North Sails LOFT NEWS
Story Contributors: Derek Scott
PAPER TIGER S-5 MAINSAIL WINS NATIONALS
Mark Orams Takes the Top Spot
The S-5 Mainsail proved its power at the Paper Tiger New Zealand National Championships as the new design claimed eight of the top 10 positions. Winning the regatta with eight top-five finishes, veteran sailor Mark Orams returned to the class after living and working overseas for several years.
North Sails New Zealand One Design manager Derek Scott, who was heavily involved in the design and development of the sail, was satisfied with a second-place finish at this year’s nationals:
«The S-5 sail has proven itself in a wide range of conditions once again. With a mix of weights within the fleet, ranging from 70kg to over 90+kg, using this design brings fantastic results. Mark’s result is a testament to the S-5 sail. «
The four-day event brought a range of conditions, testing both the sailors and the new sail design. Orams, Scott and former national champion Hayden Percy had a close battle throughout the regatta, all using the S-5 sail. However, it was the last day that determined the winner when a black-flag disqualification saw Scott knocked out of the running for the top spot.
The S-5 is made from the same Contender Max sailcloth used for earlier ‘Stealth’ designs. It has an improved corner patch to reduce wear and fatigue in the tack and clew as well as has the benefit of being lighter than earlier models. While initially designed as a more powerful sail for heavier sailors, it has proven to be an excellent all-round sail throughout the weight range of the fleet.