Please select your home edition
Edition
GAC Pindar Superyacht Services

The NZ Starling Nationals at MBSC are just about on us

by Julian Beavis on 29 Mar 2012
Starlings - Sir Peter Blake Regatta 2011, Day 1 Richard Gladwell www.photosport.co.nz

The 40th Starling Nationals are now just a couple of weeks away (April 11-14). Being held at Murrays Bay this year it is anything but business as usual.

Boasting arguably the largest fleet in the country after Opti’s, Starling attendance has been in decline in recent years at a rate approaching 10% pa. Consequently whilst not universally greeted with enthusiasm some changes have been made this season in an attempt to lift participation.

First and foremost is the trialling of an 'end of season' Nationals as opposed the practise of the last 20 years where it has been held early in the New Year.

The changes in the school year and particularly the proliferation of qualifications from School C leading to Cambridge, IB and NCEA has drastically altered the pre-Christmas sailing calendar. Meaning many sailors of this age group are unable to spend much time on the water at all until after Christmas. This trial reverts to the practise of the first 20 years of Starling Nats and is hoped to encourage those in their first season in the Starling to also attend the Nationals.


Last year 91 sailors competed at a fantastic regatta in Napier, great facilities and a great mix of sailing conditions from light to heavy breezes. Facilities are a little barren at Murrays Bay and we need to cross our weather fingers but we do have more than 120 registrations with a massive number coming from outside of Auckland – possibly confounding expectations !

A significant operational change is that for the first time formal measurement at the regatta has been dropped – hopefully simplifying everyone’s time with the onus being transferred to the sailors. After all these are young adults who will increasingly have to take responsibility for themselves. As part of registration each sailor has declared that their boat conforms to the class rules – and there will of course be spot checks through the regatta.


The establishment of a Development fleet to run in parallel with the Open fleet is another first. Targeted at less-experienced sailors or those that for one reason or another have made the Starling their first boat it will include on the water coaching during their races. Take up has been fantastic with approximately 20 sailors signed on.

A competition has been run amongst the sailors to come up with a design for the event as a way of increasing their ownership of the regatta

Recognising times are tough the organisers have provided a small subsidy to South Island sailors wanting to make the trip to Auckland’s East Coats Bays. Free, hot after race food and Spotties will of course be part of the event with the event culminating in the Prize giving and infamous Starling after party …. Say no more.


Whilst there is no overall sponsor half of all funds raised is being donated by Murrays Bay Sailing Club to the Starling Association to fund the 6 match racing boats they recently acquired. Funds from the sail raffle and other activities will also go to the Association – another first.

Now all we need is for Auckland’s weather to play ball – which will be another first for this summer !





Pantaenius - Worldwide SupportNorth Sails Fast Kiwi Yachting - Lewmar

Related Articles

Jack Tar Regatta - Wet and windy makes for champagne sailing on Day 3
Centre piece on Day 3 of the Jack Tar Regatta were the Division A TP52’s If you were out on the course for Day 3 of the Jack Tar Regatta, it would have been hard to take your eye off the Division A TP52’s battling out off Browns Island, with the supreme conditions ensuring these guys were sending it up and down the course in spectacular fashion.
Posted on 26 Mar
Olympic sailing team return to form 2017 NZL Sailing Team
The majority of one of the most successful sailing teams in NZ Olympic history have been named in the NZL Sailing Team. The majority of one of the most successful sailing teams in New Zealand Olympic history have been named in the 2017 NZL Sailing Team. Eleven of the 12 who competed last year in Rio have been named in the high performance squad, including Olympic 49er champions Peter Burling and Blair Tuke
Posted on 25 Mar
Jack Tar Regatta - Tightly contested battles on Day 2
Tightly contested battles and dominating sailing displays on show for Day 2 of the Jack Tar Auckland Regatta Waiting for the wind was the story of the morning again on Day Two of the Jack Tar Auckland Regatta, but as yesterday showed us, it was worth the wait with a nice breeze filling in and setting up a great afternoon of racing across all divisions. The big 52’s in Division A were trading blows early, with Ran Tan II claiming the PHRF honours in Race 1,
Posted on 25 Mar
Trans-Tasman battle kicks off the Jack Tar Auckland Regatta 2017
The Pacific Keelboat Challenge, again part of this year’s exciting Jack Tar Auckland Regatta The Pacific Keelboat Challenge, again part of this year’s exciting Jack Tar Auckland Regatta, is an all Trans-Tasman affair in 2017 with teams from both New Zealand and Australia battling it out in the MRX fleet on the water off Rangitoto Island. This year’s Pacific Keelboat Challenge includes four teams from RNZYS, and three teams from Australia
Posted on 24 Mar
50 boats for Forward Sailing Wellington O'pen Cup
The inaugural Forward Sailing Wellington O’pen Cup will be hosted by Evans Bay Yacht & Motor Boat Club (EBYMBC) this wee The inaugural Forward Sailing Wellington O’pen Cup will be hosted by Evans Bay Yacht & Motor Boat Club (EBYMBC) this weekend (17-19 March). With 50 younger sailors entered this will be the biggest O’pen BIC sailing event ever held in New Zealand and will see EBYMBC bulging at the seams.
Posted on 15 Mar
Port Nicholson Line 7 Regatta tested by Tasman Tempest
The 2017 Port Nicholson Line 7 Regatta took place on Wellington Harbour on 10-12 March 2017 The 2017 Port Nicholson Line 7 Regatta took place on Wellington Harbour on 10-12 March 2017 in what could be described as an array of less than ideal conditions. Day 1 was marked by a distinct lack of breeze while the following two days produced reasonable wind speeds but also the driving rain that plagued the rest of the country.
Posted on 14 Mar
Sailing legends go head to head at NZ WetaFest 2017
Manly Sailing Club was the host for this year's ninth NZ Weta National Championships. Manly Sailing Club was the host for this year's ninth NZ Weta National Championships. 32 sailors came to race at WetaFest to prepare for the World Masters Games being held April 21-30. The sailors ranged in experience and included some of NZ’s sailing legends notably Rex Sellers along with Kim and Terry McDell.
Posted on 14 Mar
McCutcheon & Weston take 420 Class National Title
Robbie McCutcheon and Jono Weston from Wakatere Boating Club (Auckland) have won the 2017 NZ 420 Class Nationals Robbie McCutcheon and Jono Weston from Wakatere Boating Club (Auckland) have won the 2017 New Zealand 420 Class National Championships hosted by Evans Bay Yacht & Motor Boat Club in Wellington over the weekend. The regatta saw a strong fleet of 18 boats compete over four days in breezes ranging from 0 to 25kts from the South
Posted on 13 Mar
Ran Tan II takes the double in Leg 4 of the SSANZ Round North Island
Ran Tan 11 (Elliott 50) convincingly won line honours in the fourth leg of the SSANZ Round North Island race Ran Tan 11 (Elliott 50) convincingly won line honours in the fourth leg of the SSANZ Round North Island race, and took out overall Leg 4 PHRF Handicap honours as well. Weather conditions for the 350nm Leg 4 from Napier to Auckland were the worst the fleet experienced in the race.
Posted on 13 Mar
Extreme Sailing Series - NZ's Minoprio helms SAP to win in Muscat
New Zealand sailors were scattered through the teams competing in the first round of the 2017 Extreme Sailing Series. New Zealand sailors were scattered through the teams competing in the first round of the 2017 Extreme Sailing Series. Five of the nine teams had Kiwis on board, four were skippered by New Zealand sailors and two New Zealand teams were entered in the event which has just concluded in Muscat, Oman.
Posted on 12 Mar