Two in a row

Bahrian Team Pindar skipper Ian Williams on winning his second consecutive World Match Racing Championship
He’s done it again! Having last year become the first Brit ever to be World Match Racing world champion, Ian Williams and his Bahrain Team Pindar crew of Simon Shaw, Gerry Mitchell, Mark Nicholls, Richard Sydenham and Mal Parker successfully defended their title, joining a small elite, alongside the likes of Ed Baird, Russell Coutts, Chris Dickson and Peter Gilmour, to have won the World Champonship twice (in fact they have all won it three times, with the exception of Gillie who holds the record with four wins - the likes of Dean Barker, James Spithill, Jesper Bank, Bertrand Pace and Karol Jablonski have only won it once). “We are ecstatic to have brought it home again,” Williams told thedailysail. “Just like last year, it went down to the wire and it could have gone either way as often match racing events do.” Going into Monsoon Cup, the final event on the 2008 World Match Racing Tour, Williams led the field but only four points ahead of Sebastien Col and 15 in front of the ever-threatening Mathieu Richard. This situation was made no happier when at the end of the round robin in Malaysia, Richard was holding fourth spot, with Williams in fifth and Col seventh. “They have this system in Malaysia, where the winner of the round robin gets to choose their opponent,” recounts Williams. “Because Mathieu and us were fourth and fifth we expected to be put together with them, but Paolo, who won [the Round Robin] ended up choosing the guy who was third- Adam Minoprio - and Torvar [Mirsky] chose Magnus [Holmberg] who was sixth which gave Richard a choice – and he chose us.” With a 15 point deficit to make up, Richard had to dispatch both Williams and Col before the final to win the 2009