ECHUCA to Seattle may seem like a crazy length to travel for a ski race, but not to the team from 99 Psycho Clowns.
It has qualified a team in both the F2 women’s and F1 men’s to take on the world water ski racing championships in July.
After making its mark on the Murray river the ski racing gang will try its luck on Lake Washington – 13,174km away, to be exact – and with a world title up for grabs the distance is the least of their concerns.
Psycho Clowns narrowly finished third in the superclass at this year’s Southern 80, but that was out of the mind of driver Jessica Pearse whose attention now turns to a world title.
She will be driving for the F2 women’s team in her first world championship event and what’s more her mother Georgie will see it all after being selected as one of the two judges from Australia this year. ‘‘It would be awesome to see my skier, Karen White, walk away with the F2 title this year,’’ Jessica said.
‘‘For me to be able to drive her to that position would be incredibly rewarding and to have my mum there makes the whole thing even more exciting.
‘‘It’s pretty special to have her watching me on the water and hopefully she doesn’t disqualify me,’’ she laughed.
Daniel McMahon will observe for the women’s team and will also be driving at the titles in the F1 men’s team with Codie Rigg skiing and Daniel Rigg observing.
The men’s team had been racing together for three years and knew each other back to front out on the water.
Echuca’s Christian Apps will also be heading to Seattle driving Nipple’s F2 men’s team and observing for Chelsea Blight who is skiing behind Merc Force in the F1 women’s.
Teams competed in seven races to earn points for selection into the Australian team with six categories each requiring three teams and an emergency.
Jessica’s F2 women’s team had already made the cut after the fifth race but had to wait for the teams to be announced on Sunday following the final selection round at Lake Mulwala.
It’s the first time the world championships have been held in the US since 2003 and the first time ever in Seattle.
The championships are held every two years, the previous event in New Zealand and in Spain before that.
McMahon took out the 2013 F1 men’s world title with skier Wayne Mawer. Throughout 11 days teams will compete in four races; three on the waters of Point Ruston in Tacoma (an hour drive south of Seattle) before the final race on Lake Washington.
Each race will build points towards individual’s and each country’s final tally to decide the ultimate champions.
The team from Psycho Clowns planned to arrive a week ahead of the first race on July 26 whilst the boat will be there waiting for them, having been put in a container two months ahead of the event.