A record breaking year for Ian Williams?

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GAC Pindar looking to break Peter Gilmour's win record on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour
Having narrowly missed out to US Virgin Island hotshot Taylor Canfield, who claimed the Alpari World Match Racing Tour crown in 2013, GAC Pindar skipper Ian Williams is hoping that 2014 will be the year he finally enters the history books. A fifth AWMRT win, gaining him the ISAF Match Racing World Championship title, following his victories in 2007-8 and 2011-12, would see the Lymington-based sailor outstrip Peter Gilmour’s record of four wins in 1990, 1997-8 and 2006. As usual, the 2013 Alpari World Match Racing Tour came down to the final event, the Monsoon Cup, where Taylor Canfield’s third place, winning the Petit-Finals over Mathieu Richard’s GEFCO team, was enough to gain him the overall title for 2013, despite Williams’ GAC Pindar coming home second, ultimately losing the Monsoon Cup finals to Phil Robertson’s WAKA Racing. “It was very close,” says Williams. “If you look at our scores [across the 2013 season], he [Canfield] had two thirds, whereas we had two fourths. So you could say we should have done better in the Petit-Finals. But it was close and I felt that we are certainly a very strong team. We won four out of six round robins and a second and third were our other results in the round robin phases. So we still have got what we need to win a lot of races, but for whatever reason last year we didn’t continue that performance through the rest of the regattas. That’s what we need to go away and figure out and improve on over the next five months.” Williams says that because of this he will try and keep his regular team of tactician Bill Hardesty, main trimmer Gerry Mitchell, headsail trimmer Mal Parker and bowman Matt Cassidy together as much as he can for 2014. “I felt we were