Sunday, February 26, 2012

Team Tiger Getting Ready To Purr - Farr 40 Nationals - Sydney Harbour

Easy Tiger II Racing Team will compete in the Farr 40 Australian Championships at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron on March 3rd and 4th, 2012.
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Chris Way has engaged Steve McConaghy, one of Australia’s leading tacticians, for the regatta and is excited about competing amongst a world class fleet that includes current Farr 40 World Champion, Guido Belgiorno-Nettis’ Transfusion; Lang Walker’s Kokomo to be helmed by Neville Crichton, Martin and Lisa Hill’s Estate Master and Marcus Blackmore’s Hooligan.
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Blackmore is again returning to the Farr 40 class on a chartered boat after competing in the 2011 Farr 40 Worlds in Sydney and successfully campaigning his TP52 Hooligan, winning the 2011 Audi IRC Australian Championship.
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Way also has been campaigning his F18 Catamaran and will compete in the Melges 32 Australian Championship at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club between the 16th -18th March, 2012.

What the Tigers said:

Chris Way, Skipper/Helmsman

“I’ve put together a great team and we have been training hard for this regatta. Having Steve McConaghy onboard is a real coup for us and is helping us take our campaign to the next level as we look towards to the Farr 40 Worlds in Chicago in September.

“It’s pretty disappointing that F18 National Champion Jason Waterhouse was forced to withdraw, but his crew Josh McKnight will be racing.

“Peppering the crew with professional yachtsmen and younger emerging talent is key to the Easy Tiger II program. It creates the ideal balance.

“We like to have fun and enjoying our racing especially when the competition is as good and fierce as it is within the Farr 40 Class. We are aiming for a podium finish naturally but will have our work cut out for us amongst the likes of Transfusion, Kokomo, Hooligan and Estate Master. Our tactician, Macca has had a great season and is on fire so let’s hope he can weave his magic with us.”

Steve McConaghy, Tactician

“The crew have been working pretty hard so hopefully the training sessions will pay off. They are a great bunch of people and it’s always fun sailing with the Easy Tiger gang. Sure it’s a tough fleet with guys like Neville Crichton, Marcus Blackmore, Guido Belgiorno-Nettis and Martin Hill. But we are confident and gunning for a podium.

“Battling the traffic on the harbour will give us a whole new swag of challenges to deal with as given the race course will be set inshore.”

Kyrra Deane, Grinder/Strings:

“I'm really looking forward to being back and sailing with the Tiger Team again. After the 2011 Farr 40 Worlds in Sydney I moved to Antibes to work on a Super Yacht.

“I have been a member of the crew of Easy Tiger II since 2010 which culminated in the 2011 Worlds where the competition was really intense and my sailing skills were put to the test. I am ecstatic to be returning to Australia to again sail again with Team Tiger, it feels like I am returning home to my family.”

Josh McKnight, Mast:

“I’ve been sailing quite a lot in the Moth and 18 Foot Skiff classes and this will be my first Farr 40 Regatta, so I am pretty stoked to be part of the team.

“We’ve been doing fair bit of training getting our kite sets and gybes sorted out. It’s great that Macca is onboard who has being doing well with Ragamuffin.

Peter Winter, Mainsheet Trimmer

“Always a good competition in the Farr 40s and with my nephew Nathan Outteridge on Transfusion doing tactics there is a healthy rivalry. This is the best team that Chris has put together so far and I’m really excited to be back with Team Tiger for the first time since 2008.

“It’s a really tough class to excel in but I believe we are in great shape. Looking forward to sailing with Macca as he’s on a roll right now and really focused.”

Bruce McRae, Pitman/Strategy

“It’s always hard work sailing within this fleet and everyone wants to knock Transfusion off their perch but it’s great to have the current reigning Farr 40 World Champions racing in the Nationals. We’ve got Macca on tactics who is always a class act and we’ve been working on the crew work and our training has focused on the mechanics of getting the crew work right. It’s been a while since the boat has competed. Getting around the corners will be key and crew work in the harbor needs to be flawless as it will be pretty busy.

“We’ve been working on the rig settings and we will be trying to minimise errors like you do in any regatta. We have two more training sessions planned this week when Kyrra flies in. One in Pittwater and then one on the Harbour on Friday afternoon before the weigh in.”

Lulu Roseman

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