Australian Paper Tiger Catamaran Association

Welcome to the Australian Paper Tiger Catamaran Association (APTCA) website. This site covers Australian-specific information for the Paper Tiger Catamaran class. For general information on Paper Tiger Catamarans, go to the Paper Tiger Catamaran International Association (PTCIA) website.

The Paper Tiger Catamaran is raced competitively in most Australian states and has active associations in Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria.


For all detailed information about Paper Tiger Catamarans,

visit the Paper Tiger Catamaran International (PTCIA) website.


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18th Issue of APT is AVAILABLE NOW!

The APTCA is pleased to announce the publishing of the eighteenth issue of the national newsletter for the Paper Tiger Catamaran class in Australia. You can download it HERE!


17th Issue and other previous issues also still available.

All previous issues of the national newsletter of the Paper Tiger Catamaran class in Australia are still available. You can download them HERE!

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Bryan Anderson wins 2014 Nationals - His seventh!

Bryan Anderson (Victoria) has won his seventh Australian Championship, extending his record number of wins. 


For a results list, click here.



Reverse Logic PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 07 December 2012 18:24

Boat speed is everything...right? Well, sometimes backwards is fast too.

When racing boat-for-boat with skippers who tend to finish at the front of the fleet, or skippers who don’t, there is often not a whole lot of difference in boat speed. So why should there be such large margins at the finish line? The difference is not necessarily how fast a boat can go, but how often it is not going as fast as it can.

Making the Leech Stand Up PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 10 November 2012 21:34

What it’s all about

When sailing to windward, some guys seem to be able to point higher and go faster than everyone else. They have the leech (rear edge) of the sail about parallel with the mast, while as you look back through the fleet, the sails on other boats are often increasingly full and twisted. What these lead sailors are doing is making the leech stand up.

This article is based on research, rather than expertise and experience. The research included consultation with expert skippers, experimentation, literature review, and trials with video from the mast head looking down the sail. I reject the idea that some skippers can point higher and go faster because “they are good sailors”, as if possessing some magical quality. There is certainly a lot more to sail trim and upwind sailing than making the leech stand up, but I believe this to be the major factor in upwind speed in moderate to strong winds.

Avoiding a Bender PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 16 November 2010 09:55

For some, a bent or broken mast can be a rude introduction to Paper Tiger sailing. Here are some basic steps that can be taken to reduce the risk .


If you have been around PTs for a while you will no doubt have seen the occasional on-water mast realignment. You may even have engaged in this form of non-productive rig adjustment yourself. If the result is a "nice" even curve in the mast where there shouldn't be one (and there shouldn't be one anywhere) then the problem may well be fixable. If, on the other hand, the curve in the mast is interrupted by a sudden change in width and direction, then it is probably time to be philosophical - at least you shouldn't have to sell one of your kids or a spare body part to afford a new one. In my 30 years of racing PTs I haven't destroyed a mast on the water and have only curved one on a few occasions in strong winds. So it is not a given that PT sailing equates to broken masts, but luck can play a part in this. Getting caught out in  severe conditions may not end well, especially if you and your boat part company.

Fail Safe Revisited PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 16 November 2010 09:50

In the previous issue of “apt” I attempted to cover all the maintenance issues relevant to Paper Tigers which had the potential, if ignored, to result in a DNF  when racing. In spite of all my zeal I overlooked one of the most important maintenance areas – hiking straps.

Talk to a group of PT sailors and there will very likely be at least one of them who has suffered the indignity of plummeting backwards off their boat at some critical moment during a race because a hiking strap failed. I recently suffered this indignity myself (not the first time I might add) because the stitching on new straps that I installed last season wasn’t up to the task.

Hangin Out PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 16 November 2010 09:10

There is one thing about sailing a Paper Tiger that can be a real pain. Yep, you guessed it, hiking.......

Thankfully, this doesn’t have to be the case.  Some thoughtful setting up of your boat, correct technique, and the addition of “hiking pants”, could significantly improve your comfort whilst racing.

Essential Knowledge for Beginners PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 October 2010 00:00

If your newly purchased Paper Tiger is your first experience of sailing, the following fundamental steps may help to keep you coming back for many years of drama free enjoyment. The Paper Tiger Catamaran International Association produces a series of guidelines specifically for beginners which are available through the Secretary, David Stumbles. These are recommended reading before you get wet.

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