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Friday, March 16, 2012

Easy Tiger Set to Roar In Melges 32 Nationals

Easy Tiger Plan to Roar at Melges 32 Australian Championships
Easy Tiger II Photo: Saltwater Images/ www.saltwaterimages.com.au
Easy Tiger Racing Team will compete in the Melges Australian Championships hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, this weekend, March 16-18, 2012.

Skipper Chris Way will transition his Farr 40 crew fresh from achieving an equal third overall at the Farr 40 Nationals two weeks ago to this smaller and faster sports boat that is building a very competitive fleet locally. Again Way has put together a first class crew including leading tactician Steve McConaghy, Morgan White, Peter Winter, Peter Gregg, Bruce McRae and current F18 Australian Champion Josh McKnight, Nick Mrdjen, Max Vos and Angela Way.

Way last competed in a 30 odd foot class when he owned Breakout, a Mumm 30 that he successfully campaigned in both National and World level for several years which included winning the 2004 Mumm 30 Australian Championship.

"Sailing these smaller high performance boats will be a refreshing change from the larger and less challenging Farr 40s. We're looking forward to giving the class a real shake up and getting Team Tiger up to speed in this class. It has been a while since I raced these type of sports boats and the forecast for the weekend promises some thrills and spills on Pittwater. This weekend will be also welcome break from my board room activities at Bridgeport and Boatmate."

Quotes from Team Tiger

Peter Winter, Mainsheet Trimmer:

"On the back of an equal third at the Farr 40 Nationals, the team is hungryfor a better result this weekend. Big breeze is forecast so the boat handling will be at a premium and the Tigers excel in these type of conditions.Morgan White is on the bow and it's great to have someone of his calibre on the boat.Chris always puts together a good team and this regatta is no exception. He is a great helmsman in sportboats, so the Melges 32 is right up his alley."

Josh McKnight, Mast:

"I'm just looking forward to some good downwind rides on the Melges 32 much more interesting than the Farr 40 as they are just a bit faster and more like a skiff down wind. I am excited about being able to use my skiff sailing background to help the team make better decisions. "

Lulu Roseman

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