P1 2013 Race Season Update
Race Season Re-Cap P1 Superstock #33 CL-Alpha.com
WOW! What a season it has been !
It all started with an invitation from Martin Sanborn to Gene and Paula Weeks to run a P1 Panther in the season opener at Stuart Fl. As it was Paula’s birthday and her dream to race a boat, we decided to go for it.
We picked up the boat four days before the race and the scramble was on! Test the boat, letter it up with CL-Alpha.com, get shirts, jackets, helmets etc. and be ready to go on Thursday before the race. We had exactly 15 Mins in the boat WHEN WE LEFT FOR THE RACE!
Arriving in Stuart we were happy to see many old ( and I mean OLD!! LOL!) friends. Martin Sanborn, Mike Tomlinson, John Kenyon, and the list goes on. Good ol’ boys from my many years of previous racing.
Heat One had us starting 100 Yards behind, as Paula was a Rookie. No problem as we did not want to risk anybody or any boats. We managed to finish in 4th or 5th place for the heat with Paula driving VERY well and having a blast!
Next heat Mike T ( APBA Race Referee) asked us to “Pace everyone” from the 7th position again, so everyone could line up on us for the start. As we had not yet committed for the remainder of the season, it did not occur to us how this would affect our season points. We were happy to do the favor, if it would keep everyone a bit safer. As it turned out, we started on the outside the entire weekend to keep everyone in pace. Happy to do the favor, but also still did not realize how it would affect our points for the rest of the season. All said and done we finished the weekend in 6th place. Not bad from starting in last position every heat, with a Rookie Driver! Paula got many high fives for her performance over the weekend. If you have never driven a P1 Panther race boat, it is similar to driving a MACK truck with no power steering! Thank God for Paula’s past driving and Volleyball experience!!
As soon as we got home we pulled up the CL-Alpha Web Site and looked at the hits for the weekend. The Web site went berserk for the five days we were on the road. After seeing that, I was assured that this was a good venue to advertise our new Cheoy Lee Alpha Yacht Series!! We approached our employer and president of Cheoy Lee North America B Y Lo with the results, and the idea that we continue with the season and promote the new Alpha Line of Cheoy Lee Yachts. B Y Agreed and we were “Off to the Races”!!
Now the fun really begins. Re Letter the boat, seek out associate sponsors; plan the schedule, etc., etc. Anyone that has ever raced will understand the excitement and work involved. All of it VERY worth the sacrifices!
After the disappointment of not going out to race, we headed for the Inlet Marina, who by the way was one the BEST hosts of the season so far!! BRAVO to
Next Day, Sunday. Waking up it was still rough after the drivers meeting, the race was again called off due to REALLY rough seas. Smart move on the part of P1. Although we were all disappointed again, we all walked away safe. As everyone was all psyched up to Run, we decided to make a lunch run up the ICW. It was a blast! We ran up a few miles, had some lunch and drinks on P1 and had some “unofficial” racing on the way back. All the boats were noticed and it was good for the sponsor’s!!
Next race is Pahokee, Fl at
Next day we were in full RACE MODE!! Many came in RV’s and the GATORS were plentiful!!! We’re talking 12’-14’ Gators hanging out in front of AND in the race course. If you are timid about Alligators, Don’t run here!!! It turned out that Pahokee was one of the best events of the season with a good spectator crowd. Thank you to ALL of our crew from Cheoy Lee North America for coming to view and support us!
The next stop was Cocoa Beach also known as the
The final stop of the season was supposed to be in
Thank you to All of our great sponsors;
Sevenstar Yacht Transport
Seariders Freight Forwarders
Encompass Yacht Management
P & R Canvas
ARS Marine Electric
We are anxious to go again next year as it is a GREAT way to showcase all of our products and services. I will be working on a program for next season and will be in touch soon.
On behalf of Paula, Myself, and the entire Cheoy Lee Shipyards Organization, we thank you.