Britains Ian Williams lands two sailing crowns
After besting Italian Francesco Bruni in a thrilling World Match Racing Tour finale Saturday, British sailor Ian Williams added the Monsoon Cup Sunday to his third ISAF Match Racing World Champion crown. It marked the third World Match Racing Tour dominated by Williams, who won the Championship in 07 and 08.
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November 27, 2011 12:50 pm EST
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After besting Italian Francesco Bruni in a thrilling World Match Racing Tour finale Saturday, British sailor Ian Williams added the Monsoon Cup Sunday to his third ISAF Match Racing World Champion crown.
It marked the third World Match Racing Tour dominated by Williams, who won the Championship in ’07 and ’08.
With his latest feat, the 34-year-old Williams now joins Russell Coutts, Chris Dickson, Peter Gilmour and Ed Baird as only the fifth skipper to win the World Championship at least three times.
His triumph also marks the second time that a British skipper has captured the WMRT title after Ben Ainslie took the crown in 2010.
In the quarter-final of the Monsoon Cup, the final event of the World Match Racing Tour, Williams, on the advice of his coach, took the right side of the course on the final windward leg despite the favourable gains on the left side all day.
It paid off as Williams fended off a pesky Bruni, the skipper of Bruni Racing who was bidding to become the first Italian to win the Championship.
Meanwhile, in the World Matching Racing Tour’s finale event Sunday, Williams routed Sweden’s Johnie Berntsson 3-1 to take home his third Monsoon Cup. Williams previously won the Cup in ’07 and ’08.
It will mark the second time Williams has won the double after achieving the feat in 2007.
It will also mark the second consecutive year that a British sailor has captured both the Monsoon Cup and World Championship after Ainslie did it in 2010.
Assisting in Williams’ success is his crew, which is composed of Gerry Mitchell, Mal Paker, Bill Hardesty and Matt Cassidy.
Berntsson took second place in the Monsoon Cup Final standings with Denmark’s Jesper Radich of the Adrian Lee & Partners Team finishing third place.
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