Female wins Starling Match Racing title for first time in 21 years

Alice Noyer - 2012 North Sails New Zealand Starling Class Inter-Provincial Match Racing Championship
Brian Peet

After 21 years, the male domination of the Caltex Cup, for the New Zealand Starling Class Inter-Provincial Match Racing Championship, has come to an end, with Northland sailor Alice Noyer winning the regatta, which was held at Murrays Bay, on Auckland’s North Shore last week.

The 17-year old Warkworth sailor sailed strongly against eleven other under 19 regional competitors throughout the 132 race regatta, only losing 2 races in the testing conditions. In a new format the competitors sailed two round robins over two days. However, strong winds on the last day prevented the semi-finals and finals from being held. This year, for the first time, competitors rotated through a set of 6 equalised starling centreboard yachts, rather than competing in their own boats.

Although competing against other former junior New Zealand sailing representatives, Alice’s knowledge of tactics acquired through her extensive team sailing experience with Mahurangi College contributed to her success.