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East Auckland Opti/Starling Series 1st March 2015
The GBC is delighted to be hosting the next leg of this series.
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Visitors please note:
We are down a no exit road, so trailer turning and parking is possible, but restricted
Centre console RIBs will need to launch at the ramps at Bucklands Beach or Half Moon Bay (We are less than 10 min by RIB from Half Moon Bay and 15 min by car). Small RIBs on beach trailers can launch at GBC
Spectators and parents are welcome to come and watch the racing from the GBC deck. Depending on the wind, the racing will be relatively close to the club
Entry fee is $20 for racers which includes a free hot dog and drink
We will have some coaches and support on the water for less experienced sailors
Briefing at 13:20hrs. Regatta racing starts at 14:00.
The GBC galley will be open selling drinks, hot dogs and cakes (so bring along a few dollars). Tea, coffee and water are also available to sailors and their supporters during the afternoon.
Next Race Day
Club Racing for Arrow and Mistral classes at the GBC on Sunday 1st March 2015. Opti's and Starlings racing with the East Auckland Series (see above). Racing starts at 14:00hrs, briefing at 13:20hrs.
Optimist Training Fleets (LTS and LTR) report at 14:00hrs.
Sunday 22nd Feb - Points Races for Optis and Starlings with GBC also hosting day 2 of the Auckland Mistral Championships 2015
Busy day on the river with around 60 boats making the most of the conditions.
Brewer Family Spooking the competition out
Mistrals race to the mark
Optis were out in force
Optis jostling for position
W Beauchamp, NZL 4217 & P Schoene de la Nuez, NZL 4331
Starling versus Mistral
Alvaro (Starling) and Matt Connolly and Jack Floyd (Mistral)
Learn to Race taking centre stage
Learn to Sail (nice day for a swim)
The importance of reading Tide Charts properly
Junior Sail Auckland (@Kohi Yacht Club)
Contented group of sailors returned from Kohi after the Junior Sail Regatta (14-15 Feb). Results are up on the KYC website and can be found here.
Reasonable race conditions prevailed and we have 10 sailors positively glowing after the weekend's racing. Big thanks to all the parents and to the coaches, Lisa, Ollie, Wade and Arkady...
Beautiful Day at Kohi Beach
Watching sailing dinghies from 3km away may not be easy, but it still beats watching the cricket!
Opti Prep (Guy Weenink)
Alvaro perhaps offering a prayer before entering the water!!
Alvaro Nola Dodd
Nice to see a Starling move so quickly!
Matt Brewer (with father Nick)
Sam Liddell (the solitude of sailing)
Last minute prep on the Opti fleet
Intensive coaching underway
No Wind - All In Drag Race
Lack of wind on Sunday 8th Feb failed to spoil the fun of our inventive sailors. LTR, Opti's (Green and Open), and Starlings all banded together for a one leg drag race. Sailing rules prohibiting ouching, pumping, rocking etc. were relaxed. Pictures below..
2015 Overnight Motuihe Trip for Starling Sailors
One of the highlights of the year for our Starling sailors is their annual trip to Motuihe Island in the Hauraki Gulf. This year saw 8 sailors take part and enjoy the challenge of sailing from the GBC to Motuihe, setting up their campsite, exploring the island, and sailing back to the club the following day.
2015 GBC Sailors - Group Picture (Left to Right; Kate Hillman, Alvaro Nola-Dodd, Jack Floyd, Matt Connolly, Jonathan Turnbull, Matt Brewer, Sam Liddell, and Abby McGeorge
BBQ Saturday Night
Kate Hillman leading the charge (background - Sam, Alvaro, Matt Brewer and Matt Connolly)
Nice formation as we pass Rangitoto and head in for home
Matt Connolly racing towards Browns Island (Alvaro behind)
View from the campsite
First we heard a tearing sound, then a giant whooshing of gas. I wondered if we'd poisoned him at the BBQ! Then I noticed he couldn't breathe and I immediately thought he may be experiencing a medical event. But Richard had simply snagged his lifejacket's rip cord on a piece of luggage he was carrying towards the boat!! And out of his life vest had sprung a giant inflated lifejacket that seemed intent on strangling him .
Good to see these things working. Amazing how powerful they are!!
Richard Dodd running an impromptu lifejacket test
National Starling Match Racing - January 2015
Once again the GBC was host to the National Starling Match Racing Champs. Sailors representing most provinces throughout New Zealand gathered at the club on a glorious Friday evening for a warm GBC welcome to the 2015 edition.
Racing got underway at 10.00am Saturday morning in light north easterly winds. The wind freshened slightly in the afternoon and by the end of the days racing 66 races were completed with all 12 sailors having raced against one another.
With Sunday came another superb Auckland day although unfortunately without Charlotte Porter representing the Auckland region. Charlotte had to be rushed to Auckland Hospital with appendicitis on Saturday evening. Matt Connolly from the GBC kindly filled in for Charlotte but his wins were not able to be counted. Similar to Saturdays programme all 12 sailors once again raced one another but in the boat of their opposite number the previous day. After 132 races over two very full days racing in near perfect sailing conditions four semi-finalists emerged: Nick Gardiner representing Nelson Marlborough, Jason Hewitt representing Waikato, Matt Wylie representing Canterbury and Jeremy Mitchell representing North Harbour.
The semis and the finals were sailed on Monday in light south westerly winds. There was a keener edge to the racing with some very close and hard fought contests. Matt Wylie eventually emerged as the winner with Jeremy Mitchell as runner-up.
The Waitemata lived up to its name and the sparkling waters at the mouth of the Tamaki River proved a worthy venue. The buzz about the club after the racing was that this was a very successful regatta probably the best ever Starling Match Racing Nationals. The GBC support both on and off the water was first class and was a huge part of the success of this regatta.
Click here for an article (published in Sail-World by Brian Peet).
1st - Matthew Wylie (Canterbury)
2nd - Jeremy Mitchell (North Harbour)
3rd - Jason Hewitt (Waikato)
4th - Nick Gardiner (Nelson Marlborough)
5th - Shae Donahoe (Northland)
6th - Fergus Frame (South Island Wildcard)
7th - Rick Sanders (Southland)
8th - Tom Maidment (Bay of Plenty)
9th - Cameron Wright (North Island Wildcard)
10th - William Pitt (Taranaki)
11th - Charlotte Porter (Auckland)
12th - Zoe Bennett (Wellington)
Matthew Wylie picks up the winners trophy ( left Peter Lester and right Richard Brown)
Some of the action from Day 2
Nick Gardiner and William Pitt round a mark on Day 1
Spectators enjoy the view of the racing from the deck
Day 2 - Racing
Day 1 - Briefing
Day 2 - Briefing
Mark Hillman on Flag Duty
Fueling the Sailors - the real Engine Room of the Club (Sarah, Maryanne, Teena and Sue)
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