A model of consistent success led them to a resounding title victory in 2016 and the didn’t slow down this time around to maintain their spot at the top.
After starting the year with victory in the NEXA Indian Grand Prix of the Seas, the Colemans claimed a highly impressive second in the opening event of the UK series in Aalborg. The first two races of the team’s campaign were wins in the Scandinavian city and second-place finishes in the Qualifier and Super-Final.
Things got better in Greenock as they claimed the Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea. Experience Kissimmee pushed them all the way in the opening race but Pertemps clinched top spot and they went on to win two of the remaining three heats.
Dominant performances in Denmark and Scotland set up an enthralling finale in Milford Haven until their main title rivals, Platinum Products, pulled out of the Welsh Grand Prix of the Sea.
Milford Waterfront and Pertemps battled for the victory in Saturday’s three races as they went head-to-head for the UK title. Two second-place finishes on Sunday left Sam and Daisy Coleman needing to simply finish the last heat to retain the UK crown which they duly achieved.
It was a successful season but by no means easy as conditions weren't always in their favour but a consistent and simple mindset helped push them onto victory.
Sam Coleman said; “I knew it would be tough, it is like ‘second album syndrome’ for artists, they sometimes struggle second time around but we knew how to win a championship already. As far as I was concerned I was slightly more confident because we had already done it once, we know how to do it.”
“I was relishing the thought of racing James [Norvill] and Charlie [Parsons-Young] when I heard they were coming back so, with that in mind, I wanted some rough events. I wanted it to be rough in Milford, I knew Denmark would be flat so went into the weekend simply aiming to get on the podium, see where everyone is and give us a result to build on.”
“I expected Greenock to be flat so I had almost written that off because I thought if it was flat it would be just like Aalborg again with James and Charlie powering off into the distance with us trying to hold onto their coattails, but when it blew up and got rough I knew we had a chance to put some points on the board.”
“We didn’t push the boat or ourselves any more than we had to, though. I knew that one DNF or one failure – mechanical or our own – would be enough to throw away the championship. In a short season where all the boats are so similar it can come down to luck but as long as you’re finishing every race and you’re getting points in every race you stand in with a chance.
“That has always been our ethos; look after the boat and keep the points ticking over and win when you can so that was how we did it.”