2019 Paper Tiger Catamaran International Championships

Napier, New Zealand


 The International Championships were held at Napier Sailing Club, New Zealand from Saturday 20th April 2019 until Tuesday 23rd April 2019.


The 2019 Swire Shipping Paper Tiger Internationals, which started on Good Friday at the Napier Sailing Club were wrapped up on Tuesday, with local sailor Hayden Percy taking out the title.

The single handed Paper Tigers are a 4.3 metre catamaran which generally offer a fast and wet ride, but over the last few days a lack of wind limited the number of races that could be sailed. A total of 46 sailors took to the water for the Invitation Race on Friday, with 14 of these coming across from Australia, where the New Zealand designed Paper Tigers are a strong class.

Hayden Percy of the Napier Sailing Club started well with wins in the first two races. He and Torbay Sailing Club’s Derek Scott finished the championship with a total of 8 points, with Percy winning the title on a count-back. In third place over all was Dylan Taylor of the New Plymouth Yacht Club. First Aussie home was Luke Stout of the McCrae Yacht Club in sixth place.

The Kiwi / Kangaroo competition, comprised of the best nominated ten sailors from each country, was taken out this year by the Kiwis, with Aussie sailor Garry Williams saying they were in a rebuilding phase as the kiwis were some time ago.
“We are still in arrears in terms of titles won since 1976 when the rivalry began, with the Aussies having once won 11 consecutive regattas” Paper Tiger Owners Association President Scott Pedersen said.

“Its a good competition, and this is a really nice venue” Williams, of the Wagga Wagga Sailing Club said. “The beauty is that we have good camaraderie as well as good competition. We play hard on the race course, and we get to share developments made on each side of the Tasman, so that the class can go forward”.

“There’s no “them and us” culture, and developments like those made by Derek Scott of North Sails are adopted by sailors in both countries” Pedersen added. The down time due to light winds was accepted philosophically by most and used well, with Scott’s workshop on sail developments particularly well received. “We make an effort to progress new comers to the class so that they are competitive, rather than languish at the back of the fleet and learn the hard way”.

Winner Hayden Percy has been going to Internationals since 2009, and is the incumbent International champion, with jump-starting one of his trademarks.
“I had the boat prepped as well as I could have prior to this regatta, so it came down to my sailing” Percy said. “After winning the first two races, I was seventh round the first mark but managed to claw back a few places”.

The Napier Sailing Club is adept at running world class regattas, with the Elliot 5.9 Nationals scheduled for May. For the Paper Tiger Internationals they are indebted to sponsors Swire Shipping, North Sails, NMT Shipping, Tumu ITM, Burnsco, and Clearview Winery.

Photo caption: Scott Pedersen, (Paper Tiger Owners Association President); Garry Williams, (Wagga Wagga Sailing Club); and Hayden Percy, (championship winner); with the some of the Australian Paper Tigers ready for loading back into the container for shipping back to Australia, at the conclusion of the Paper Tiger Internationals held at the Napier Sailing Club.


Written by Tim McVeagh for the local paper

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Report From the Napier Internationals 2019

What a fantastic weekend In Napier NZ. The sailing may have lacked in wind and Australia may not have won the team event, but this event is no better way to learn about what it takes to improve and go faster. The whole weekend was nothing less than a master class on technology, skill and commitment to make it to the top, and NZ has done all of this to be where they are in the class. Their boats are set up to perfection, presenting stiff strong boats on top of which they have built a rig again incorporating thought and technology and incorporating this into their north sail. All the boats in the fleet are there for everyone to see. You can look at all the different controls and set ups and feel free to take photos. Comradery between all the competitors was nothing but first rate. Everyone was open in discussing their set up and how they tune there boat and this was evident in the 3 ‘tuning’ sessions that occurred over the weekend. Ian Marcovitch instigated the first session, tipping a boat in its side and demonstrated how the controls on the sail effect it. On its side adjusting the controls really allowed you to see the effects on the sail and in turn how it effects its performance
Derek Scott of North Sails was also kind enough to come into the Australian camp look at our setup. He openly discussed how he tunes his rig to the sail and settings while sailing. This was again done by Derek with the whole fleet in the same way Ian did with one of our boats. He discussed controls, their effect on the sail and how the sail is built to aid in its performance. The class has never been more open in sharing information.
In discussions with the New Zealand guys it is evident that their whole fleet is committed to getting to events. Granted their country is a lot smaller than Australia meaning their fleets around the country are close to attend regattas, but numbers they have turning up is staggering. At their Nationals they are getting up to 50 competitors. But this is also backed up at their fresh water regattas. Their top end skippers are world class but they help each other throughout the fleet and push each other to becoming better.
Going forward as a class in Australia I encourage all the skippers to band together, learn from each and learn from how New Zealand go about it with motivation and commitment to drive each other forward.

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