Ian Williams. Image copyright AWMRT/onEdition
by Adam Tanous
Ian Williams and his GAC Pindar crew won their first international regatta of the season at the 1O1O 4G Match Racing International Regatta in Hong Kong yesterday, providing a timely pre-season boost ahead of the first event on the 2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour, which will take place in just over a fortnight.
Twelve teams competed in the Grade Two event, with the three podium spots going to GAC Pindar ambassadors past and present. William Tiller, GAC Pindar skipper during the 2013 Extreme Sailing Series took third place and David Gilmour, current GAC Pindar skipper for the Extreme Sailing Series finished second. Williams was crowned 1O1O 4G Match Racing International Champion after winning 2-0 against Gilmour in the final.
Williams, who was joined in Hong Kong by Gerry Mitchell (mainsail), Tim Somerville (jib) and Oliver Scott Mackie (bow), said: “We are delighted to have won the Match Racing International Regatta. The week has been thoroughly enjoyable and has provided us with an excellent opportunity to race ahead of Match Race Germany, where we hope to repeat this week’s performance and secure a win on the first event on the 2014 World Match Racing Tour.”
Williams, who will bid for an unprecedented fifth World Match Racing Tour title in 2014, will now compete in Szczecin Match Race (30 May – 1 June) in Poland, before heading to Langenargen, Germany (2-8 June) for the first event on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour.
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