Strong start to season for Ian Williams and GAC Pindar

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    15 April 2014



Long Beach, USA, 15 April 2014 – Ian Williams and his GAC Pindar crew finished second to ISAF (International Sailing Federation) World No 1 match racing sailor Taylor Canfield at the 50th anniversary of the Congressional Cup at the weekend.

Williams narrowly missed out on repeating his Congressional Cup victories in 2011 and 2012, after Canfield took two wins to his one. The final day was filled with drama, including Williams’ boat colliding with Canfield’s, resulting in damage to the stern and a penalty which ultimately cost Williams the title.

The thrilling final battle between the world’s top two-ranking skippers gave a taste of the excitement to come on the 2014 World Match Racing Tour. Reigning World Match Racing Champion Canfield and Williams, four-times World Champion, will both be giving it their all to secure the 2014 title.

Speaking after the event, Williams said: “We were disappointed to miss out on victory at this year’s 50th Congressional Cup. Ultimately, a pre-start penalty decided each race, two on us and one on him, so if we had avoided the penalties, the final outcome may well have been a different one. But we are encouraged by our performance and look forward to getting out on the water again as we prepare to bid for a fifth World Match Racing Tour title.”

Williams and his GAC Pindar crew are now preparing for the first event on the ALPARI World Match Racing Tour, Match Race Germany from 5-9 June.

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