PETALING JAYA: GAC Pindar’s skipper Ian Williams gained a crucial psychological edge over arch-rival Taylor Canfield of US One ahead of their possible match-up in the Monsoon Cup Malaysia final.
Four-time world champion Williams drew first blood by beating Canfield of Virgin Islands en route to topping the 12-team round-robin competition at Danga Bay in Johor.
Briton Williams wrapped up the qualifying rounds of the final leg of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT) with 10 victories against one loss. Canfield also had a 10-1 record, but Williams topped the leaderboard due to his head-to-head win.
Later in the quarter-finals, Williams and Canfield proved to be a class above their rivals.
Williams, who leads the race for the world crown with a 94-point total, grabbed a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five match against Australian David Gilmour of Team Gilmour. Williams needs just one more win to make the semi-finals.
Canfield, the reigning world champion and second in the overall standings with 88 points, also strolled to a 2-0 lead over Frenchman Pierre-Antoine Morvan of Vannes Agglo Sailing Team.
It was another dismal day for Malaysia’s Jeremy Koo of Sime Darby Foundation-1Malaysia Match Racing Team. He finished the 11-race qualifying rounds without a single win to finish last in the 12-man field.