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.

If you have any membership related queries, please email

New and returning members must register at the start of each season. The fees for the 2023/2024 season have been set as follows:

2023/2024 Fees


Incl GST

Club Membership Fees:

  • Include Yachting New Zealand and Auckland Yacht and Boating Association (AYBA) levies
  • A $10 Building Levy (long term building fund contribution) is applied separate to the Membership Fee       
  • Discounted membership applies from 1 February

Family membership (2 or more sailors from one family)


Single sailor membership


Associate/Cruising membership (application required)


Boat locker rental


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

Building levy




Race Fees (additional to above club membership fee):

Fleet Racing - Sundays

Optimist Open
Starling Green
Starling Open
Adult single-handed
Adult double-handed






Casual Racing Fees




Introduction to Sailing - Holiday Program (5 days)

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


Learn to Sail - Sundays

  • No membership required
  • Attendees use a GBC training Optimist
  • Sundays (offered Term 4 & 1)
  • Level 1 Yachting New Zealand certificate


Upskillers - Sundays

  • Attendees need their own Optimist
  • Sundays (offered Term 4 & 1)
  • Membership is also required
  • Level 2 Yachting New Zealand certificate


Junior Development/Green Fleet - Sundays

  • Attendees need their own Optimist
  • Sundays (offered Term 4 & 1)
  • Membership also required
  • Level 3 Yachting New Zealand certificate


Mid Week (Tuesday) evening coaching

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