2012-13 North Island Paper Tiger Series underway this weekend

Dave Shaw - 2012 Paper Tiger International Champion - 2012 Maersk Line Paper Tiger International Championships
Rachel Leatham

While one group of Multihull enthusiasts will be blasting their way north towards the Bay of Islands in the Coastal Classic this weekend, another equally enthusiastic group will be heading south to Lake Wairarapa for the first event in the 2012-13 Paper Tiger North Island Freshwater Series.

The 2012-13 Paper Tiger North Island Freshwater Series kicks off this weekend with the Horowhenua Cup being hosted by the Horowhenua Sailing Club, but sailed on Lake Wairarapa (yes it is confusing).
The event will see over 25 Paper Tigers from all over the North Island competing in spectacular fashion on Lake Wairarapa with racing expected to produce some very tight results.

Race Start 2012 - 2012 Maersk Line Paper Tiger International Championships
Rachel Leatham
The event will see competitors throughout the fleet fighting for every position as they attempt to take home the Horowhenua Cup as well as gain points towards the overall North Island Freshwater Series Title which concludes in Taupo mid March 2013.

Contenders for the Cup include class stalwart Peter Robins, as well as a bunch of other up and coming sailors including Scott Barker, Scott Pedersen and Mike Hood if he brings the full package.
With a solid breeze (gale force at this stage) there could be plenty of thrills and spills over the weekend which will ensure plenty of entertainment for the sailors and spectators alike.

The regatta will as always be a friendly and sociable event with most competitors camping on the grass area next to the club and a dinner organised for everyone to attend on the Saturday evening so that war stories from the day (as well as years gone by) can be exchanged.

The Paper Tiger North Island Freshwater 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 the overall series winner is calculated by allowing each sailor to count three regattas from the four in the series.

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)