Despite ever-changing overhead conditions, the town of Milford Haven eagerly anticipated the start of the 2017 Welsh Grand Prix of the Sea and spectators were not disappointed on another enthralling day of racing in an eventful championship season.
The home pairing of Charles Morris and Andrew Foster made a blistering start to the day to take an early lead in the opening race and they didn’t look back. Once they hit the front they only preceded to extend their lead as Pertemps claimed second, followed by Experience Kissimmee in third.
Pertemps seemed to adopt a cautious strategy as fellow boats begin to drop out, as the seven-boat fleet quickly turned to five with both Arthur J Gallagher and Spirit of Inverclyde coming to a standstill early in race one with mechanical issues.
Pertemps came into the weekend standing aloft the table but with competition closing in they couldn’t afford to make a mistake.
With just five boats vying for points, it was much of the same in race two as Milford Waterfront powered in front early and Pertemps settled for second.
Experience Kissimmee spun on the first lap but performed spectacularly for the rest of the race to claim third in front of Pickfords, after a ding-dong battle for several laps, and Typhoo in fifth.
With the overall standings closing up, Milford Waterfront continued their pursuit of leaders Pertemps with their third win of the day to take maximum points.
Sam and Daisy Coleman of Pertemps claimed their third second place while Experience Kissimmee missed out on sealing third once again when they were forced to retire. Pickfords rounded off the top three.
What looked like a foregone conclusion before the weekend has now become a potentially nail-biting championship battle, with the competition for top spot far from over as Milford still hold a chance of pulling off the impossible on home waters.
If they manage to win all three races on Sunday, the hometown boat will be crowned champions while Pertemps require a solitary victory and two second place finishes to seal the title.
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