Well I certainly needed a few days to catch my breath after another busy weekend of Performance 40 Sailing, where 7 action packed races were held over this past weekend out of the Royal Yacht Squadron and Rumbleflurg were once again crowned P40 National Champions.
Saturday saw us racing in close to the upper breeze limits for the fleet, where I would say every boat had a decent story to tell at the Squadron dinner that night. I won't name boats, however whether it was the chinese gybe of the century or slight man overboard incidents, it seemed like a challenging day where most people came through unscathed. The same however could not be said for some of the boats and there were a few retirements due to damage, namely title contenders Nifty who suffered some mast damage and the Dutch Team Elke who had a collision with Larry P. I must say it was very impressive to see Elkes owner Frans and his boat building skills that evening. Four races were completed on Saturday with 4 different winners, while it was the strong showing from Rumbleflurg that was the talk of the fleet.
Sundays racing started off in extremely unstable conditions and with the sailing delayed for an hour, most teams were seen to be huddled in the rain around iphones watching a very uninspiring English performance against the Tongans in the rugby (or in our case on Simples, around the TV below). Rumbleflurg came out firing in the first Race and made her intentions very clear with her first bullet of the regatta, while it was the Dutch Team Elke who won the next 2 races. Elkes race wins were very impressive and perhaps a sign of things to come.....
In the end a tiebreak was needed to decide the Champion, due to Cobra and Rumbleflurg finishing on equal points with 17 a piece. The latter taking the Title by virtue of her having more 2nd placings (both also finished with equal wins). Juno rounded out the podium positions to set up a very juicy finale in next weeks Hamble Winter Series. Please check out the points situation below.
A massive congratulations to the crew of Rumbleflurg and her owners David Cummins and Ian Schenkel for taking out the P40 National Title once again. On a side note Saturdays dinner at the Squadron was a huge success, with 11 out of 11 crews turning up to a wonderful evening.... let's keep the social side of things going.