Ross William is still leading the PWA Slalom in Austria. Today the wind was too light to be able to run any competition, so it was a day for the sailors to rest, relax, tune up their gear a bit more and think about their strategies for when the wind comes back.
PWA sat down with current leader Williams to have a little chat. This is what he has to say:
PWA: What do you think you’re doing differently to the other guys to be at the top of the current standing after four races?
RW: “I don’t think I’m doing anything particularly different to the other guys. I’m just doing my usual thing. I get out early onto the water, and try to be really prepared for each of my heats.”
PWA: Do you think being lighter than the likes of Albeau and Dunkerbeck gives you an advantage here?
RW: “Not really. Because of the 6 sails and 3-board regulation, the guys can take a ten-meter if they want. And say, Starboard have a 133L board that’s is 85cm wide. My biggest sail I use is 8.4m, and a 79cm wide, 125L board. The equipment’s there for the taking if people want to use it. I’d say maybe the conditions here suit me a little more out the gybes, but at the wind gets stronger it better for the other guys.”
PWA: Is there a difference racing on a fresh water lake as opposed to the sea?
RW: “Yeah, I think there’s a little bit of difference. You have to refine your technique a little bit, like your stance. And sometimes you have to use a slightly more powerful fin.”
PWA: Do you think you’re capable of beating Albeau this year?
RW: “It’s too early to say, I’d like to just do as well as I can. As long as I sail to my best ability, and I’m happy with my sailing, then my position is irrelevant…well,
as long as it’s in the top three!”
PWA: Taking into account your current position at this event, and your wave ranking, theoretically speaking you’re the current PWA overall champion. Is that a position you ever thought you’d be in, and do you ever look at your standing in that way?
RW: “Yeah, I look at my ranking in lots of different ways. I sail formula as well, and I’m top three in that. I’ve always thought of myself as an all-rounder, but it’s a bit early to be making a big deal about that. There’s people like Kevin Pritchard and Josh Angulo who are great sailors, I’ve just poked my nose ahead for now, but for sure I’m savoring the moment.”
Photo Credit: PWA/J.Carter