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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:

  1. We are down a no exit road, so trailer turning and parking is possible, but restricted
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Entry fee is $20 for racers which includes a free hot dog and drink
  5. 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.
Mistral Champs 2015 - 1

Mistral Racing
Mistral Champs 2015 - 2

Brewer Family Spooking the competition out
Mistral Champs 2015 - 3

Mistrals race to the mark
Mistral Champs 2015 - 4

Bayonets Attached!!
Mistral Champs 2015 - 5

Optis were out in force
Optis at GBC

Optis jostling for position
Optis Battle It Out
W Beauchamp, NZL 4217 & P Schoene de la Nuez, NZL 4331

Starling versus Mistral
Starling and Mistral - 1
Alvaro (Starling) and Matt Connolly and Jack Floyd (Mistral)

Learn to Race taking centre stage
Learn to Race

Learn to Sail (nice day for a swim)
Learn to Sail

The importance of reading Tide Charts properly
Importance of reading tides


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

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...

Junior Champs 2015
Beautiful Day at Kohi Beach

Watching sailing dinghies from 3km away may not be easy, but it still beats watching the cricket!
Junior Champs 2015 - 2
20-20 Vision

Junior Champs 2015 - 3
Opti Prep (Guy Weenink)

Alvaro perhaps offering a prayer before entering the water!!
Junior Champs 2015 - 4
Alvaro Nola Dodd

Nice to see a Starling move so quickly!
Junior Champs 2015 - 5
Matt Brewer (with father Nick)

Junior Champs 2015 - 6
Sam Liddell (the solitude of sailing)

Junior Champs 2015 - 7
Last minute prep on the Opti fleet

Junior Champs 2015 - 8
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..
Drag Race 1

Drag Race 2

Drag Race 3

Drag Race 4

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.
Motuihe Group 2015 - 1
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

Motuihe 15 - Dinner
BBQ Saturday Night

Motuihe 15 - Hillman
Kate Hillman leading the charge (background - Sam, Alvaro, Matt Brewer and Matt Connolly)

Motuihe 15 - Formation
Nice formation as we pass Rangitoto and head in for home

Motuihe 15 - Connolly
Matt Connolly racing towards Browns Island (Alvaro behind)

Motuihe 15 - View
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!!
Motuihe 15 - Richard
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).

Final Results
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)

Trophy Presentation
match trophy
Matthew Wylie picks up the winners trophy ( left Peter Lester and right Richard Brown)

Some of the action from Day 2
Photo 18-01-15 1 37 15 pm

Photo 18-01-15 12 58 59 pm

Photo 18-01-15 1 36 16 pm

Nick Gardiner and William Pitt round a mark on Day 1

match 6
Spectators enjoy the view of the racing from the deck

match 7
Day 2 - Racing

match 4
Day 1 - Briefing

Match - 2
Day 2 - Briefing

match - 3
Mark Hillman on Flag Duty

match 5
Fueling the Sailors - the real Engine Room of the Club (Sarah, Maryanne, Teena and Sue)

Click here for more GBC stories and pictures from recent events...

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Pub Charity Auckland City Council

The Southern Trust


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