What a fantastic weekend of racing and the feedback I am getting is that it was the best racing most teams have had all season!!! On a personal note thank you to the 16 boats that fronted for the Inaugural Performance 40 Nationals and a massive congratulations to the P40 2018 National Champions David Cummins, Ian Schenkel and their team on Rumbleflurg.
I was out amongst it on Juno for the Saturday where Peter Bateson and his race management team did an amazing job getting 4 races away. 3 quickfire Windward Leewards and the day finishing with a Round the Cans Race was exactly what the doctor ordered..... to say the racing was tight would be an understatement.
In perfect 'Costa Del Solent' conditions 16 Teams battled it out, tacticians having to keep their wits about them as the boats came together, often with '5 wide overlaps' at bottom marks and plenty of nip and tuck action. What was really apparent to me was that the game has lifted and people are sailing around the course extremely well, in turn the racing is very exhilarating and enjoyable, this is what P40 Racing should be about....... family and friends getting that Grand Prix Racing experience.
I cannot attest to the Sunday as I was on a big bird in the sky on the way to San Francisco, however by all accounts the racing was just as close. This was highlighted by the fact that Cobra and Rumbleflurg finished on equal points in first, with our Champion decided via a countback scenario, winning by virtue of her three race wins. Rounding out the top 3 was the ever consistent Sailplane, while special mention has to go to Zero who narrowly missed out on a podium in her first P40 Regatta and Xinska who secured a race win in her maiden event. I have absolutely no doubt that these two boats are ones to watch in the future!
As far as the overall P40 Results go, we have a new leader in Mike Blair's Cobra. Always there and thereabouts, these guys are coming on strong at the tail end of the season and there is a very tight battle emerging at the top of the table. With the Hamble River Double Points Finale on October 6-7th anything could happen between Cobra, Sailplane and Nifty, while the new form teams emerging in Rumbleflurg, Juno, Zero, Xinska, Jitterbug etc. will be hoping to spoil the party.