Time to take a breather after a fantastic year of action packed racing in the Inaugural Performance 40 Series that concluded with Rumbleflurg winning the Hamble River Finale, while Cobra took the overall Season points.
Ian Schenkel and David Cummins with their team on Rumbleflurg certainly started to hit their straps late on in the season, chalking up a win at the Nationals followed by another impressive victory over the weekend. It is their first season on their new boat and they are definitely a boat that everyone will be watching closely in 2019.
Although Rumbleflurg won yet another Battle, it was Cobra that most certainly won the War. In the end this ever consistent team owned by Father/Son duo Mike and Seb Blair were just too good for the opposition, winning by a relatively comfortable 6.5 points. The same could not be said for further down the podium, a tiebreak needing to separate yet another family boat in Nifty (owned by Roger Bowden who sails with daughter's Emily and Jess) and Rob Bottomley's Sailplane. Both Nifty and Sailplane finished on 19.5 points for the season, while it was Nifty's 3 regatta wins early in the season that broke the tie.
A huge Congratulations to Cobra and her team Skippered by Stevie Beckett on winning the overall Performance 40 Season!!!
Individual Race winners this season included: Rumbleflurg, Cobra, Nifty, Sailplane, Journeymaker, Juno, Xinska, Jitterbug, La Reponse and Sunrise, while there are absolutely more potential race winners among the fleet. The level of yachting on the Solent has certainly risen a level or two because of the Performance 40's and fleet numbers are up, while the concept remains the same........ Family and Friends getting a taste of Grand Prix Racing.
For 2019 I will be releasing tentative dates soon, with the view to step things up a little more. Please remember that it is just little old me organizing the P40's (currently out of a love for the sport) and of course with the help of RORC, Warsash Sailing Club, Royal Southern Yacht Club and Hamble River Sailing Club who ran the events. I am extremely proud of how the first season went and am looking to build on it for 2019, more boats, more people and more fun! Watch this space and if you are interested in competing please do let me know!!