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The first Starling nationals - Kohi YC - 1972, The event attracted 43 entries.- Des Townson, A sailing legacy
© John Peet
Design #26 the original Starling - Des Townson, A sailing legacy
© John Peet
Nathan Handley leading Dan Slater at the Auckland West Match racing Trials, Murray's Bay 1990- Des Townson, A sailing legacy
© Glendowie BC
The Glendowie Boating Club's six new Starlings at Kohimaramara YC - Des Townson, A sailing legacy
© John Peet
The first Starling Interclub Racing regatta held at Glendowie BC in December 1970 - Des Townson, A sailing legacy
© Glendowie BC archives
A fully battened mainsail was used originally similar to the Mistral, Zephyr and Dart forebears- Des Townson, A sailing legacy
© John Peet
Brian Peet sailing Starling #1 off Glendowie BC in 1970 - Des Townson, A sailing legacy
© John Peet
A Starling under construction - Des Townson, A sailing legacy
© Tony van Aurich
Kelly Barnes sailing in the 2005 Nationals at Tauranga - Des Townson, A sailing legacy
© Kel Martin
Sam Street - 2017 Starling Match Racing Nationals- Glendowie BC - Des Townson, A sailing legacy
© Tex Framhein
Sam Street - 2017 Starling Match Racing Nationals- Glendowie BC - Des Townson, A sailing legacy
© Tex Framhein
Sam Street - 2017 Starling Match Racing Nationals- Glendowie BC - Des Townson, A sailing legacy
© Tex Framhein
Mike Snow-Hansen at the peak of a six metre swell 2006 Nationals, New Plymouth - Des Townson, A sailing legacy
© Taranaki Daily Times
Starling 2184 represented 10 years of Mackay Boats GRP production - Des Townson, A sailing legacy
© Brian Peet
Match Racing, Murrays Bay, 2012. Jordelle Simkin (Taranaki) and Alice Noyer (Northland) battling for advantage while under close scrutiny from race judge Don le Page. Alice was the first female to win the event in its 32-year history.
© Brian Peet
Two months after Alice Noyer's match-racing nationals win, Erica Dawson became the first ever female to win the fleet-racing Nationals, giving girls a clean sweep of the Starling class's top two events in 2012.
© Brian Haybittle
A big Townson starting the flock of little ones. Race Officer Richard Brown's Townson 32 Madrigal as start boat for the 2012 Nationals.
© Brian Peet
George Anyon working his way through large swells at the 2011 Napier National Championships.
© Napier Sailing Club
The most successful sailor to ever pass through the Starling class was two-time National Fleet Champion and Match Racing Champion Peter Burling. At time of writing he had won seven world championships, two Olympic medals and an America's Cup victory.
© Heather Burling
Murrays Bay Winter Champs, 2010. Erica Dawson sailing #1199, powered up in the fresh conditions. The October regatta remains a season by season ‘litmus test' of class health.
© Brian Peet
The Starling match racing fleet at Murrays Bay in 2012. When the fleet racing and match racing nationals were split, it became essential to provide boats for the latter event.
© Brian Peet
Starlings awaiting a heat start at the 2017 Nationals sailed at Wakatere Boating Club in 2017. Remarkably, the boat third from the right (#32) dates to the beginnings of the class in 1970, 47 years earlier.
© Brian Peet
Starling Nationals, Napier 2011. Another very closely fought top mark rounding after the first windward beat with #1227 (Layton Hern), leading #1054 (Sam Herron), #1301 (Elise Beavis), #1146 (Charles Corston), #1182 (George Anyon).
© Napier Sailing Club
Sam MacKay sailing the prototype fibreglass Starling. In an effort to modernise the rig for the Korean marketplace, carbon spars and a radial mylar sail were fitted. The 777 sail numbers were thought to be a lucky combination in that country.
© Brian Peet
In 2000 the Sail One fibreglass Starlings became a welcome option to parents needing a low-maintenance, competitive boat. George Gautrey (left) and William Linkhorn (right) are battling for control at the 2013 Match Racing Nationals, won by William.
© Brian Peet
Starling designer Des Townson christens the prototype fibreglass Mackay Starling watched by builders Owen (left) and David MacKay (right), Manly Beach, May 30, 2008.
© Brian Peet
Starling Nationals, Napier 2011. #1146 (Charles Corston) followed by #1054 (Sam Herron), #1150 (Andrew McKenzie) and #1182 (George Anyon) lead the fleet around a bottom mark as a 30-knot-plus wind bullet smashes the front runners.
© Napier Sailing Club
Kelly Barnes sailing #1033 Sensation at the 2005 Tauranga Nationals. A well-named boat for that moment.
© Kel Martin
The original 1994 laser-cut, three-dimensional Starling measuring jig. While plywood might seem an unsophisticated material, experience from OK dinghy, which used aluminium, revealed differences in expansion between summer and winter measured boats.
© Brian Peet
Starling #1135 Extreme sailed by Nick Taylor, winner of the 1995 Plimmerton Nationals. The event was the largest nationals up to that time with 100 entrants. Extreme was one of the first Starlings fitted with home-made carbon fittings.
© Photo: Ross Giblin
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