The 2012 Mitre 10 MEGA NZ Paper Tiger National Championships saw the second day of racing today with another 2 races completed under blue skies with about 10 knots of breeze and a nice (if sometimes confused) seaway to work on the downwind legs.
Kaefer Services Ltd Race Two saw Ryan (Rowdy) Leatham from New Plymouth take honours following full on battle around the entire track with Mark Bell (Ponsonby, Auckland). The lead changing places multiple times during the race.
Rimu Electrical Race Three saw Scott Pedersen from Napier take the victory in a race that again had multiple lead changes. Pedersen managed to obtain the lead on the final reach and never surrendered it in the final beat, even with a fierce challenge from Bob Preston from Nelson.
After the completion of two days of racing Scott Pedersen has the lead by one point from Ryan (Rowdy) Leatham and Dave Shaw (Nelson) is a further point behind. Mark Bell and Peter Robins (Muritai, Wellington) round out the top five.
Competition in the B Grade is still tight with Andy Brown (Evans Bay, Wellington) coming out on top following today's racing. Nathan Percy (Napier) is currently leading the C Grade, while Jane Thomassen (Evans Bay, Wellington) is currently the first Female.
Full results can be found at: http://www.sportsground.co.nz/ClubSite.asp?SiteID=5533&PageTypeID=18
The competition has a rest day tomorrow (Wednesday 4 Jan), allowing all competitors to rest up following two very competitive days of racing. The competition begins again on Thursday 5 January with another three races scheduled.
The Organising Committee and the New Zealand Paper Tiger Owners Association would like to thank the following sponsors for their contribution to the event.
Major Sponsor: Mitre 10 MEGA
Additional Sponsors: Tiger Automation Ltd, Jacksons Flooring, Kaefer Services Ltd, Rimu Electrical Ltd, Industrial Chemistry Services, IED Lifting Centre Ltd, Contact Energy Ltd, Dinamic Canvas Ltd, Olex NZ Ltd, Busing Russell Chartered Accountants, Gusto Resturant & Cafe, Mermaid Gallery.
The Paper Tiger is a catamaran designed by Ron Given of New Zealand in 1968.
It is widely sailed in New Zealand and Australia.
Paper Tiger Overall Dimensions
Length: 14 ft (4.3m)
Width: 7ft (2.2m)
Minimum Weight: 110 lbs (50kg)
Sail Area: 100 sq ft (9.2 m2)