JOHOR BAHRU – British sailor, Ian Williams scored a double with an Alpari World Tour Finals Series (AWMRT) championship for the fifth time, following his Monsoon Cup victory which ended in Danga Bay today.
Williams, from the GAC Pinder team, easily beat his competitor from France, Mathieu Richard of LunaJets team in the cup’s final round which was held this evening.
He collected three points from the overall race to ensure the Monsoon Cup was his.
Prior to that, this afternoon, Williams was also crowned AWMRT champion for the fifth time, making him the most successful racer in sailing to date, to simultaneously cancel out records by Australian sailor Datuk Peter Gilmore who won the world championship four times.
Williams won the title after beating Eric Monnin from the Sailbox team in the second semi-finals competition held in the morning. He collected 3-0 points from the overall race.
He had won the championships of the most prestigious sailing race in the world in 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2012.
At the end of the competition today, overall, he collected 132 points – 11 points over his closest rival, Taylor Canfield from the US One team in the AWMRT ranking.
Via the double win, Williams, who was assisted by a crew of four, namely, Gerry Mitchell, Mal Parker, Chris Main and Graeme Spence took home RM668,000 in prize money and a rotatary trophy.
Williams said the success he reaped was difficult to believe but worthwhile, with his hard work for 11 years.
“When I started sailing full time, I gave up my job as a lawyer and was hoping to win a world championship one day, so to win five is incredible,” he said.
The third spot for the 2015 Monsoon Cup went to Taylor Canfield from US One after beating Eric Monnin from Sailbox in the decider for third and fourth place. They each took home prize money of RM155,000 and RM140,000, respectively.
Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar handed over the prizes and trophies to the winners.
Also present was Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin. – BERNAMA