to see a GBC sailor finishing in the Top 20 at the OptiNats again this year.

What is more, Tim's high ranking going into the OptiNats, after solid results in this season's ranking regattas, meant that he achieved a ranking of 25th in the country for 2017/18, claiming the last ranking cap and winning a place in an NZIODA travelling team. Congratulations Zoe, Aidan, and TIm. And congratulations to our friend Nick Drummond (BBYC) who, like Tim, has ranked high enough this season to win a place in a travelling team and will head overseas to compete, later in the year.

Finally, well done to the other GBC sailors, George Cole-Baker, Fred Burrage, Sophie Eaton and Max Mains, who sailed in tricky conditions over five days and will have gained a great deal of valuable experience that will now be put to good use on the Tamaki and elsewhere in future. Everyone deserves a good rest. Safe travels home and see you next week at GBC.

Final results should be posted here, soon: www.qcyc.org.nz/optimistnats2018.php
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Day five of the 2018 OptiNats promised lots of wind but conditions turned out to be similar to most of the other days sailed near Picton - light and flukey, and challenging for everyone. 

Nevertheless two Open Fleet Finals were sailed, plus three Green fleet races, and GBCs sailors sailed consistently to achieve good positions among the finishers. Zoe Mains finished 10th in Green Fleet, ahead of her brother Mark, who finished 30th in a fleet of 45 sailors. Aidan Beauchamp was 20th NZ sailor overall, with Tim Howse 31st, among an Open Fleet of 137 sailors. Its tremendous to see a GBC sailor finishing in the Top 20 at the OptiNats again this year. 

What is more, Tims high ranking going into the OptiNats, after solid results in this seasons ranking regattas, meant that he achieved a ranking of 25th in the country for 2017/18, claiming the last ranking cap and winning a place in an NZIODA travelling team. Congratulations Zoe, Aidan, and TIm. And congratulations to our friend Nick Drummond  (BBYC) who, like Tim, has ranked high enough this season to win a place in a travelling team and will head overseas to compete, later in the year. 

Finally, well done to the other GBC sailors, George Cole-Baker, Fred Burrage, Sophie Eaton and Max Mains, who sailed in tricky conditions over five days and will have gained a great deal of valuable experience that will now be put to good use on the Tamaki and elsewhere in future. Everyone deserves a good rest. Safe travels home and see you next week at GBC. 

Final results should be posted here, soon: http://www.qcyc.org.nz/optimistnats2018.php

4 weeks ago

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A long day waiting for just one qualifying race. But what a race - victory and heartbreak - for GBC's and East Auckland Club sailors! Sophie found her mojo. Freddy and George made top 20 in their flight. Nick (BBYC) finished eighth and Luka (Maraetai) sailed a consistent 31st. Tim fought back from about 20th at the top mark to finish 8th in the red fleet, yet ended up having his sail judged by officials as too high on the mast (so suffered a points penalty). Aidan achieved a second place ahead of his friends from some pretty strong clubs. Zoe and Mark gave us a glimpse of what's to come in future regattas, based on their strong results in Green Fleet. And Max showed us what is possible when you set your mind to clawing back places in regatta races. Another awesome - if tough - day. Results are here: www.qcyc.org.nz/UFresource/opendaytwoprovisional.pdf and www.qcyc.org.nz/UFresource/Green_Provisional_Day_Two.pdf. ... See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago

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Four qualifying races today for the Optimist Fleet. A big day, on the water at 1000 and not back on shore until nearly five pm. Everyone will be glad that the clocks go back an hour tomorrow. Tricky conditions on Queen Charlotte Sound but we're all starting to realise that that is the norm around here. Here are photos of just a few of GBC's sailors. More to follow as the weekend unfolds. Todays results at: www.qcyc.org.nz/UFresource/OpenDayOne.pdf ... See MoreSee Less

Four qualifying races today for the Optimist Fleet. A big day, on the water at 1000 and not back on shore until nearly five pm. Everyone will be glad that the clocks go back an hour tomorrow. Tricky conditions on Queen Charlotte Sound but were all starting to realise that that is the norm around here. Here are photos of just a few of GBCs sailors. More to follow as the weekend unfolds. Todays results at: http://www.qcyc.org.nz/UFresource/OpenDayOne.pdf

4 weeks ago

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GBC's sailors enjoyed their first day of the 2018 OptiNats today after a few had had a gentle training run last evening. Day One saw Teams Racing, and a few of our group (Tim Howse, Aidan Beauchamp and Nick Drummond from BBYC) joined Kohimarama teams for a wonderful day on the water. The Teams Racing was a good precursor to the rest of the weekend's fleet racing, with lots of practice starting and plenty of tacking and tactics. And conditions were perfect with light winds and close-up spectator viewing, making it a great fun day for everyone. ... See MoreSee Less

GBCs sailors enjoyed their first day of the 2018 OptiNats today after a few had had a gentle training run last evening. Day One saw Teams Racing, and a few of our group (Tim Howse, Aidan Beauchamp and Nick Drummond from BBYC) joined Kohimarama teams for a wonderful day on the water. The Teams Racing was a good precursor to the rest of the weekends fleet racing, with lots of practice starting and plenty of tacking and tactics. And conditions were perfect with light winds and close-up spectator viewing, making it a great fun day for everyone.Image attachmentImage attachment

Always something delicious for sale in the Galley at GBC. These delicious chocolate cookies, gobbled up last Sunday, were lovingly baked by Matt Skilton. #throwingdownthegauntlet #edmondscookbook ... See MoreSee Less

Always something delicious for sale in the Galley at GBC.  These delicious chocolate cookies, gobbled up last Sunday, were lovingly baked by Matt Skilton. #throwingdownthegauntlet #edmondscookbook

 

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They were yummy!

1 month ago

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Nick Brewer looked after the GBC Team on Thursday at the 420s Team Racing Auckland Cup. Simon Manning had the following comments on Friday’s racing:

The GDC team comfortably won all three races that they sailed on day 2 and were looking very good to win the first of their remaining two scheduled races against ACG. In the end the weather intervened and GDC were very unlucky that they lost those 3 wins due to the round not being completed. GDC definitely looked the goods when the breeze was in while some of the crews in the other teams were really struggling.

The final scheduled race was with EGGS, and probably would have been for silver fleet overall would have been interesting. Just a shame the final round results were rubbed out.

Well done in particular to Tim Marshall who took on the role of skipper at very late notice and sailed really well in plenty of breeze and a tight course.

Great to see so many GBC faces in the fleet.
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Nick Brewer looked after the GBC Team on Thursday at the 420s Team Racing Auckland Cup.  Simon Manning had the following comments on Friday’s racing: 

The GDC team comfortably won all three races that they sailed on day 2 and were looking very good to win the first of their remaining two scheduled races against ACG.  In the end the weather intervened and GDC were very unlucky that they lost those 3 wins due to the round not being completed.   GDC definitely looked the goods when the breeze was in while some of the crews in the other teams were really struggling.

The final scheduled race was with EGGS, and probably would have been for silver fleet overall would have been interesting.   Just a shame the final round results were rubbed out.

Well done in particular to Tim Marshall who took on the role of skipper at very late notice and sailed really well in plenty of breeze and a tight course. 

Great to see so many GBC faces in the fleet.

1 month ago

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Jack Frewin (HSC) and Jack Webber (GBC) competing in the 420s Teams Racing Auckland Cup 2018 as part of the St Kentigern College Team. ... See MoreSee Less

Jack Frewin (HSC) and Jack Webber (GBC) competing in the 420s Teams Racing Auckland Cup 2018 as part of the St Kentigern College Team.

1 month ago

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Bean rock was reading three knots - and those in the know, know that Bean rock records about three knots over true wind speed - right when today's RO, Andy Still, kicked off a scheduled five sprint races for each of GBC's Development, Racing and youth fleets. It was a challenging afternoon of races that turned out to be far from straightforward. Several were abandoned. Well done to the sailors, who will have learned a lot about tactics and starts, despite being frustrated by the lack of wind. Congratulations to Jack Manning, Fred Burrage and Zoe Mains who were the winners of the Starling, Opti and Green Fleets, respectively, ... See MoreSee Less

Bean rock was reading three knots - and those in the know, know that Bean rock records about three knots over true wind speed - right when todays RO, Andy Still, kicked off a scheduled five sprint races for each of GBCs Development, Racing and youth fleets. It was a challenging afternoon of races that turned out to be far from straightforward. Several were abandoned. Well done to the sailors, who will have learned a lot about tactics and starts, despite being frustrated by the lack of wind. Congratulations to Jack Manning, Fred Burrage and Zoe Mains who were the winners of the Starling, Opti and Green Fleets, respectively,
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