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Ian Williams
Great Britain
WS Ranking 3
Team GAC Pindar

While he started sailing at a young age, Williams pursued a career in law. It wasn’t until he took a six-month sabbatical and won two Grade 1 events that he took up sailing full-time. His early sailing career saw him dominate domestic match racing. He claimed the World and UK Youth Match Racing Championships, was crowned Senior National Champion at the age of only 19, he added the Grade 2 British Open Championship and then added a second senior UK Match Racing Championship.

Williams has claimed six ISAF Match Racing World Championship titles. He is the only sailor to win the world title six times - 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2016, surpassing match racing legend Peter Gilmour of Australia in the world championship hall of fame and has won a total of 17 World Match Racing Tour Events, with 46 podium finishes.

Williams is a 3 time nominee for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award, and he is also a 3 time nominee for the UK’s YJA Yachtsman of the Year award.

Williams’ ambition is to one day win the America’s Cup and bring it back to British waters.

Williams has a formidable Congressional Cup record, finishing on the podium 7 times with back-to-back wins in the 2011 and 2012 Congressional Cup, and again in 2017, earning Williams his three Crimson Blazers. Looking to add to his impressive record and his wardrobe, he is back in long Beach in 2018 fighting hard and smart to win his 4th Congressional Cup.

Bill Hardesty - Tactician
Chris Main - Main
Tom Powrie - Trim
Richard Sydenham - Pit
Mark Williams - Bow

2nd Congressional Cup ‘06
1st Congressional Cup ‘11
1st Congressional Cup ‘12
3rd Congressional Cup ‘13
2nd Congressional Cup ‘14
3rd Congressional Cup ‘15
12th Congressional Cup '16
1st Congressional Cup ’17 (defending champion)

3rd RYA National Match Racing Championships Grand Finals ’18 Queen Mary Sailing Club, London, GBR
8th WMT World Championship - Shenzhen Match Cup ’17 Shenzen, CHN
1st WMRT Chicago Match Cup ’17 Chicago, USA
3rd WMRT Match Cup Russia ’17 St. Petersburg, RUS
3rd 2017 World Match Tour - GKSS Match Cup Sweden - Marstrand, SWE
13th 2017 World Match Tour - Match Cup Australia - Freshwater Bay, Perth, AUS