Reigning world P1 Powerboat champions from Saundersfoot; Sam and Daisy Coleman headed over the bridge this weekend to join the Stewartby Watersports Club for a successful weekend of training and testing in a discipline new to them. With the P1 Superstock UK series taking a hiatus in 2018 the dynamic duo had aimed to make it over to race the P1 USA series however were unable to secure sufficient sponsorship. In the meantime, Sam commented he’d like to learn a new skill and give inshore circuit racing a go.
Pembrokeshire is certainly punching above its weight in recent years with Sam & Daisy dominating the world of P1 offshore powerboat racing in and Neyland based ‘51 Racing,’ headed up by Simon Harding, winning the Thundercat Team Championship award in 2017. But these recent successes aren’t all West Wales has to boast of in the world of powerboat racing.
Jonathan Jones, born and brought up in Cardigan still lives in the town despite the regular globe-trotting which has come in the wake of his success’ as one of the world’s top powerboat competitors. In the premier Formula 1 class of powerboat racing he has won the world title three times (in 1986, 1989 and 1991) and come second, third and fourth several times. With two wins in 1997 he finished the Championship in fourth place.
Sam thoroughly enjoyed this new form of racing which was made possible by the very successful Jelf Racing Team and commented “I was anxious initially having only raced offshore previously, and circuit catamaran racing is a completely different animal! The cornering speeds and G-forces involved are immense in these Formula boats, learning to fly them just above the water is a huge thrill! I’m also not used to being on my own in a boat, smiled Sam, although having Daisy on the radio was reassuring!”
Sam is now looking to secure sponsorship in order to commit to the British Powerboat GP series so would welcome any interested parties to get in touch via social media (@RacingColeman / @P1Daisy) or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org