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Howick Autumn Series 2015

Howick Sailing Club are reviving their Autumn Sailing Series. Here is the Flyer.

Last Updated (Thursday, 16 April 2015 07:32)


Starling Nationals 2015

The New Plymouth weather was the big winner in the 2015 Starling Nationals, dominating proceedings! Contestants arrived to a predominantly Northerly weather pattern. After several days of strong winds it was a dying breeze and lumpy left over seas for the first attempt to get the Champs underway. The fleet was sent out after a postponement. First start for the yellow fleet was a general recall, next start a black flag with many competitors over. Race abandoned, then racing postponed with the fleet, many of whom were sea sick, were sent ashore. After a delay of several hours racing was abandoned for the day. The development fleet of 11 boats had the best day, managing a final session in a late breeze.

Day two saw too much wind. After a couple of hours postponement waiting for the weather to declare itself, racing was abandoned for the day. That left two days to complete the contest. Bowling, movies, TV!

Saturday, sailing a last. Four races in Northerly, then Westerly conditions completed the qualifying series. Sunday, the last day. Westerlies, 15-25knots, steep seas and a bit of rain. Conditions proved a bit much for a number of competitors, but overall the fleet managed pretty well. The gold fleet managed three races and the third race for the silver fleet was underway when a 30knot squall ended racing for the day. Race management abandoned the silver fleet race and sent all competitors ashore. It was all handled very smoothly and all sailors quickly accounted for. It was an early prizegiving and then loading up for the trip home!

The 11 strong development fleet had the most sailing, managing a bit more time on the water in the shelter of the harbour.

A good job by NPYC in trying conditions!!

 Congratulations to prizewinners in the 2015 Starling National Championships. See here for the full results.

John Peet trophy (1st overall)

Josh Armit


Kohi Cup (2nd)

Jeremy Mitchell


Murrays Bay Cup (3rd)

Jackson Keon


Brian Peet trophy (1st wooden boat)

Jackson Keon


Graeme Leonard Hayes Shield (courage)

Polly Wright


Harken Trophy (youngest in top 10)

Josh Armit


Chris Timms Memorial (Highest placed under 16)

Josh Armit


Cooke Trophy (Leading boat at end of qualifying) 

Josh Armit


Alan Sayer trophy (1st girl)

Lola Stoodley


John Binsley Cup (2nd girl)

Ellie Lane


Queen Charlotte Trophy (most improved)

Rick Sanders


Howick Cup (Sliver fleet winner)



Des Townson Trophy (winner Open division)

Graeme Wilson


Development Fleet trophy

Oliver Reeves


Last Updated (Wednesday, 15 April 2015 20:49)


April Blog #3

Starling Class Class  Association Annual General Meeting

1800 on 10th April at NPYC

 You will find the agenda, copies of the last minutes, a set of accounts for the period,  ending 31st August 2014 and my chairman's report. A copy of these papers will be available to view on request at the nationals but I suggest you bring your own copy to the meeting. Time has passed for submitting remits but items for Other Business can be submitted at any time.

Last Updated (Monday, 06 April 2015 06:38)


April Blog #2

Traveller Series final results

The Northern Traveller series is now complete. The final results (barring any error corrections) are attached. Congratulations to Josh Armit who won the series without having to sail the last three regattas. Not far behind in the end were Shae Donahoe and Harry Milne. First girl was Celia Wilison well done to you and to all the 137 other Starling sailors who competed at one time or another. There will be a short prizegiving to these sailors during the Nationals at New Plymouth.

It is interesting to note that at the top of the list is a mixture of sailors who did well by sailing brilliantly but only attended just enough regattas and those who sailed well but succeeded by getting consistent results and attending most if not all the regattas.  This series was always intended to reward those sailors who "Travelled" 

Mailing list

I have recently updated this mailing list using email addresses supplied to the national champs. If you are now receiving more than one copy, or would prefer to not receive copies at all, please just drop me a note and I will take that address off the list. If you know of someone, perhaps a new Starling sailor but one who is not sailing in the nationals, who you think would like to be on the list just tell me. The list is only ever used to communicate Starling News and is never used for commercial business, or given to anyone.

A new trophy for the Nationals

I am delighted to announce that Brian Peet (who else?) has donated a very special trophy; The Brian Peet Trophy.  A few years ago we had hoped to spread the good news about the Starling to the rest of the World, particular the South Pacific. Brian made a beautiful half model of a Starling to be the prize for the South Pacific champs. This process seems to be taking longer than expected and so Brian has re - identified the trophy as being awarded to the first placed wooden Starling at the Nationals. So there you are all those of you who have a "1" at the start of their sail number, something special to sail for. 

2016 nationals

At last we have completed discussions about the venue and timing of the 2016 nationals. It has taken a while, having been preceded by a poll of members and consideration by the committee. I am pleased to advise you that the 2016 Nationals will be at Naval Point Club in Christchurch with racing from April 18 to 21 (tbc). As a matter of interest. Easter is not in the school holidays in 2016 so there will be no clash with the Opti Nationals and I understand the Secondary Schools team racing is likely to be in the South Island following shortly after the Starling Nationals

See you in New Plymouth - don't forget the AGM on Friday 10th at NPYC

Richard Brown

Last Updated (Thursday, 16 April 2015 19:24)


April Blog #1

Official Chief measurer Brian Peet has asked me to forward the following message


The measurement status for all boats can now be viewed on the class web page. On the Class Administration index, click on Measurement Status and a list of every boat measured can be viewed. The provision of a 'A' against the boat indicates it once passed an initial full measurement process and is deemed a Starling for the purposes of entering regional and National championships. The original weight is shown as well as correctors (if required) and the number of individual pieces these correctors comprise. This is historical information and is not to be taken as proof of current rule compliance.  It remains the owner's responsibility to ensure the boat and its equipment remains within the current requirements of the class rules.

If a boat doesn't have a 'A' then it has never been measured. If it doesn't have a weight recorded, then it was most likely over the minimum 41kg at initial measuring.


If your boat once had weights and now doesnt there is of course the possibility that it is now under weight. All boats have to be check weighed prior to the start of Racing at the Nationals in 2 weeks time. You will need to leave a bit of time for this (sailors travelling up from the Opti Nationals take special note - you wont have much time).. SCA proposes to maintain an up to date database of boats weights and any "make weights" so that they can be easily monitored.


116 Entries to the nationals so far - a great turn out once again. Have you checked your entry's status on the New Plymouth Yacht Clubs website under "regatta docs" It always amazes me how so many people fail to get it right first time.


Richard Brown


Last Updated (Tuesday, 31 March 2015 09:37)

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