Starling Dinghy No.777
- Recently unwrapped and never used
- Mackay hull (light blue gunwale with carbon wavebreaker, white hull)
- Mackay carbon 2 -piece mast
- Carbon boom
- Mackay Kiwi foils
- North fully battened Mylar sail with bag
- Mackay aluminium trolley
- Top cover, bottom cover
- Rudder bag
The Starling Class yacht is a one-man centreboard yacht that has been used to train most of New Zealand’s teenage yachtsmen over a period of three decades.
Top America’s Cup sailor Russell Coutts is a past NZ Starling champion and his former tactician and later foe, Brad Butterworth also spend a number of years at the top of the class. Former Class national champions include a large number of sailors who later moved onto international sailing success including David Barnes, Peter Evans, Craig Monk, Dan Slater, Simon Cooke, and Peter Burling.
The Starling fits nicely between the Optimist and Laser classes as the preferred intermediate boat in New Zealand.
A number of Starlings are sailing in other parts of the world with sailors coming to New Zealand to compete in National regattas.
The competitive crew weight is 48 – 70 kgs.
In New Zealand the Starling holds the largest national championships after the Optimist with fleet sizes between 100-200.
The boats are fitted with a full set of sail controls which provides an excellent basis for learning the skills of rig tuning. For many of New Zealand’s most successful yachtsmen, the Starling Class was the place they learned the foundations of performance enhancing skills necessary for Americas Cup, Volvo Around the World and Olympic campaigns.