Fourth RYA National Match Racing title for Ian Williams

Ian Williams confirmed his calibre as the best of British as the reigning ISAF Match Racing World Champion sealed the RYA National Match Racing Championship title at Queen Mary SC. The three-time World Champion wrapped up the title for a fourth time, matching that of last year’s winner Nick Cherry and fellow match racer Mark Campbell-James, in an event which was overshadowed by frustrating sailing conditions only allowing for ten flights of round robin races and one flight of the quarter finals to take place.

Williams: “We generally dominated from start to finish but in one race we were behind off the line, but were able to use our superiority with the boat handling to pass up the first beat. I have a very strong crew including Richard Sydenham, Gerry Mitchell and Mark Williams, all of whom have won World Championship Titles with me in the past, Gerry winning two."

"They are undoubtedly a very experienced crew and were the strongest at the event. We now go to Malaysia for the Monsoon Cup in 10 days’ time where we hope to win our 4th World Championship in Match Racing.”

Final overall positions
1st Ian Williams, Gerry Mitchell, Richard Sydenham, Mark Williams
2nd Mark Campbell-James, David Mason, Andy Clark, Luke Cross
3rd Ali Hall, Simon Skinner, Tudur Owen, Gareth Owen.
4th Sam Pearson, Thomas Dawson, Tristan Jacques, Aaron Cooper
5th Mark Lees, Toby Yeabsley, Tom Forrester-Coles, Kelvin Matthews
6th Nick Cherry, Mark Bulkley, Connor Myant, Jeremy Fowke
7th James Goss, Richard Mason, Nick Blevins, Olly Sloper
8th Dan Wray, Piers Strong, Jack Kilburn, Katherine Colvin & Matthew Haslam
9th Nicole McPherson, Mark Greenhalgh, David Fradipe, Craig MacDonald
10th Nick Wilkinson, Bleddyn Mon, Romain Szyjan, Toby Mumford
11th Charlotte Lawrence, Lauren Martell, Annabel Vose, Lavinnia Patenoster, Lizzie Shawcroft
11th Philip Bendon, Bruno Van Dyke, Wesley Scott, Alex Church