1. How has your season been so far?
Pretty good - to the best of my knowledge we are one of only three teams to have so far completed all the races and picked up valuable points along the way - the other two being Championship Leaders, Sam and Daisy [Coleman] in Pertemps Network and second placed brothers Jason and Neil Jackson in Experience Kissimmee. Whilst not novice racers, we are a new pairing with a new driver and credit to Kevin, he has done a great job moving from Navigator to Driver and has a great understanding of the water.
The season hasn't gone exactly to plan given the problems we experienced at Greenock which led to a new power head being fitted ahead of Gosport but with the final two rounds being back to back we need to ensure the boat performs in Cardiff, but is also looked after to give us a fighting.
2. What’s your strategy heading into Cardiff?
Our strategy is to complete all the remaining races and pick up valuable points and hope that those around us drop points. Cardiff is going to be similar to Greenock in that the waters are fairly flat - we are hoping that the new power head performs well and we don't have repeat problems. With only 4 days between Cardiff and Bournemouth there is going to be little opportunity for repairs so there will be an element of 'nursing' the boat in Cardiff to make sure we arrive at Bournemouth in one piece ready to complete the season in style.
3. Do you prefer heat races round the bay to the more typical offshore style?
Heat races offer a different type of racing to the more typical offshore style, you are not racing against the whole field as the bay is tight and limits us to 4 boats per heat. Cardiff is one of only two events this year that is not a split venue and for that reason it's great for spectators as we race very close to the barrage and the wet pits are located at Pier Head so we get a good opportunity to mix with those who have taken time out to come and watch us! There are a lot of points up for grabs in Cardiff. If last year is anything to go by so you cannot afford to make any mistakes.
4. Toughest competitor and what do you need to do to beat them?
I think all teams are going to be difficult to beat. We are all chasing maximum points to improve our final championship standing so preparation and reliability will be the key to success. At Bournemouth, if the conditions are similar to last year, the sea will be the toughest competitor to beat. How do you do that, you respect it, drive to the conditions and don't beat yourselves or the boat up, that won't get you to the chequered flag!
5. Typhoo did the business in Cardiff last year. Is there more pressure on you to perform this year?
Team Typhoo had a great time at Cardiff last year, however, this year we are a new crew, the only commonality between this year and last is the hull. New Driver, new navigator and new power head!
Yes, Kevin is still in the boat but he is sat in a different seat. Expectations will be high for us to perform and we will be doing everything we can in our power to prepare the boat to allow us to succeed and pick up a good points haul.