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The Official Magazine of the Glendowie Boating Club (Inc)


INSIDE THIS ISSUE Arrow Update …………………………………………… 2 Starling Report ………………………………………… 4 Mistral News …………………………………………… 6 Optimist Review ……………………………………… 8 The Commodore’s Report ………………………… 10 The Starling Nationals ……………………………… 12 Optimist European Championship …………… 14 Optimist World Championship ………………… 16 Tui is Born………………………………………………… 18 Important Photos & Things ……………………… 20 Club Clothing …………………………………………… 22 Other News & Snippets …………………………… 24

Arrow Update To be honest its been a bit of a low key season for the Arrows, most of the thunder stolen by the Mistrals but there’s a little, never say die, core of us that will keep the class going. During the season we managed to enlist a couple of new Arrow sailors and have seen the return of Arrows Pukeko and the beautiful Aorangi. A special welcome to the club to Craig, Dennis and their respective crews. On closing day the conditions were rather trying—plodding slowly upwind in very light winds as well as against the outgoing tide—it was a job and a half to pick the lay line to get around marks. We had newcomers Craig and Dennis on the water as well as Russell and myself. Given it was Mothers Day I also had my mum with me and she enjoyed the day, not least for the fact that capsizing was very unlikely. I think the winners of the day were Dennis and Craig who made the decision early to abandon racing and just had a play close to shore with the kids, keeping well away from the strengthening tide. Prizegiving was a nice finale to the season, good to catch up with friends and a very nicely done slide and video show from Cameron. The Arrow silverware was more or less shared between the regulars, we even had to pull out the rule book to overturn one of the on the day awarded results, nothing like manufacturing a little drama. As always in between seasons, we’re all looking forward to next season and again promise to do better at turning out for race days. With space in the Arrow shed now becoming scarce, we’re moving on a few of the boats that have not been sailed this season, so If you’re in the market for a bargain, drop me a line. My boat is in the shed at home now for a paint, I’m hoping that Alibi will be back on the water for the Open Day races, looking forward to seeing everyone again then. Vincent Dirks Arrow Convenor


Brue and Alibi battling it out


Starling Report GBC has had a very successful 2012/2013 season in the Starling fleet—three of the top four places in the Travellerss Series were achieved by Glendowie Boating Club sailors. Arkady placed 1st, Logan 3rd and Tam 4th out of 126 participants. Well done team!! Lisa placed 28th and 7th girl. Sophie placed 31st and 8th girl, Daniel 39th and newcomer to the Starlings, Matt, placed 103rd. An excellent effort all round. It’s that time of the year again when we are going to focus on the New Zealand Yacht Squadron Youth Training programme sponsored by Nespresso. The team for 2013 will be…drumroll…Lisa Dartnell and Tam Lindsay as the two sailors who have been before and they will be taking Abby McGeorge and Matt Connolly as their support crew. Daniel Andresen will be our reserve. The Nespresso Training Week at Kawau Island presents a unique opportunity for the GBC Starling sailors to take advantage of the Squadron’s world-renowned training programme which has been bridging the gap between dinghy and keelboat racing for twenty-five years. Dates for the 2013 program at Kawau Island this year are 9–15 December. To find out more, visit Abby, Lisa, Matt and Tam will now begin to actively fundraise. We have been very fortunate for the 2011 and 2012 training weeks as we were able to fully fundraise the full fee of $3,200. Fingers crossed we can do the same again for 2013. The Starling kids make mean burgers, keep an eye out for the burger nights at the club. Your support will be much appreciated. Happy Sailing everyone. Marjolein Duindam Starling Convenor

Large photo: Tam Lindsay Small photos: Last year’s trip to Kawau Island



Mistral News The fleet of Mistrals at GBC continues to grow and there are at least 2 new boats which will be sailed from the club next season. At prize giving in June there were two new trophies presented. The Townson trophy was kindly donated and was unveiled and presented by Sue Townson, the wife of Mistral designer Des Townson. In Sue’s words “Des would be delighted to hear that Mistrals are sailing at the GBC. Des always said that it is all about families having fun sailing together.” The Townson Trophy is for Seasons Championship Points and was awarded to Richard Dodd and Alvaro Nola-Dodd who sail Slippery Ripple (94). A second trophy was donated for Club Champs and was awarded to Shaun and Tess Connolly who sail Whisper (4). With winter here and no club sailing planned the Mistrals have decided to organise Mistral Winter Adventures. See the website for dates and times. We will email the fleet earlier in the week to see who is available/keen and decide where to go depending on wind on the day. Last year we sailed up river to Panmure bridge, out to Rangitoto Wharf and to Browns Island. It is just to get out on the water and blow away the cobwebs. If a duck and skipper are available they can accompany us with extra sailors, food and general on the water support. This year’s dates are: 30 June, 28 July, 25 August and 15 September. At Queen’s Birthday Weekend Manly Sailing Club held a multiclass regatta. Mistrals, Zephyrs, A Class Cats, Hobbie 16’s, Opti’s, Starlings etc made up the fleet. Whisper (4) sailed by Shaun and Tess Connolly and no. 47 sailed by Nick and Josh (Sunday)/Ben (Monday) were able to make it up to take part. We also had Matthew Brewer, Jack Floyd and Ben Beasley with their Opti’s and Matt Connolly in his Starling. Awesome sunny weather on the Sunday, but

alas be ala al a we had no wind and no racingg to b e had. Great day was had relaxing, ttalking ha a ki al king ngg boats and just hanging out at the beach. bo e be beac ach. h A combination of kids did manage ge ssome light weather sailing/drifting in ng in i the Mistrals, practicing setting tthe h he kite and having fun. Monday wass also k also al lacking lack la ckin ingg in wind, win ind, d, so it was another case of hurryy u up p wait. did and an d wa wait it We d id gget et a light breeze come in after lunch h and they were eventually able to get three races away. y. All in all a great couple of days despite not much sailing n ng and what a fantastic place to have next year’s Optimist st Nationals. I would like to suggest that all our Mistral owners start rt thinking about attending the Sir Peter Blake Regatta in Torbay on 7/8 December 2013. If we can get six boats up there we will have a fleet. It would be a great event to take part in so let’s start talking and planning. nta nt acct a For information about the Mistrals at GBC, please contact Craig Floyd on 021 394 544 or email: Also check out these websites: Craig Floyd Mistral Convenor

Left to right: Whisper, Jester, Plumb Krazy and Puff



Optimist Review Optimists finished the 2012/2013 in great strength with some excellent racing at the club champs in April. Congratulations to Ben Beasley for his first place, Morgan Young for second and Alice Haslett for third in the Open section handicap. In Green fleet handicap Matthew Ross was first, Christopher Dirks second and Jack Floyd came third. Well done to you all! We also finished very strongly with our Learn to Sail programme. Not only did we have Sunday Learn to Sail, a keen bunch also arranged a special Wednesday Learn to Sail training. Through winter we had a hardy bunch of up to five sailors at Wednesday night coaching. A lot of neoprene was required towards the end of Term 3 as it got pretty cold. Always fun though! And thanks to the coaches for your hardiness too! The pre-season Opti Training Clinics started on Wednesday 28 August. The next ones are scheduled for: Sunday 1 September: 2–4pm Wednesday 4 September: 4.30–6.30pm

discussion with any non-sailors in the family about learning or re-joining. Opening day will be a great opportunity for anyone with any interest to come down and see what happens. Let your friends know they are very welcome to visit the club and have a look—we will make sure there are plenty of people available on the day to answer any questions and guide anyone new into the fun of sailing! See you at Opening Day on the 15th September! hS e tte ep em mb ber er! Russell Turnbull Optimist Convenor

Sunday 8 September: 10–12pm Wednesday 11 September: 4.30–6.30pm The aim is to get as many Optis out so that, particularly the racing fleet, can hit the ground running on opening day. Weather being favourable we will finish the pre-season training with a mini regatta on the last afternoon. Through the training we also hope to have a bit of fun and run some teams racing on one day! The fees for the pre-season training will be $70 for the series or $25 per session. Go to the web site to register. Finally, with the new season approaching, now is the time to have that


Large photo and top small photo: Club champs start line Other two photos: Ben Beasley preparing to race


The Commodore’s Report The America’s Cup grinds its way forward, with at least a possibility of Team New Zealand uplifting the trophy. No doubt there will be further drama before it concludes. But with the mind boggling technologies and sums of money, what relevance is this to us at GBC? The obvious one is that our young sailors can aspire to one day sail at this level as a professional sailor. However, with only 11 crew on board an AC72, it’s a challenging career path and only a few make it. There are a lot more opportunities to be involved in a support team (apparently it takes 30 people to launch an AC72 each day) and in the wider marine industry. But there are even more opportunities to have a career outside the sailing industry. The skills picked up in the Tamaki River can be transferred to any occupation. Skills such as preparation, decision making, independence, working as a team, enthusiasm for the task, striving towards a goal, keeping the boat going while looking around for next wind shift (the big picture); are all skills useful in any industry. Congratulations to Craig Keenan, placing 47th in the Optimist European Championships and to Henry Haslett finishing 132nd in the Optimist World Championships after winning the New Zealand National Championship. These are massive achievements and are a testament to the committed effort in preparation put in by both sailors. Thanks to everyone at the club who has contributed to their success. Our GBC Coaches, Frankie Lardies and Luke Stevenson are in Europe building up to the World 470 Championships in La Rochelle, France. You can follow their progress on facebook: See you all on “the deck” soon. David Reid Commodore

A Commodore in full flight



2013 Starling Nationals, Picton In the first week of the April school holidays, a team of Starling sailors from the GBC travelled south to Picton for the annual Starling Nationals. It all kicked off with the Interislander Ferry trip across Cook Strait. It was awesome to have 13 starlings from all over the North Island converging on the ferry terminal for the same event. Before the regatta started, we had a day to get our boats ready for the long five days of racing ahead. Monday, the first day of racing, started with a very long sail out to the start line in about 15kts of breeze. We completed three good races that day and learned all about Picton’s fickle and gusty wind. We were towed in that afternoon. We were all looking forward to a warm shower.

early with a ferry trip back to Wellington. It was fun swapping stories and adventures with the other 20 sailors onboard. We then had a very sleepy drive back to Auckland. Special thanks to Mark, Grant and Shaun for being out on the water, supporting, towing and feeding us for the five days. Also Queen Charlotte Yacht Club for hosting such a great regatta and all our parents who made it possible for the GBC Starling sailors to attend such an awesome regatta. Matt Connolly Starling Sailor

The second and third days were similar to the first, with mixed wind conditions and an overcast sky. On Wednesday night, we all converged at the ‘French Bay Team House’ for dinner. There were many laughs and good times. After the dinner, we went down the road to the Top 10 Holiday Park for some unforgettable games of pool with the Kohi and French Bay Teams. It summed up what ‘away regattas’ are all about. Having fun and meeting new people with a common interest. On Thursday, we had a late start as it was ANZAC Day. This was welcomed by all the sailors. We had another frustrating but fun day on the water with competition between friends heating up! The last day we were all woken up early in the morning by the wind whistling down the sound. We thought we were in for a tough last day. We had a great reach out to the course in the typically very gusty and shifty Picton wind. As it turned out, the day was much like the others, with about a ten knot average with twenty knot gusts. This was pretty challenging conditions to sail in a Starling. I ended up going for two fun, but unplanned swims in the very cold, seal infested, Queen Charlotte Sound. Prize giving was held on the Friday afternoon. We found out that Trent Rippey from Tauranga was the winner. The next morning started very



IODA European Championship, Hungary GBC trained Optimist sailors had opportunities to represent NZIODA overseas this year, including Craig Keenan. Craig Keenan, who did his Learn to Sail through to Open Fleet sailing at the club, went to the IODA European Championship held on Lake Balaton in South Western Hungary, in late June and early July this year. The team took the opportunity to get to Hungary early and trained with the Finnish team. Later they did some practice races with the Brazilian, Finnish, Irish and Australian teams. Lake Balaton lived up to its reputation for light and fickle wind conditions and the 248 Optimist sailors, who attended from 40 countries, had some frustrating but highly competitive sailing. At the end of the regatta Craig finished as the top placed Kiwi with a 47th out of 146 boys. I’m sure Craig gained some more light wind sailing skills, as well as some priceless memories to go with the new Facebook friends from around Europe. Martin Keenan Proud Dad & Team Manager



2013 Optimist World Championship, Italy ly The 2013 Optimist World Championship was held in July at Lake Garda in Italy and Henry Haslett was one of five NZ sailors selected to sail there. It truly is a stunning place, a sailing paradise for windsurfers through to keelers and the regatta set up for the Optimist was no exception. Fifty six countries were present and 258 sailors competed for the prestigious world title. It was simply the most amazing sailing experience to be propelled from sailing in New Zealand to being on a start line with international sailors and it would be fair to say a great but steep learning experience. The quality and skills of the sailors was truly amazing and they seldom missed a chance. Henry’s aim was to make it into the top 100 overall and whilst he managed a top 50 result (12th in his flight) and a few other good placings, a capsize from over kiting in a very light and puffy breeze as well as being out sailed, an overall placing of 132nd and 3rd Kiwi was his final result. What cannot be underestimated though were the enormous learning experiences and the friends that were made and of course the several proud moments telling sailors about the GBC! Angu An gus H Ha asl sle ettt Angus Haslett Rea Re arr C om o mm mo od do ore re Rear Commodore

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Tui is Born About a year ago I purchased a starling which had been sitting in the club for a number of years in a sorry state. My Dad and I had been told that she had good bones and would be a great restoration project. We brought her home one Saturday to start work. The first job was to strip off the old deck fittings, hardware and paint. Our plan was to remove the old deck and replace it with a new one at home in the shed. We stripped the deck off and took the boat to Paul Tingy’s house. Nick Reid and I spent a week of our holidays putting the new deck on the boat. We had a great time and learned a huge amount from Paul who is a boat builder. Paul has built and restored many boats including the Logan, ‘Rainbow’, which was built in 1898 and now sails regularly on the Waitamata harbour. We then put the mahogany trim on. When it came home, Dad and I got straight into the varnishing of the deck. We put 5 coats on to seal it from stains before we started painting. We spent many days sanding and then more sanding. Dad said it was all about the preparation which I later found out was true. While the painting was happening we started getting all the deck hardware ready. We had many fun hours in Fosters in the city getting all the blocks, cleats and screws for the boat. It was amazing to see how many fastenings and bits go into a very simple yacht. This process was really interesting for me as I could imagine what it was like for my Dad when he was helping put Fisher and Paykel together, working through lists and rummaging through the many levels and aisles of this amazing shop. We then finished the painting and put the sheer stripe and sign writing on the boat. The next job was to put all the deck hardware on. This was my favourite part of the project. It was cool making a deck layout exactly how you wanted it. I was lucky enough to sail a few different Starlings before this stage, so I had a strong idea of what I wanted.


In the last few weeks, there were many late nights and extra hours spent on the boat. It was the best feeling standing back at 10:30pm the he night before launching day, saying “we we are finished”!! It was an amazing but ut weird feeling. Launching day started with walking the d did boat down from home, just like Dad when he was young. It was a very special time walkingg ass the boat down with Dad after a year’s hard work. It was an amazing morning at the GBC. The sun was rising and making the paintwork gleam. At the launching we wheeled the boat down the ramp on a red carpet ad (supplied by Lucy Floyd and Abby McGeorge). Granddad named and blessed ‘Tui’ with champagne and I went e for a short sail. A few hours later I was lining up on the start line for the Club Champs next to my old boat 1111 (Scrambled Egg). It was a great day! Two weeks later we were at Picton sailing in the nationals. This was ‘Tui’s’ second outing!! It has been a very tough but rewarding project. nd A special thanks to Paul for all the help he gave Dad and me. My friends for all their support. Pete at Fosters for all the time he gave me when we were getting all the bits together. Finally, a huge thank you to Dad who has spent many many hours on the boat with me and for teaching me many things. Matt Connolly Starling Sailor




Club Clothing

GBC Hoodie

GBC Track Pants


Hoodie (reverse)

GBC T-Shirt

GBC Beanie (not photographed)


Fundraising and Sponsorship Report

Handy Numbers

GBC has been fortunate to receive four generous grants this season. We would like to thank the following:


David Reid

09 528 4908

Half Moon Bay Marina for providing funds for safety equipment including VHF radios, life jackets and anchors.

Vice Commodore

Shaun Connolly

09 575 8570

Rear Commodore

Angus Haslett

09 575 1541 or 021 648 125


Richard Dodd

09 575 1561

Lion Foundation for providing two new outboard engines for rescue/patrol boats.


Shaun Connolly

09 575 8570

Club Captain

Alastair McGeorge

027 310 366

Pub Charity for funding two custom-built frames for the large duck trailers to enable safe transport of optimists to regattas.

Head Coach

Jackson MacFarlane

027 280 8257

Optimist Convenor

Russell Turnbull

09 962 4767

Starling Convenor

Marjolein Duindam

09 528 6510

Mistral Convenor

Craig Floyd

021 394 544

Arrow Convenor

Vincent Dirks

021 0269 6216

Learn To Sail

Mark Hillman

021 445 156

North and South Trust for six new sails for our Learn to Sail optimists. ************* THANK YOU TO ALL OUR SUPPORTERS AND SPONSORS

NZIODA Don’t forget to look at the New Zealand Opti website when you can. It has some useful tips and links on it, go to to join. If you are planning to attend any national regattas next season you have to be a member of NZIODA (New Zealand International Optimist Association) so join up now!


Safety The GBC takes safety very seriously both on and off the water. It is important all sailors check the basic safety equipment needed on both boat and person. A good fitting life-jacket, proper quick release mainsheet clips, good buoyancy bags (that stay up), centreboards and masts tied in and in general, fittings and rigging in sound condition. The committee are available to do boat checks at any stage, please just ask.


Commodore David Reid

Glendowie Boating Club would like to thank our generous sponsors.

Vice Commodore Shaun Connolly Rear Commodore Angus Haslett Secretary Richard Dodd Treasurer Shaun Connolly Club Captain Alastair McGeorge Head Coach Jackson MacFarlane Optimist Convenor Russell Turnbull Starling Convenor Marjolein Duindam Arrow Convenor Vincent Dirks Mistral Convenor Craig Floyd Learn to Sail Mark Hillman Funding Sally McGeorge & Maryanne Floyd Sailing Master Nick Brewer Committee Members Brian Peet Craig Floyd Stu Devine Roger Powell Martin Hunter Susan Adams Jon Bilger David Glen

Glendowie Boating Club (Inc) PO Box 25093, St Heliers, Auckland or Glendowie Road, Glendowie, Auckland Phone: 09 575 7536 Email: Website: Newsletter designed by Jo Beasley tel: 09 536 6497

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