Today was the first day of the Starling North Island Championships 2019 up north at the Taipa Sailing Club. With a final turnout 48 boats, the racing has been quite competitive with new competitors in the Starling class. Having not sailed the Starling competitively since the Nationals last year it was an excellent opportunity to see who is new and their capabilities.

In the first race, I came to the quick realisation that I was a little out of practice when it comes to the whole dinghy side of sailing. However, after a disappointing result in the first race with a 16th, I drove that rough result to two firsts in the last two races. The final race was a three-way battle all the way from the start to the bottom mark towards the previous reach. After jostling, I managed to storm through to leeward through an oppositions wind shadow and sail to a convincing lead.

In conclusion, the three races today has left me on 18 points, 7 points behind first so am well in contention. The location of this regatta is also the same as the Nationals to be held mid-year so being given the opportunity to sail on the water and mix in the lifestyle of the area is providing valuable experience. Two more days to go and two more days of improvements to be made, looking forward to the challenge.