As Peter Gilmour announced his retirement from the Alpari World Match Racing Tour and professional match racing on the second day of racing at the Monsoon Cup, Ian Williams again demonstrated why he is considered most likely of the current crop of Tour Card Holders, to match Gilmour’s impressive total of Tour titles.
With five wins and a 100% qualifying record on his first day of competition in Kuala Terengganu, Williams looked ever-more the natural successor to Peter Gilmour as he returned to action in commanding style, remaining unbeaten at this Monsoon Cup on 5-0 to reaffirm his intent to retain his Tour crown and equal Gilmour’s record of 4 Tour titles.
Reflecting on his start to the finale of the 2012 Alpari World Match Racing Tour, Williams, said: “It’s a great start. We were behind in three of our races today in conditions where it was difficult to read the breeze and current. If you keep the pressure on then they can makes mistakes and we managed to do that. We had a bit of luck too - the one that was abandoned [against Pierre Antoine Morvan] was a bit lucky as we were behind."
“We improved during the day which showed in the last race which we controlled a lot better. If we continue to improve we have a great chance of winning the Monsoon Cup and the Alpari World Match Racing Tour.”
Monsoon Cup – Qualifying Table, Round 1:
1. Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 5-0
2. Keith Swinton (AUS) Black Swan Racing 4-1
2. Taylor Canfield (ISV) USone 4-1
4. Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing 4-2
5. Adam Minoprio (NZL) Alpari Racing Team 3-2
6. Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team 3-3
6. Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team 3-3
8. Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing 2-3
9. Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team 2-4
10. Laurie Jury (NZL) Kiwi Match Sailing Team 1-4
10. David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour 1-4
12. Jeremy Koo (MYS) KFC Malaysia/KRT 0-5
5 December 2012 12:50 GMT