Santander 204 ISAF Sailing World Championships
02 Sep 14
"Having the chance to pick our[Quarter Final] opponents puts us in a much stronger position and we know the guys are all really, really good but we have the opportunity to try and get the least experienced guy left.
"This is the perfect start for us and it's a good place to be in right now."
Ian Williams was the early frontrunner in qualifying and finished on eight wins to Robertson's nine, having been beaten by him in their flight 21 match-up. The crucial race saw some of the most exciting and aggressive sailing of the event so far, Williams, saying, "We picked up the lead and then lost it in one move. We didn't manage to get it back after that.
"It's maybe good to have a reality check when you've been on a good run. We need to keep our concentration for the rest of the event."
Four-time ISAF Match Racing World Champion Peter Gilmour was deducted a point during qualifying after a collision in his match with Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Team Korea and narrowly qualified with 5 points after winning a three-way tie with Laurie Jury (NZL) Kiwi Match and Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team, meaning he squeezes into the last Quarter Final spot. Gilmour, said, "We came into the day feeling fairly confident and when I reflect on the leader board with the penalty point we lost, as well as a couple of mistakes I made, I think we've been sailing fairly nicely.
"The whole event starts from new now, previous results count for nothing going into the knockout stages."
Quarter Finals will commence on Saturday 2 June from 1000 local time (KST). Live TV will be broadcast 1400 - 1600 local time on Saturday 2 June and Sunday 3 June.