Ian Williams and GAC Pindar seek a world record breaking sixth World Match Racing Tour title at The Monsoon Cup

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    22 January 2016



Five-time World Match Racing Tour champion Ian Williams and his GAC Pindar crew are preparing for a showdown at the final event of the 2015/16 World Match Racing Tour – The Monsoon Cup on 26–30 January.

Williams is caught in a three-way battle for the title with Björn Hansen (Nautiska) and Taylor Canfield (US One). If victorious, it would secure a record-breaking sixth title for Ian Williams.

To win his sixth title, Williams must ensure that the GAC Pindar team finishes ahead of both Hansen (currently two points behind on the leader board) and his old rival Canfield. Although Canfield’s US One team is five points behind, they would win on a tie break due to having won more races over the course of the season.

In the chasing pack, Keith Swinton from Black Swan Racing, and Phil Robertson from Waka Racing are 15 and 17 points behind Williams at the top of the leader board respectively. For them to overhaul the GAC Pindar team, it would require them to finish at least four places ahead of both Williams and Hansen.  

Williams commented ahead of The Monsoon Cup: “For the last few years it’s generally been tight between two crews at the top of the leader board, so to have three all within five points is a new and exciting situation to be in. Though this changes the dynamic of the race slightly, we’ll be very much focused on our own race – if we win this Regatta then the title is ours.

“We’re looking forward to a good battle on a new race track that we’ll have to learn like everyone else. Though it’s a four-man boat, we’ll be taking all five of the team to Malaysia to train and work out our best combinations, to give us the best possible chance of that record-breaking sixth title.”

This is the second time that The Monsoon Cup has been held in Johor, Malaysia. Williams will lead his GAC Pindar crew into Danga Bay that will feature Gerry Mitchell (Mainsail Trimmer), Mal Parker (Headsail Trimmer) and Bill Hardesty (Tactics) and Matt Cassidy (Bowman).

To follow all the action from The Monsoon Cup, please visit, www.wmrt.com.