Glendowie Boating Club
GBC’s modern fleet of brightly coloured plastic Optimists are ideal for young sailors to learn the ropes in. These rugged boats can handle a few bumps, yet offer all of the features you’d expect to find on an Optimist dinghy.
Along with a certificate from Yachting New Zealand you’ll have a blast learning to sail in what we consider to be the most suitable stretch of water in the country. Our coaches are all trained and passionate about our young sailors, and our courses are structured around both learning and having fun. By the end of the course young sailors will be confident sailing on their own!!
Junior Development combines our Optimist Green and O’pen BIC fleets. Sailors are encouraged to progress into Upskillers once they have completed the LTS. The focus for our family friendly club is still a mix of racing and adventure, with frequent trips across the river, or up the sandspit, or even to Browns Island.
Junior Racing sailors have become competent Optimist racers and keen sailors can also extend into the P Class dinghies with a small fleet of these boats now firmly established at the club. We love seeing our emerging sailors attending local and national regattas and proudly competing against the best in the country.
Our Starling fleet is growing here at the GBC, the home of the Starling!! and our youth sailors are competitive on the national stage. Our Starling fleet regularly visits Browns Island, and event Motuihe Island once a year. Young sailors love the Starling, its stunning design is fast, agile and a welcome step up from the Optimist.
We offer Mistral and Feva fleets for our 2-handed options. Parent and child, or 2 youth sailors, taking turns to crew or skipper. Step it up with a mainsail, jib. and spinnaker. Growing fleets at the GBC make this an excellent opportunity for all our sailors.
Here at Glendowie Boating Club we are passionate about introducing people to sailing at all levels. For our young first-time sailors we offer a coaching pathway to take them from complete beginners through to competent sailors.More Info
GBC offers sailors at all levels the ability to learn and develop a passion for sailing that will see them enjoying this sport throughout their life. Some will go on to follow a competitive course while many others will be content to enjoy the social environment of yacht club life and sailing in all its forms.More Info
The Starling class yacht was designed for teenagers in order to bridge the gap between junior classes such as the P class and Optimist and the adult classes. There is a national Starling championship held each year in January, where it is not unusual to have a fleet of more than 100 boats.More Info
The Mistral was designed by local yacht designer Des Townson who also designed the Starling. They are a classic class for two handed sailing with a mainsail, jib and spinnaker. Renowned for their good looks and sparkling performance, especially on a reach with the kite up.More Info