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World Match Racing Tour

Williams Crowned Four-Time World Champion

"It’s incredible to match Peter Gilmour on four world titles"

samedi 8 décembre 2012Redaction SSS [Source RP]

Ian Williams won a record Record #sailingrecord -equalling fourth ISAF Match Racing World Championship today after beating his arch rival Bjorn Hansen in the Quarter- Final of the Monsoon Cup, the finale of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour World Match Racing Tour #WMRT .

Williams has equalled the record Record #sailingrecord of Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing, who had earlier this week announced his intention to retire after this event. Reflecting on his feat, Williams, said :

“It’s incredible to match Peter Gilmour on four world titles… it’s indescribable really. The knees were turned to jelly [in the first race] and it showed in our sailing. The guys did a great job of keeping me calm and re-focused. When we relaxed it was very hard for him to beat us. It’s been a great season – we’ve made six of seven semi-finals in the regattas we’ve competed in.”

Gilmour’s decision to retire gives Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar the opportunity to take the record Record #sailingrecord next season with a fifth Tour title :

“He’s [Peter Gilmour] such a legend in the sport and now I really feel we can go on and win some more. We’ll look forward the latter stages here then look at doing it all again in 2013.”

William’s opponent, Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team, came through the Qualifying stage in second and chose to face his fierce rival instead of several other, lower ranked options. Hansen held a superior head-to-head record against his British challenger in the knockout stages of the previous seven Tour events in 2012 but may not have accounted for the strength of Williams at the biggest event of the year.

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