Legendary PWC champion Chris MacClugage dominated the 38-mile Dana Point-to-Avalon sprint race on Sunday to take the opening round of the U.S. Offshore Triple Crown. Aboard his own MACC Racing-prepped Yamaha FX SHO, MacClugage bested 34 competitors in the race across the Pacific.
“It was a good starting point for this offshore TCO series,” MacClugage told K38 and Liquid Militia. “I know what I’m up against and we still have more potential to unleash from the SHO, we have a great base. Our setup has been race proven. I was happy with my MoTeC ignition, it worked good in this ocean race, we programmed it and it did what it’s supposed to do. I’m happy with the combination R&D, MoTEc and MACC Racing parts, we did well on this first event. For the LB2CAT we can step it up to a faster boat. We had a strong reliable package, but I know there is still more to come.”
The win is a big one not only for MacClugage and his sponsors — Yamaha, Alpina, Monster Energy, R$D Racing, HT Moto, Liquid Militia, Oakley, quakysense, Race Deck, RonnyMac Photography, Strawrubby, and JE Pistons — but also for the Yamaha FX SHO platform.
“The Dana Point 2 Avalon Sprint had four Yamahas racing,” continued MacClugage. “A rider on a #169 FCS (Andrew Meyers), the husband and wife team Dawn and David Fekete and myself were on the Yamaha Waverunner track. David is a Challenged Athlete racer along with PWCoffshore’s Warren Frank. It’s good to see the product line and racers bringing out their Waverunners and pushing their limits.
“I really enjoyed being around this group of racers, it was refreshing, and fun. Thirty-four racers on the track, good to see how much potential exists. It will only go up, I’m counting on it.”
MacClugage edged Lee Phan, who rode a Sea-Doo RXT. Rounding out the top five were Tyler White (Sea-Doo RXT-X), Tom Phan (Sea-Doo RXT-X), and Mark Gerner (Kawasaki Ultra 250X).