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F18 World Championship

Australian F18 catamaran team Easy Tiger Racing took out second place in the Masters Division of the F18 World Championship held at Alamitos Bay in sunny southern California, USA, from September 8 to 15.

A heatwave and high pressure system over southern California delivered very light conditions for the final day of the 2012 Globaltech F18 World Championship, causing Easy Tiger Racing’s Chris Way and Rod Waterhouse to misjudge the start in the eight knot south westerly breeze for the only Gold Fleet race on the day.

“It was awesome that all of the Australian teams did well and made it into the Gold Fleet after the six qualifying races,” Chris Way said, further adding: “The level of competition here was very fierce and everyone fought to the end. It’s been a fantastic regatta and up until the last day of racing, we’ve had ideal conditions so we are very happy.

“We are stoked to be second in the Masters among 50 entries. It’s a great outcome and also to finish in the top quarter of the fleet overall. Our boat speed improved throughout the week and we got better every day except for the last day of racing,” Way said of his team’s performance during the regatta.

“Clearly the young guns aren’t getting better if a couple of oldies in their fifties can win a heat. So next year in Tuscany we will get serious and give them a true ‘Tiger licking’,” said skipper, Rod Waterhouse, quite tongue in cheek.

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Photo: Rich Roberts/Alamitos Bay Yacht Club

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