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Our partners donated for Starship – now its your turn to bid!

July 30th’s Starry Night cocktail gala is not just celebrating NZ’s most iconic yacht race, it’s also raising funds for one of NZ’s most precious charities – the Starship Foundation.

With more than 15 companies investing support into our charity auction, its now your turn to make a difference in better health and brighter futures for our children. All you have to do is get tickets to the PIC Coastal Classic's gala at Eden Park, 7pm July 30th, and participate.

Among those who are showing their most generous side are New Zealand owned and operated companies Doyle Sails and PIC Insurance Brokers. The duo have joined forces to donate a second-hand Cherub sailing dinghy with a new rig and sail package, valued at $8,000.

Another significant auction item on the night is an Acoustic Takamine Guitar, signed by Ben Harper and gifted to the Starship Foundation to raise funds by Ben himself. The Cherub and Guitar will be sold by a live auction on the night with thanks to Barfoot & Thompson, with the remaining items sold by Silent Auction.

If you’re liking the sound of where this is going… better get your tickets asap as at this rate, the event will sell out before the July 25th ticketing deadline.

Other companies and items that have been generously donated for the night include:

  • Jackson Industries – Need custom made “stuff” for your boat, work or other hobby? These guys are donating one full day of CNC Machining.

  • Nib- remember that Auckland team that just became the Super Rugby champions at Eden Park? It’s the Blues, and nib are donating one of their prized jerseys signed by the 2021 team.

  • Snap Fishing Ventures – Capt Nik Key is giving up a day tutorial and guided lure fishing experience … nothing ventured, nothing gained.

  • Yotti – handcrafted provision bags, totes, baskets and pods, all made in NZ with recycled sail material.

  • Mount Gay Rum – you guessed it…

  • The VR Club – Virtual Reality Party Package for 1 hour prize, Perfect for a Kid's Party or Corporate Team Building Experience.

More about the Cherub

The Cherub class has seen a huge resurgence in popularity in recent years with many original boats being restored and refurbished. Doyle Sails CEO Mike Sanderson, led the charge with great success after a number of years spent trying to find the right boat to sail with his children. Mike now sails with his son Merrick and some of New Zealand’s leading sailors including Dean Barker, Ray Davies, David Duff and their children, who are part of a 15 strong fleet of amateur crews who host a mixture of social/competitive events annually through the New Zealand Cherub Association.

The Cherub is a 12 ft long, two person, planing dinghy first designed in New Zealand, 1951 by John Spencer. The class is a development class, allowing for significant variation in design between different boats within the ‘box rule’ framework. Many Cherub sailors are in their late teens or early twenties but the flexibility of the class and the Cherub’s mean that they are also attractive to older and younger sailors. In the 1960s and 70s the Cherub was a popular sailing dinghy in New Zealand when they were mainly amateur built.

More about the Guitar

The Takamine GN10-NS combines refined appointments and Takamine’s proprietary NEX body style to create a great-looking guitar with a rich and articulate acoustic voice.

An excellent choice for any player seeking an affordable guitar that performs well above its price tag, the GN10-NS features a select spruce top and mahogany back and sides for a full and balanced sound. The slim satin-finish mahogany neck and 12”-radius ovangkol fingerboard provide great feel and playability.

Other great features include a pin-less ovangkol bridge for easy string changes, synthetic bone nut and bridge saddle, ovangkol headcap, pearloid dot inlays, chrome die-cast tuners and an elegant Natural satin finish.


· Top Spruce

· Back Mahogany

· Sides Mahogany

· Neck Mahogany

· Finger Board Ovangkol

· Nut Width 1.6875" (42.8 mm)

· Electronics N/A

· Finish Natural

· NEX Body

· This original Takamine body is a scaled-down Jumbo at heart. The NEX has a silky balance to the tone that supports vocals beautifully.

Please note that NZ taxation laws stipulation that auction purchases do not qualify for taxation receipts.


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