Ian Williams and GAC Pindar win Congressional Cup

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    4 April 2012



4 April 2012 - In a thrilling finale, Ian Williams and the GAC Pindar sailing team successfully defended the Congressional Cup title in Long Beach, California.

Having made their way through the hard-fought round-robin phase and semi-finals, Ian Williams and GAC Pindar clinched overall victory in the Congressional Cup and Ian's second 'crimson blazer' with a win over Gavin Brady of New Zealand in the decisive race of the final.  Amazingly, this was their 16th win in 17 races on their way to the title.

Ian William and the GAC Pindar crew pictured on board their winning boat and receiving the Congressional Cup. Photo: Rich Roberts

Speaking after their victory, Ian Williams, Skipper of GAC Pindar, three-times ISAF World Champion and the world's top-ranked match racer, said: "I'm delighted to have defended the Congressional Cup title, which is such a well-respected competition with a great tradition and history. Particularly given how tough the competition has been this week, it's a thrill to win my second crimson blazer with the GAC Pindar team."

Now in its 48th year, the Congressional Cup is one of the most prestigious match racing events in the world, with an international field battling it out over five days of competition. Every competitor uses an identical Catalina 37 boat from an eleven-strong fleet designed and donated by Catalina Yachts and maintained by the Long Beach Sailing Foundation. The drama played out in the Belmont Shore area, in front of a packed crowd of spectators following the action as it unfolded right in front of them.

Congratulating Ian on his victory, William Hill, GAC's Executive Group Vice President, said: "Ian's tremendous record when competing in identically matched boats is testament to his unique talent and commitment to his sport.  Everyone at GAC is delighted with Ian and GAC Pindar's victory in the Congressional Cup and we can't wait to see GAC Pindar back on the water in the next act of the Extreme Sailing Series later this month."

The next stop for Ian Williams and GAC Pindar is the second act of the Extreme Sailing Series, which takes place in Qingdao, China, from 17 April 2012.