No rest for Williams as he arrives in Bermuda for the Argo Gold Cup

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    3 October 2012



Back-to-back match racing events for the GAC Pindar sailing team

Bermuda, 3 October 2012 – Newly crowned Match Race France Champion, Ian Williams, has begun his next campaign in Bermuda for the Argo Gold Cup. The penultimate event of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour 2012 season kicked off yesterday, 2 October, and continues until Sunday.

Ian Williams and the GAC Pindar World Match Racing Sailing Team – Credit Alpari World Match Racing Tour.

After a spectacular conclusion to the Match Race France last weekend, which saw the GAC Pindar skipper battle the elements against young Kiwi William Tiller (Full Metal Jacket Racing), Williams and his winning crew were in high spirits as they landed on the beautiful island of Bermuda.

The Argo Group Gold Cup is the world’s oldest Match Racing event involving International one-design yachts. It takes place in the picturesque Hamilton Harbour, where the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club is playing host to 20 teams, including the top eight skippers on the World Tour, each striving to lift the 105 year-old King Edward VII Gold Cup and claim a share of the $100,000 prize fund.

Williams won his first ever tour competition in Bermuda in 2006 and, after his stunning performance in France last week, it is possible that he could make it two wins in a row. In the line-up with him are former winners including Johnnie Berntsson (Berntsson Sailing Team), Mathieu Richard (French Match Racing Team), and Peter Gilmour (Yanmar Racing). All eyes, however, are on the two front-runners, current leader of the pack Ian Williams (GAC Pindar) and Bjorn Hansen (Mekonomen Sailing Team) who is snapping at his heels.

Williams says: “It’s great to have won Match Race France on Saturday as it means the pressure is slightly off us for the Argo Gold Cup. We’re going to enjoy the sailing this week but we will still be giving it our absolute all. It’s shaping up to be a very exciting finale and a lot rests on what happens in these next two events. Racing in Hamilton Harbour is always special - it’s great to be back.”

The Argo Gold Cup is different most match racing events, with a unique format of two groups of ten competing in the round robin phase. The top four teams in each group will progress to the quarter-finals on Friday, followed by the semi-finals on Saturday. The final and petit-final will take place on Sunday October 7.

After the first day of racing, Williams is 3-1 matches up, having beaten Magnus Sandberg, Marek Stanczyk and David Chapman and lost to Finnish skipper Staffan Lindberg. Day Two of the Argo Gold Cup begins at 10:00hrs local time.

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