single-handed sailing dinghy / regatta / catboat
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.