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February 2014 Update
Changes to the Class Rules
The rule changes which were the subject of the class ballot have now been approved by Yachting NZ. They become effective on 1st February and will apply to future Starling events.
The Northland Champs are being run out of the Bay Of Islands YC in Waitangi. Optimists are included in the regatta for those two class families.
2014 Nationals at Parua Bay
On the WCC website www.wcc.net.nz you will find the NOR with its entry form. Make sure you get your entry in early and make sure you have sent all the information quested. There is always a last minute panic to obtain copies of Measurement certificates or proof of Club Membership. DO NOT SEND INCOMPLETE ENTRIES as this just creates more work for the organisers. In recent years there have been less than 50% of entries were complete and it just isn't necessary. The The NOR mentions that entries maybe paid by internet banking but it does not have the a/c details which are -: Whangarei Cruising Club 06 0493 0005626 00 Remember to put the boat number in the details.
Last Updated (Monday, 24 February 2014 17:31)
Starling Rules Ballot Result
Last Updated (Wednesday, 06 November 2013 21:34)
Richard Brown Reports......
Important Dates for the coming season!
Winter champs - Murrays Bay October 4th, 5th and 6th
Hibiscus Coast Regatta Manly October 12th
Sir Peter Blake - Torbay - December 7th and 8th
Wakatere Junior Regatta - Wakatere December 14th
North Island Champs - Parua Bay January 18th and 19th Notice of Race
National Match Racing championship Glendowie BC Jan 21-23 Notice of Race
Auckland Champs - Kohimarama January 25th, 26th and 27th
Junior Sail Auckland - Kohimarama February 8th and 9th
Northland champs - Bay of Islands YC - March 8th and 9th
Maraetai centreboard Regatta - March 29th
National champs - Parua Bay - April 24th - 27th Nationals Entry Declaration
Well judging by the weather this last weekend, summer is here and sailing has started. I am sure however that spring still has some nasty stuff to send us before we can really say that. The first regatta in the Northern Traveller series has just been completed at Murrays Bay's winter champs where once again the Starling fleet was second in size only to the Open Opti fleet. 32 Starlings was a reasonable increase on the same event last year so perhaps we are in for a bumper summer. Its also good to see so many ex Starling sailors in the youth classes. Its always sad to lose Starling sailors but if they pop up in the 420s, 29ers, Lasers Radial or even the Boards I feel the class has fulfilled its main purpose of bridging the gap between Optis and Youth classes.
The Traveller series points table is attached. Just remember first place gets 30 pts, second 29 and so on down to 20th place which gets 10pts as do all the rest of the places. So you get 10 points just for turning up. This is the same for all regattas in the series except the North Islands which score x 1.5 so first place gets 45 points and so on. The final placings are taken on the best 6 scores and it really really pays to go to the NIs.
The next event in the Northern traveller series is at Manly Sailing Club on Whangaparaoa Peninsular just on Saturday October 12th. Since I live at Manly I will probably see some of you there. This is also the venue for the Opti Nationals at Easter so we can expect a good turn out from them.
As most of you will be aware the class is currently carrying out a poll of all registered Starling owners in order to carry out some relatively minor changes to the class rules. You need to return your voting paper by no later than the end of October.
At the AGM in Picton at our last Nationals we were asked to try and provide some tuning guides to help those who are not able to attend the various coaching clinics. It was hoped to accumulate some special tips on what makes a Starling go fast. Unfortunately my appeal for these has provided not one single tip but I have had the article by John Clinton and courtesy of MacKay boats pointed out to me. It contains a lot of useful information which if you dont know it already you will find very useful. I think the most important things about preparing a boat is attention to detail. If a shackle pin comes loose and your mast falls down it can slow your boat quite a lot and make a significant difference to your results, though I have seen a sailor put it back up and carry on. No amount of tweeking is going to replace attention to detail. When you are sailing make sure the boat is a dry as you can keep it. The weight of a sponge is much less than a couple of litres of water in the bottom. Bale it out before the start.'
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The Northern Starling week starts with the North Island champs at Parua Bay on the 18-19 January. The match racing is 21-23 January followed by a YNZ Starling clinic on the 23rd and 24th and the Auckland Champs on the 25th-27th over Anniversary weekend at Kohi. The Northern Starling week has been exceptionally well attended being in the school holidays for the last couple of years, so start planning to make the most of it this year. If you wish to attend the clinic you need to send me your details. There are limited places and its first come first served. There will be NO late entries to this, no matter how much you moan.
We are particularly keen to encourage Development or Green fleet sailors and the NI champs at Parua Bay will be a great opportunity to get a feel for the Nationals in advance. If there are any sailors who are unsure what attending either the NIs or the Nationals entails feel free to contact me and I will try and answer your questions.
Just a heads up for everyone anticipating attending the nationals - there will be no on site measuring so you need to make sure you have a current measuring certificate. If your boat has previously been measured, and it will in most cases, then a measuring certificate will have been issued. The current rules require you to get a new one when the boat changes hands. There is a simple process for doing that (not involving any measuring) set out under "admin" on the class website. These certificates have been known as A certificates and ownership certificates. They are all the same thing.
In addition you will be required to complete a measurement declaration to say that your boat still measures. We had a bit of trouble with this last nationals so this time you are going to have to take a few very simple measurements and enter them on your declaration. A copy of the proposed declaration is attached so you can see what you have to do
I will be the Race Officer for both the NIs and the Nationals. For the benefit of the less experienced sailors I propose a Race Officers briefing before the Start of the nationals. The idea is to give some clues to those not used to sailing in such a big fleet how to approach the start and some ideas about rules, and penalties and how to avoid them. Flag U will be in use so if you dont know what that is all about ask your coach.
Last Updated (Tuesday, 21 January 2014 19:33)
2013 Starling Class Rule Change Poll
A ballot for amendment to the Starling Class Rules has been sent to currently registered Starling owners - who are entited to vote on the proposed rule changes. Deadline for completion of the ballot is 30th October, 2013
Voting can be completed by printing the Ballot Paper and returning it to;
A Surveymonkey Ballot is available at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8LVFWJ3
Last Updated (Thursday, 26 September 2013 08:08)