JOHOR BARU: Skipper Ian Williams and his GAC Pindar team dominated the finals of the Monsoon Cup to record his sixth World Championship title on the World Match Racing Tour.
There was no stopping Williams, who extended his record as the most successful match racing skipper in the history of the Tour after beating Taylor Canfield (US One) 3-0 at the Puteri Harbour Marina on Saturday.
Williams paid tribute to his team – mainsheet trimmer Gerry Mitchell, headsail trimmer Mal Parker and tactician Chris Main – for digging him out of a few holes.
“I can’t say enough about these guys. I feel like I let them down a bit today. A fantastic job by all of them and to come back in that last race, buried off the line, a penalty down, to be able to overtake and sail away was just amazing.
“Chris was nailing the shifts, and Gerry and Mal were keeping us fast. We could cross when we needed to, and that was the key to that match.”
Canfield, the 2013 world champion, was understandably downbeat.
“After dominating all three starts, it’s definitely not what we hoped for,” said the US One skipper, for whom the new era of M32 multihull racing can’t come fast enough.
“Ian and his guys sailed a hell of a day; they took down Bjorn Hansen (Nautiska Racing) and took us down in the Finals. We thought we were going pretty well, starting well, but they simply outsailed us in the Finals. I’m looking forward to the next re-match.”