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Pindar commit to Extreme Sailing Series

British match racing helm joins the cat sailors

Monday December 13th 2010, Author: James Boyd, Location: none selected

Team GAC Pindar, today announced its entry in the 2011 Extreme Sailing Series, which will be skippered by the team’s twice previous ISAF double World Match Racing Tour champion, Ian Williams.

Having recently completed his sixth consecutive World Match Racing season, the move marks an exciting new chapter for Ian Williams, who has been an integral part of Team GAC Pindar’s success since joining the team in 2007. Speaking about his new challenge, Williams commented: “I’ve enjoyed six great years on the World Match Racing Tour but have always kept a keen eye on the Extreme Sailing Series. There’s no doubt that with the new America’s Cup rule change, the event will continue to attract a world class line-up. We are in the process of putting together an experienced crew who are all eager to take part. I am looking forward to some intensive training over the winter months, before heading to the first event in Oman in February.”

Team GAC Pindar entered two events on the 2010 Extreme Sailing Series circuit in Sète and Cowes but has committed to the full 2011 season. The partnership combines Team Pindar’s 30-year sailing involvement with Dubai-based global logistics provider, GAC.

Bill Hill, Executive Vice President, GAC, who attended the event in Cowes, commented: “GAC is associated with some of the most exciting sports properties in the world, including Premier League Football and Formula One. We are thrilled to be entering the Extreme Sailing Series™ To be involved at the cutting edge of sailing, at key locations around the world, including on our doorstep in the Gulf, is a powerful marketing tool for GAC. Sailing is driven by energy, dedication and teamwork – the same core values at the heart of our business.”

Team Principal of Team GAC Pindar, Andrew Pindar commented: “We’ve been fortunate enough to experience winning the World Match Racing Tour twice with Ian at helm – he is a tremendous talent and this entry marks an exciting new challenge for both him and the team. We are delighted to be partnering again with GAC, as they look to sailing to help gain further global exposure and expand their shipping, logistics and marine services around the world.”

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