Fledging cat sailors

Penalty shoot-out!
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Penalty shoot-out!
Will Tiller tells of being selected for the Red Bull Youth America's Cup and manning the GAC Pindar X40
One of several new crew on the Extreme Sailing Series this year is racing under the familiar colours of GAC Pindar. With Ian Williams and his star-studded crew focussing on becoming the first ever to win the Alpari World Match Racing Tour for a fourth time (the likes of Coutts, Dickson and Gilmour have only won it three times...losers), so William Tiller and his young band of Kiwi match racers are taking over the reins of GAC Pindar Extreme 40 this season. “It is pretty sweet, it is cool to be here and to be involved with the professional campaign like GAC Pindar,” says Tiller of his latest gig. Tiller’s background is as a match racer and while he hasn’t to date become a ‘Tour card holder’ that would get him a regular berth on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, he and his team have competed in Tour events. Last year these were Korea Match Cup and Match Race France, finishing second in the latter. “This year we hope to get our Tour Card, but it is tough competition. But our biggest goal this year are the catamarans,” admits Tiller. He adds, even if they don’t get a Tour Card they will still look for opportunities to get entry to Grade 1 match racing events via the wildcard process. New Zealand remains the most prolific at churning out match racing teams and in addition to Tiller’s superbly named Full Metal Jacket Racing, there is Laurie Jury’s Kiwi Match Sailing Team, Phil Robertson’s Waka Racing while Adam Minoprio is making a come back after his Volvo Ocean Race with Camper/Emirates Team New Zealand. “Even Gavin Brady is coming back!” says Tiller. “I think he is after a Tour Card this year, which will be interesting.” However the big news for Tiller's team is that