William Series 2018
‘Sunday witnessed the start of the delayed Williams Series which will now run until the end of the summer sailing season on most Sunday’s.
Bright blue skies and a gentle breeze welcomed a much reduced fleet to that normally present on a Sunday. However, this reduced fleet enjoyed the barmy conditions and a reasonable wind, especially after the second leg was moved to start further out to sea.
At the start of the first race Mark Jackson scorched away from the starting line at the pin end whilst the rest of the fleet struggled to gain wind at the committee boat end. Once away the Laser built an impressive ten minute lead on the water to win the race with room to spare. Second and third positions were a much closer affair with cleanest rounding of the final Mark being key. Joe Slipper and Liam Farrell in the RS Feva won the battle of technic pipping the GP 14 helmed by Gareth Roberts with his novice crew, Joe Shelly, into third.
The fleet weren’t going to be caught at out the start of the second race by the Laser so competition was much more intense for its whole duration.
In the end, Mark Jackson did pull away from the fleet but not sufficiently to beat the RS Feva team on the adjusted handicap times. Joe and Liam look a promising partnership for the future. An improving team in the GP secured third place again.
Next week promises to provide a stronger challenge with the return of key sailors from their summer vacations’.