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8 May 2011, 10:06 am
Ian Williams (GBR) Wins VIII Open de España
Ian Williams (GBR)
Ian Williams Wins in Calpe

VIII Open de España
Calpe, Spain

Ian Williams (GBR) defeated Pierre-Antonie Morvan (FRA) 3-0 in the Final of the Open de España in Calpe after defeating Phil Robertson (NZL) 3-0 in the semi-final.
Ian Williams was definitely on a roll on Saturday in Calpe. Not only did he continue his winning streak from Friday, he did it with great form. Going into the event's closing day, he and Pierre-Antoine Morvan had a 2-0 lead over their respective semifinal opponents, Philip Robertson and Simone Ferrarese.

Morvan didn´t face any problem extending his score to 3-0 and moving to the finals. He was off the starting line with an advantage over his Italian opponent and by playing it safe, he covered Ferrarese to the finish line. On the other hand, the race between Robertson and Williams was probably the most interesting and intense, and the only one of the day with a lead change. Robertson squeezed Williams at the committee boat end of the line, started the first beat on a good pace and in front and rounded the top mark ahead of Williams. However the race was far from over. Williams managed to reach Robertson in the first run and started a gybing duel that resulted in the New Zealander getting a penalty. Williams squeezed inside in the leeward buoy and stayed ahead until the finish line.

Although intense, especially in the prestarts, the three final races lacked the drama of the semifinals and with a brief exception in the second race, Williams had a commanding lead. All three of his starts were perfect and it seemed that in every beat, he would extend his lead over Pierre-Antoine Morvan. After rounding the first weather mark of the second race in the lead, Williams and his crew had a difficult spinnaker hoist, losing precious seconds and meters that Morvan quickly took advantage of. However, Williams showed his strong form once again by forcing a penalty on his opponent down the run, regaining the lead. From that point there was nothing the French could do. Williams clearly dominated all three races and won a well-deserved ticket to St Moritz Match Race.

Results:
1 Ian Williams (GBR)
2 Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA)
3 Philip Robertson (NZL)
4 Simone Ferrarese (ITA)
5 Keith Swinton (AUS)
6 Bertrand Pacé (FRA)
7 Evan Walker (AUS)
8 Staffan Lindberg (FIN)
9 Manuel Weiller vidal (ESP)
10 Reuben Corbett (NZL)
11 Bjorn Hansen (SWE)
12 Álvaro Marinho (POR)

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Pierre Ophahandis
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