GAC Pindar

Ian Williams 2018

Ian Williams

  • Name: Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar
  • Nationality: British
  • Residence: Lymington, England
  • Date of Birth: 1977-04-26

Ian Williams is already considered the most successful skipper on the World Match Racing Tour after winning 6 World Championship titles in his career, but last year added another record to his career as he won his 17th WMRT event. The previous record of 16 events was held by Australian sailing legend Peter Gilmour until Williams matched this by taking the 2017 Congressional Cup. When the Brit won again at the Chicago Match Cup last year he cemented himself yet again into the match racing record books.

After another successful summer becoming back-to-back M32 Series Scandinavia champions, GAC Pindar are clearly mastering the M32 catamaran. The full GAC Pindar squad have also been crewing for M32 teams in the North American series to really hone their catamaran skills.

At the Match Racing World Championship the Quarter Final stage pairing against Kiwi team 36 Below Racing set the stage for a repeat of the 2016 Championship where Chris Steele surprised all by beating Williams and sending the six-time champion out of the competition. The pair matched up at the Quarter Final stage of the Chicago Match Cup where this time Williams had the better of Steele, however the curse of Chris Steele hit back in China.

Williams and the GAC Pindar team look back on their second year in the new era of the World Match Racing Tour as an improvement however, winning two Championship level events to finish second on the WMRT leaderboard. This is up from the 2016 result of finishing third on the leaderboard after just one event win in Australia. Can Team GAC Pindar continue their success and progress to number one on the WMRT Championship leaderboard in 2018 and shake the Quarter Final stage exit at the world championship?

Team Members

Ian Williams (Skipper)
Royal Lymington Yacht Club

Paul Campbell-James (Tactician)

Richard Sydenham (Trimmer)
Exe Sailing Club

Will Ryan (Float)

Match Racing World Championship Results

2017 — 8th (2rd on WMRT Leaderboard)

2016 — 7th (3rd on WMRT Leaderboard)

2015 — 1st

2014 — 1st

2013 — 2nd

2012 — 1st

2011 — 1st

2010 — 5th

2009 — 6th

2008 — 1st

2006/07 — 1st

2005/06 — 2nd

2004/05 — 22nd


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