Glendowie Boating Club invites you to visit on a club racing day (Sundays over the season September to May) to experience our wonderful sailing environment at the mouth of the Tamaki River.

Members of the club enjoy club racing and destination events, coaching, local and national regattas, race day galley, and yacht storage facilities on site.

We welcome new members who will contribute to our great club. Acceptance of your application and your registration payment is not a guarantee of club membership, which is at the sole discretion of our GBC Committee.

If you have completed a Learn to Sail course and would like to continue sailing, then it is time to buy your own Optimist, and become a Club Member. The next step is "Upskillers" where you are introduced to the basics of racing and how to sail around a racing course, then move on to club racing and regattas in the Green fleet, before entering the Open fleet.

There is also a range of club branded clothing available to order here

If you have any membership related queries, please email David at

New and returning members must register at the start of each season. The fees for the 2021/2022 season have been set as follows:

2021/2022 Fees

Incl GST

Club Membership Fees:

  • Include A.Y.B.A and Y.N.Z levies
  • A $10 Building Levy (long term building fund contribution) is applied to Membership fees       
  • Discounted membership applies from 1 February

Family membership (2 or more people from one family)


Single sailor membership


Associate/Cruising membership


Boat locker rental


Club key ($25 to issue plus $50 deposit refunded when key returned)

Building levy



Race Fees:

Fleet Racing - Sundays

  • Optimist Open
  • Starling Green
  • Starling Open
  • Adult single-handed
  • Adult double-handed
  • $105 per season

  • Optimist Green/Junior Development - $210 per season



Casual Racing Fees



Learn to Sail - Sundays

  • No membership required
  • Attendees use a GBC training Optimist
  • Sundays (offered Term 4 & 1)

Learn to Sail - Holiday Program (5 days)

  • No membership required
  • Attendees use a GBC training Optimist
  • 1 week in October, December, January or April school holidays

Upskillers - Sundays

  • Attendees need their own Optimist
  • Sundays (offered Term 4 & 1)
  • Season or half season membership is also required

Mid Week (usually Tuesday) evening coaching

  • Attendees need their own Optimist or Starling
  • Offered Terms 4 & 1