Following a wrongful disqualification – of which was later overturned by the Royal Yachting Association – the pair felt less than hopeful and completely unprepared into the last event in Wales as the boat had been out of action since Scotland.
Despite a range of setbacks in almost every round, the team confirmed that they still hold onto their record – the only team to have made it to the podium at every event. They knew they only had to finish the final race to secure the Championship.
They said: “Our main title rivals came flying out of the chocs and although we spent the first few laps of each of the races on Saturday chasing Milford Waterfront down, the choppy conditions left us preserving our boat and we finished all 3 races in 2nd place. This left Milford Waterfront only 8 points behind us and the same results Sunday would see us miss out on the title by a single point! We knew we only had to beat Milford in one race Sunday to keep control of the championship lead, we could then afford to follow them home in the others and still retain the championship. Sunday the conditions were much better and we secured another two 2nds, this time to Arthur J Gallagher, we managed the gap behind to nearest rival Milford Waterfront knowing that the championship was in our hands. The final race was a tactical affair as we new we only had to finish to secure the Championship. We knew we had to complete 9 laps to meet the 70% rule and secure points. We cruised round, coming home in 5th to be awarded 2nd overall for the event and retain the title.”