Evesham sailor secures Welsh Laser title

WELSH CHAMPION: Evesham's Edward Higson sailed his Laser to victory at Cardiff Bay. Picture: NIGEL VICK.

WELSH CHAMPION: Evesham's Edward Higson sailed his Laser to victory at Cardiff Bay. Picture: NIGEL VICK.

First published in Sport

TALENTED Evesham teenager Edward Higson claimed glory at the Welsh Laser National Championships in Cardiff Bay.

The 16-year-old Prince Henry's High School sixth-form pupil won by a clear six points over his nearest rival with competitors coming from as far afield as Texas, USA, and Oman.

A total of 10 contests, lasting 40 to 45 minutes, formed the championship using a low-scoring system and two race discards.

On the first day, with winds of eight to 12 knots, Higson set out his stall by winning the first two races before lunch.

But the Vale sailor did not get it all his own way with a national squad competitor taking the honours in race three and race six.

Higson had the overnight lead with all the pressure that goes with it.

The next day, there were four contests as Higson produced three wins and a second place in heavier winds to earn the title of Welsh Laser champion.

The teenager was junior topper world champion in 2012 and has regularly won national titles.

Higson’s next major event is the UK Nationals in Scotland and he is looking for sponsorship.

Anyone interested can call 07946-752755, while his progress can be followed at edwardhigson.com or through twitter.com/ehsailing.

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