Date: Thu 31 Aug 2017

End of Season Review: Milford Waterfront

It was an outstanding debut campaign for the Milford Waterfront Panther as they claimed second place overall and a Grand Prix of the Sea on home waters.

Andrew Foster and Charles Morris entered their first full season with limited experience from 2016 but with the determination and composure to make a large impact on this year’s competition.

They tied for third in Aalborg in Round 1 with Experience Kissimmee on 63 points before taking a step up to second in Greenock.

It was the Welsh Grand Prix of the Sea when they staked their claim as a title contender. A perfect record on Saturday with three wins was enough to remain within touching distance of overall leaders Pertemps but would need to outperform Sam and Daisy Coleman in every race on the final day of the series.

While they fell just five points short of the UK crown, a further race victory in the weekend’s finale secured a weekend win in Wales and a highly impressive 2017 runners-up spot.

“With it being our first season we were looking forward to spending some time in the boat, gelling as a team and if we finished mid table then we would have been over the moon,” said Foster.

“The season has gone far better than we ever imagined, however. We finished third in Denmark, second in Scotland and a win in Wales. Out of the 13 races this year we completed all and finished first five times, second four times and third four times.

“We have enjoyed all of the race but [our favourite race weekend] has to be Milford Haven. A home crowd, great venue and superb results. We couldn’t of hoped for a better weekend and fantastic to do it in front of the home crowd.”

Morris added; “Taking the chequered flag in the final and winning the Welsh Grand Prix of the Sea at Milford Haven was incredible both for us and the Milford Waterfront venue.

“Every team fought hard throughout the whole season and things could have turned out quite differently had others experienced better luck.

“Now the season is over there is a gap to fill. It is difficult not to look forward to next year, if we get offered a ride we will both be there without a moment’s hesitation.”

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