Up and coming star


 
The Daily Sail caught up with Land Rover Cup winner Ian Williams
With Peter Harrison's foray back into the America's Cup, it is encouraging that there is some emerging match racing talent among British sailors. Mark Campbell-James and his younger brother Paul are two to be watched. Another is Ian Williams, who at the weekend won the Land Rover Cup match racing event in the Algarve. Williams' sailing CV is impressive with wins in the Youth Match Racing Worlds in 1994 and 1995. Since 1996 he has taken part in the every UK National Match Racing Championship, winning the event three times. In the middle of this he mounted a Soling campaign for Sydney but was ousted from the British slot by the venerable Andy Beadsworth. In the latest ISAF Match Racing rankings he is 26th, behind the younger Campbell-James but ahead of Mark and the likes of former Swedish Match Tour champion and Victory Challenge helm Magnus Holmberg. 25 years old and with Chemistry and law degree behind him from Bristol University, Williams is currently training with the giant city law firm Ashurst Morris Crisp and is humming and harring about what is next for him. At present life is hard if you are an up-and-coming British match racer and because of this and his studies Williams has had to scale down his match racing program: "It's been quite quiet since the Soling was dropped [from the Olympics] and the funding went. I've kept it quite low profile. I've only done four events a year, which is how many count in the ISAF World Ranking system." The downside of the low scale approach is that they have to do well at every event if they hope to stay up in the rankings. "I did the qualifier and the nationals and a grade 1 event in Finland," says Williams of his 2002

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