The 2012 Mitre 10 MEGA NZ Paper Tiger National Championships, sailed at New Plymouth, drew to a close today with the final day of racing and another two races completed in very light conditions.
Dinamic Canvas Race Seven saw Ian Maclennan (Takapuna, Auckland) take the victory in a close contest ahead of Mark Bell (Ponsonby, Auckland) and Bob Preston (Nelson).
Olex NZ Ltd Race Eight saw Bob Preston take honours ahead of Mark Bell following a tight fought race between the top 4 with multiple lead changes.
Bob Preston (Nelson) has won the regatta from Ryan (Rowdy) Leatham (New Plymouth) and Mark Bell (Ponsonby, Auckland). Dave Shaw (Nelson) and Scott Pedersen (Napier) round out the top five.
Competition in the B Grade is was incredibly tight with Denis Leatham (New Plymouth) coming out on top after a week of intense racing. Dylan Taylor (New Plymouth) has won the C Grade, while Jane Thomassen is the new once again the Women's Champion.
Full results can be found at: http://www.sportsground.co.nz/ClubSite.asp?SiteID=5533&PageTypeID=18
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)