Williams through to finals

English match racer dispatches James Spithill

Saturday June 7th 2003, Author: James Boyd, Location: Italy
The final of the Blurimini World Match Race will see match racing world champion Karol Jablonski (see our interview with him here) line up against British youth match racing champion Ian Williams (see our interview with him here).

Coming out of the round robin series in first position OneWorld helm James Spithill chose to race fourth placed Ian Williams. In the semi-final sailed in 8-10 knot winds Spithill won the first race, lost the second while the decider saw Spithill dispatched on a penalty. “I’m slightly disappointed, but all those guys did a great job,” commented Spithill at the post race press conference.

Meanwhile Italian matchracer Paolo Cian was lining up against Karol Jablonski. The world champion won the first race by only a few metres, while Cian won the second in a dash to the finish line. Jablonski took the final race to earn himself the slot in the final against Williams.

Thus while Jablonski and Williams line up for the final today, Cian will race Spithill for third place in the petit final. “You could expect to meet in the petit final another than James: it will be a tough race tomorrow,” commented Cian.

The finals kick off today at 1200. The finals will be shown on the Italian TV station RaiSport at 1900-2000 tonight.

Rankings after the round robin
1-Spithill 8-1
2- Cian 7-2
3- Jablonski 6-3
4- Williams 5-4
5- Richard 5-4
6- Norbjaerg 3-6
7- Harrap 3-6
8- Col 3-6
9- Green 3-6
10- Hansen 2-7

Williams d. Spithill 2-1
Jablonski d. Cian 2-1

About the new Blu Sail 24 Sport

Karol Jablonski: “Good boat, even if I’ve not habit with some small boat. It need a little modification with the rudder steering angle, because it’s now too easy to stop the boat. But it’s fun.”
James Spithill: “Small but very fun. Just I was disappointed because the boats were built really few days before that race, and we set up them racing.”
Paolo Cian: “We’ll do these little modifications, and the boat will be great for the Worlds on lake Garda”
Ian Williams: “It’s exciting and fast even with light wind. The question is how manage the boat with stronger wind on Garda.

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