Williams Wins International Match Racing Regatta

Yachting—Hong Kong
By Bill Cox
Bill Cox
Bill Cox
May 22, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Ian Williams of Great Britain won the 1010 4G International Match Racing Regatta held in Kowloon Bay, Victoria Harbour from May 16 to May 18 in a strong international field.

The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club event attracted top Match Racing specialists from around the world including Williams, David and Sam Gilmour of Australia, William Tiller of New Zealand, Wataru Sakamoto of Japan and Jeremy Koo of Malaysia.

At the end of day two—with 19 flights completed—Williams, David Gilmour and Tiller were all on 7 and 1; Sam Gilmour was on 6 and 2; and Wataru Sakamoto of Japan was lying in 5th place on 4 and 4. However, on completion of the final 3 flights on Sunday, Jeremy Koo emerged as the fourth contestant to join Williams, David Gilmour and Tiller in the Semi-finals.

After some delay due to wind conditions, the Semi-finals finally got under way in 15 Knot winds and on a strong tide.

Williams beat Tiller, and Gilmour beat Koo in the first match. After changing boats Tiller beat Williams while Gilmour beat Koo to move into the Final.

Although it looked like the Williams-Tiller match would go all the way to a best of 5-Semi-finals, Williams won the next two matches to take the Finals slot.

Because of wind shift difficulties the Final was reduced to a best of three flights. Williams took the Final with two straight wins leaving Gilmour in second place. Tiller won the Petite Final in similar fashion to confirm 3rd place.

Bill Cox