GBC Season Opening Day – Sept 2018

GBC Season Opening Day – Sept 2018

We had a great day with Suellen Davies from Live Sail Die officially opening our 69th Sailing Season.

There was sunshine, 7-12 knots from the NE and loads of happy sailors and families – the sailors entertained the spectators on the deck with all of the races finishing off the club.  Our RO Andy Still and his helpers did a great job on the water as many of our sailors tried out new boats and new sailing classes for the first time.  Our kids (and parents) absolutely loved the presentation from Suellen before racing, where she showed off some of the technology behind Livesaildie. Then they got to see it all in action as they hit the water.

 

Check out the video tht Suellen put together.  Thanks so much Suellen – come back any time!
GBC East Auckland Series – Leg 2 – Feb 2017

GBC East Auckland Series – Leg 2 – Feb 2017

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Sunday’s second leg of the East Auckland Series was a great success, with fleets of Mistrals, Starlings, Open and Green Fleet Optimists all enjoying some of the nicest sailing conditions we’ve had this season.  There were more than fifty boats on the water, which is always a thrill at GBC. Our special guest Race Officer, ex-GBC Commodore John Woodyear-Smith, set a course so the sailors could stretch their legs, and got things underway promptly and steadily to make the most of the tide.

Congratulations to Andrea Hawke (HSC), William Beauchamp (GBC) and Jack Culloty (GBC) who won the Green Fleet, Opti Open and Starling fleets respectively.  And well done to the young crews of the Mistrals, who mixed it up in a series of tight races across the channel.  GBC retains the Ivan Raos Memorial Trophy and will compete to retain it in a few weeks’ time, on 12 March, at Maraetai.

Starling and P-Class Motuihe Trip – Feb 2017

Starling and P-Class Motuihe Trip – Feb 2017

On Friday a group of ten Starling and P-class sailors set off in their dinghies to camp on Motuihe for the weekend.  Despite heavy rain for much of Friday, the forecast was for better weather and Nick Brewer sent the order at 1500: “All go”! The teenage sailors enjoyed a weekend of mucking around on boats, jumping off wharves, searching for tuatara and kiwi, late nights, and sleeping under “canvas”. Most of all they got a chance to enjoy each other’s company for more than just an afternoon, which, I’m sure, will build deep and lasting friendships on and off the water for life.

Thanks so much to Nick for all of his planning and leadership, and to Craig Liddell and Kevin Green for helping make sure everything was safe and sound en route, on the island and on our return.  See our facebook page for more.

Christmas Cracker Sunday 18th Dec 2016

Christmas Cracker Sunday 18th Dec 2016

The Christmas Cracker, last Sunday’s impromptu ice cream run to St Heliers, was such a hit with sailors and parents keen to make the most of a high tide and sea breeze, the week before Christmas.  Twenty dinghies in four fleets – Mistrals and Starlings, Optis and Ps – plus a small flotilla of GBC RHIBs in support, beat their way out of the Tamaki (and the Mistrals and Starlings round Browns Island) before taking a long reach to the beach at St Heliers.

It’s a wee way to St Heliers so well done to our younger sailors for going the distance.  Well done also to two LTS graduates who joined the flotilla but, after being thwarted by the big incoming tide, made the right decision to leave their Optis at GBC and hitch a lift with a support boat

East Auckland Series – Howick Sailing Club 30th October 2016

East Auckland Series – Howick Sailing Club 30th October 2016

Well done to all our Opti and Starling sailors who made it to Howick Sailing Club on Sunday 30th October for the first leg of the East Auckland Series. Conditions were great although perhaps a little breezy at times and the water temperature still a little cold for those that capsized.

Wonderfully hosted by Howick Sailing Club. Great racing, great food and a huge selection of spot prizes.

Congratulations to our winners;
Opti Open – William Beauchamp
Starling – Jonathan Turnbull

Overall winner of the first leg goes to Howick Sailing Club