After 6 events the 2013 UKWA Formula series came to an exciting end with Chris Bond, sailing for Point 7, taking the honours. The series could not have been tighter with both Chris and Dave Coles on equal points going into the final event held at the olympic sailing venue in Weymouth.
Prior to Weymouth, there had been 5 fiercely contested events taking place in a wide range of wind speeds and water conditions. Chris had taken 3 of the events with Dave and Tim Gibson taking the other 2. However, the points system, which actually counted all the individual races as opposed to event wins, meant that not one point separated Dave and Chris with Dave having the lead on count back. This meant that it was a winner takes all situation at Weymouth.
The forecast was for light winds and the fleet had to wait until 2pm on Saturday to finally get onto the water. The first race was taken by Chris ahead of former European champion Keith Atkinson with Dave only managing 4th. The next 2 races were taken by Keith with Chris managing to fend off dave in both. Lack of wind for the rest of the weekend meant no more racing so the event belonged to Keith with Chris securing the championship.[image src=”http://d48291.u57.ttservers.it/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/en_fw_2.jpg”]
Great battles were fought further down the fleet with Adrian Wallis taking the National 11 title and James Battye, also on Point 7, coming home 1st Youth.
1st Chris Bond (Point 7, Gaastra/Tabou, Z-Fins, Robin Hood Watersports)
2nd Dave Coles (Severne, Gaastra/Tabou)
3rd Jason Clarke
1st National 11 Adrian Wallis
2nd National 11 Bob Ingram
1st Youth James Battye (Point 7, Robin Hood Watersports)