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Ian Williams (GBR)

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Name Ian Williams
Nation Great Britain
Date of Birth 26 April 1977
Place of Birth Exeter, Great Britain
Class sailed Match Racing
Website Twitter @Williams_Racing Click here for a photo gallery

Ian Williams (GBR) lifted the ISAF World Match Racing Championship for the fourth time in 2012 surpassing three-time victors Russell Coutts, Chris Dickson and Ed Baird to draw level with Peter Gilmour (AUS). Williams is a formidable force on the match racing scene and held the World #1 Ranking spot for 16 consecutive releases. After five events of the 2013 Alpari World Match Racing Tour, Williams is on track to take a fifth title and become the most decorated ISAF Match Racing champion.

Achievements between 31 September 2012 and 31 August 2013

Major achievements

Alpari World Match Racing Tour
Leader of 2013 Tour after 4 events
4 - Chicago Match Cup, Chicago, USA - August 2013
5 - Stena Match Cup Sweden, Gyeonggi, KOR - July 2013
4 - Korea Match Cup, Gyeonggi, KOR - May 2013
1 - Match Race Germany, Langenargen, GER - May 2013

2012 ISAF Match Racing World Champion (4th time)
3 - Monsoon Cup, Kuala Terengganu, MAS - December 2012
3 - Argo Group Gold Cup, Hamilton, BER - October 2012
1 - Match Race France, Marseille, FRA - September 2012

3 - Open 1010 4G Match Racing Hong Kong International, Kellett Island, HKG - May 2013 (Grade 2)
3 - Congressional Cup, California, USA - April 2013 (Grade 1)
1 - RYA National Match Racing Championships, Queen Mary's SC, GBR - Nov 2012 (Grade 3)


What inspired you to take up sailing?

My parents took me sailing from a very young age so sailing was a natural outlet for my competitive spirit during the Summer as I was no good at cricket!.

What was the first boat you ever sailed and how old were you?

My parents took me sailing on their Contessa 32 as soon as I was born, with my first crossing of the English Channel at six weeks old.

Name your first sailing club

Exeter Sailing Club

What was the first event you competed in and in what year?

It would have been local sailing events at Exeter SC in the International Cadet Class

What are you personal sailing career highlights?

I have been very fortunate to have won 4 match racing World Championships - each one was special in its own way, but I think winning my first, sailing with my brother in 2007, was the most special

What are your future sailing goals?

To keep becoming a better sailor and to keep enjoying the sport.

Who has had the greatest impact on your sailing and career and why?

My crew - our results rely on each one of their performances just as much as mine.

Who is your sailing hero?

Sir Peter Blake

What other sports do you enjoy?

I enjoy participating in and watching any sport that I can

What does being nominated for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards mean to you and how would you feel if you were voted the winner?

It is a huge honour to have my team's achievements in our corner of the sport recognized in this way and of course it would be the greatest honour of my career to win the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year award.
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