Glenn Syman (Evans Bay Yacht & Motor Boat Club) has won the Paper Tiger North Island Grand Prix Series in a cliffhanger finish at the Mighty River Power Regatta hosted by Lake Taupo Yacht Club over the weekend.
After four regattas (and 23 races) over a five month period the two leading skippers (Syman and Scott Pedersen from Napier) were even on points going into the final race and everything was on the line, setting up the series with a better cliffhanger ending than any drama found on television these days.
Taupo put on its normal zero to six knot conditions for the final regatta with the race committee doing well to get any races completed let alone the seven that were finally finished by Sunday afternoon.
The regatta was again a taught fought contest as has become a feature of the series with five separate race winners over the seven races. Syman and Pedersen won a race each to start the series. Ryan (Rowdy) Leatham (New Plymouth) was then awarded a win after Syman was judged OCS by the race committee in race three. Richard Dent (Tauranga) finished the day with a win in race five.
Sunday dawned with very little wind again, with results so close on day one everything was to play for on the final day with both the Mighty River Power Regatta title up for grabs and the overall North Island Grand Prix Series to be decided. Race five saw Syman pass Rowdy in the final boat length before the finish to win by half a boat length.
Race six then saw a reversal of the previous race with Rowdy sneaking past Syman in the final tack into the finish.
All of this left the North Island Grand Prix Series tied between Syman and Pedersen going into the final race. Race seven was to see another new race winner for the regatta with Dylan Taylor (New Plymouth) in his first ever Paper Tiger regatta sailing a perfect race to lead from start to finish. At the finish all eyes turned to the Cliffhanger finish between Syman and Pedersen, which Syman managed to win with a close cover maintained up the final leg meaning Pedersen had no passing lane with Syman finishing third and Pedersen fourth.
All this excitement (and a few double checks of the calculations) eventuated in Syman winning the Paper Tiger North Island Grand Prix Series by one point from Pedersen.
Glenn Syman, Ryan (Rowdy) Leatham, Scott Pedersen - 2011 Paper Tiger North Island Grand Prix Series - Glenn Syman
The Paper Tiger North Island Grand Prix Series is regatta series held over four regattas around the North Island (Lake Wairarapa, Lake Ngaroto, Turangi, and Taupo) during the season.
Points are tallied at each regatta, with no drops allowed at any individual regatta (making consistency essential).
The overall series winner is calculated by allowing each sailor to count 3 regattas from the 4 in the series. Final results for the Paper Tiger North Island Grand Prix Series:
1st Glenn Syman (Evans Bay Yacht & Motor Boat Club)
2nd Scott Pedersen (Napier Sailing Club)
3rd Ryan (Rowdy) Leatham (New Plymouth Yacht Club)
4th Denis Leatham (New Plymouth Yacht Club)
5th Stuart Taylor (New Plymouth Yacht Club)
Full results can be found by clicking here?nid=81376
Mighty River Power Regatta results can be found atwww.ltyc.org.nz/results/MRP2011.htm