Reiss and Whitehead Place Third at F-18 Championships

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Bangor, N. Ireland---Two of Bay County's own have been chasing after one of sailing's most coveted prizes in the Formula 18 World Championship.

Taylor Reiss and Matthew Whitehead, from Rutherford and Mosley respectively, entered Friday's final rounds just five points back of first place.

Despite having their toughest day of the championship, finishing the three races in 27th, 18th, and 19th, the local guys tremendous week as a whole puts them on the podium, finishing third out of the 57 teams representing the world's best.

Racing out of St. Andrews Bay Yacht Club as the only Americans in the field, the 19 year old Reiss and 21 year old Whitehead easily win the honor as the best junior team, 33 points ahead of the next best.

Matthew returns to the States Sunday while Reiss is off to backpack Europe through early August.