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May Blog #1

Congratulations to our new National Champion Josh Armit. Not only did Josh win the nationals but won the Manly regatta, The Sir Peter Blake, The Wakatere regatta, The NI champs, The Auckland champs and a second in the Winter champs at Murrays Bay. As a result he also won the Traveller series. Not a bad effort for one so young. Congratulations also to podium winners, Jeremy Mitchell and Jackson Keon and to the top girls, Lola Stoodley(6th) and Ellie Lane just one point behind in 7th. Mention also needs to be made of the Silver Fleet winner, Graeme Wilson but Graeme did not accept the Howick Cup because that is listed as for under 19s. Instead the trophy goes to Will Martell who was top under 19 year old.

New Plymouth threw all it could at the fleet with either too much or too little wind and massive seas most of the time. It would be hard to find more of a contrast to last year's venue at Parua Bay. I also noted that the Opti Nationals, immediately before the Starlings at Worser Bay lost 2 days because of too much wind and the Secondary Schools team racing at Taupo had both too much for the bronze fleet one day and too little to race at times on others.

The AGM at New Plymouth saw me once again end up as Chairman despite my efforts to pass the job on. However this time there is a change to the committee in that most members have agreed to take on specific roles.

I have brought them all up to speed with "where we are at" and I am hoping they can take over those roles.

Traveller Series - Debbie Howarth

Website and database - Ian Gardiner

Membership - Alastair McGeorge

Fund Raising - Pater Mayo

Events - Andrew Howarth

General Members are -

Gay Noyer

Geoff Beckman

Sean Paterson

Rob Anderson

The AGM also discussed regatta dates, especially those of the Auckland champs, the Match Racing Nationals and the NI champs, all of which are planned for January. As soon as we have a confirmed list it will be published on the website. If you have a regatta you would like included, now is the time to send me the details.

We now look forward to a winter programme. In Auckland this consists of a Sprint Series



9 May

Murrays Bay

23 May


6 June


20 June

French Bay 

 27 June


18 July


1 Aug

Murrays Bay

15 Aug


29 Aug



Ice Breaker, Lake Pupuke

For clubs outside of Auckland maybe you could consider a Match Racing series which requires few resources, short courses close to land, and something a bit different to sailing round trapezoids. Remember 50% of the sailors in a match race are winners - a new experience for some of our sailors. Please find attached a document I have written about how to run a match racing series. Enjoy!

Also attached are the draft rules and regions for the National Starling Class championship which were discussed briefly at the AGM and I was asked to re-circulate to members. Your comments are welcomed.

I also notice the South Island conference is to be held on June 6th, which will be the opportunity to try and establish a strong SI programme for Starlings. Personally I would like to see an accent on making the SI champs a major event so that our sailors in the SI do not have to cross the Cook Strait every time they want big fleet competition.

Richard Brown

Last Updated (Thursday, 07 May 2015 22:17)


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)

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