Ian Williams, who claimed his record-equalling fourth ISAF Match Racing World Championship in the Quarter Final, had to settle for third place in the Monsoon Cup after defeating Peter Gilmour in the Petit Final.
Wildcard entry Taylor Canfield from the US Virgin Islands won the most coveted event on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, the Monsoon Cup, after defeating Kiwi Phil Robertson in a dramatic, sudden death final.
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The Petit Final was, perhaps fittingly, contested by joint ISAF Match Racing World Championship record holders Ian Williams and Peter Gilmour (AUS) Yanmar Racing. Williams has been in fine form all season, finishing in the top three in six of the seven Tour events that his GAC Pindar team has competed in. He continued that form against Gilmour, completing a 2-0 victory to secure third place in the Monsoon Cup.
Ian Williams, said: “We came to the Monsoon Cup to win the World Championship and we got that, which is a great. As far as the Monsoon Cup is concerned, it’s match racing and sometimes things don’t go your way. Still, we enjoyed the event and can be happy with our season.”
“I feel like we’ve earned it this year, we’ve been consistently at the top and, against this level of competition, that’s a great testimony to how well this team works together.”
An emotional Peter Gilmour, who now bows out of professional match racing, said: “We really had a good time out here. It was another wonderful event.”
Monsoon Cup – Final Result:
Taylor Canfield (ISV) USone beat Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing 3-2
Monsoon Cup – Petit Final Result:
Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar beat Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing 2-0
Alpari World Match Racing Tour – Final Leaderboard:
Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar – 130pts
Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team – 125.25pts
Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing – 103pts
Keith Swinton (AUS) Black Swan Racing – 101pts
Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing – 100.25pts
Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team – 83pts
Taylor Canfield (ISV) USone – 79pts
Laurie Jury (NZL) Kiwi Match Sailing Team – 73.25pts
Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team – 68.25pts
Will Tiller (NZL) Full Metal Jacket Racing - 37pts
8 December 2012 14:49 GMT